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Of course we'd like to Kickstart a hoverbike [w/video]

Posted Jul 29th 2014 6:45PM

hoverbike scale drone

It may not be a flying car, and it may not even be a Hoverboard. But we don't care. A hoverbike is still incredibly awesome, and there's now a chance to bring just such a device to the real world thanks to Kickstarter.

Designed by an Kiwi bloke in London named Chris Malloy and seen on these very pages three years ago in prototype form, the would-be hoverbike is a sort of combination between a motorcycle and a helicopter, relying on spinning rotors front and rear to generate lift. Past versions of the machine used two rotors, powered by a a 1,170cc boxer engine from BMW, but what you're helping build is rather different entirely.

Since we last featured that Hoverbike prototype, Malloy has further refined the design, changing from two rotors to four, but it's still far from being ready for production. That's the bad news. The good news is that small-scale testing has proven this new design, and third-scale models, powered by electric motors and controlled remotely, are now ready for those with a bit of expendable income to get their grubby mitts on.

As much as we'd love to see a Kickstarter campaign for the fullsize Hoverbike, we think these radio-controlled, unmanned drones are pretty darn cool in their own right, and Malloy says this project will help fund the real thing in true human-scale. Check out the Kickstarter campaign here, and scroll down below for some video.

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Dealership refunds student for broken Saab with bags of pennies

Posted Jul 29th 2014 6:15PM

Woman refunded by dealer with bag of pennies

Every so often, we come across the story of someone trying to "stick it to the man" by paying a parking fine or speeding ticket in pennies or dimes. Never, though, have we heard of a business stooping to such clichéd lengths. Enter Florida.

Irena Mujakovic bought a 2003 Saab way back in January from Holiday Motors, in Jacksonville, FL. Shortly after the purchase, the transmission started acting up. She returned to the dealer and paid for the repair, and purchased a warranty for future issues. Total cost: $300. But then the trans crapped out not long after the initial repair, and Mujakovic was back at Holiday Motors. This is where things start going south.

This second trip cost Mujakovic $400, with her warranty in hand. That's because the man that runs the dealer, Ed Di Miranda, neglected to mention that the warranty didn't cover labor costs.

"The warranty did not cover labor and I failed to write that in and that was her loophole," Di Miranda told First Coast News.

The young college student filed a complaint with the Florida DMV, who sided with her and ordered Holiday Motors to refund the money. Di Miranda and the dealership did just that, but when Mujakovic came to collect her refund, it was to a bag of pennies, with a few dollar bills sprinkled in for good measure.

Di Miranda, doesn't seem to think he's done anything wrong, claiming that only about $85 was in change, while the rest was paper money. "I am doing what DMV asked me to do," Di Miranda said. "It is legal tender."

Mujakovic has not collected her refund. Have a look below for the video news report.

INKAS Armored builds first bulletproof Mercedes-Benz G63 Limousine in Toronto

Posted Jul 29th 2014 5:45PM



When it comes to security and protection inside your vehicle, the team at INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing takes it far beyond common car alarms and petty car theft, as the Toronto-based company is known for creating highly advanced and fully customized bulletproof vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG limo you see above.

As the first of its kind, this fully armored, (bullet and blast proof) stretched Mercedes-Benz G63 executive limousine features 60-inches of additional length and has been designed specifically to serve as a fully-functional executive mobile office too... READ MORE
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Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat in the works

Posted Jul 29th 2014 5:00PM

2015 Dodge Charger

In our recent First Drive of the 2015 Challenger SRT with the 707-horsepower Hellcat V8 we found its engine to be as brutally powerful as the numbers would suggest, even if it wasn't the best handler. However, the muscle-car-styling just isn't right for some buyers that need four doors and proper rear seats to haul around the family. It appears that Dodge has their backs, though, because the Hellcat is very likely on its way into the Charger in the near future. Imagine the looks on your passengers' faces when you stomp down on the throttle.

According to Road & Track, when Dodge submitted the Hellcat for engine power certification to the Society of Automotive Engineers, the company included the Charger on the paperwork. That showed that the automaker wanted the engine checked out for the sedan, too. R&T reckons the 707-hp Charger would hit the road about a year from now, clearing the Challenger for a year of exclusivity with the powerplant.

When the Charger SRT Hellcat does hit the road, it may carry a very special accolade. Assuming nothing beats it in the meantime, it might be the world's highest horsepower production sedan. Think on that for a second. Even a Mercedes S65 AMG only has 621 horsepower, though a good bit more torque at 738 pound-feet to the Dodge's 650 lb-ft. So while the beastly engine is getting put into other models, where else would you like to see it? The Ram? Grand Cherokee? Let us know in Comments.

