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The Honda Mean Mower 2

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The Insane 134MPH Mower

If there’s anyone who knows a thing or two about going fast, it’s the folks at Top Gear. And that doesn’t just mean in cars – as was evidenced when they set a Guinness World Record for building the world’s fastest lawnmower with Honda back in 2014. Unfortunately, they were dethroned shortly thereafter. Now, however, they’re looking to ascend again with the Honda Mean Mower Mk. 2.

To be driven in the world-record attempt by stunt driver, Jess Hawkins, this second iteration grass-cutter features some major improvements over the original. For instance, the output has been nearly doubled – that means 190+ bhp from the new 999cc SP1 Fireblade engine onboard. The team building it is also shooting toward a dry weight of only about 440 lbs, which means – when paired with the engine output – this lawnmower may be able to do 0-60 in under 3 seconds. Whether or not they shatter the record remains to be seen, but by all accounts this is promising to be an impressive machine.

 

 

 

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TOYOTA SUPRA 4×4 CONCEPT 2020

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The fifth-generation 2020 Supra — code-named A90 — has looks that will put even the bright-orange fourth-generation Fast and Furious movie car to shame.

Toyota made some big waves recently by announcing the rebirth of one of their most coveted sports cars, the Supra, which they’re bringing back after nearly two decades.  The sports car is one of Toyota’s most iconic models, thanks to a star-making turn in The Fast and the Furious. And while some folks were quite pleased with the announcement, others felt the unveiling fell a bit flat. We’re not sure exactly where Estonian digital designer Rain Prisk falls, but we do know he’s already taken the car to task and created this jaw-dropping 4×4 concept.

‘Insane’ might not be a powerful enough word to describe what Prisk has done here, completely overhauling the low-stance Japanese export into a lifted, all-terrain, off-road-ready panther of a car. And the redesign isn’t just a simple lift kit, as that wouldn’t really fit Prisk’s extremely detailed style. No, it’s also got a front-end winch, massive wheel arches to suit beefed-up tires, a step so you can climb in without jumping, a snorkel intake for fording deep water, and even a roof rack. It’s a shame that this beautiful monstrosity will likely never see the light of day, but we’re glad to have seen what could have been.

The Magnificent 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe From the Ralph Lauren Collection

Designer Ralph Lauren is the proud owner of one of the world’s most handsome, interesting and fine specimens – the 1938 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic Coupe.

This gem is one of the rarest and most expensive cars in the world, designed by Jean Bugatti, son of founder Ettore. This beauty is estimated to be worth around $40 million US, why? Besides the fact it’s a visual work-of-art which has been on display in museums such as the Cleveland Museum of Art, there are only three known examples of the Atlantic world-wide.

Apart from Lauren’s, one Atlantic recently changed hands for $38 million and is now in Mullin Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The third and final was destroyed in a train accident in the 1950s.

Lauren added the Atlantic to his considerable car collection in 1988. His collection boasts 60-odd rare cars ranging from a 1958 Ferrari Testarossa to a 1929 Bentley Blower – all housed in a disguised office park-like building in Bedford Hills, New York.

Said to reach speeds of up to 200 km/h the Atlantic has a truly stunning hand-formed aluminium body, low stance and still boasts many of its original features: the original interior upholstery made of goatskin leather, seats stuffed with horsehair and the original EXK6 UK registration.

“I’ve always been inspired by automotive design — the materials, the lines, but also the power and functionality. Cars are like art — moving art — an accomplishment in mechanics and precision.” — Ralph Lauren.

Lauren has so much passion for his Bugatti he took inspiration from it to create his latest watch collection. The Elm burl wood dials, black alligator straps and Amboyna burl wood bezels are reminiscent of the car’s rich interior.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ever Wondered How To Identify The Ford Pickup Models.. From 1948 to 1996

The Ford Motor Company (commonly referred to simply as Ford) is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand.

