Blackprints Car Designs: Made By A Shape-Loving Lady

Whether it’s the shape of a woman or the shape of a car, it’s usually a guy doing the shape ogling. Not so this time. Sabrina Chun of San Francisco enjoys the shape of cars so much she’s created Blackprints; a series of striking art pieces that showcase some glorious rides in perfect black and white. Whether it’s a Porsche 911, ’67 Mustang GT500, or Lamborghini Countach, each print looks like it’d totally slay in whatever room you put it in. Plus it probably even smells nice since lady hands made it.

Espresso Veloce V12: Get Your Morning Runnin’

What do you get when you cross a NASCAR fan with a palate for fancy Italian coffees? Dalesimo Earnhardtorria? No. That’s silly. You get Espresso Veloce’s V12, an engine that doesn’t propel vehicles but rather your insides with delicious jolts of caffeine. Built with titanium, magnesium, and aluminum, and featuring oil filter-shaped coffee filters and exhaust tubes that deliver the rich goodness, it may be the ultimate combination of redneck and Riviera.

splitsecnd Emergency Assistance: Take On Any Tree

Why don’t more people turn daredevil and see what it’s like to smash their car into a tree? Because getting excavated from a wreck is a hassle–and that’s IF you can even find a buddy willing to schlep their way over to your smoldering carnage. But with splitsecnd ($200 and $15 monthly) you get an immediate response should your vehicle crash. No cellphone is needed as the device uses built-in location software to let 911 dispatchers know your whereabouts. Within seconds an emergency specialist contacts you to make sure you’re OK and ask if there’s anything you wanna angrily tweet about tree placements while you wait. Thoughtful!


We’ve seen a lot of iPod/iPhone audio docks, but not many of them make us say half-assed sentences like “What the? Wow. Is that? Heh. Whoa.” iXoost certainly does that. Entirely hand-built with a base made out of a solid block of aluminium, these automotive-inspired pieces of hardware pack serious panache. Each dock is finished with high-quality leather, and the exhaust manifolds and 140W active subwoofer are designed to yield exceptional audio. Just turn it up loud enough to drown out the inane babble from the guys who see this thing for the first time. (see above)

Dodge Challenger SRT Yellow Jacket and Charger SRT8 Super Bee

It’s a bug. It’s a bee. It’s…..the new 2012 Charger SRT8 Super Bee and Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket featuring Stinger Yellow and Pitch Black paint schemes. How clever. The Charger Super Bee package (available in yellow or black, of course), includes a  full sticker and stripe package highlighting the 3D helmeted bee logo along with five-spoke aluminum wheels with black painted pockets. The interior is accented with yellow and silver striping and stitching. Likewise, the Challenger Yellow Jacket is enveloped with more yellow and black, inside and out, while it proudly sports the new Yellow Jacket logo. Both models are equipped with a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine that cranks out 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The Challenger is available with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic, but the Charger offers only the automatic. The new insect collection, as I like to call it, from Chrysler, is bold, distinctive, and anything but subtle.

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Black Turbo Edition

Seeking a more sportier look, the Volkswagen wets the appetite with the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Black Turbo Edition. Limited to a release of 600, this special edition beetle hits 200 hp on a 2.0 liter TSI. Included are 18” alloys, red calipers, rear spoiler, fog lights and interior tri-color ambient lighting. Bluetooth and iPod connectivity come with the package also.

The release celebrates Volkswagen’s new Vehicle Pre-Order Program (VPO). Curious as to how many people are actually gonna preorder a vehicle online. After all, you’re not ordering a Tesla, something in high demand. You’re also not buying a book, a known, fixed item. Retails for $24,950. Preorder here.

Michelin Smart Jumper Cables

Have you ever pulled out a set of jumper cables and wondered which is the positive end and which is the negative? Don’t worry. Lots of people get this wrong. Michelin Smart Jumper Cables aim to simplify the jump start process. With its built-in polarity switching, positive and negative charges don’t matter anymore. Just connect the cables (don’t forget to ground one end) and check the LED light. If the control box lights up, you are good to go. It also comes with a surge protector to protect on-board electronics. Great for those in a hurry or less familiar with cars and electronics. Retails for $99 at Amazon and

Zagato Perana Z-One

You can add another mean machine to your shopping list. The Corvette-powered Zagato Perana Z-One will be available at the end of July. Well, at least preorders have begun. Running close to $120k US, production numbers will be restricted to 999. Besides its slick body, fans have gone gaga over the 442 hp 6.2-liter V8, coupled with the six-speed manual gearbox. Burn some serious rubber as it goes 0 – 100 km/h in less than 4 seconds. No girl can resist serious speed and muscle dressed up in a hot exterior.