Now might seem to be a curious time to consider a trip to Puerto Rico, given the slow recovery the island has faced since it was hit by the powerful Hurricane Maria last year. As the island continues to suffer from a lack of stable infrastructure, now is exactly the time they need people to continue to come visit its shores.
One of the biggest reasons to continue traveling to the tropical island is that the fewer tourists who visit, the more difficult it will be for them to recovery as the amount of revenue flowing in to the economy continues to slow. While the island is continuing to put out calls for help, the biggest thing one can do is fly over for a holiday.
The island’s government has made it clear that even though there’s still a lot of work to do, they want tourists to keep coming. Many of the biggest of hotels have reopened now, though several are still working on becoming habitable once more.
If you stick to the main tourist attractions, especially along the shore or in urban areas, you could almost forget that the hurricane ever happened. However, for those who are more socially conscious, visiting Puerto Rico can become an even more rewarding trip.
An organization called Para La Naturaleza has engaged in a mission to incentivize tourism to the country by offering trips that will bring visitors to all of the biggest attractions while mixing in volunteer work.
The initiative is the best of both worlds for the weather stricken island, as tourist dollars help boost the local economy, while also brining in fresh manpower for the numerous projects that still need more help. The best part of choosing one of these programs? Most of them are free of charge, excluding airfare.
When it comes to cars, there are many ways to trick them out. Of course, you could go the classic route and make lots of physical changes to your vehicle, or you could add a bunch of useful entertainment features. However, with today’s technological advancements, car manufacturers often trick their cars out before they get anywhere near customers. This includes futuristic motors, environmentally friendly manufacturing, and high-level security protection. Check out some of the most tricked out cars on the road.
Tesla Cybertruck – $49,900
Let’s start with the Tesla Cybertruck, a Blade Runner inspired ultra-strong vehicle. This truck has an extremely durable exoskeleton, and is made from Tesla armored glass and Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless-steel structural skin. This car is 100% electric with a 0 to 62 mph acceleration of 2.9 seconds.
Of course, an extra-strong vehicle means extra protection for those inside. These vehicles start at $39,000, and go up to the 500-mile range version for $69,000. Furthermore, you can make your Cybertruck self-driving for an extra $10,000.
Mercedes Biome – $2 Million
So, the Mercedes Biome technically isn’t on the road — it’s one of the company’s concept cars made to demonstrate the future of car technology. Incredibly, the Biome is supposedly grown from DNA-modified seeds. That’s right, a car that’s grown from seeds.
Apparently, one set of seeds grows the car interior, and another the exterior. The car grows in an organic environment and even produces its own oxygen. It runs on BioNectar4534, which is stored in the BioFiber material of the car’s chassis, interior, and wheels.
Dartz Prombron Monaco Red Diamond Edition – $1.5 Million
Car manufacturer Dartz is a Latvian company with a creative and eccentric range of vehicles. The Prombron Monaco Red Diamond Edition is based on the Hummer H2 and is gold-plated, diamond-encrusted, and with a strong carbon-Kevlar body. The Prombron Monaco Red Diamond Edition has bulletproof windows, as you would expect in an ultra-luxury SUV.
Bizarrely, this car was originally supposed to have seats made from the skin of a certain part of a whale’s body, but various animal rights groups stepped in to protest.
Batman-themed Toyota Hiace – $500, 000
Custom vans are popular in Japan, and former professional boxer Naoki Mori spent 15 years gradually tricking out his Batman-themed Toyota Hiace. Incredibly, this custom van measures almost 40 feet and weighs around 8000 pounds.
Because of its immense size, this tricked out Toyota was converted to a double rear axle. Obviously, it has a couple of externally-mounted nitrous tanks so it can spurt streams of vapor when it’s out and about. Mori estimates that he has spent a couple of hundred thousand U.S. dollars on the project.
Lamborghini Murcielago – $354,000
In 2008, in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, audiences got to enjoy the Lamborghini Murcielago in a daytime car chase through the streets of Gotham City. Speaking to MotorTrend, the director revealed, “We asked Lamborghini to give us some cars so we can race them and use them in an action sequence.”
