Rucksters Customs released their latest project, the 2006 Honda Ruckus “LV Project” that’s meant to stand above the crowd. The Southern Cali-based shop specializes in the Honda Ruckus scooter, providing parts and service as well as custom fabrications, swap kits and frame mods, so this was just another easy creation for them. They started out by swapping out the 49cc motor for a much more powerful 150cc GY6 and added some customized rPRO and BTX hard parts from front to back. A 10×7 six-spoke golf cart wheel wrapped in a 225 tire was fitted to the rear end, while the bike was topped off with a fresh coat of Du Pont champagne paint before brown anodized supporting components provided the finishing touch.
Hennessey Performance has released their 2014 VelociRaptor SUV that’s based on the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor and features a new rear end which transforms the model from a pickup to an SUV. It also borrows several elements from the Excursion, allowing the VelociRaptor to look as if it came straight off of the production lines. For the inside, there’s a third row seat which enables the model to carry up to eight people. Customers can also order a communications system and “executive office appointments.” Under the hood, Hennessey can add a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that develops 600 bhp. Orders are currently being accepted but there’s no word on pricing.
The Ford Raptor is completely insane. An F-150 pickup with a 6.2-liter V8 tuned for speed, and enough suspension for three trucks, it’s a pickup designed to hurtle down rough dessert landscapes at over 100 mph. It’s essentially a class of one — an off-road racing truck you can buy at your local dealership, the only one of its kind ever created, because few automakers have been willing to throw actual development and marketing dollars behind a plan that’s as insane as The Rock hopped up on Red Bull and adderall with a sack of fireworks and a tiger.
The only problem with it? Lack of seating. And, really, lack of storage space, since it’s hard to tie things down to the bed securely enough that they survive cavorting about canyon country at NASCAR speeds.
Hennessey, though, has fixed it.
Meet the VelociRaptor. It’s essentially a standard Raptor, converted to be full-size SUV.
It carries Ford’s stock 6.2-liter V8, putting down 411 horsepower and completing a zero-to-sixty in 7.5 seconds (on pavement. Slightly longer on sand, mud, and across shallow rivers…but not much. Optionally, you can get a VelociRaptor with a supercharged mill, good for 600 hp and that sixty in 5.9 seconds.
It has two rows of seating with an option for three, and a pretty substantial cargo bed behind the third row, nicely covered so that your things can bounce around as you cross the Mojave at three-figure speeds, but they won’t actually bounce out.
Price? $149,500 to start. Sure, that’s a hefty jump from the Raptor’s $43,920 starting price, but only 30 of these will be built, and if you actually need to escape enemy fire in the wild at white-knuckle speed with seven of your closest friends, it’s your only option.
The iconic 1967 Ford Mustang GT500 “Eleanor” vehicle from the movie Gone in 60 Seconds” was sold last weekend at an auction for $1 million. It was built by Cinema Vehicle Services together with coachbuilder Chip Foose. It was driven by actor Nicolas Cage in 2000′s blockbuster movie, and features a Ford V8 5.7-liter engine generating 400 bhp. It has a four-speed manual gearbox, 17-inch wheels wrapped around in Goodyear tires, a lowered suspension, centrally-mounted driving lights and a faux nitrous kit.
Last week we informed you about the custom Nissan GT-R that was built to compete in the 2013 Gumball 3000 rally and now we have more info on that sweet ride! Built by Saudi Arabia’s Team Galag, the car is dubbed TG1 and as co-developed with Parker Brothers Concepts from United States. They enlisted Litchfield Motors from the UK to be in charge of the engine upgrades which now pushes out 750 ponies, allowing it to go from 0-62 mph in only 2.68 seconds before hitting a top speed of 211 mph. It rides on 21-inch alloys and weighs about 3,600 lbs. thanks to a carbon fiber body.
Aton Martin has released a video that shows off its CC100 Concept that’s a tribute to their 1959 DBR1 racer which triumphed at Le Mans and has a classic two-seat speedster configuration with modern AM styling details. It features a carbon fiber body work and a V12 6.0-liter mill linked to a 6-speed automated manual gearbox. It has a 0-62 mph time of a little over 4 seconds and an electronically limited speed of 180 mph. The concept was developed and built in less than six months at the company’s global headquarters in Gaydon, UK. Only one car has been produced and it has already sol for about a price of $770,000 and $1,540,000. Full gallery after the jump.
