Add a couple of seats to your snowmobile with Equinox’s Snowcoach, a roomy capsule with seating for two (a pair of children or one adult plus one child) that attaches quickly to your vehicle using a limited rotational hitch. High performance gas shock suspension and padded seating make for a comfortable ride, while numerous safety features — including seat belts, reflectors, and brake/running lights — ensure visibility and the well-being of your passengers. And once spring hits and the snow’s melted, an optional conversion kit adds wheels to let you trail the Snowcoach behind your ATV.
Learn more at Equinox – $2000
Swiss+Tech has a way of packing loads of functionality into tiny tools, but their BodyGard XL7 takes it to a ridiculous level. This diminutive gadget is loaded with a slew of crucial roadside tools including a glass breaker, seat belt cutter, LED flashlight, emergency flasher, sonic alarm, tire depth indicator, and tire pressure gauge, all in a device smaller than typical stand-alone gauges. Throw it in the glovebox and hope you never have to use it, but on the off chance you do you’ll be glad you were prepared.
Pick one up on Amazon – $13 for one or 17$ for two
It’s back in a big way, and it’s better than ever. Ford announced the return of the Shelby GT350 Mustang just in time for the line’s 50 year anniversary, equipping this thoroughbred with their most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever — a 5.2-litre V8 pumping out over 500 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft of torque — that’s coupled to a six-speed manual transmission, the stiffest Mustang platform ever, and a lower, aerodynamically enhanced design. In any case, it successfully embodies Carroll Shelby’s idea of transforming a solid everyday car into a track-worthy contender.
Learn more at Ford – $TBA
Launched two years ago on Kickstarter, Boosted Boards have come a long way since their humble beginnings. Built around a flexible bamboo Vanguard deck, these longboards boast a single or dual electric motor powering their rear wheel(s) to power forward at speeds of up 22 mph for 6 or 7 miles, even tackling relatively steep inclines (from 15% to 25% depending on the model) with ease. Intuitively, acceleration and braking is controlled using a wireless handheld remote and — fortunately — smoothed out thanks to software and sensors across several modes of expertise (beginners can learn without flying off thanks to speed and torque limits). And with a charge time of 90 minutes and a weight of 15 pounds, there’s little excuse to grab your push-powered longboard over a Boosted Board.
Compare the models at Boosted Boards – $1,000 to 1,500 [via]
The contrast between the serenity of being on water and the cacophonous roar of an outboard motor is rather sharp. Unlike its gasoline-powered brethren, Quadrofoil instead slices across the surface silently at up to 21 knots using an electric motor and C-foil technology to effectively float its chassis above water, running for up to 100 km on a single charge. It also steers like a car and boasts an integrated touchscreen display in its steering wheel, boasts numerous safety measures including an unsinkable hull and safety gear plus paddle, and offers ergonomic seating for two, keeping both driver and passenger perfectly dry.
Read more at Quadrofoil – roughly $18,700+
The enigmatic D in Elon Musk’s recent tweet stood for Dual, as in dual motor. If you’re wondering why you should care, the answer’s pretty simple: the P85D. This flagship version of Tesla’s Model S adds a second 221 horsepower electric motor to drive the car’s front wheels (read: four wheel drive), totalling 691 horsepower in all to launch this sedan from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds flat — as fast as a McLaren F1 but with far more trunk space. Every new Tesla also includes Auto Pilot mode which, while not actually taking the job of driving away from you just yet, surveys the road and surrounding vehicles using cameras and ultrasonic sensors to both smoothly execute lane change maneuvers just by flicking on your turn signal and reduce speed by interpreting speed limit signs. And if that all extra power proves unnecessary, grab a standard Model S with D option for better traction and more efficient energy recovery, actually resulting in 10 extra miles of range.
Hit up Tesla for details – $120,000
Sure, the Asterion might not look like a typical Lamborghini on the outside, but it’s under the hood that this four-wheeled machine really sets itself apart from the automakers’ other models. Built on a carbon fiber monocoque with aluminum front and rear frames, the Asterion packs a mid-mounted naturally aspirated. 5.2-liter V10 alongside two electric motors and a large lithium battery for a combined output of 910 horsepower. This buys you a no-compromise top speed of 199 mph, a 0 to 62 time of three seconds flat, and a clean conscience in knowing that you’re treading lightly on the environment with its combined fuel consumption of 4.12 liters per 100km (56 mpg).
And while it’s still a concept right now, we’d bet we’ll see a street-ready Asterion before too long. Read more at Lamborghini – $TBA
Sometimes it’s all about being seen. Whether at that swanky fundraiser or your neighborhood block party, getting noticed is what it’s about. LightMode knows the importance of being seen, albeit far from that trivial and pretentious socialite drivel: their Electroluminescent Motorcycle Helmet greatly increases rider visibility and thus safety. Utilizing electroluminescent (EL) materials, these helmets are surrounded completely in an attention-getting glow, all while looking like a computer programmer sucked into a mainframe. Each kit comes in one of five colors – aqua, red, white, green, and blue – and is powered by two AA batteries in three modes: constant glow, blink and off. When used with 2,000 mAh NiMH rechargables these lights can run up to 13 hours. And for those who like to get their hands dirty, a kit is available to turn your helmet into a neon sign for your head; alternatively, complete, pre-wired helmets are available.
Learn more at Kickstarter – $63+ (conversion kit) to $266+ (helmet included)
Apparently, the Venom GT’s title for world’s fastest production car – at 270.49 mph (435 km/h), by the way – didn’t quite satisfy Hennessey. The speed-hungry tuning house is already working on its successor, the aptly named Venom F5, 5 to denote the strongest tornadoes on the Fujita scale. With looks to match its advanced aerodynamics and a low curb weight thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum, this machine has a leg up on its predecessor from the get go, even before we mention the ludicrous estimated 1,400bhp churned out by its twin-turbo V8. So what will this amount of car get you? A blistering predicted top speed of 290 mph (466 km/h), at least on paper – finding a suitable road or track to test it yourself might prove… difficult.
Hit up Hennessey for details – $TBA (but likely over $1.2M)
Technically more motorcycle than car, the Polaris Slingshot is nothing if not bang for your buck. This 1,700lbs three-wheeler is driven by a disproportionately powerful 173 horsepower-, 166 ft-lbs torque-producing 2.4-liter GM Ecotec inline-4 coupled to a five speed manual transmission, with yet unrevealed performance specs – though we’re confident they’re going to be ludicrous. And while it’s not subject to the same strenuous safety laws and regulations as four-wheelers, the Slingshot comes stock with ABS, traction control, electronic stability control, and large 298mm vented disc brakes both front and back. Only catch: you’ll need a motorcycle license to drive one in most states.
Learn more at Polaris – $20,000+