Apparently, the car company gave three vehicles, one of which was smashed up on set. One crew member remarked, “It was amazing they gave us these cars, because they’re not exactly cheap.”
Lotus Evija – $2 Million
British brand Lotus didn’t release a new vehicle for 11 years, and then the Evija came along. An all-electric hypercar, the Lotus Evija has a horsepower of roughly 2000, coming from four motor-generators on each wheel. This means the Evija goes from 0 to 62 mph in less than three seconds, and has a top speed of 216 mph.
Impressively, the Lotus Evija has one of the fastest charging battery packs of any car. It promises to charge an almost empty battery to 80% in just 18 minutes.
Chevrolet EN-V 2.0 – $10,000
The Chevrolet EN-V 2.0 was designed and built by a team at General Motors, China. The second generation of the company’s Electric Networked Vehicle, the EN-V 2.0 is part of GM’s plan for a petrol free, emissions-free, congestion-free, and accident-free future.
A fleet of these vehicles was used at a college campus in Shanghai, with almost 70 rentals made per day. The pod-like vehicle is electric, and can be accessed and started by swiping a card.
The Batmobile Limousine – $4.2 Million
The Batmobile Limousine is one of the most expensive vehicles in the world, and we can’t say we’re surprised. Inspired by the Batman movies of the 1980s and 1990s, the Batmobile is tricked out with all of the gadgets the original had.
Yes — that means that this limo comes with a jet engine, a rocket and missile launcher, ejectable front, back wheels, and gasoline control. The design of this luxurious limo is based on the Corvette, and it comes in at around $4.2 million.
Faraday Future FF 91 – $120,000
Named after English scientist Michael Faraday, the Faraday Future FF 91 is made with three electric motors powered by a 130kWh lithium-ion battery pack. This powerful car can go from 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds, and comes with semi-autonomous AI technology.
This means that the Faraday Future FF 91 is self-parking, can open its own doors, and adjust its own temperature. The company’s CEO promises a spacious interior and “the greatest digital experience.” Prices start at $120,000 and go up to $200,000.
Tesla Roadster – $250,000
The Tesla Roadster is a special Founders Series model that’s limited to just 1,000 cars. This car is perhaps better described as a spaceship as it’s the fastest car in the world, with record-setting acceleration and performance. Oh, and it’s also gone to space.
The all-electric Tesla Roadster was the first production car to be launched into orbit, making a test flight on a Falcon Heavy rocket in 2018. The updated version of the Roadster includes a new look, more comfortable seats, and a touchscreen display.
Dartz Prombron Iron Diamond – $1.2 Million
So far on this list, we’ve met the Dartz Prombron Monaco Red Diamond Edition, and now it’s time to meet the Iron Diamond. Driven by Kanye West, this Dartz Prombron has bulletproof armor and only three doors. That’s right — in order to avoid kidnapping and hijacking, the passenger side door of this vehicle was removed.
This military-style car is just the thing for celebrities like the Kardashian-Wests. With its Hummer design and Kevlar coating, they’ll be nice and safe.
Rezvani TANK – $155,000
Rezvani Motors was founded by Iranian-American entrepreneur Ferris Rezvani, who worked with Aston Martin and Ferrari. The company’s TANK vehicle is an extreme utility vehicle that comes with a 3.6-liter, V6 engine, and an optional ballistic armor package. Yes, really.
The military edition of the Rezvani Tank is available for members of the public and can withstand bullets from an AK-47. Celebrities who own this car include Jamie Foxx, Chris Brown, and Xzibit. It also appeared in the 2019 movie, Men in Black International.
Mitsubishi MMR25 – $70,000
The Mitsubishi MMR25 Rally Racer was a submission to the Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge. The car radically rethinks motor racing, and replaces the steering wheel and tires with circular pieces of tilted, rubberized rollers. Did Mitsubishi actually reinvent the wheel?
Speaking about the spider-like design, the car company’s chief designer said that “it’s just the sort of assignment the designers at Mitsubishi Motors dream of.” The competition theme was “Motorsports in 2025,” allowing Mitsubishi to creatively imagine the future.
