Car hacks / Mods

Classic Volvo 142 Gets the DIY Electric Treatment

Kjell Ekelund is an interesting guy. A retired foreman with fifteen years of Volvo experience and plenty of time on his hands, Ekelund is an expert tinker- and an idealistic one, at that! That’s why he decided to build the car you see here: an all-electric Volvo 142. “I thought it was interesting to put an electric motor, for my grandchildren’s sake,” says Ekelund, who seems to want to inspire his grandchildren to build better, cleaner cars. “With ‘My grandfather’s electric car’,” he continues, “they can see what is possible.” Inspired or not, it’s unlikely Ekelund’s grandkids will get many speeding tickets in their electric 142. That’s because its top speed is just shy of 50 MPH. Even so, that’s plen...

THIS is the Tesla Model S Shooting Brake You Want

Say what you will about Tesla’s recently embattled CEO (I know I do!), but you can’t deny the company builds some awesome enthusiast cars. One look at an original Roadster or super-fast Model S is enough to get a gearhead’s blood running, sure– but even those awesome machines aren’t as exciting as that one-off coachbuilt Model S Shooting Brake that surfaced a few months ago. Now, though, there’s a new Model S shooting brake: and it’s amazing.   Tesla Model S Shooting Brake | Studio Gallery Built by the Dutch coachbuilders at RemetzCar, this one off Tesla does a much better job integrating the station wagon’s Shooting Brake’s added cargo capacity into the Model S’ swoopy lines than Phil Hayton’s Qwest-built car. The deta...

Orbis Ring Drive Brings Hybrid Power to 2WD Cars

The promise of in-wheel or “hub” electric motors has always been the easy electrification of existing, 2WD cars. Imagine turning a Ford Mustang or Chevy Corvette into an AWD, GTR-baiting hybrid supercar while- at the same time!- making it cleaner and greener on short commutes and errand runs, when the ICE motor is least efficient. It’s a heck of a dream, and one that Orbis is making a reality … with the already insanely fast Honda Civic Type R. Each Orbis wheel motor adds about 70HP to the vehicle’s output- making for an extra 140HP in total. More than enough, in other words, to take car’s performance to the next level and make it down to the Piggly Wiggly. Our good friend, HondaPro Jason, recently got a chance to meet up with the Orbis guys, and put tog...

K-Speed Honda Super Cub is the Sikkest Moped of 2018

Built in just 30 days t0 mark the launch of the 2018 Honda Super Cub, the K-Speed Honda Super Power Cub is already the Sikkest Moped of 2018!

New Ford F150 Hybrid Gets 50% More MPG (w/ Video)

New Ford F150 Hybrid developed by XLHybrids helps fleets get 50% better Fuel Economy without negatively affecting the factory warranty (w/ Video).

Found on Craigslist: Volvo 850 Tiny House in San Fran

Found on Craigslist: this classic Volvo 850 Wagon has been converted to a Tiny House - and, if you like it, you can buy it!

Recycled Hawtness: the Rosebery Double Decker Bus Bar

Recycled Hawtness: the Rosebery Double Decker Bus Bar, built by the Bus Business in the UK, is a high-end bar and restaurant on the go!

That Bespoke Tesla Wagon is Coming Along Nicely

That Bespoke Tesla Wagon (er, shooting brake- since it's in the UK) is Coming Along Nicely - and no one is as happily surprised as me!

Big V8 Breathes New Life into Classic Lotus Esprit

A 3.9L period-correct Rover V8 Breathes New Life into the Classic Lotus Esprit. It's for sale now, and its numerous updates might make it a great buy!

Where Have You Been? (the Standalone ECU Edition)

In an industry first, Speedriven has successfully installed and operated a standalone ECU system into a highly complicated Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG.

This Toyota Prius Was Built to Autocross (w/ Video)

With a Lotus and a Porsche as his weekend cars, this Toyota Prius owner was hoping for a bit more from his daily driver, so he made it something more.

PDU Launches E85 Conversion Mod for BMW N55 Engine

The BMW performance gurus over at Performance Design Unlimited have just launched an E85 fuel injection upgrade for BMW N55 turbo engines.