The Ford F-Series is a series of light-duty trucks and medium-duty trucks (Class 2-7) that have been marketed and manufactured by Ford Motor Company since 1948. While most variants of the F-Series trucks are full-size pickup trucks, the F-Series also includes chassis cab trucks and commercial vehicles. The Ford F-Series has been the best-selling vehicle in the United States since 1981 and the best-selling pickup since 1977. It is also the best selling vehicle in Canada.

We have many ways to identify generations of Ford trucks, and here is an interesting guide based on their hoods.

Ford Truck Identification Guide

 

1948-1960

 

1961-1966

 

1967-1972

 

The Green Off-Roader Rivians R1S electric SUV unveiled

Rivian R1S electric SUV unveiled

Electric car start-up Rivian has revealed its second model, the R1S. The seven-seat SUV follows the reveal earlier this week of the R1T pick-up truck, with models due for a public debut at the LA motor show.

Rivian is hoping to have the kind of impact Tesla has made in shaking up the established automotive set and believes it has found a niche with the creation of go-anywhere electric vehicles.

The R1T and R1S, the first and second in a series of models eventually planned, are built on a bespoke electric ‘skateboard’ chassis, that’s modular and can be used on all different types and sizes of vehicles. The initial pair are closely related, the chief difference being a slightly shorter wheelbase in the R1S. The R1S is 5040mm long, making it Range Rover-sized, while the 5465mm-long R1-T is marginally longer than the Mercedes-Benz X-Class.

In both cars the lithium-ion battery pack is mounted in the floor, and in the in the R1T is good for a 230-mile range in its standard 105kWh capacity, 300-mile range in a 130kWh capacity, or up to 400 miles with the 180kWh ‘mega pack’. In the R1S, the same battery packs are offered with figures of 240, 310 and 420 miles respectively.

The two models share their drivetrains, too. Four electric motors, one for each wheel, give the electric models four-wheel drive. Each motor produces 197bhp (total combined figures through the gearbox are 754bhp and 826lb ft in the 135kWh version), which allows for prodigious performance. It’s claimed both vehicles can crack 0-60mph in just 3.0sec, and 0-100mph in less than 7.0sec in the 135kWh versions.

Double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension features, alongside air springs and adaptive dampers. Rivian claims the electric drivetrain and chassis set-up allows for both impressive on-road performance and handling and precise off-road control that surpasses any existing mechanical solutions off the asphalt. Its flat floor is also reinforced with carbonfibre and Kevlar to protect the battery pack, while both models get five-star crash test safety ratings in the US.

A distinctive front-end exterior design appears on both cars, while the spacious interiors get premium but durable materials that are easy to clean, in keeping with the cars’ off-road lifestyle brief. Two screens feature inside, that run Rivian’s own software and graphics.

There are packs of novel hidden features and clever solutions in both models, including a 330-litre front storage under the nose, and in the truck a full width storage hole that runs between the rear doors and rear wheels that’s good for housing golf clubs.

Rivian, first formed in 2009, is looking to do things differently to other start-ups by having its entire business plan and funding in place before going public with its intentions, and even then keeping targets conservative.

Company founder and CEO, RJ Scaringe, has already gone through two stillborn versions of the R1T to get to this third, production-ready version.

The US-based company is backed by investors from the Middle East, and employs some 560 people worldwide. It’s design and engineering centre is based in Plymouth, Michigan and other key sites include a battery development facility in Irvine, California. It has opened an advanced engineering centre in Chertsey, Surrey, too.

Manufacturing will take place at an old Mitsubishi plant in Illinois, which Rivian purchased for $16 million (£12.5m) last year. This has a capacity of up to 350,000 units per year.

Rivian’s initial ambitions are much lower than that initially, with plans to be selling some 50-60,000 of its premium electric off-roaders by 2025/26. It does however plan to offer its electric skateboard chassis to other companies, either car makers or indeed any brand looking to launch an electric car, so long as their products do not compete with Rivian’s own. The R1T will go into production in late 2020 with the R1S in early 2021, the former prices from around $70,000 (£55,000). Right-hand drive production for the UK will follow around a year later.

