The Scorpion Art Car from Burning Man is for sale on eBay

scorpion art car burning man for sale at in desert
NK Guy
If you’ve recently been to Burning Man, the end-of-summer week-long music festival and temporary art community that sets up in the Nevada desert, you’ve most likely seen the Scorpion Art Car. Depending on the details of your encounter, you might have thought it simultaneously the most scary/crazy/bitchin’ awesome man-made machine ever — that is, once your adrenaline stopped pumping. So how’d you like to own it?

If you haven’t seen the Scorpion Art Car, well, imagine a gigantic mechanical scorpion, so large it would dwarf most of the vehicles in Mad Max Fury Road. And it does closely resemble its arachnid namesake, with eight articulated legs, two long extended claws, and a tail that rises up and shoots fire from seven flame throwers. The skin is steam punk-style with rivets and textures … and don’t forget the light show. So how about you? Wanna buy it?

Whether you’ve seen the Scorpion Art Car in person or not, here’s your chance. The 55-foot long, 45-foot wide, 45-foot tall (width and height when extended) is an exact replica of a female emperor and is up for auction on eBay. The current (and so far only) bid is $50,000. The auction closes this coming Thursday evening, so you’ve got a few days to get the money or some friends together and make your best offer.

Built for Burning Man 2011, Fluffy (a nickname from a pet scorpion) was built on a 1991, 28-foot-long International boom truck. In its current state, it’s not street legal — and never will be. Even when partially disassembled, the vehicle is 11.5 feet wide and must be hauled on a semi with oversized load signs, and in some states escorts.

If you buy Fluffy prior to Burning Man 2016, which runs August 28 to September 5, you can take possession at the event and work with the current owners learning how to set it up. They’ll also help you take it down and pack for transport at the end. Be prepared to take notes, because it requires six people and a whole day to set it up and another day to take it down — and we’re talking about the folks who designed and built it.

Good luck. And send pictures.

Buy on eBay

Product Review

This was 3D printed? With the Anycubic Photon, you can't tell

Never mind the fact that the Anycubic Photon 3D printer only costs 500 bucks. In terms of sheer print quality, this printer is on the same level as machines that cost six times as much.

The best iPhone deals for December 2018

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for December 2018.

Walmart drops prices on Apple Watches and other fitness trackers

Smartwatches, fitness trackers, and wearable heart rate monitors from Apple, Samsung, Fitbit, and Garmin are popular gifts. Wearables are smarter and more capable than in earlier years. We found the best wearables deals on Walmart.

15 unique pet gifts to stuff in your four-legged friend’s Christmas stocking

There are so many people to shop for during the holiday season, but you can't forget about your four-legged friend. If you don't already spoil your pet throughout the year, the holidays offer the perfect excuse to spoil them.

Save big on these Braun electric razors and women’s epilators

Amazon and Walmart are currently offering limited-time deals for Braun electric razors and women's epilators. If you plan to make your way through all the festive parties this year with fresh smooth these tools will help.
Smart Home

This A.I.-enabled tech brings cutting-edge automation to grocery stores

Takeoff Technologies is working to make grocery deliveries fast, accurate, and convenient using A.I.-enabled technology to augment robotic grocery orders that can be completed in minutes.
Emerging Tech

Postmates’ to roll out Minion-like autonomous delivery robots in 2019

Postmates is about to employ a cute little robot to work alongside its human delivery personnel. Called Serve, the wheel-based bot can carry items weighing up to 50 pounds and has a range of 30 miles.
Emerging Tech

The best 3D printers of 2018

On the hunt for a new 3D printer? We've got your back. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned veteran, this list of the best 3D printers has what you're looking for.
Emerging Tech

The best drone photos from around the world

Most of today's drones come equipped with high-end cameras, which are quickly revolutionizing the world of aerial photography as we know it. Here are some of the best drone photos from around the world.
Emerging Tech

Are e-cigarettes safe? Here’s what the most recent science says

Ecigarettes are widely regarded and advertised as a healthier alternative to cigarettes for people who are trying to kick the smoking habit. How safe are these cigarette alternatives? We went deep into the recent scientific literature to…
Emerging Tech

Thrill-seekers will be able to pilot themselves in a giant drone as soon as 2019

Want to hitch a ride on a giant drone? The startup Lift Aircraft is gearing up to let paying customers fly its 18-rotor giant drones over assorted scenic landscapes across the U.S.
Emerging Tech

CRISPR gene therapy regulates hunger, staves off severe obesity in mice

Researchers from UC San Francisco have demonstrated how CRISPR gene editing can be used to prevent severe obesity in mice, without making a single edit to the mouse's genome. Here's how.
Emerging Tech

Capture app saves money by 3D scanning objects using iPhone’s TrueDepth camera

Capture is a new iPhone app created by the Y Combinator-backed startup Standard Cyborg. It allows anyone to perform 3D scans of objects and share them with buddies. Here's how it works.
Emerging Tech

Sick of walking everywhere? Here are the best electric skateboards you can buy

Thanks for Kickstarter and Indiegogo, electric skateboards are carving a bigger niche than you might think. Whether you're into speed, mileage, or something a bit more stylish, here are the best electric skateboards on the market.