Toyota has released its upgrade kit for the Lexus IS in Japan, and it likely previews what we’ll see here in the states. The go-fast bits are usually sold under the TRD (Toyota Racing Division) name overseas, and as Lexus F-Sport packages here.
The kit includes aero bits — side skirts, reworked front and rear bumpers with lower air deflectors, a diffuser and a more aggressive wing. The pipes get reworked as well, with four exhaust tips in place of two.
Mechanically, it’s all about suspension, with an upgraded sway bar, strengthened bracing, and upgraded shocks, springs and dampers to combat body roll. It’s available on 19-inch alloys.
In Japan, the full set of upgrades would cost you a little over 1.2 million yen (just over $11k).
We expect to see the same equipment make its way stateside in a few months.
Tomorrow Saturday May 18th! Toyota Avalon Presents the Monster Energy DUB Show in Miami with hundreds of the hottest custom rides and the Boost Mobile Concert Series with 2 Chainz / French Montana / Cap 1 / Y.D. / and many others to be announced. It’s one of the largest DUB shows of 2013 – don’t miss it! Miami Beach Convention Center from 3PM – 9PM. Grab your pre-sale tickets now for only $20. For more info visit: http://dubshowtour.com/home/tour-stops/miami2013
It’s been announced that Gran Turismo 6 will be available during the 2013 Holiday season, which will feature new gaming functions and cars. It will have a new interface with connectivity for social media and downloadable contents, as well as a total of 1200 cars in addition a fresh crop of new vehicles for download periodically. There will also be thousands of virtual aerodynamic kits, performance parts, and custom wheels to almost all vehicle options so players will have limitless options on personalize their own custom game cars. Sony created a new virtual track based on the famed Silverstone Circuit in the UK to further the realistic aspect of this racing simulator game. Gamers drivers can take on all 33 different tracks plus 71 different layouts at their disposal. New rides for this rendition of the game include: Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale ’11, Alpine A110 1600S ’68, Audi Sport quattro S1 Rally Car ’86, Ferrari Dino 246 GT ’71, KTM X-BOW R ’12, Light Car Company Rocket ’07, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 ’11, Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 N24 Schulze Motorsport, Tesla Motors Model S Signature Performance ’12.
Canada will get limited edition BMW M6 GranCoupe that were jointly developed by BMW Canada and BMW Individual. THe limited editions feature a number of custom touches like Pure Metal Silver paint, two-tone leather upholstery and Silverstone contrast stitching, and comes with interior accents that include Piano Black trim and a Bang & Olufsen audio system. The buyers of the cars recently went to the BMW Welt International Delivery Center where they picked up their cars and embarked on a four day scenic driving tour through Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy, and also got first-class hotel accommodations, an invite to the BMW M Festival and VIP tickets to the 24 Hours of Nürburgring.
Sean Carter who is considered to be the preeminent mogul of the hip-hop industry has decided to dabble his hand into the world of sports. Mr. Carter, aka Jay-Z, is the owner of Roc Nation, which is a music talent agency for starts, including Rihanna, Meek Milli, Wale, MIA and Mark Ronson. Jay-Z has made a decisive and strategic move to enter the world of sports marketing and agency. The title of his new sports agency is Roc Nation Sports. Recently, Roc Nation brokered an alliance with Creative Artist Agency to represent a notable baseball player for the Yankees. When it comes to business and making money, Jay-Z has that Midas touch. His credentials list the distribution of record-breaking sales for his Blueprint and Reasonable Doubt albums and the creation of popular urban wear brand Rocawear, which is sold at major retailers. However, his successes have been matched by a failure along the way. Recently, Jay-Z sold his minority stake hold in the Brooklyn Nets, which was an extremely poor basketball team. Hopefully, his new agency will produce far more success than his previous venture into the world of sports.
Johan Schwartz shattered the Guinness World Record for longest sustained drift in a BMW M5 Sedan on ContiSportContact 5P’s at the BMW Performance Center in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday, May 11, 2013, when he completed a total of 322.5 laps around the 841-foot (circumference) BMW Performance Center skid pad. The ContiSportContact 5P is an original equipment (OE) tire on BMW. The ultra-high performance tire is tuned for drivers seeking grip in dry and wet conditions without sacrificing comfort and performance. The previous Guinness World Drift Record was set back in February in Abu Dhabi with a total distance of 6.94 miles (11.18 kilometers). As a kick-off event to a week of activities leading up to the BMW Charity Pro-Am, the event generated over $20,000 in charitable donations.