The R1T will go into production in late 2020, with the R1S following in early 2021. Prices for the former will start from $61,500 after federal tax rebates (£48,000), with Rivian accepting refundable $1000 pre-order deposits now. Right-hand drive production for the UK will follow around a year later.

Deliveries of electric pickup truck scheduled to begin late in 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

The Luxury Apartment on Wheels: Camping in Style in a 1930s Jungle Yacht

The Jungle Yacht was created for and used by Italian explorer Commander Attilio Gatti and his wife, who both traveled extensively to the African Congo as a deluxe apartment “for his 1937-1940 (his 10th) and 1947 (his 11th) expeditions” and “equipped them quite lavishly.”

The International Harvester ‘Jungle Yacht’

The expedition used two streamlined trailers designed by Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky and using 1937 International Harvester D-35 chassis, and were 44 feet long and weighed 9 tons. The vehicles were built by the International Harvester company, who was evidently one of the sponsors of the expedition.

The trailers were pretty luxurious accommodations for camping out in the boonies of British East Africa. They were joined together in camp as a deluxe 5-room apartment on wheels, and served as headquarters while the expedition’s personnel sought out the secrets of the dim heart of Africa.

The camps were equipped with electricity and air conditioning and had a workshop, a photographic lab, and a ham radio station (Gatti was an enthusiastic ham radio operator). Electricity was supplied by a 110 volt generator mounted behind the cabs of the trucks. Each night a single wire 4500 volt electric fence was put up to dissuade the large specimens of the local wildlife from approaching the camp.

One of the vehicles in transit from the International Harvester factory to New York.

 

Cocktails in the deepest heart of Africa

 

The living room

 

The Commander’s desk in the living room

 

The bedroom

 

MG Metro 6R4

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SPECIFICATION

  • 12 Mileage:
  • 155 Top Speed:
  • 1985 Year:
  • 3.2 0 – 60:
  • 12 Months MOT Expiry:
  • 410 BHP:
  • 6 / 12 Months Tax Expiry:
  • 5 Speed Manual Transmission:
  • Blue / White Exterior Colour:
  • 2991 Engine Capacity:
  • Black Interior Colour:
  • V6 Engine Configuration:

MODEL HISTORY

The MG Metro 6R4 was Austin-Rover’s entry into Group B, the controversial rallying category that gave us a series of spectacular cars before being banned at the end of 1986.

As far as Austin Rover and its parent company BL were concerned, 1981 had marked a considerable change in the attitudes of company executives and dealer principals across the land. It was in this climate of optimism that the then Austin Rover Motorsport chief John Davenport hatched a plan. Davenport approached Williams F1, whom AR also sponsored, and subsequently Patrick Head would become project leader;

‘We turned the whole thing round with the engine at the back, the gearbox ahead of it with drive to both the front and rear wheels. We presented the concept to Rover and they said “This is great”, pushed the “go” button and off we went with the project. We finished it in about a year, delivered three prototypes to Rover in about November 1981 – six months’ development with Williams’ assistance.’

The MG Metro 6R4 (i.e. 6 cylinder, Rear engine, 4-wheel-drive) made its first public appearance at the end of February 1984 in a hastily prepared press launch at the Excelsior Hotel, London Airport. The reason for this was that press speculation was mounting – and, in order to undergo a full development programme, Austin Rover could do without the added hassle of playing hide and seek with scoop photographers.

The rest of 1984 was used to finalise the 6R4: a final engine needed to be developed and the aero package also needed more work.

The Rover V8 engine of the development car was replaced by the specially-designed and built four-cam, 24-valve, normally aspirated 3-litre V6. The power output was quoted at 410bhp at 9000rpm at the car’s official launch in May, 1985 – and it was promised that this would soon be improved upon. The aero package was modified and took the rulebook to the extreme, stretching the credibility of the ‘silhouette racer’ ideal to breaking point. However, that did reflect the-then current Group B thinking also followed by Peugeot 205T16 and Lancia Delta S4 – looking back at it now, it is easy to see that the cars were becoming completely over the top for the task in hand.

