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Hesketh working on Bugatti Veyron of motorcycles

Currently built and sold from a single location in Surrey, England, Hesketh Motorcycles has not exactly overwhelmed the two-wheel market with products. Lord Hesketh, who ran the Formula 1 team of the same name, originally launched the brand in 1980, but it has been in the doldrums for years. The …

370% More Power: K20-Powered 1979 Honda Civic

This 1979 Honda Civic was the subject of a now six year old build in which it was transformed from a clean but tepid 70k mile automatic donor into …

2017 Acura NSX, 2017 Audi R8 Spyder, Hardcore Ferrari F12: Today’s Car News

The launch of Acura’s new NSX has been delayed, with Acura only stating that production will start in the spring of 2016 and that the hybrid supercar …

NSX

2016 Audi Q7 Debuts with Next-Gen Styling, Next-Level Weight Savings

The A6 wagon returns?<p>As of late, every automaker is boasting colossal weight savings realized from redesigning traditionally heavy vehicles using more lightweight materials. Land Rover claimed to have shaved as many as 926 pounds from the latest Range Rover—our scales showed perhaps half that …

Land Rover

Why turbo compounding may be the next big thing in powertrains

Turbo compounding is the process of using a turbo run off exhaust gasses to provide additional power to the crankshaft via gearing or a hydrodynamic coupling, or to power a generator that distributes energy via a power electronics module. The technology isn't new - the aerospace industry introduced …

OneOne: Secure Messaging Designed to be Untraceable

In the light of Edward Snowden’s revelations last year, interest in truly secure ways of communicating online has been on the rise. OneOne is a new app for Android and iOS that offers “private and untraceable” text messaging.<p>Photographer and entrepreneur Kevin Abosch is the man behind OneOne. It …

Ram Trucks CEO quashes 707-hp Hellcat pickup dreams

No plans at this time, says exec.<p><i>The</i> story at Chrysler these days is the supercharged Hellcat V8 engine. Seriously, it's a 707-hp engine you can buy in one of two relatively normal and inexpensive vehicles, the Dodge Charger and the Challenger. As exciting as that is, what really gets us excited is …

Camera made from one tiny Lego brick actually works

A simple hack turns an itsy-bitsy Lego brick into a working pinhole camera that turns out photos minifigs can enjoy.<p>The inspiration began with a pine nut. Ryan Howerter, a graphic design student at Colorado State University, took a photography class and his teacher shared the story of the Pinholo, …

Lego

The 30 Best Movies of 2014 (So Far)

With Oscar season just around the corner (literally -- we can see it peeking out, all gilded and glittery and begging for attention), we thought we'd run down 10 more of the best movies of 2014. (For those of you playing along at home, this is our third such rundown in three such quarters.)<p>This is …

Mind-boggling photos that defy perspective

Most Expressive Pumpkin Faces Ever!

Just when we thought our pumpkin carvings were creative, we ran across these! We've seen Ray Villafane's expert hand at sand sculpting, but his original expertise lies in pumpkin carving. With Halloween creeping up on us, the New York native's pumpkin sculptures are in season. Each wrinkly, orange …

Sculpture

Amazing Facial Hair Designs from the 2014 World Beard and Moustache Championships

It's that time of year again! Time to enjoy the results of the 2014 World Beard and Moustache Championships. For the annual event, men flock to the competition to show off their amazing facial hair designs. The website explains, “From delicate Dali moustaches to anything-goes full beard freestyles …

Body Art

12 moments in the keyboard's history

At some point in the day, we all smash our fingers against some form of keyboard -- whether it's of the physical or virtual variety. In this week's <i>Rewind,</i> we take a look at how the keyboard's grown beyond its humble typewriter beginnings and taken on a life of its own.<p>Gallery: 12 moments in the …

The dirt on the secret, mid-engined C8 Corvette

After 61 years of evolution, the next-gen Corvette will be revolutionary.<p>GM's head of global product development, Mark Reuss, confirms that the company is working on the next Corvette. Our sources elaborate on this salient piece of information, telling us that, after 61 years of evolution, the C8 …

