Since 2013, the Toyo Treadpass event has been one of the highlights of the Las Vegas-based aftermarket bacchanalia known as SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association). Every year in early winter the world’s best custom builders, largescale OEMs, armies of rim companies and makers of newfangled automotive trinkets and gadgets descend to Sin City for a week of vodka-lubricated hobnobbing, partying, deal brokering and — most importantly — showing off the world’s best customized cars. Truly the coolest vehicles on 2, 3, 4 and even 6-wheels.
It sounds like sacrilege: a four-wheel-drive Ferrari with snow tires, back seats, and—wait for it—a hatchback. What the hell is going on here? Was the storied Italian supercar manufacturer taken over by Subaru?
Before the new Ford Ranger mid-size pickup has even arrived in the U.S., Ford has unveiled a high-performance desert-shredding Raptor version that’s poised to challenge the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 that we found so impressive in off-road testing. What’s different about the hot-rod Raptor compared to the regular Ranger? Almost everything.
With the Hummer H1 no longer for sale, there hasn’t been an intimidating military-inspired SUV available for drivers looking to maximize their visual impact, but Rezvani Motors, creators of the Beast supercar, are filling that void with their newest creation, the Tank.
We all love trucks, but we love them that much more when they’ve been properly upgraded and modified to truly unstoppable status. If there is a bit of bling or blacked-out badness thrown in, so much the better.
For most of Cape York, the remote peninsula north of Cairns that runs parallel to the Great Barrier Reef, the nearest major city isn’t even in Australia, it’s in Papua New Guinea. You know, where head-hunting was a thing up until a couple of decades ago. We just drove through it on the most challenging off-road trail down under.