Equipment

Pete Goodman Engine, Lyle Armstrong Drivetrain, Corsica stage Suspension from original ARM settings sheet, Lucas ECU, 5 speed dog engaged manual gearbox with 4WD, Viscous centre coupling, Prop shaft drive to front differential (quill shaft drive to rear), Fully articulating drive shafts, Carbon dash, Motordrive bucket seats with Sabelt 6 point harnesses, Integrated Roll Cage, Halda Road computer, MOMO wheel.

EXTERIOR

Liveries breed legends and Computervision can only be associated with one vehicle – The Mighty Metro 6R4 by Austin Rover Motorsport. Splitter, front and rear wings compliment impossibly wide arches; the de-facto Group B costume forming an almost caricature shape. One aspect not immediately obvious are the strakes on the front wings, guiding air towards the significant intakes that cool the mid mounted V6.

Considering such a car is designed for all action all the time, the paintwork and finish is pleasingly consistent throughout with no evidence of misuse

INTERIOR

Stepping over the huge side sills and door bars is an effort in itself before you are snuggly pinched by Motordrive bucket seats, strapped by 6 point Sabelt Harnesses. With a myriad of switches and toggles the feeling is one more reminiscent of an 80’s music studio, although in this case the band is playing right behind you.

The only memory of Metro can be channelled by the map line of the (now carbon) dashboard and the OEM gear knob. The Halda road computer and Bosch comms system have been well preserved and provide an undisputedly authentic feel.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

The engine note is of legendary status; one can only imagine the emotion of the guttural Cosworth derived V6 reverberating between the tress before drifting into view in a flash of gravel and dirt with rally pods ablaze.

Commissioned for rebuild by Goodmans Engineering in 2017 the Works 3.0l engine ( with period Lucas Injection and loom by ex Works Adrian Butt) has completed just a handful of laps at Croft circuit for shakedown, while marque expert Lyle Armstrong has installed a fresh zero hour gearbox with overhauled differentials. A Tony Law exhaust ensures the car sounds at it’s best.

The correct semi – dog box is in situ, with a split gearbox bell housing also provided upon sale.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES

No rally icon is complete without a signature wheel to compliment the design. The die-cast Dymag magnesium wheels look just right in the arches of the blistered bodywork, wrapped in Pirelli Classico P7 Corsa rubber.

Brakes are 4 piston AP’s all round; dual circuit with adjustable bias. Having been overhauled the braking system is in perfect working order.

Bespoke Suspension has been derived from official Austin Rover Motorsport settings. Optimised for Circuit / Sprint work ( caster / ride height ) bespoke Faulkner springs have been matched to Bilstein dampers; fully corner weighted and Hunter Hawker aligned by Mike Hope of Wooler with camber and toe adjusted to the ARM Corsica rally spec sheet. All original ‘Pink’ springs are supplied with the car.

HISTORY FILE

First registered on 19th November 1985, C874 EUD has been the subject of a painstaking 10 year restoration with ex ARM Works staff involved throughout. The body has been prepared by Rodney Lyne and finished by Chillingham Classics while Pete Goodman has masterminded the engine and final ECU configuration. The revered Lyle Armstrong is responsible for all matters gearbox and differential.

As one of the last Works cars produced this example was destined for life as a cold weather development vehicle, with the likes of rally legends Pond & Wilson utilising EUD as a recce / pre-drive car. The car is also well known to the 6R4.net community and in particular Dan Ellmore who confirms purchase from original engineers, the pre-drive / IT car status and this car to be one of the 9 Works cars left in existence.

The Original Registration doc and both the RAC Competition car log book and record of vehicle ownership are present while a surfeit of RAC entry / scrutineering logs cover the cars competition history – reaching it’s pinnacle as winner of the Scottish National Rally championship in 1990.

Following the death of Group B, the 6R4 went on to dominate national events for the next 25 years. In this respect it became the most successful Group B rally car ever. With many marque experts and spare parts readily available, running a Group B car has never been easier or more affordable.

The car is in zero mile ‘matchbox’ condition and as such is ready for a new owner to make their own chapter in history as Group B has come of age for the car collector.

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