Hennessey unleashes 2015 HPE700 supercharged Ford Mustang

Thanks to the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat there is a new magic number in the muscle car world – 707. To raise eyebrows these days in the power war, a vehicle needs to match or preferably exceed that palindromic figure. The tuners over at Hennessey took a look at it for their 2015 HPE700 …

A BMW R69S with a bit on the side

Few things in the world of motorcycling are as cool as sidecars. And the allure is magnified when the rig in question is both vintage and ultra-rare.<p>This very classy setup was put together by South African BMW experts Cytech, and pairs a 1964 BMW R69S with a 50s-model Steib sidecar. “The client had …

Motorcycles

Mystery movie stunt shoot goes awry in a big hurry

Stunt choreography is a business that really needs to be done properly. A failure in any one area has the potential to not just ruin the stunt and waste a film or TV show's budget, but could lead to a member of the cast or crew getting seriously hurt (or even killed).<p>We won't spoil what happens in …

Environment: News & features

The Moto Guzzi California might be a cruiser that converts you

An Italian cruiser tries to convert an American non-believer.<p>Cruiser motorcycles are heavy, wide, and expensive, and to me, that always meant that they lack the qualities that make motorcycles wonderfully differentfrom the automobile. It's similarly easy to dismiss their riders as attention-seekers …

5 Gangster Movies You Have to See

<i>Editor's Note: Marc Krulewitch's Jules Landau mysteries take place in Chicago, where he was born and where his family has lived for generations. He</i> …

Modified Israeli Drone Seen Flying Over Gaza

It was likely unarmed, but still a weapon of war.<p>Drones are the public face of counter-insurgency. Mechanical, unmanned, distant, they fly above battlefields from Pakistan to Yemen, their unblinking electronic eyes streaming video back to uniformed pilots secure on military bases elsewhere. The …

Hennessey Aims for 290 mph with 2015 Venom F5

How fast is fast enough? When you’re boutique carmaker Hennessey Performance of Sealy, Texas, and you’re trying to retain the top-speed record for production cars, even 270.49 mph isn’t fast enough. Hence, Hennessey has just announced a successor to the record-holding 1244-hp Venom GT called the …

Sports Cars

Photos: 2015 McLaren MSO P1

2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO Automatic

Broader appeal, just not to us.<p>The shift performance and responsiveness of automatic transmissions have gotten pretty good in recent years. We still prefer manuals, of course, but a good set of paddle shifters and a quick-shifting sport mode—and, preferably, dual clutches instead of a torque …

Nissan

Hackers nab 1.2B passwords in colossal breach, says security firm

Russian gang hacks into more than 420,000 web and FTP sites, amassing username and password combinations and millions of email addresses, company says.<p>Thought the theft of 110 million people's data during the hack into retailer Target was bad? Hold Security says it's discovered a breach more than …

Personal Information

Dizzying optical illusions by Akiyoshi Kitaoka – in pictures

Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, has spent more than a decade creating his collection of moving optical illusions. Images: Caters News Agency

Apple Could Launch The iPhone 6 On September 9

Recode reports that Apple has scheduled a press event on September 9 to unveil the new version (or versions) of the iPhone.<p>For the last three years, Apple has introduced each new iPhone version in the fall, not counting a spring 2011 announcement in which Apple launched the device on Verizon. Prior …

Robotic Exoskeleton Turns Korean Workers Into Ironman

This suit helps out with the heavy lifting<p>The South Korean company Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering is trying out something new: equipping workers with robotic exoskeletons. Workers are only testing prototypes for now, but future shipbuilders might strap on exoskeletons as easily as they …

Robotics

This 2016 Ford Super Duty prototype burned to the ground

The upside? Aluminum bodywork confirmed.<p>Prototype fires? They happen all the time. Seldom though are they so dramatic. This next-generation aluminum-bodied 2016 Ford Super Duty was out testing in the furnace-like heat of Death Valley in California when things went awry.<p>The photos tell the tale: At …

7 Awesome Beards by James Myrick

James Myrick is a master beard artist. He's rather secretive about his methods, but my guess is that, by precise mental concentration, he can grow …