Top 10 Scary as Hell Films featuring Automobiles – with Video

Via: TFLtruck.com

Here are the Top 10 scary and creepy truck and car movies counted down. Halloween is almost upon us, and there is no better time to watch these classic scary movies that involve trucks. The movies listed here are Rated R. They are not for kids or the faint of heart.

FREEWAY

This 1996 little gem fell off the radar but, it’s a cult classic. One of the first big roles for Reese Witherspoon, this is a rather unusual take on “Little Red Ridding Hood.” Freeway covers many sadistic areas of life from the believable to the fantastic. Many of the pivotal scenes take place in cars (and a trailer). Mix a better-than-you-might-think story together with the title and you have a horrific flick good enough for all hallows eve.

JOY RIDE

This 2001 Paul Walker suspense/horror flick had shades of “Duel” and “The Hitcher” intertwined with modern, fun dialogue. A cruel CB joke (seriously, who uses CB now-a-days?) goes awry leaving deathly consequences. There are some great scenes mixed with sadistic stuff, and some great one liners from Steve Zahn. Look folks, don’t ever mess with truckers!

HIGHWAYMEN

There’s lots of great car action in this 2003 Jim Caviezel flick, but it has a weak plot and lacks a concise story. I wasn’t pleased with the bad-guy’s car (’72 El Dorado grandma–mobile), but loved Caviezel’s beefed up 1968 Plymouth Barracuda. He’s seeking to stop the Caddilac murderer who preys on women (including Caviezel’s film wife).The half man half machine bad-guy is like a character out of David Cronenberg’s Crash and his car is supposed to reflect his personality. This is kind of scary at times with a few creepy scenes. All in all, it’s fairly entertaining.

THE WRAITH

This teeny-bopper child of the 80’s (1986 to be exact), was more of a Dodge commercial than a true horror film. The real star of the movie was the Wraith’s car, a copy of the 1984 Dodge M4S prototype (sorry Charlie Sheen). With the exception of a Corvette driven by the main bad-guy, almost every other car was a Dodge. All in all, it did provide some spooky-ish moments (to some) and encompassed a decent back-from-the-dead revenge movie. 

MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE

Not only is this 1986 movie based on a Stephen King story, but the man himself opted to direct it. Yes sir, Stephen King donned a director’s cap for this one and only picture. Homicidal machines hunting humans… Hmmm, not the best place to make a directorial debut. I suppose it’s just as well. He did pull together a rocking soundtrack (AC/DC) and that’s just about it. Many didn’t like it very much; your mileage may vary..

THE CAR

For no apparent reason, a highly modified, black car terrorizes a small town. Uh, that’s about it… the whole premise in a nutshell. There are a few scenes that I consider “gem” moments in the film. I LOVE the fact that the CAR goes after a bicyclist on a bridge near the opening of the film. The Sheriff is played by James Brolin. His deputies cry a lot in the film; I guess that’s what guys did in the 70’s (this movie came out in 1977). The vehicle itself is a modified Lincoln Continental Mark III modified by the “master” George Barris. This film goes well with popcorn, late at night.

THE HITCHER

This movie caught me by surprise in 1986. Rutger Hauer plays a creepy as hell hitch-hiker and C. Thomas Howell is seriously put through the ringer by him. This is a road movie in a sense and vehicles are used to kill; thus, it makes it onto our list. Check out the way Hauer’s character dispatches Jenifer Jason Leigh’s character! Very cool flick to watch with a plate of French Fries!

JEEPERS CREEPERS

Don’t yell, “aint’ no car movie!” yet. I know that this 2001 film has a bat-like cannibal hillbilly as the main bad guy. Despite his fluttering about in the last 3rd of the film, the bad guy drove one hell of a nasty truck for a good portion of the film. Check out the beefed up 1940s panel van with the license reading: “BEATNGU.” This is a fairly scary movie with some intense and disturbing scenes – just the thing for Halloween!

DUEL

For those of you who forgot that Steven Spielberg got his start in horror (remember Jaws?), this was his first big step into mainstream film, way back in 1971. With a very limited budget and a tiny cast, Spielberg manages to create a taught, scary film. There’s just enough action to make up for long, still shots and little music. This is one of the most menacing looking trucks I’ve ever seen in film. By the way, this flick (released for television in the US and theaters everywhere else) proves that Dennis Weaver can play more than just a cowboy. He’s real good in Duel. 

CHRISTINE

Not only is this one of Stephen King’s masterpieces, it is one of the best examples of horror transcending time and proving relevant years later. Christine was a red 1958 Plymouth Fury, which looked like the type of ride the Devil would cruise in. Christine came out at an auspicious time. 1983 came out a year after The Thing, one of the goriest, scariest films ever. John Carpenter directed both – what a match-up, King and Carpenter. Great flick for October 31st!

