Some say necessity is the father of all invention, others say nagging is the mother of all necessity. The Mill Blackbird on the other hand is the answer to a number of video production questions. How to shoot video of a car that doesn’t exist (yet or anymore)? How to render a car so realistically no-one can tell? How to make a Kia look like a Ferrari? The answer is send in the Mill Blackbird. Built in the same hanger as the legendary SR-71 Blackbird the Mill has some big shoes to fill and big questions to answer.
The Mill Blackbird is the world’s first fully adjustable car rig designed for use by cinematographers, an incredibly advanced photography platform as well as a fully marked up reference machine for rending a car onto, a blank.
Continue reading Mill Blackbird, the transformer that can be Any Car.
With his now even flashier Ford Fiesta in maximum drift mode for Gymkhana Eight Ken Block seems to own the streets and he puts ever bit of it to good use. The sideways antics are there as always but this time they seemed to have spared no expense, yes Ken Block has been set loose in Dubai.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the latest rubber melting video by the Hoonigans featuring the ultimate exotic playground of Dubai as a backdrop. Sit back relax and remember this is no ordinary Ford Fiesta.
Continue reading Ken Block in Gymkhana Eight.
The Siberian wilderness is one of the harshest environments on the planet, that’s why they built a Gulag there. In this environment everything has to be built tough to stand up to natures fury and the Sherp certainly is built tough, simple but tough. Whether its swimming across icy rivers or climbing rock piles the Sherp is the kind of tough that just keeps on going. Above all though the Sherp just looks like a lot of fun to drive. Testing an ATV’s limits is far more fun if you can transverse these challenges successfully.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the latest piece of Russian ingenuity, the love child of a quad bike and T82 tank that looks like more fun than is allowed in Siberia. Sit back relax and prepare to develop a serious case of big toy envy.
Continue reading The Sherp, an ATV That’s Siberian Tough.
With the battle to be king of the mountain taking place in Bathurst this weekend Car Advice have tested the best of Aussie V8 muscle against the electric wonder car, the Tesla Model S. A car with more torque than a small truck and four wheel drive that transmits all of that instant on electric power to the tarmac with computer precision. This IS the fastest four door sedan available bar none.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the Holden V8 Supercar and Walkinshaw HSV V8 lined up against the silent but deadly Tesla S. Buckle up in the back this is going to be one wild ride down the quarter mile.
Continue reading The Tesla S P85D versus Aussie V8 Muscle.
F1 drivers spend their days behind the wheel of some of the world’s fastest four wheeled speed machines which has the unfortunate side effect of making other cars simply a form of transport. These not so easily impressed professional drivers are rarely thrilled by thrashing even the sportiest of sport cars. Ferrari however may have created an exception to this rule as Sebastian Vettel can attest. One spin around the track in the FXX K was enough to cause Vettel to utter the helmet muffled words ‘Mamma mia! It goes like a rocket.’
Continue reading Sebastian Vettel takes the Ferrari FXX K for a Spin…
The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the 2015 Nismo Nissan GT-R both represent the solution to the problem of speed taken from completely different angles, both are completely different and both spectacular. They could also both be considered bargain supercars, performance without such a steep price tag, still out of the reach of most but just slightly out of reach.
Motor Trends have taken both supercars out for a test drive and the results are surprising on both parts. Presented for your viewing pleasure is the test drive video that just happens to include two of our favourite everyday supercars. Sit back, relax and remember to buckle up in the back, these are g machines.
Continue reading Vet versus Nismo GT-R, Things That Make You Go mmm…
AutoCar have recently had the privilege of taking out some of today’s most advanced automotive technology and they decided to have a drag race, tarmac melting fun. Lining up the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 and Ducati 1199 Superleggera in an attempt to answer the question on everyone’s mind ‘Which of the new hypercars is the fastest?’, along with the eternal question ‘2 wheels or 4?’
One interesting point to take out of the hyper drag race is the fact that some of the current superbikes are very close to making the hyper category. With better than one to one power to weight ration they have many of the required numbers to make it, although most lack the top speed. Here at Highpants we go by the following hypercar formula; one to one power to weight ration, top speed over 400kph/250mph and sub 3 second 0-100kph times.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the video evidence demonstrating just how quick hyper is. Far more than a fun way to spend a day the hyper drag race is the beginning of battle, a battle that requires hard numbers to decide the winner. Sit back, relax and remember to buckle up in the back.
Continue reading The Hyper Drag Race: McLaren P1 vs Porsce 918 Spyder vs Ducati 1199 Superleggara…
While many of us judge a good day based on the simple things in life, good food, good company or even getting everything you wanted for Christmas the lucky journalists at CAR Magazine TV have much higher standards. In their world a good day involves such things as spending the day testing the world’s most advanced Hypercars.
You really do know you’re having a good day when the toughest decision is ‘do I drive the LaFerrari or the McLaren P1?’ Both cars feature hybrid power trains that use electric motors to make them quicker, both have close to a 1 bhp per kilo power to weight ratio and both produce a grin inducing sound that will send shivers down your spine. Looks like its flip a coin time.
Continue reading LaFerrari vs McLaren P1: The Battle of the Hypercars Heats Up…
When it comes to affordable high performance cars a hot hatch is the car of choice, the only decision really is which make. Renault, VW and Ford have built a reputation for high performance compact cars but there is only one that’s rated R, the Honda Civic Type R.
With a loyal fan base and a unique mix of performance and reliability the Type R is back baby and this time it’s going to demolish the Germans, Italians and French. Eating euro trash for breakfast, wait that doesn’t sound right, the Type R is set to battle it out for the front wheel drive track record at Germany’s Nurburgring test track.
Continue reading The Hot Hatch Wars Heat Up, the 2015 Honda Civic Type R Draws Near…
Chris Harris has had the good fortune to be able to test drive many of the world’s most powerful supercars, but nothing he has done before could instil the look of fear as a ride with Ken Block in the Hoonicorn mad Mustang RTR. The 1965 Mustang built for the Gymkhana Seven video is no ordinary Mustang, demanding a special name the Hooligans christened her the Hoonicorn RTR (Ready To Race).
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the ride along that will leave as many skid marks in Harris’s pants as it does on the road. Sit back, relax and buckle up in the back, it’s going to be a wild ride.
Continue reading Riding Shotgun with Ken Block in the Hoonicorn Mustang RTR…