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Speedycopter, World's First Amphibious Car Made From Helicopter3m36s

Speedycopter, World's First Amphibious Car Made From Helicopter

We are sure you have already heard about amphibious cars but check out this speedycopter, a street-legal amphibious car made from a helicopter. Ambitious mechanic Jeff Bloch has spent 3000 hours converting a Vietnam attack chopper and an 86 Toyota chassis into one vehicle capable of operating on land and water. In addition to being street-legal and race-ready, it is also fully amphibious. Are you impressed? Jeff Bloch, 45, also known as the Speedycop, worked hard and managed to merge a Vietnam attack chopper with an 86 Toyota chassis and create one very unique and practical vehicle. In 2016, Jeff and his team joined forces and worked hard for six months to successfully built one incredible ‘speedycopter’ vehicle. It is a 1969 Bell OH-58 Kiowa Vietnam attack aircraft sitting on an 86 Toyota van chassis. Using a 2002 Audi Quattro V6 engine, the vehicle can do 0-60mph in an impressive eight seconds. Jeff is well-known in the engineering world for his whacky creations, including the world’s first sideways VW camper van and an upside down Camwith aro racer, and now adding this amphibious vehicle to the collection, Jeff admitted that the helicopter car is one of his most popular builds. Obviously, people are amazed with this creation because they haven’t seen a road-racing helicopter before, and certainly not one that is amphibious. Unfortunately, Jeff and his team had only two months to enjoy their little invention, because their beloved helicopter car dramatically caught on fire and was destroyed soon after.

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Published: December 1, 2017Updated: December 2, 2017458 viewsVirality: 1%
Italian Hairstylist Transformed Her Vehicle By Covering It With Human Hair3m22s

Italian Hairstylist Transformed Her Vehicle By Covering It With Human Hair

This Italian hairstylist has spent more than €80,000 covering her car in human hair. Maria Lucia Mugno holds the official Guinness World Record for owning the world’s hairiest car which took her more than 150 hours to complete. Today, Maria’s Fiat 500 is concealed in 100 kg of women’s natural hair that she acquired from India. The 47-year-old draw inspiration from a bet, whilst she was working, when her friend challenged her to make a car that was entirely covered in real hair and thought that she wasn’t capable of completing the mission. When this friend saw her finished work of art, he was completely shocked by what she made out of the car, and won the first Guinness World Record for it in the process. Who would have thought that a bet can cost you a Guinness World Record. Talk about the prize! Maria’s car is still drivable, as she made it street legal and refrained from covering the engine in hair. She drives her car about once a week or sometimes even more if there’s an occasion. Of course, this comes as a shock to many people who spot her, because it’s something strange, unusual and new vehicle. At first, they think it’s a creature, an animal or even a very weird thing, however when they see it’s actually hair, it disgusts them. Nonetheless, they do understand that it took a meticulous process to construct and are amazed. With one kilogram of hair costing €800, Maria calculated that she had spent €80,000 on the transformation of her car. Maria also has to ‘service’ her vehicle once a week in order to keep it clean and in a respectable condition. Talk about pimp my ride!

Mechanic Builds His Own Formula 1 3m17s

Mechanic Builds His Own Formula 1

A genius mechanic from Bosnia and Herzegovina has spent two years building his very own Formula 1 car from scratch. After attending a car event in Belgrade, supercar fanatic Misho Kuzmanovic decided to make his childhood dreams come true by constructing his own race-car. Misho worked long days and nights to complete his passion project, putting in more than 1,000 hours of labor – and spending an estimated £20,000 in the process. Now, Misho’s efforts have been rewarded as he can drive the vehicle around his hometown, Prnjavor, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, after making it fully road-legal. “My Formula car as it is, isn’t identical to the Formula 1 car. It is built from my own vision, from my own aspiration" says the supercar fanatic. “The main construction and design was all done by me. My friends and family helped me as well." While the vehicle can reach top speed of about 100 miles per hour, Misho, who has been dubbed as “Misho Schumacher" in his local town, says he built the car for enjoyment, rather than racing. He admits that the car’s overall weight is too much for the 100 horsepower engine. Misho also admits that he had to install a second seat in the vehicle, since his wife was questioning his intentions. How about that - a Formula 1 car for the whole family! Videographer / director: Jasmin Brutus Producer: Danny Baggott, James Thorne Editor: James Thorne