Honda Augmented Driving Concept
With the Honda Augmented Driving Concept, we have another tricked out vehicle that isn’t exactly on the road yet. This buggy-like car uses augmented reality technology to transport passengers around a smart city, while always responding to their needs.
By using simple hand gestures, passengers can request that the vehicle stop at the nearest bathroom, pull over for food, or to find the best place to take a picture. This car switches between automatic and manual, with eight modes between fully autonomous, and semi-autonomous.
Chevy Tahoe CIT – $49,000
The Chevy Tahoe CIT is an armored SUV used to transport expensive items — hence “CIT,” meaning “cash in transit.” The smart thing about this tricked out car is that it doesn’t look like it’s tricked out at all. The Chevy Tahoe is low-profile, making it extra safe for moving expensive items.
This protective vehicle has a 5.3L V8 engine with 320 horsepower at 5,400 rpm. With 94.7 cubic feet of cargo space, making it the slightly smaller alternative to the Chevrolet Suburban.
Polestar 2 – $59,900
Swedish automotive brand Polestar started production on their new Polestar 2 car in 2020. The vehicle is fully-electric with 408 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque. Impressively, the interior of this car doesn’t include any whale skin, and is actually completely vegan instead.
The Polestar 2 is the first car to have Google’s Android Automotive operating system built in, and is opened via phone rather than with a key. As a safety feature, this car protects its battery pack and automatically disconnects it following a collision.
Phantom King Blue Dodge – $80,000
This 2006 Dodge Charger was customized by Francisco Alecio in 2006. Named the “Phantom King,” this car is a sixth generation Dodge Charger that’s been tricked out and lovingly adapted. This impressive-looking custom car is painted candy blue with white pearl airbrushing. With a Dia De Los Muertes aesthetic, this car is decked out in skull-faced ladies and elaborate roses.
To get started on this custom Charger, Alecio joined Nokturnal, a car club with chapters all over the world.
EDAG Light Cocoon – $100,000
German engineering group EDAG unveiled its 16th concept car, the Light Cocoon, in 2014. The innovative design uses 3D printing and biomimicry to create a car that’s modeled on biological processes. For example, the outer shell of the car was inspired by plant leaves and uses a metal layer as a sort of skeletal bone structure.
As a result, the EDAG Light Cocoon is a hollow structure that’s 25% lighter thanks to its innovative design. And, as we know, lighter means faster.
Toyota FV2 – $45,000
Incredibly, the Toyota FV2 has no steering wheel, no brakes, and no gas pedal. Can this really be considered a car at all? Well yes, but it’s perhaps better described as a futuristic car pod. The Toyota FV2 is controlled by the driver’s face, body weight, and body language, and comes with an augmented reality screen.
Designed for one person, the Toyota FV2 can also be driven while standing, much like a Segway. Altogether, this tricked out AI vehicle has four wheels, arranged in a cross.
Kia Pop – $30,000
Another concept car is the Kia Pop, first revealed by the South Korean manufacturers at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. This micro-car is a three-seater that’s designed for urban driving, and fittingly, it can be parked anywhere.
On a full charge, this electric car offers up to 100 miles of uninterrupted travel, but it’s not clear that it will ever make it to market. For fans of this tricked out little car, the electric 2020 Kia Soul has some similar features, and an even larger range.
Porsche Taycan – $103,800
The Porsche Taycan is the first electric car from the German automobile manufacturer. The car boasts two synchronous motors that produce more than 600 horsepower, and the vehicle travels 298 miles from just one charge.
As you would expect from Porsche, the Taycan comes with a host of luxury features. Inside, there’s a 16.8-inch driver’s display, a 10.9-inch infotainment center, and the classic Porsche clock. The Taycan comes with five driving modes — Normal, Range, Individual, Sport, and Sport Plus.
Boeing Limo – $1 Million
The incredible Boeing limousine is just that — a Boeing 727 jet converted into a stretch limousine. This wonderful creation was dreamed up by a Mexican company, that cut the jet’s wings off, and mounted the body on a Mercedes bus frame. Passengers enter this tricked out vehicle by the original airplane steps.
