A tiny red drawing of a Willys MB is hidden on the wheels of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon – just one of many “Easter eggs” found in the automotive world.
It’s usually gone in an instant: A quippy bit of dialogue or visual reference that teases the audience, ever so slightly breaking the fourth wall. “Did you see that? Did you hear that?” the eagle-eyed will exclaim. These days it’s hard to watch or read anything without someone pointing out one of these covert tidbits, better known as “Easter eggs.” They populate nearly every medium, providing a way for creators to share an inside joke or subtle reference with their audience, from spotting the Pizza Planet truck in a Pixar film to finding the “Dirty Harry” reference in your favorite video game. Easter eggs have become a mainstay of popular culture – so much so that several automakers have taken note. From nods to a marque’s heritage, clever digs at rival manufacturers and hidden graphics, these secret surprises share the fun of automotive design. Here are just a few of our favorites – go check them out at your local dealership and see if you can find them!
The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX Launch Edition features a number of cheeky hidden messages.
2021 RAM TRX
Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: The TRX (pronounced T-Rex) name is a lighthearted poke at Ford’s Baja-conquering F-150 Raptor. But, beyond the name, the TRX goes a step further. Hidden under the hood and beneath a removable plastic cover, the TRX features a graphic of its Late Cretaceous namesake quite literally chomping down on a Velociraptor. It’s an image straight from the ending of Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” film, one that’s sure to reveal a toothy grin on all who find it. But wait – there’s more! Tucked away in the Tyrant Pickup King’s center console you’ll find yet another poke at Ford’s Raptor. A size comparison chart, complete with man, the TRX, its namesake – the Tyrant Lizard King – and a velociraptor, all drawn to “correct scale.” Ram surely knew its target audience and, with 702hp on tap, we can’t wait to see how Ford’s Raptor answers the challenge of the Ram TRX.
A Willys MB Jeep climbs the corner of the windshield on some models.
The Jeep brand has become known in the automotive industry for its quirky “Easter eggs” hidden throughout its vehicle portfolio, maintaining that the hidden images add more fun to the ownership experience. The company started the tradition with the 2011 Grand Cherokee, when they added small Jeep grilles inside the headlamp bulb shields. A refresh on the Wrangler saw the addition of a small side profile of a Jeep climbing up from the corner of the windshield. On the 2017
Title: PLAYFUL DESIGN: Fun Hidden Messages and Treasures on Modern Vehicles
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Published Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2021 16:54:38 +0000
Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.
Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.
The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.
This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.
By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000
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The Swan Song of the V12
The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.
Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.
Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.
The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands
Ferrari 812 Superfast
Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.
The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.
The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.
It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.
Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.
Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.
By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000
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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.
Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.
I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000
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