Taxi Transformed Into Rat-Rod In Seven Days  | RIDICULOUS RIDES3m30s

Taxi Transformed Into Rat-Rod In Seven Days | RIDICULOUS RIDES

AN ECCENTRIC mechanic has converted a London taxi into a crazy rat-rod van in just seven days. 44-year-old Paul Bacon, from Leicestershire, spent £450 on a traditional black cab and with the help of some timber, fibreglass and expanding foam he managed to construct a rusty rat-rod that he now uses for work. It took Paul just a week to finish the project – and he admits that he can no longer drive around his local town without receiving a few strange looks. Videographer / director: Alex Wilkinson Producer: Danny Baggott, Ruby Coote Editor: Thom Johnson AN ECCENTRIC mechanic has converted a London taxi into a crazy rat-rod van in just seven days. 44-year-old, Paul Bacon, spent £450 on a traditional black cab and with the help of some timber, fibreglass and expanding foam he managed to construct a rusty rat-rod that he now uses for work. It took Paul just a week to finish the project – and he admits that he can no longer drive around his local town without receiving a few strange looks. Paul, from Leicestershire, told Barcroft TV: “A lot of people that first see the van say it looks like something from a horror movie. “But really, I just needed a van real quick. “Initially, I was looking at taxis to use their chassis, but then it occurred to me I could actually take one and convert it into a van. “So I bought a taxi for around £450, I cut the back end off, built a timber frame and then started to construct the new shape.” Paul did the majority of the work on the taxi inside his workshop at Cyclone Works. The entire process cost a little over £1,000 – which Paul thinks is money well spent. “I use the van every day as my own personal transport so you know it’s pretty good,” he said. “A lot of people smile, people wave, people come out and ask me a lot of questions about the van. “It starts every morning, carries a lot of junk in the back – that’s all you need from a van really.” With a rusty paint exterior, Paul added a cyclone-style cooler on the side of his front window to maintain the rat-rod theme. The driver’s seat is taken from a 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow that Paul predicted would fit perfectly. The engine is a standard 2.7 Nissan diesel that comes in all London taxis and whilst the van was never built for speed, Paul has managed to reach 65mph. He said: “I’ve really liked cars all my life – particularly custom cars and hot-rods. “And this is the most usable vehicle I have built. It doesn’t have a sparkling performance, but it has bullet-proof reliability.” ENDS.

Meet The World’s First Monster Truck Kids Team2m21s

Meet The World’s First Monster Truck Kids Team

A group of youngsters are breathing new life into the world of monster trucks, as they complete death defying stunts despite their tender age. Known as Team Kid KJ, the team was formed in 2010 by monster truck enthusiast Tod Weston and his son, Kaid ‘KJ’ Jaret Olson-Weston, 14, who was the squad’s first member since the age of 5 and a half. Noticing his son’s early passion for the extreme sport, Tod was determined to satisfy the kid’s need for speed with the creation of the team and to encourage other young people to get involved and join the team. The team now boasts 20 full time members from across the United States and performs in more than 60 shows a year. Only the most talented and mature drivers are considered for a place in the team, and there is another requirement to join the team, which is to have more A's than B's in the grade paper in order to keep a place in the team. Meet Team Kid KJ, world's first monster truck kid's team made up entirely of pre-teens and teenagers. KJ, the son after whom the team got its name, says in an interview addressed to fans that it is a lot of fun going uphill and do jumps with the guys, but admits that he was a little unaligned with his jumps at first. Must be very fun to have Monster Truck adventures served for lunch every single day. Way to go guys! Videographer / director: Team Kid KJ Producer: Bunmi Adigun, Ruby Coote Editor: Marcus Cooper

