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autoevolution's Tuning Month

Vehicles to move us to and fro have been around for more than a century, and have been made in such huge numbers that it’s literally impossible to know how many of them, cars or motorcycles, came and went since the first one rolled under its own power.

Now, take that huge, yet unknown number, and multiply it several times. It’s a pointless exercise, we know, but one that gives us a sense of the endless reservoir of customized, bettered, or transformed machines that has been building up over the decades.

Because yes, humans being what they are, they are never satisfied with something stock. Vehicles felt the full force of this reality, especially given how they’ve come to be perceived as an extension of the self.

Inspired by SEMA kicking off in November, we've decided to dedicate this month to vehicle tuning and everything it stands for. We’ll have a small army of writers going at it for 30 straight days, trying to bring to light the worthwhile, or wild, or failed projects from across the globe and ages.

We’ll of course fail in covering them all, given their incomprehensible number, but if you plan to treat yourself this November to custom, tuned or otherwise modified cars and motorcycles, this is the place to be.

Editor's note: This special feature by autoevolution was not sponsored or supported by a third-party.
Tuned Lamborghini Urus Is Yellower Than a NYC Cab, Much Uglier Too
Tuned Lamborghini Urus Is Yellower Than a NYC Cab, Much Uglier Too

27 Nov 2021, 22:34 UTC / Did you think Mansory forgot about the Venatus upgrade for the Lamborghini Urus? Well, they didn't, and this yellow example is the latest to join the lineup

 
600-HP Tuned BMW M3 Drag Races Porsche Taycan Turbo S To Prove a Point
600-HP Tuned BMW M3 Drag Races Porsche Taycan Turbo S To Prove a Point

27 Nov 2021, 08:46 UTC / Normally, the RWD BMW M3 Competition needs a miracle to beat the Porsche Taycan Turbo S in a drag race. Will 600 horsepower do?

 
One-Off 2006 Hammond Roadster Could Be Your Next Quirky Frankenstein Car
One-Off 2006 Hammond Roadster Could Be Your Next Quirky Frankenstein Car

27 Nov 2021, 05:50 UTC / A salvaged 2002 Chrysler 300M sedan lives on as the strangest-looking roadster in history and, once more, it’s causing a very heated debated among enthusiasts

 
Meet the Vetter Extra Terrestrial Vehicle: A Car So Wild You'll Wish You Were Beamed Up
Meet the Vetter Extra Terrestrial Vehicle: A Car So Wild You'll Wish You Were Beamed Up

26 Nov 2021, 20:56 UTC / Mike Vetter has been building fiberglass kit cars for decades and the ETV or Extraterrestrial Vehicle is one of his most famous

 
1976 Pontiac "Trans Rat" Is a Big-Block Monster With Drag Racing Skills
1976 Pontiac "Trans Rat" Is a Big-Block Monster With Drag Racing Skills

26 Nov 2021, 19:46 UTC / Meet "Trans Rat," a fully customized Poncho that looks like it just came out of a racing shop. And it's ready to hit the drag strip

 
Koenig Built the F48, a Car for People Who Couldn't Get a Ferrari F40
Koenig Built the F48, a Car for People Who Couldn't Get a Ferrari F40

26 Nov 2021, 18:32 UTC / The Koenig F48 is a car that you probably didn't know existed and this rare RHD model is currently looking for a new owner

 
Half Made Out of Wood, This 1948 Ford Packs a 560-HP Supercharged V8 Under the Hood
Half Made Out of Wood, This 1948 Ford Packs a 560-HP Supercharged V8 Under the Hood

26 Nov 2021, 14:28 UTC / Fully restored to its original shape, then fitted with a bespoke chassis and a supercharged version of the modern Mustang's engine, this is one insane Woody

 
Books About Tuning – A Few Recommendations To Get You Started
Books About Tuning – A Few Recommendations To Get You Started

26 Nov 2021, 12:32 UTC / When you cannot find an answer online, it may be in a book. Yes, this can apply to tuning as well. Here are a few hand-picked recommendations

 
2002 Ford Excursion With Gold Trim and Lambo Doors Is the Very Definition of Extra
2002 Ford Excursion With Gold Trim and Lambo Doors Is the Very Definition of Extra