Check out TFLtruck’s Nathan Adlen as he hosts a Top 10 Best Videos for a Car-lover’s Halloween!

Arkonik has a mission: to create the best Land Rover Defenders in the world

Arkonik was established ten years ago. Our mission has evolved over time, but its founding principle has remained constant: to create the best Land Rover Defenders in the world.

To commemorate this 10 year anniversary, we are building five very special ‘Decade’ Edition Defender 110s.

Each build will be individually numbered and painted in a unique black and gold fleck with hand-finished gold pinstripes down its flanks. The trademark Defender hinges will be accentuated in gold and this detail is continued on the bespoke KAHN® alloy wheels, KBX® grille & wing-top vents and unique badges.

The interior echoes this dramatic presence with bespoke Ruskin Inside® upholstery highlighted by Recaro® Cross CS Sportster front heated seats covered in luxurious black leather with a gold stitch and complimentary fluting. This theme runs throughout the cab and rear passengers are treated to equally sumptuous seating with the emphasis on comfort.

These limited editions offer an amazing opportunity to become a part of the Land Rover Defender elite.

For serious enquiries, please call the Arkonik team at  sales@arkonik.com

General Motors believes in an all-electric future

DETROIT — General Motors announced today how it is executing on a major element of its vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion, recently announced by GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra.

“General Motors believes in an all-electric future,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “Although that future won’t happen overnight, GM is committed to driving increased usage and acceptance of electric vehicles through no-compromise solutions that meet our customers’ needs.”

In the next 18 months, GM will introduce two new all-electric vehicles based off learnings from the Chevrolet Bolt EV. They will be the first of at least 20 new all-electric vehicles that will launch by 2023.

Given customers’ various needs, getting to a zero emissions future will require more than just battery electric technology. It will require a two-pronged approach to electrification — battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric depending on the unique requirements.

GM also introduced SURUS — the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure — a fuel cell powered, four-wheel steer concept vehicle on a heavy-duty truck frame that’s driven by two electric motors. With its capability and flexible architecture, SURUS could be used as a delivery vehicle, truck or even an ambulance — all emissions free.

The Best Off-Road Pickup Truck “Ever?” [TFLtruck Video]

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 was built to take on the toughest off-road obstacles. This isn’t just lip-service, with front and rear locking differentials, a serious off-road suspension and belly armor (the tires were “pretty good”) – the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 took on a legendary off-road obstacle while the boys at TFLtruck filmed.

Check it out!

Odd Truck Dragrace: Diesel vs Big Displacement at High Elevation! [TFLtruck video]

 

Photo via: TFLtruck.com

These boys love to race just about anything against each other. Minivans, crossovers, sports cars, electric cars and – yes – even big trucks. This time it’s old vs older as Roman Mica and Andre (the Cowboy) Smirnov race their own vehicles against each other.

“What happens when you Drag race a old Ford Raptor vs an older Heavy Duty Silverado with the Duramax Turbo Diesel? Watch this video to find out.”

 

Mazda Donates to Help Hurricane Victims

 

Via: TFlcar.com

While Mazda is a fairly small automaker, they tend to punch above their weight-class. Not just in automobiles, which have impressed the TFL team over the years, but in charitable causes. The Mazda Foundation, Inc. and Mazda North American Operations announced that they will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief fund.

Photo via: Tflcar.com

In the past few years, I’ve seen several charitable causes Mazda has donated to in times of need. You can click (here) to read about the Mazda connection to the SPCA or (here) to read about their generous contribution to the earthquake relief fund for Nepal. These are just some of the ones I covered. There are many other causes Mazda has donated to over the years. Yes, other automakers are generous as well – but I admire a small automaker that wants to make a difference.

Here’s a summary of their recent announcement: The Mazda Foundation (USA), Inc. and Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) together are donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief fund to help those being impacted.

If you would like to make a personal contribution to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund, please click this link.

In addition to this story, I would like to mention (this link) which will take you to the New York Times page that features many hurricane relief scams that are out there.

 

The Youabian Puma – What is It?

Photo via: puma-automobiles.com

The Youabian Puma is a (very) large convertible that incorporates components from several automakers (Volvo and General Motors to name a few). Hand-built in Los Angeles, CA – the Puma might be one of the largest, and most unusual vehicles that uses a hard-top convertible system.

A massive V8 and six-speed automatic transmission power the rear wheels. It looks like it can handle some off-road adventure, provided that its long wheelbase doesn’t hinder its travel. It’s not an amphibian, nor does the vehicle appear to have active suspension to lift or lower it.