Amphibious Houseboat Hits The Road | Ridiculous Rides3m43s

Amphibious Houseboat Hits The Road | Ridiculous Rides

A GENIUS mechanic has merged a 32ft houseboat with a three-wheel tractor to create the most unorthodox vehicle – an amphibious driving houseboat. In the summer of 2016, Theon Parseghian used a derelict 1967 houseboat and a crop-sprayer tractor to engineer a practical vehicle that operates on both land and water. Theon, who spent $10,000 bringing his project to life, originally built the vehicle because he thought it would be “cool” to do so, but since then more than 500 people turned up to witness its launch in New York. Videographer / director: Theonomics Producer: Danny Baggott, Ruby Coote Editor: James Thorne

World’s Fastest Shed Hits Record Breaking 96mph | Ridiculous Rides3m09s

World’s Fastest Shed Hits Record Breaking 96mph | Ridiculous Rides

British gardener Kevin Nicks has smashed through his official record for the world’s fastest shed - by reaching a top speed of 96.8 mph. The 52 year-old, from Chipping-Norton in Oxfordshire, surpassed his previous record by 8mph on Saturday August 19, at the Wheelie and Top Speed Championships event at Elvington Airfield in York. Kevin was hoping to break the 100mph mark and only fell short due to high winds and adverse weather conditions. But thanks to the added nitrous boost he recently installed on the back of the unorthodox vehicle, Kevin was able to power through and officially break his existing record. It took £5,000 and seven months of Kevin’s life to turn his old Volkswagen Passat into a shed that can ride the roads. The resulting vehicle weighs two metric tons and has a 2.8 liter V6 petrol engine, originally with 200-brake horsepower,and the nitrous adding an extra 75. “You know, I own the world’s fastest shed and it’s an idea I came up with, I built and I got it fully approved and road legal.” Kevin said. “I got into the racing events, the top speed events and I travel all over the country racing it. People often say it’s mad – they say it’s brilliant. But the good thing for me, it just makes people smile.” Videographer / director: David Hare Producer: Danny Baggott, Ruby Coote Editor: James Thorne

The £40 Million Classic Car Collection4m54s

The £40 Million Classic Car Collection

CAR enthusiast Rodger Dudding has amassed the biggest collection of classic cars in Britain - worth an estimated £40million. The business magnate started his collection back in the late 60s when he purchased a Jensen Interceptor FF and hasn’t looked back since. With more than 350 vehicles in his collection Mr Dudding, 79, is still planning to add to his ever expanding fleet of iconic cars after recently finishing work on his latest garage development which cost a whopping £7 million to build. The multi-millionaire’s love of cars started as a teenager when his father purchased a 1952 Morris Minor, which takes pride of place in his collection today. Videographer / director: Marcus Hessenberg Producer: Bunmi Adigun, Ruby Coote Editor: Alberto Falcone

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Published: August 17, 2017Updated: August 18, 201728 views
Truck Enthusiasts Get Down And Dirty At Louisiana Mudfest1m58s

Truck Enthusiasts Get Down And Dirty At Louisiana Mudfest

FANS of big trucks and muddy fields shared their love for the unique pastime at this years Trucks Gone Wild showcase. The high octane event took place at Louisiana Mudfest, an all purpose venue for off road driving enthusiasts to rip through muddy fields. Crowds from all over the United States descended to the latest trucks gone wild event in Louisiana to take part in four days of competitions, entertainment and parties. Thousands of spectators were left drenched in wet mud as they were treated to a mud shower courtesy of the show’s participants. Videographer / director: Prime Cut Pro Producer: Bunmi Adigun, Nick Johnson Editor: Marcus Cooper

Trippy Tippy Hippy Van Will Leave You In Awe2m48s

Trippy Tippy Hippy Van Will Leave You In Awe

A mechanic has managed to transform a 1970’s VW camper into the one of the world’s wackiest race cars by putting it on its side. Jeff Bloch, 44 aka Speedycop has made a name for himself for his outlandish race car builds which, include an upside down Chevrolet Camaro and a plane that was converted into a street legal vehicle. The veteran cop of 21 years took just five weeks to create the car which he has dubbed the, Trippy Tippy Hippy Van. The car is named appropriately as it really does trip you out when you see it driving on the road! This has to be one of the most unique race cars in the world! Who would have thought that a van tipped on it's side would make such a good car? What we do know is that his is one video that you are not going to want to miss! Please share this video with your family and friends as this will surely make them smile! Have you ever seen a unique car like this? How would you react if you saw this driving on the road? Let us know down in the comments section! Videographer / director: Speedycop Producer: Bunmi Adigun, Nick Johnson Editor: Jay Sohrabi

