Thanks to a highly-successfully music career, Dr. Dre is a very rich man with a big house or two, many fast cars and now a new custom Cadillac Escalade ESV that’s pretty much a mansion on wheels. We’re not kidding…
The Escalade ESV is the longer version of the regular Escalade and fetches around $100,000 in the United States when fully loaded. It’s a very nice and luxurious SUV out of the factory, but apparently not opulent enough for Dre’s needs and desires.
Not only did he have his customized Escalade stretched even further, but he also made it taller, making its interior even more voluminous to accommodate such ‘usual’ luxury amenities as, you know, an exercise bike. All it seems to be missing is a Jacuzzi and a basketball court.
It’s a beast of a vehicle, and expectedly, Dr. Dre and his friends will be chauffeured around in it.
claim his unique Escalade, which was modified by Becker Automotive Design, costs around $200,000, and that’s not hard to believe. I mean, just look at it!
5 Reasons Why Used And Aftermarket Parts Are Important
It’s because of the used and aftermarket parts markets that you are able to drive your car for as long and cheaply as possible.
For many people, the demands of day-to-day life necessitates a vehicle. However, what many of us fail to realize is just how complex the market is for supplying the parts needed to keep our running. In fact, we commonly assume that all parts installed on a give vehicle are new.
The importance of the used and aftermarket parts markets cannot be overstated. Here are five reasons why they are essential to today’s modern vehicle maintenance infrastructure.
1. Maintaining Older Vehicles
Manufacturers can’t keep making new parts for vehicles indefinitely, as there comes a point when there simply aren’t enough vehicles of a particular type available to make doing so profitable. Used car and truck parts sold by and other salvage yards help keep vehicles running as long as possible, allowing drivers to safely rely on their older vehicles.
Whether for nostalgia or more practical purposes, people often prefer to drive their older vehicles for as long as possible, and used and aftermarket parts make this possible.
2. Reducing Waste
When a car is totaled or sent to the scrapyard for other reasons, most of its parts might still be in perfectly fine working order. The used parts market keeps these components from going to waste before they have to, and this has a positive effect on the environment by keeping viable items from going to a landfill before necessary.
The used and aftermarket parts markets provide economical value by keeping valuable components from going to waste prematurely.
3. Classic Vehicle Restoration
Vehicles are part of history, and classic cars are living examples of how society and technology have progressed over the years. Thanks to the used parts market, car restorers can often find the components needed to bring a into working order.
Although classic vehicles may lack the practical and safety advantages of newer vehicles, the hobby itself is rewarding, and it’s always a joy to see vehicles from decades past rolling down the street for a Sunday drive. Classic car owners also gather at local events, and these gatherings would be all but impossible without the used parts market.
4. Making Driving Affordable
In many areas, public transportation options are simply insufficient for people to find gainful employment and enjoy a middle-class lifestyle. Vehicles provide a solution, but many people simply can’t afford the cost of a new car. Thanks to the used and aftermarket parts markets, more people are able to purchase and maintain a reliable vehicle.
It wasn’t long ago that vehicles would regularly break down at around 100,000 miles. Vehicles built in recent decades, however, can often , meaning even a relatively old vehicle can still serve as a gateway for upward mobility. Used and aftermarket parts ensure these vehicles can still serve individuals at an affordable price.
5. Maintaining Vehicle Value
Even those who purchase a new car every few years benefit from the used and aftermarket parts market. One of the critical components to consider when purchasing a new car is how long it will maintain its value. If the used and aftermarket parts market didn’t exist, cars would depreciate significantly faster because they would become too expensive to maintain on a short notice. These markets also prevent manufacturers from raising the price of parts for used vehicles to encourage drivers to buy new.
Vehicles are a critical component in the lives of many people, and used vehicles play an important role. Thanks to the value generated by aftermarket and used parts, our vehicles maintain their value better while also making car ownership more attainable to more people.
Toyota Supra Gets TRD Carbon Aero Upgrades, 19-Inch Wheels
Sprucing up your Supra with these composite pieces won’t come cheap.
Toyota has revealed a carbon fiber body kit and some new wheels for the reborn Supra.
Unveiled in Japan, the Gazoo Racing/TRD upgrades include front and rear spoilers, side door garnishes, and side skirts, giving the car a lower appearance and bare-composite look that contrasts with the painted bodywork.
Further upping the Supra’s appearance is an available set of GR 19-inch forged aluminum wheels that are painted in black to match the carbon aerodynamic elements.
Pray that you have money to burn because each individual upgrade costs the equivalent of at at least $1000. The front splitter, for instance, fetches 320,000 yen ($2,907 at current exchange rates), while the spiffy set of wheels go for 640,000 yen ($5,813).
Toyota hasn’t confirmed if they will be available in North American or Europe, so you might need to figure out how to import them and incur the added cost of doing so.
In other news, the Supra is a fuel efficient sports car.
Canadians Build World’s Fastest Hot Tub
Canada isn’t known for brash accomplishments, but two engineers lit a big spotlight on the introverted country when they took a 1999 Cadillac DeVille and built it into the world’s fastest hot tub.
Why anyone would want to build the fastest hot tub is beyond me, but what Phillip Weicker and Ducan Forster managed to achieved is quite the accomplishment. Before we delve into how they were able to do what they did, let’s look back at how it all started.
Time travel to 1996, when the two gearheads were engineering students at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Presumably after drinking a lot of Molson beer, they became inspired by the famous Ernest Hemingway quote: “Always do sober what you say you’d do when intoxicated.” Empowered by those strong, motivating words, they planned the impossible.
Weicker and Forster took an abandoned car left on their campus (a 1982 Chevrolet Malibu) and — you guessed it — turned it into a hot tub. More specifically, a fully-operational and fully-drivable, hot tub…
Fast forward several years after that ‘little’ project and the duo have landed jobs as professional engineers. And as often is the case with those born with an insatiable creative urge, the desire to go “bigger and faster” reared its head, and bigger and faster they went…
“The Carpool Deville” project they began involved purchasing an $800 1999 Cadillac DeVille and then gutting it. Its interior was removed and an elaborate, custom fiberglass tub was installed.
For driving, a marine-style steering wheel, a gauge cluster, and throttle controls were fitted, while the 427-cubic inch V8 was rebuilt to not only propel the DeVille to speeds of over 50 mph, but also to heat the pool water to a balmy 102 degrees.
Since completing the Carpool DeVille in 1999, Phillip Weicker and Ducan Forster have become minor celebrities and emblematic of what can happen when you think creatively. Those who said that “a 50+ MPH hot tub was just a dream and could never be created” didn’t know what they were talking about. Let’s face it, the two persistent Canadian engineers have made automotive history. OK, sort of…