About as long as an average school bus, the Youabian Puma has massive tires and has an available 4X4 setup. You can read up on other details (here). The Puma was on display at the Concorso Italiano a few years back and it carries a 1.1-million dollar price tag.

Here’s some of their PR:

Youabian Puma

It was conceptualized for those individuals who dare to be different than the ordinary. Those who go a step beyond achieving and dreaming the best that they can be.

The Youabian Puma’s design was based on feedback from many wealthy individuals around the world who wanted something different and unique. Wealthy individuals who were bored of owning exotic sports cars like Ferrari and Lamborghini. The Puma’s goal is not to be the fastest in the world, but to be the most unique, just like its owners.

The Puma was conceived, designed, engineered and built in Los Angeles, California. It incorporates the most technologically advanced features offered in the automotive industry , along with a fully automated convertible hardtop.

Photo via: puma-automobiles.com

Specs: 

Racing Inspired Cast Aluminum V-8
7.0 liters / 427 cubic inches
505 Horsepower @ 6200 RPM
470 lb.-ft. Torque @ 4800 RPM

Bore x Stroke:
104.8 x 101.6 (mm) / 4.125 x 4.00 (in)

Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Redline: 7000 RPM
Titanium Connecting Rods
Titanium Intake Valves
Dry-Sump Oiling System
Recommended Fuel: 91 Octane Unleaded

Fuel Injection: Electronic Fuel Injection
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic with Tiptronic
Drivetrain: 4×4 Four-Wheel Drive (Optional) Posi Traction
Axle Ratio: 6.00

Fuel Tank Capacity: 18 Gallons, Dual Fuel Tanks

 

… What do you think of this machine?

Is the Lexus UX a Dressed Up Toyota C-HR?

The question is out there, the upcoming Lexus UX looks like it shares the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) with several vehicles including the Toyota CH-R. While there is very little official information about the Lexus UX, officials from Lexus confirmed that it will be cut.

Here’s a bit of information coming from our friends at TFLcar. Remember: We have the TFL team videos on our Autowerkz.TV  Autos Channel.

Lexus UX Concept

This first question comes from a viewer who wants to know what’s going on with the Lexus UX crossover.

Q:Hi Nathan; I would like to know if you hear anything on the future of the LEXUS UX, about the production?

Thank You

M Richards
Lexus UX Concept

A: Howdy M!

The upcoming Lexus UX competes with the the Audi Q3, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-class, and the BMW X1. It will slot under the Lexus NX. It looks like it will share its platform and some components with the Toyota CH-R.

Here’s what we know:

  • It’s official – the Lexus UX is heading to production.
  • There will be a hybrid available, Lexus applied for the UX 250 and UX 250h trademarks.
  • This will be the entry model as the Lexus CT-200h is ending production soon.
  • Rumor has it that there will be more information (and, possibly, a reveal) at the 2017 Los Angeles International Auto Show

That’s about all I got. Hopefully, Lexus will leak some additional details soon.

Cheers!

N

 

The Mahindra GenZe 2.0s Electric Scooter has a Unique Battery Swapping Feature

Designed for congested urban areas,  the Mahindra Genze 2.0s is an all-electric scooter that packs some unique features along with a handsome, utilitarian frame.

“The 2.0s has lower handlebars, a new front fascia, and a sporty look. It comes with enhanced app features, including the ability to track and disable your scooter remotely to protect you from theft, and three years of 3G telematics data included.”

GENZE 2.0S *NEW
$3,599.00
Specs:
1.6 kWh
Removable Lithium Ion Battery 110V
Plugs into any standard outlet
(3.5 hrs) Charges from 0% – 100%

smooth & steady pickup

What people love most about the 2.0 is how it behaves—the throttle response is powerful and predictably smooth. The responsiveness & unmatched performance are the result of extensive testing & refinement that went into the GenZe 2.0’s proprietary control system. Our Powertrain Control Module is completely integrated over a CANbus network to control operation, and monitor and report on diagnostics.

designed for your life

Smart, practical, easy, and exhilarating.
We thought of everything.

  • TOP SPEED
    30 mph
  • DRIVING MODES
    sport economy & easy
    CHARGER INPUT POWER
    110V ac 5 amps
    CARRYING CAPACITY
    295 lbs
    .
    REGENERATIVE BREAKING
    yes
    RANGE
    Up to 30 miles
    ACCELERATION
    0-30 mph < 10 sec
    FRAME
    powder coated aluminum
    REMOVABLE LI-ION BATTERY
    1.6 kWh
    CURB WEIGHT
    232

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