Documentary: The Lockheed YF-12

Lockheed YF-12

The Lockheed YF-12 Interceptor was the aircraft that would go on to become the SR-71 Blackbird – one of the most famous of all the Skunk Works projects. The YF-12 was capable of Mach 3 and above, it set 9 world records for speed and altitude in a single afternoon (later surpassed by the SR-71),…

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Packard Royal Streamliner Roadster

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The Packard Royal Streamliner Roadster is a one-off custom car fitted with a supercharged 1600 hp Packard V12 capable of putting down 3,000 ft lbs of torque at the rear wheels, and measuring in at 31 feet, 6 inches in length, and 13,200 lbs on the scales. Chip Foose worked closely with Rodney Rucker on…

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1981 Audi Quattro

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The original Audi Quattro, retroactively named the Ur-Quattro, is almost certainly the most important vehicle ever manufactured by the German automaker. The Quattro name is still used to denote all-wheel drive cars built by Audi, but with a lowercase “Q” in deference to the original car, which almost singlehandedly changed the face of international rallying….

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Lamborghini V10 Engine Coffee Table

Lamborghini V10 Engine Coffee Table

The Lamborghini V10 was released in 2003 mounted in the Gallardo (later used in the Huracan and R8), it’s an aluminium-alloy engine with 4 valves per cylinder, a 90° vee angle, a dry sump, and an 84.5 by 92.8 millimetre bore/stroke. This coffee table uses an original Lamborghini V10 block that’s been shot blasted and…

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Amphicar Model 770

Amphicar Model 770 Amphibious Car

The Amphicar holds the distinction of being one of history’s most successful amphibious cars, despite the fact that it was a bit of a sales disappointment when it was released in 1961. Initially estimates had put the anticipated sales figures close to 20,000 units per year but by the time production ceased in 1968 just…

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Jaguar Lightweight E-Type Number 15

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In 2014 Jaguar shocked and delighted the motoring world by announcing that they were going to build 6 more Lightweight E-Types – the original production run in the mid-1960s was intended to produce 18 cars and so 18 chassis numbers were assigned, but just 12 were built. Once the decision to restart production for the…

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Ringbrothers Carbon Fiber Mustang

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The Ford Mustang was first released in 1964. What happened next took Ford and the entire American automotive industry by surprise. The bean-counters at Ford had estimated that 100,000 Mustangs would be built in the first year, but the model proved so popular that this number flew by in just 3 months. By the end…

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The Engineering of Star Wars by Hans Jenssen

Star Wars by Hans Jenssen

Hans Jenssen is a staggeringly talented artist who was contracted by the team behind Star Wars in 1997 to create a series of hand-drawn illustrations of the inner engineering of various Star Wars vehicles and scenes. The fact that Hans doesn’t use any software or other digital means to create his work seems almost antiquated…

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The Automotive Art of Gregory Johnston

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Gregory Johnston is an artist with a deep passion for the golden era of European motorsports, for this collection he chose to use the materials and fabrication methods of the traditional Italian carrozzeria (coachbuilders). Johnston’s work incorporates parts, styles and methodology used by the engineers at Ferrari on both their sports cars and prototype racers, spanning…

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