The Top 5 Wildest Porsche Rear Wings3m33s

The Top 5 Wildest Porsche Rear Wings

INSIDE one of the most advanced wind tunnels in the world, Porsche discloses five incredible rear wings for the third episode of its weekly YouTube series. With a blower-output horsepower of 9,000 and an eight metre diameter, the wind tunnel has tested the rear wings and their performance inside Porsche's Weissach development center. Presented by former race director, Norbert Singer, the renowned Porsche 935 Moby Dick grabbed number one spot in the rankings with its expansive, yet lightweight, rear wing. The other electrifying Porsche cars with the wildest rear wings featured in the video were: the Porsche 911 RS 2.7, the Porsche 959, the Porsche Cayman GT4 and the Porsche Panamera Turbo. To see more Porsche ‘Top 5’ videos visit: www.youtube.com/porsche Credit: Porsche

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Published: March 24, 2017Updated: March 29, 201775 views
Top 5 Porsche Technologies That Made It From The Racetrack To The Street3m16s

Top 5 Porsche Technologies That Made It From The Racetrack To The Street

PORSCHE has revealed their top five technologies that made the incredible transition from the racetrack to the street, in the fourth episode of a weekly YouTube series. Former Porsche world champion rally driver Walter Röhl presented the episode from the track located in Weissach that is part of the Porsche development center. The E-Performance Concept ranked top of the technological transitions with its performance and eco-friendly advantages. The other technologies that made the list included turbochargers, ceramic disk brakes, mode switch and carbon fiber reinforced polymer. The Porsche 356 was the first model that moved from the racetrack to the street. To see more Porsche ‘Top 5’ videos visit: www.youtube.com/porsche Credit: Porsche

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Published: March 23, 2017Updated: March 29, 201743 views
Pimped Up E-Bike Drives Like A Car: RIDICULOUS RIDES3m03s

Pimped Up E-Bike Drives Like A Car: RIDICULOUS RIDES

A SPORTS enthusiast has developed the first all weather, four-wheel e-bike that looks exactly like a miniature car. Design engineer Mikael Kjellman produced the crazy PodRide vehicle in Sweden with the basic idea of creating a weather protected and more comfortable bicycle. Making use of an electric motor, this road-legal e-bicycle car can travel long distances both easier and cheaper whilst maintaining an eco-friendly journey. Videographer / director: PodRide Producer: Danny Baggott, Nick Johnson Editor: Jack Stevens, Joshua Douglas

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Published: March 23, 2017Updated: March 27, 2017230 viewsVirality: 1%
The Top 5 Best Porsche Sounds3m05s

The Top 5 Best Porsche Sounds

Five of the most iconic sounding Porsche cars have been revealed in the ultimate Weissach sound chamber for the second episode of a weekly YouTube series. Located in Porsche's development centre in Germany, high-tech microphones have measured the electrifying sounds as the roaring engines are let loose. The Carrera GT claimed the number one spot with its special 10-cylinder V-engine that delivers one of the most unique sounds in the Porsche range. The other selected engine sounds included those from the 918 Spyder, the 911 GT3 RS, the 550 Spyder and the 911 Carrera RS 2.7. To see more Porsche ‘Top 5’ videos visit: www.youtube.com/porsche Credit: Porsche