The Boeing limo reaches speeds of 124 mph and can fit up to 40 people. The vehicle has a dance floor, strobe lights, a fireplace, and a sunken living room.
Hongqi S9 – $2.2 Million
Concept hybrid sports car, the Hongqi S9, was first presented at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Chinese luxury car company made the vehicle to celebrate 70 years of the People’s Republic of China, and to give a taste of their plan to release a hybrid supercar.
This futuristic concept car has a carbon fiber exterior and a maximum of 1400 horsepower. With top speeds of 249 mph, the Hongqi S9 goes from 0 to 160mph in under two seconds.
The Midnight Rider – $2.5 Million
Just look at the majestic Midnight Rider — the world’s only tractor-trailer limousine. Just as it should be, this vehicle is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Heaviest Limousine. Inside, this mega vehicle boasts three separate lounges and a staff team of five.
The Midnight Rider clocks in at 70 feet long, and can fit up to 40 guests. Its owner, Pamela Bartholemew, commented that the vehicle was “built to bring back the feel of the days of luxury railroad travel.”
AeroMobil 3.0 – $1.6 Million
Is it a car? Is it a plane? Yes, it’s both — it’s the AeroMobil 3.0. This futuristic vehicle is produced by Slovakian company AeroMobil. According to its CEO, it’s aimed at “wealthy supercar buyers and flight enthusiasts.”
The AeroMobil took 20 years to develop and includes folding wings, and fins around the wheels. The most recent version has a hybrid-powered engine and is based on a Subaru boxer engine. This flying car has maximum speeds of 120 mph, and 99 mph road speed.
Mercedes-Benz Vision Avtr – $67,900
Inspired by 2009 science-fiction epic Avatar, the Mercedes-Benz Vision Avtr is a concept car tricked out with futuristic features. The concept car was revealed at CES in Las Vegas in 2020, and uses various biologically-inspired designs.
The Vision Avtr has wooden seats, floors made from Indonesian timber, and wheels inspired by animal paws. Each wheel can be driven separately and is controlled by a central control pad rather than a steering wheel. This means this car can crab walk, or drive sideways.
Piëch Mark Zero GT – $240,000
This James Bond-style car is an electric vehicle inspired by classic cars like the Jaguar E-type and the Ferrari 250 GTO. This two-seater sports coupe was first presented as a concept car at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019, and was met with warm reviews.
This car can be charged to 80% in less than five minutes, and goes from 1 to 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds. The first models of the Piëch Mark Zero GT arrive in 2022 and will weigh under 4,000 pounds.
Renault Kwid – $441,500
The Renault Kwid is an SUV-like vehicle with a roof-mounted, remote-controlled quadcopter. This drone-like device is named the Flyer Companion, and is launched from a dock at the rear of the Kwid’s roof. It can either be controlled from a tablet inside the car, or used on an automated mode.
The Renault Kwid also has butterfly doors and large R16 wheels. The interior of the car was inspired by a nest, and the driver’s seat is in the center.
Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 – $150,000
A two-seat coupe, the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 is a hybrid concept car that made its first appearance at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Much like other Bentleys, this luxury vehicle is mostly handmade, but it also marks the company’s first use of 3D printing.
Painted a very fetching shade of British Racing Green, this luxury car is full to the brim of leather, wood veneers, and other bespoke options. The car is powered by a V6 plug-in hybrid powertrain, the first ever used in a Bentley.
Toyota i-Road – $14,000
First shown at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the Toyota i-Road is a mixture of a motorcycle and a car. Designed for city use, this concept vehicle reaches 36 mph, has automatic gears, and contains just three buttons for driving.
As you might expect, parking is super easy in this futuristic vehicle. The i-Road has active lean suspension, and you could fit four of these little vehicles into a regular parking spot. This car also has two-kilowatt motors fitted to each front wheel.
GFG Style Kangaroo – $120,000
Italian hyper SUV, the GFG Style Kangaroo, is an all-wheel-drive with all-wheel steering. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and son Fabrizio, the concept car is a two-seat electric SUV with three suspension modes — racing, road, and off-road.
