One lap of the Web: Amphibious awesomeness, retro Land Rovers and a toy Toyota engineMon, 29 Apr 2013
We spend a lot of time on the Internet -- pretty much whenever we're not driving, writing about or working on cars. Since there's more out there than we'd ever be able to cover, here's our daily digest of car stuff on the Web you may not otherwise have heard about.
-- Looks like the Willow Run assembly plant outside of Ypsilanti, Mich. -- the cradle of both the B-24 bomber and the Corvair -- may soon be no more. Hemmings reviews the history of the plant, which has become an obstacle to new development. The gargantuan structure was designed by Albert Kahn and probably incorporates enough reinforced concrete to ride out a nuclear apocalypse, so good luck with that demolition.
-- Nothing makes us crave adventure more than vintage advertisements set in exotic locales, the theme song from “Lawrence of Arabia” and old Land Rovers. All of that comes together with these hand-rendered beauties, which feature the classic…Range Rover Evoque and LR4? Ok, they're just tributes created for the storied marque's 65th anniversary, but they capture the spirit of the old Series I advertisements admirably.
-- Just in time for summer, it's the LARC XV-08 amphibious invasion vehicle/portable party barge! The ad says to call for additional details, but we're not really sure what more needs to be said about this thing except that it's an absolute steal at $99,000. We're not sure if its street legal, but who's going to stop you?
-- Maybe you're a member of the vanishingly small minority that doesn't want an amphibious assault vehicle. If that's the case, Forbes has you covered with a list of the fastest cars under $50,000. The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS won't surprise you, but some of the other picks will.
-- We love tiny model engines. Even if we doubt we'd have the patience to build them ourselves, we'll always take the opportunity to marvel at the work of others -- like this little Toyota 4A-GE brought to our attention by Jalopnik. It's made out of Lego. Super cute!
By Autoweek Editors