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    If you’ve ever wondered how you can combine your passion for ATVs and professional sports, one plucky Los Angeles Lakers fan gave it the old college try.

    The ATV has been given a Lakers’ purple and gold color scheme and features what appears to be a Kobe Bryant jersey on the seat. Also, the stock wheels and tires have been replaced with big shiny rims and car-type tires. It also has what look like LED brake lights and a California vanity license plate, but we’re not sure where you’d be legally allowed to ride it.

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      Here’s some friendly advice from the always wise editors at ATV.com: If you’ve had a few drinks, don’t hop on your ATV. Bad things will surely follow.

      According to a story in the Austrian Independent, after downing six Euro-strength beers an Austrian man hopped on an ATV, rode into a hotel lobby (where he paused to pose for some pictures no less) and proceeded to head back out the parking lot and run over some motorcycles that were looking at him the wrong way.

      Believe it or not, police were able to track down this criminal genius shortly after he left the scene no foot. The 40-year-old faces traffic charges and a substantial bill after causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage during his joyride.

      We’re sure his parents are very proud.

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        What happens when you combine a snowmobile and an ATV? The answer, if all goes well, is the ultimate duning machine – the Sand-X T-ATV.

        Sand-X built the T-ATV to handle the sand dunes better than any traditional ATV ever could. At first glance, the T-ATV looks very much like a snowmobile with a set of front wheels, but surely there’s more to it than that. The unit features an 800cc 2-stroke Rotax snowmobile engine that offers a claimed 160hp. Sand-X claimes the T-ATV can reach speeds in excess of 110 mph, but that seems a little generous to us.

        According to the designer, the T-ATV is faster and safer than any other sand vehicle and offers a range of up to 215 miles between fill-ups. Again, that seems like a lofty claim, but we can’t say it’s not true until we try it.

        Of course trying the Sand-X T-ATV might be difficult. Operations are currently based in the Middle East and we haven’t heard anything about one of these units coming to North America.

        Check out more photos and a video of the T-ATV in action below the jump.

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          It’s not exactly an ATV, but if you’re looking for an off-road vehicle that can get over just about anything than take a look at the Hexawheel concept.

          Designed by Iranian mechanical engineer, Siyamak Rouhi Dehkordi, the three-seat Hexawheel is intended for use on the gnarliest terrain. Setting the Hexawheel apart is the flexible frame, which is united with a six-wheel layout and powered by an all-wheel drive system.

          Take a look below the jump for more photos of this very cool concept vehicle.

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            We’ve been following a very cool project on TheWorkshop.ca about converting a dune buggy from gas to electric.

            The project has spawned five very detailed articles and videos so far. It’s highly technical, but watching the progression from broken down dune buggy to functional electric vehicle is pretty amazing.

            We’ve embedded the first video below the jump, but you can find all five videos on TheWorkshop.ca YouTube channel. Here are the links to all five articles: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V.

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