With a 90kwh battery pack, the GFG Style Kangaroo aims to reach 279 miles from one charge, and comes with a 483-horsepower. This luxury, low down SUV has an advanced aluminum space frame, a carbon fiber body, and exaggerated wheel wells.
Lightyear One – $170,000
So far, no car on this list has boasted solar power features. That is, until now. The Lightyear One is an all-electric solar car that could survive for months without needing to be plugged in. The car is decked out in solar panels, including 54 square feet of panels on the bonnet, roof, and trunk. In total, the car has over 1,000 glass protected solar panels.
It’s expected that the amazing Lightyear One will be available towards the end of 2021, though it’s already racking up preorders.
Knight XV – $799,950
Hand-built luxury SUV, the Knight XV is made by Canadian company Conquest Vehicles. This 8.8-ton vehicle combines luxury with military-level security features — and comes with night vision cameras, run-flat tires, and an armored roof.
Whilst many other vehicles are up-armored after production, the Knight XV is manufactured as an armored car from the beginning. This means that whoever travels in this car is safe from any passing RPG missiles. Of course, it also has mounted cameras to watch out for intruders.
The American Dream – $4 Million
Here’s another tricked out car that’s been featured in the Guinness Book of World Records. The American Dream is the world’s longest car, with 26 tires, a helipad, a heated Jacuzzi, a swimming pool, several beds, and a sun deck. Sounds like fun.
Worth around $4 million, The American Dream was created by car collector and builder Jay Ohrberg. Some of Ohrberg’s other vehicular creations include a replica of The Flintstones car, and the Starsky and Hutch Ford Gran Torino.
Byton K-Byte – $45,000
The all-electric battery-powered concept car, the Byton K-Byte was first unveiled at the 2018 CES in Asia. Made by Chinese all-electric automotive brand Byton, the K-Byte is an autonomous car that’s expected to be in production by 2021.
This self-driving car will have level four autonomous driving, meaning it will be able to drive with no human supervision. With massive touch screens inside, apparently, the K-Byte can also be controlled using Amazon Alexa.
Terrafugia TF-X – $300,000
Apparently, the Terrafugia TF-X is “the flying car for all of us.” The self-driving flying vehicle seats four passengers and uses an engine and two electric motors. Like many other flying cars, the Terrafugia is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle with retractable wings and pusher propellers. This means that it doesn’t need a runway.
In the air, the TF-X can travel up to 410 miles at a cruising speed of 100 mph. Once in the sky, the vehicle flies itself.
DeLorean Stretch Limousine – $250,000
The DeLorean is the much-loved vehicle from sci-fi blockbuster Back to the Future. But, what would happen if it was stretched out into limousine form? Well, you’d get this creation, made by Rich Weisensel.
Weisensel met founder John DeLorean at an auto show in 2000, and was inspired to start making his own custom creations. The six-door DeLorean limo is as long as a school bus, and uses parts from five or six different cars.
Audi AI:ME – $3.5 Million
The Audi AI:ME is a concept vehicle that made its first appearance at the 2019 International Motor Show in Germany. This self-driving car has level four autonomous driving, and comes with an interior built to look like a living room.
The Audi AI:ME is all about creating a relaxing and stress-free journey, and it comes with a touch panel that almost completely surrounds the car interior. The panel controls the car’s interior, recommends restaurants, and gives wellness tips.
Audi Aicon – $100,000
First featured at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show, the Audi Aicon is a completely self-driving, electric car planned for 2021. This concept car has no steering wheel or pedals, and boasts four motors. Audi’s plan is for these vehicles to provide transport in busy urban environments, with customers hailing a car and being driven to their destination.
The Audi Aicon has a range of up to 497 miles off one charge, and its battery can be charged to 80% wirelessly. That’s right — wirelessly.
Czinger 21C – $1.7 Million
Designed in LA by American car manufacturer Czinger, the 21C is the world’s first-ever 3D printed hyper-car. This car was supposed to be revealed at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, but unfortunately, the event was canceled.
The 21C’s driver seat is in the center of the car, and the passenger seat is behind the driver. The engine is a twin-turbo V8, and the car can go from 0 to 62 mph in just 1.9 seconds. Apparently, Czinger only plans to make 80 of these cars.