Top 5 Rare Porsche Cars3m00s

Top 5 Rare Porsche Cars

Porsche has opened the vaults of its amazing museum to reveal five rare and unique production models from its collection in the first episode of a weekly YouTube series. In the depths of the top secret Porsche Museum warehouse in Stuttgart, Dieter Landenberger (Head of Historical Archive) showcased the incredible cars and their exquisite features. Built in 1953, the 356 America Roadster leads the way as one of the rarest Porsche factory models – with only 16 of its kind ever built, RM Sotheby’s estimates the current worth of the car to be approximately $638,050 (£511,873). Displaying the poise and power of this iconic brand, the other rare Porsche models on the list included the 911 SC/RS, the 911 GT1, the 924 Carrera GTS and the 964 Turbo S. To see more Porsche ‘Top 5’ videos visit: www.youtube.com/porsche Credit: Porsche

Qatar’s Multi-Million Dollar Supercar Meet: RIDICULOUS RIDES1m59s

Qatar’s Multi-Million Dollar Supercar Meet: RIDICULOUS RIDES

A GROUP of luxury car owners show off their awesome line-up of supercars during their latest meet. The car club which goes by the name, QTR Elite Team - short for Qatar EliteTeam - is based in Doha and boasts some of the world’s most luxurious cars. The recent meet was filmed by British car enthusiast James Jago and featured a host of supercars including two £300,000 Lamborghini Aventador SVs, a Maserati GranTurismo and a Porsche GT3. Videographer / director: James GTR Producer: Bunmi Adigun, Ruby Coote Editor: Joshua Douglas

Insane $500,000 Holographic Lamborghini Aventador: RIDICULOUS RIDES1m31s

Insane $500,000 Holographic Lamborghini Aventador: RIDICULOUS RIDES

A CAR enthusiast enjoyed the opportunity of a lifetime by driving a rare, modified Lamborghini worth more than half a million dollars. Japanese car culture expert, Steve Feldman put the limited edition Lamborghini Aventador Roadster through its paces during an epic night drive in Tokyo. Released in 2013 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lamborghini, only 100 anniversary Aventador Roadster models were built, and this model has been customized with $20,000 of LED lights and a $10,000 holographic vinyl wrap. Videographer / director: Steve’s POV Producer: Bunmi Adigun, Ruby Coote Editor: James Thorne

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Published: January 31, 2017321 viewsVirality: 11%
Rolls Royce Gets Incredible Rat Rod Makeover: RIDICULOUS RIDES4m05s

Rolls Royce Gets Incredible Rat Rod Makeover: RIDICULOUS RIDES

A TEAM of maverick mechanics have completed an incredible transformation of a classic Rolls Royce once owned by eccentric British aristocrat, Lord Tredegar. Dubbed the Rolls Royce rat rod, the car takes its inspiration and design from traditional rat rods, which typically involve customising cars from the early 20th century. Mechanic Sam Hard, 29, from Farnham, Hampshire, headed up the team responsible for the audacious build, which proved a big hit at the recent SEMA car show in Las Vegas. Videographer / director: Sam Hard Producer: Bunmi Adigun, Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas

Tokyo’s $10 Million Lamborghini Car Run2m17s

Tokyo’s $10 Million Lamborghini Car Run

LAMBORGHINI owners across Tokyo came together to take part in a car meet of epic proportions. With a combined value of nearly 10 million dollars the Lambos featured models from different eras in the manufacturer’s history in a wide range of customised styles and colors. Fans of the Italian supercar can count themselves lucky as the annual event was documented by car enthusiast, and purveyor of Japanese car culture, Steve Feldman. Going by the moniker Steve’s POV, the American travels around Japan documenting events and crazes in the car mad nation for his YouTube channel. Videographer / director: Steve’s POV Producer: Bunmi Adigun, Ruby Coote Editor: Dan Cousins

Ice Tyres: Lexus Designs Impressive Wheels Made Out Of Frozen Water3m36s

Ice Tyres: Lexus Designs Impressive Wheels Made Out Of Frozen Water

THE  ice car of Batman villain Mr Freeze is no longer fantasy - Lexus have crafted the world’s first set of working wheels and tyres made from frozen water. London’s Hamilton Ice Sculptors took on the world first project, attaching the frozen H2O wheels to a Lexus NX that was stored for nearly a week at -30°C. Each ice tyre took four sculptors and 36 hours to complete, built from laser scanned designs of the car’s original wheels. Acrylic inserts were added to make sure the vehicle did not collapse under its own weight. Engineers also embedded blue lights in the icy wheels to give them a watery glow.   Videographer / Director: Lexus UK Producer: Tom Gillespie, Nick Johnson Editor: Kyle Waters