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Drift Mania DMCC 2014 Round 4: Riverside Speedway

Posted Jul 29th 2014 4:00PM



The Drift Mania Canadian Championship (DMCC) Round 4 took place at Riverside Speedway in Ste Croix, Quebec. It was a super nice day out (for the majority of the day), and the stands filled up in anticipation for the next round of madness.

Despite the sunny weather, not everyone was having a good day. Maxime Cyrenne crashed hard during practice. His car was declared totalled, and he suffered a sprained ankle and a compressed vertebra. Seb Grandmaison also had a mishap during qualifying, luckily he is okay, but his car will be needing some work... READ MORE

World's first driveable deckchair hits the beach

Posted Jul 29th 2014 3:00PM

World's First Driveable Deckchair Hits Brighton Beach
That's right folks, it's time to meet the world's first fully driveable deckchair. This ultimate beach bomber designed exclusively for truly the most lazy sunseeker was unveiled at Brighton beach in front of a stunned crowd. The open-air party machine also comes complete with a beach-ready boom box, ice drink machine, assortment of umbrellas and a sandpit at the front in case you feel the need to make an emergency sand castle en route to your next destination.

Watch as the video above shows this crazy idea come to life, as it's seen driving about the boardwalk and right onto the sand (of course!) Click here to play the clip above and let us know if this custom creation is something you'd actually drive or if we should add it to our list of the top 10 strangest cars ever made.

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Nissan commits to adding 'iconic' design after Cube killed off

Posted Jul 29th 2014 1:45PM

Nissan Cube

The Nissan Cube is officially on its way out of the brand's vehicle line-up in North America. In a way, that's too bad, simply because the Cube's styling was nothing if not distinctive – much like the company's own Juke. However, the flame for uniquely styled models is indeed still burning over at Nissan.

We might never see an exact replacement for the Cube in the brand's lineup, but product planning boss Andy Palmer says that its retirement leaves a spot open in the Nissan lineup for something else. "To be clear, we will morph this space in our portfolio into something iconic," said Palmer to Automotive News. Unfortunately, he wouldn't hint at what that could mean.

However, his lack of suggestions makes it fun to speculate about what oddity could replace the Cube, especially since two of Nissan's more recent quirky concepts might have problems hitting the road. The Bladeglider is mired in Nissan and Deltawing Technologies' ongoing patent lawsuit. Alternatively, the retro-inspired IDx might be too expensive to build profitably. Still, this is the company that created both the (nearly dead) Murano CrossCabriolet and the very successful Juke; it can probably come up with something else delightfully weird.

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eBay Find Of The Day: 1988 Saleen Ford Mustang General Tire 21R race car

Posted Jul 29th 2014 1:00PM

1988 Ford Mustang Saleen 21R General Tire racecar auction

Saleen may be making headlines these days for working on the Tesla Model S, but its history and bread-and-butter is all about the Ford Mustang. The rear-wheel-drive Dearborn pony cars singlehandedly put the company on the map in the '80s. Founder Steve Saleen was already a talented American racing driver when he started the venture, and like many auto industry businesses before him, Saleen went to the track to prove his vehicles' worth. Now, there's a chance to buy one of those early racers on eBay Motors.

Saleen Mustangs raced in the Sports Car Club of America Escort Endurance Championship – a series of multi-hour races meant to challenge man and machine. Ostensibly a showroom stock class, the cars had larger wheels, tuned suspensions and other upgrades that stretched the concept slightly. Saleen found major success though, taking the championship for its class in 1987 and winning the 24 Hours of Mosport consecutively from 1986 through 1988.

According to the seller, Saleen only built eight of these cars, and this one carries the #21R serial number. They all started life as new Mustangs from Ford dealers but were immediately stripped and prepped to go racing. Beyond obvious mods like a roll cage, they featured eight-inch wide wheels in front, an inch of additional track width, stiffer suspension bushings and much more.

Saleen #21R is still in its well-known "Bumblebee" livery and includes its SCCA logbook, original wheels, a Saleen title, Steve's signature on the interior and many of the company's ID tags still on the car, according to the auction. It carries a Buy It Now of US$65,000, and the auction ends on August 13. That's not cheap, but it would likely be quite a conversation piece whenever it arrived for a day at the track.

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2014 Cadillac ELR

Posted Jul 29th 2014 12:00PM

Translogic 155: Cadillac ELR Plug-In Hybrid
For the past decade, Cadillac has been searching for ways to breathe life into its lineup of luxury sedans and SUVs. While it has enjoyed recent success with the CTS and Escalade, brand perception still skews older and stuffier than Caddy's German and Japanese counterparts.

Can the electrified Cadillac ELR shock the system and return a pulse to this storied American brand, or will the Chevy Volt-based plug-in price itself out of the market? Host Jonathon Buckley heads to Los Angeles to test the 2014 Cadillac ELR and you can click here to watch it all in the video above.

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