Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.
When Ford discontinued the E-Series commercial van last year, California-based Sportsmobile found itself without one of the primary van platforms it relied on for its rugged 4x4 camper vans. Rather than discontinue the model to focus on other designs, Sportsmobile decided to transform the still-available E-Series Cutaway into a custom-built camper, designing its own fiberglass shell to fill the void left by Ford. Sportsmobile's E-Series camper van is now more spacious and focused than ever.
While they come in various forms, handlebars are a vital component on virtually every type of bike. From the standard 10-speed, to the cargo hauler, to the lean-back recumbent, a bicycle's handlebars provide a simple means of steering and control. As the name suggests, the Joystick Bike replaces the ubiquitous bars with a right-hand joystick, delivering precise control that makes riding a bike a little more like flying an aircraft or playing a video game.
After we saw Audi's electric "turbo" on last year's RS 5 TDI concept, we knew it was just a matter of time before it made a return. It resurfaces this year on the 2.5-liter TFSI of the all-new Audi TT clubsport concept car. Developed for Volkswagen's annual Wörthersee event, the clubsport attacks the track with 600 hp and a big, brutal aerodynamics kit.
Zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than two seconds? It can't be done. Well, not in a standard production car, but when you're designing a car destined only for the virtual pavement of a video game, you can go a little wild with your performance estimates. The latest in a seemingly endless stream of Vision Gran Turismo concepts, the Peugeot Vision GT flashes radical styling and even more radical in-game performance.
With the folding bike market so saturated with small, innovative designs, sometimes a manufacturer has to get creative to make its folder stand out. French company Isocycle makes its Weelin bike pop with an accompanying coat rack that doubles as a bike stand. The compact bike also offers a smooth transport-to-ride transition, quickly shaking and snapping into bike form.
Since we last looked at the Mazzanti Evantra, the Italian supercar entered limited production. That isn't stopping Mazzanti from revealing newly specced show cars to tantalize the eyes and minds of the rich and famous, however. Last month, the boutique supercar maker once again added some flair to Top Marques Monaco, revealing a marble-white Evantra with an upgraded 751-hp powertrain.
Built to sleep the modern couple or family, the Cinch tent pitches in
seconds and includes integrated LED lighting and an available power
supply that keeps gadgets topped off using sunlight. Campers enjoy full
weatherproof protection with some of the wired-in convenience of home.
Mercedes-Benz has revealed a refreshed version of its G-Class 4x4. Hitting dealerships later this year, the new G-Class lineup includes the all-new EDITION 463 package and the new 416-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 previewed in the G 500 4x4² concept revealed at this year's Geneva Motor Show. The venerable off-roader is more capable than ever.
Cargo cycles tend to look much more visually interesting than traditional bikes and trikes – designs like the Velove Armadillo
are all but guaranteed to turn heads on the street. Even within a
segment of such new and unusual designs, the Boxer Rocket stands out
with bold, stylish looks. Inspired by both fictional and real-life
aircraft from decades way past, the new bicycle carries passengers in an
Either people are getting a lot more serious about sledding, or there are a number of companies that are going to be out some money. Over the past few years, we've seen a growing number of sleds that approach, even exceed, skiing and snowboarding gear in terms of technology and price. The latest to come to our attention, the SnoSoot, offers a unique twist. It's a wearable that transforms you into a human snow-surfing machine.