World Record: Tightest Ever 360 Degree Spin Performed By Driver3m22s

World Record: Tightest Ever 360 Degree Spin Performed By Driver

A FEARLESS stunt driver squeezes his way into the record books by executing the world’s tightest ever 360 degree spin. Petrolhead Alastair Moffatt travelled at a speed of roughy 30mph down a narrow lane of cars. The professional stunt driver, of Stunt Drive UK, spun his Subaru BRZ 360 degrees then accelerated to the end of the course - all in one continuous motion. Alastair's car was slightly over 4m long and the gap allowed for just 2.25m of clearance for him to complete the stunt - smashing the previous record of 2.5m.   Videographer / Director: John Robertston Producer: Tom Gillespie, Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas

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Published: December 20, 2016821 viewsVirality: 20%
Inventor Builds Steampunk Inspired Automatron Car4m53s

Inventor Builds Steampunk Inspired Automatron Car

ECCENTRIC British inventor Paul Bacon has gone 'full steam ahead' on his latest customised car. Dubbed the “Automatron", Paul’s latest steampunk-style creation is his most expensive build to date and is still not completed. Looking like something out of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the Automatron boasts a supercharged V8 engine and uses a switch gear from a Lancaster Bomber to start. The front wheels are from an Austin 7 and he has used the biggest street legal tyres for the rear wheels. Videographer / director: Jack Stevens Producer: Tom Gillespie, Nick Johnson Editor: Jack Stevens

Lil Big Rigs: Mechanic Gives Pickup Trucks An Eighteen-Wheeler Makeover3m03s

Lil Big Rigs: Mechanic Gives Pickup Trucks An Eighteen-Wheeler Makeover

A TRUCKING enthusiast has created his very own micro-machines by shrinking the traditional American big rig down to the size of a pick up. Bob Suffern and his all female team specialise in creating the miniature trucks for fans across the world. Bob, originally from Melbourne, Australia, came up with the idea in 1999, and has been selling the kits since 2003. Unusually, the truck customisation business in Nashville, Tennessee, has an all-female workforce. Videographer / director: Penny Adams Producer: Jack McKay, Nick Johnson Editor: Jack Stevens

Pimped-up Vans: Japanese Auto Enthusiasts Customise Rides With Crystals And Cool LEDs1m31s

Pimped-up Vans: Japanese Auto Enthusiasts Customise Rides With Crystals And Cool LEDs

A GANG of Japanese car fanatics show off their custom rides and driving skills. Filmed in March 2015, this amazing footage was taken by American petrol head Steve Feldman, 45 in Japan's fourth most populated city Nagoya. Car and motorcycle gangs, also known as Bosozoku, are controversial in the land of the rising sun for their love of loud engines and bright customisations. During his trip, Bronx born Steve met one of the female members who had spent around $50,000 modifying her pink Honda Vamos van covering it in Swarovski crystals and LED lights. Videographer / director: Steve’s POV Producer: Mark Hodge, Nick Johnson Editor: Jack Stevens

Flying Car ‘Coming Soon': Futuristic Prototype Unveiled2m23s

Flying Car ‘Coming Soon': Futuristic Prototype Unveiled

A HIGH-flying company is hoping that futuristic airborne cars will soon become a reality. Massachusetts-based Terrafugia, which was founded in 2006 by a team of MIT graduates, plans to start selling its flying car, named the TF-X, in as little as eight years. And the manufacturer expects to have developed full-size unmanned prototypes of the TF-X by 2018. The TF-X is still in the early stages of development but Terrafugia, which is derived from the Latin for ‘escape the earth’, predicts production in the next 8-12 years. The flying car will have a range of up to 500 miles and cruise top speeds of up to 200mph. To learn more about Terrafugia’s projects, visit their website: www.terrafugia.com. Videographer / director: Terrafugia Producer: Mark Hodge, Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas, Ian Phillips