Archived Articles: Vehicles & Mods

Cars are just too commonplace these days, with so few things to set apart one style or model from the next. Here are some excellent examples of creative hacks, scientific mods and artistic makeovers that will make you marvel at once-conventional vehicle types from cars, bikes and trucks to planes, boats and submarines.

Tsunami Ark: Handmade Flood-Proof Floating Wood Capsule

Former Facebook and PayPal employee Chris Robinson is two years into an epic backyard project rising behind his home in Palo Alto: a structure dubbed the ...

Need a Lift? Road Elevator Boosts Cyclists up Steep Hills

If there’s a particularly daunting hill on your cycling or stroller-pushing route, you may have already thought to yourself, “I wish there were ...

HalfBike: Compact Standing Cycle Design Goes Anywhere

How compact can a bicycle get, enabling it to go anywhere in the city that you do? The Halfbike is an intriguing step forward for ultra-packable bikes ideally ...

Shabby Cabbie: 15 Abandoned Taxis & Cab Graveyards

Taxis have a checkered history and few mourn when one or more of the used, abused and disused private transit vehicles reaches the end of the meter.

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Railroaded: 9 Nifty Abandoned Train Car Graveyards

Where do obsolete trains go when they die? Many end up in railroad graveyards where these former station-stopping locomotives stay stopped and stationary.

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Instant Monster Truck: Converting Cars into Snowmobiles

Anyone who has driven in heavy snow has witnessed an overconfident driver in a 4×4 go whizzing down the icy street only to fishtail or veer off into a ...

Bike Tire Tent: Compact Travel Shelter Wraps Inside Wheels

For the cycling nomad, this design uses space you never knew you had, and helps free up room in front-of-handlebar baskets or on above-back-tire racks for ...

LEGO Hot Rod: 500,000-Piece Working Replica Runs on Air

This hot rod might not be much faster than a bicycle, but the fact that it runs at all is extraordinary given that it’s made of 500,000 Lego bricks and ...

Top Choppers: 15 High-Flying Helicopter Designs & Drones

Everybody’s buzzing about Amazon Prime Air, which will bring the products you order from the mega-retailer to your doorstep in just 30 minutes via ...

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Only in Russia: World’s First Floating Nuclear Power Plant

It sounds at best far-fetched and at worst frightening, at least at first, but this unique water-based energy station is already under construction and is ...

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