Kanye West Just Bought Two Of These Crazy Armored $1,000,000 SUVs

People revere Kanye West like he's the second coming. These people, it seems, also scare him. So much so that he bought two Dartz Prombron armored SUVs from Latvia. Is Yeezus scared?

For those of you who don't know, Dartz are the crazy Latvians who make the Prombron, an armored SUV based on the Mercedes G-Class. They have great options like "fake whale penis leather" and jewel encrusted snake ornaments. They were also the SUVs of choice in The Dictator.

They can retail for around $400,000, but the way Kanye has specced his "North West Protection Mobiles" come to about $1 million each. (more…)

On Henry Ford’s 150th Birthday, a Look Inside His Failed Utopia

The murky legacy of Henry Ford—who would’ve been 150 today—centers around a few familiar ideas like the assembly line and the $5 workday. Less familiar is Ford’s biggest failure: Fordlandia, a city in the rainforest that was abandoned as quickly as it was built.

Ford was a farm boy who went on to establish 20th century consumerism as we know it, but he had plenty of missteps, too, ranging from his virulent anti-semitism to his attempts to engineer whole communities around his ideas about labor practices—including the one he built on the edge of the Brazilian rainforest.

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1958 Porsche-Diesel Junior 108S

For some reason, I’ve never been a huge fan of the Porsche Cayenne. It seems ungainly and the overall design leaves me with the impression that someone was tasked with ferreting out the design elements from the Porsche back-catalogue and then squeezing them all together into a monolithic soccer-mom-mobile.

As it happens, Porsche do actually know a thing or two about going off-road, they built an incredibly successful series of rally cars, tractors and even a tank at one point. The tractor you see pictured here is a fantastic example of the little-known Porsche-Diesel Junior 108S Vineyard Tractor, it was built between 1952 and 1963 and was quite popular with wineries across Europe.

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Over Half of Teenagers Delay Getting Driver’s License

Unlike in the past, the majority of teenagers in the U.S. put off getting a driver’s license. 

Just 44 percent of teenagers obtain their license within a year of becoming the eligible age, while only 54 percent of 18-year-olds are licensed. For contrast, two decades ago the number of 18-year-olds with a license was two thirds, illuminating the change in mindset.

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Do We Really Need Car Dealerships Anymore?

Tesla Motors wants to change the way we power our cars. But first it wants to change the way we buy them.

This year Tesla has faced off against the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), a trade group that represents car retailers, over Tesla's right to sell cars through its websites and manufacturer-owned stores. Tesla calls them showrooms—a way, we presume, to circumvent existing laws regarding franchises. NADA is having none of it. It wants to protect the dealership system, and is even fighting in some states to ban Tesla from selling its own cars directly to customers. In scoring a number of court victories, Tesla has codified its right to circumvent state laws and keep a tight control over the retail experience for any potential customers of the Model S.

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