26 Nov 2021, 10:16 UTC / Dubbed the most decorated truck in America, this build has won over 100 Best in Show awards and, according to the owner, has never gotten a negative reaction

 
Custom 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Is Here to Give All Barn Finds a Bit of Hope
Custom 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Is Here to Give All Barn Finds a Bit of Hope

26 Nov 2021, 08:33 UTC / This 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air has been in the same family for 45 years, got remade and it's now up from grabs during a January auction

 
Custom R nineT-Based Chopper Looks Totally Bonkers, Bears Handmade Chromoly Frame
Custom R nineT-Based Chopper Looks Totally Bonkers, Bears Handmade Chromoly Frame

25 Nov 2021, 21:32 UTC / For the most part, what you’re seeing here is the work of a single individual who operates in Australia. His name is Nigel Petrie

 
Kevin Hart’s SpeedKore-Built, 1,000-HP Dodge Charger “Hellraiser” Is No Joke
Kevin Hart’s SpeedKore-Built, 1,000-HP Dodge Charger “Hellraiser” Is No Joke

25 Nov 2021, 13:04 UTC / After building the legendary 1,650-hp "Tantrum" Charger that is now owned by Vin Diesel, SpeedKore created another monstrous Charger for actor Kevin Hart

 
Thunderbird 2 Is How You Turn a ‘94 Toyota Previa in a One-Off, Awesome Campervan
Thunderbird 2 Is How You Turn a ‘94 Toyota Previa in a One-Off, Awesome Campervan

25 Nov 2021, 11:00 UTC / It might not be the most comfortable camper for extended adventures, but it would definitely be the biggest attention-grabber

 
Manual 2021 BMW M3 Gets 600 WHP on Pump Gas With a Tune and Bolt-Ons
Manual 2021 BMW M3 Gets 600 WHP on Pump Gas With a Tune and Bolt-Ons

25 Nov 2021, 10:58 UTC / The owner of a 2021 BMW M3 posted the results of his dyno tune online. His G80 M3 managed to develop 600 WHP on pump gas and 672 WHP on e-mix fuel. Check it out

 
Yamaha Unveils Hydrogen-Powered Toyota V8
Yamaha Unveils Hydrogen-Powered Toyota V8

25 Nov 2021, 10:19 UTC / Hydrogen technology has proven itself viable, so Yamaha looks ready to power your next project with the most abundant element in the universe

 
Tuned Barbie Jeep Steps Out of the Closet With Kahn's Help
Tuned Barbie Jeep Steps Out of the Closet With Kahn's Help

25 Nov 2021, 10:13 UTC / Having upgraded this three-door Jeep Wrangler inside and out, giving it new wheels shod in chunky rubber too, Kahn is now looking to sell it

 
This 1956 Cadillac Series 62 Had to Be Taken Apart to Be Revived as 556-HP Custom Beaut
This 1956 Cadillac Series 62 Had to Be Taken Apart to Be Revived as 556-HP Custom Beaut

25 Nov 2021, 09:38 UTC / 1956 Cadillac Series 62 got to look so shiny and powerful at the end of seven years of hard work, now going under the hammer

 
Liberty Walk Waves Magic Wand Over the Nissan Silvia, Turns It Into a Racer Lookalike
Liberty Walk Waves Magic Wand Over the Nissan Silvia, Turns It Into a Racer Lookalike

25 Nov 2021, 07:59 UTC / For the complete body kit, Liberty Walk is asking $25,135 for markets outside Japan, whereas the wheels and spacers will set you back another $7,700

 
The Gorgeous 2022 Tucci Hot Rods Ford Maverick Is Going Into Limited Production
The Gorgeous 2022 Tucci Hot Rods Ford Maverick Is Going Into Limited Production

25 Nov 2021, 06:30 UTC / Unveiled at 2021 SEMA, the street rod truck has proved such a hit that the duo responsible for it is looking into ways into making more such units

 
This Gold Twin-Turbo V8 DeLorean Is What Happens When 88 Miles Per Hour Isn't Fast Enough
This Gold Twin-Turbo V8 DeLorean Is What Happens When 88 Miles Per Hour Isn't Fast Enough

25 Nov 2021, 05:00 UTC / Tim Moceri of Salvage to Savage has put in countless hours of painstaking work into his twin-turbocharged Delorean and we got a close look at L'Automobile 2021