Podcast: Episode 89 – The Future of Hot Rodding

Today we dive into some new car chatter. One of the main topics is the subject of the future of hot rodding, and how I believe it will be about electric cars, coding, and drive-by-wire adjustments. Additionally, there’s news of a purchase for the Hooniverse family. A new project car is arriving, …

Volvo V60 Polestar: High Performance Conflict Resolution

You need a car that can handle the load of your daily life. You also need a car that’s going to make you smile when you drive it. Enter the Volvo V60 Polestar; a premium, compact wagon with a racing background. It’s limited. It’s packing 350 horsepower. It will run …

Dodge Challenger Scat Pack: A Half-Price Hellcat

The name isn’t great, even if it’s rooted in history. All is forgotten upon a press of the start button, however, because the Dodge Challenger Scat Pack is a ridiculously fun machine set at half-Hellcat pricing. Under the hood is a 485-horspower 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that enjoys ruining any …

Podcast: Episode 88 – Assistant to the Regional Curator

Blake and I are back in the old-school Podcast Palace of Love in this episode, and there’s a lot to talk about. The 2015 Detroit Auto Show just took place and the reveals were pretty awesome. Ford killed it, Buick surprised everyone with a lovely concept, and a handful of …

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eBay: The marvelous ‘Launcha Splatos’ crapcan racer is for sale


720-Splatos_LedeIt’s not every day that I see two cars listed for sale that make your heart skip a beat, but today has been a remarkable day. Bringatrailer.com already beat me to writing up the lurid Panhard project for sale in Los Angeles and this evening I discovered that one of my absolute favorite 24 Hours of LeMons cars is up for sale.

If you’re on this site, you’re likely familiar with the rallying legend the Lancia Stratos, a screaming, mid-engined, V6-powered, 1970s wedge that looked couldn’t possibly have been more Italian. The Stratos’ V6 made about 210 horsepower, which was plenty in a car that weighed all of a ton. In fact, those numbers would be great in a series like, say, the low-buck endurance racing 24 Hours of LeMons, a great racecar builder might think. Enter Mike and Darren Besic and their crapcan Stratos replica, the Launcha Splatos.

Launcha Splatos on eBay

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Last Call- What’s My Name Again? Edition

Robert Emslie January 23, 2015 Last Call

MonteroThe owner of this Nevada Mitsubishi doesn’t ever, EVER, want to forget which model it is.

Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged. 

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Project Eagle: Diagnosing a Driveline Problem


When I last spoke of this Eagle, it was a mere introduction — both of myself and of this project. I hinted vaguely at its “some kind of clutch problem.” Honestly, that’s about all I knew at the time. Shortly after, my dad came over for a visit and we spent a couple days yanking the transfer case, transmission and front axle out to see what was up.

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An Audio Guide To The Rolex 24 Hours Of Daytona


With the 24 Hours of Daytona coming up this weekend, Eric Rood and I decided to sit down and have a recorded conversation about this absolutely stacked field of talent for this race. It worked well for our 25 Hours of Thunderhill preview last year, so why not do it again?

Every single class has depth, and aside from a few cars here and there, there really aren’t any clear favorites. We break it all down for you, and let you know our pics for the win. This is going to be good!

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The News for January 23rd, 2015

Greg Kachadurian January 23, 2015 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • McLaren channels the 650S’s inner F1 GTR for a special edition

  • Porsche releases GTS Club Coupe for its American enthusiasts, ducktail and all

  • Mercedes prices the 911-fighting AMG GT S

  • Lamborghini Huracan GT3 is ready for racing

  • McLaren confirms development of hardcore 650S for the track

  • Ford teases the new Focus RS, will be revealed Feb. 3rd

  • Plus what was your automotive news?

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie January 23, 2015 Mystery Car


It was on this date in 1983 that The A Team premiered, bringing into the lives of TV viewers four Vietnam vets, framed for a crime they didn’t commit, and who while on the run from the military police still had time to aid other innocent victims facing similar fates.

The fate of today’s Mystery Car solution remains in your hands, and while you probably don’t have MPs on your tail, you might want to snap it up before someone else offers the solution. Don’t be too quick however, as we want the full make and model – I’ve given up on those other bits.

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Obscure Muscle Car Garage – Time to vote them out; These are the Obscure Muscle Cars of the 50’s…

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The Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage has been an interesting series of postings that I introduced here in April of 2013. It was my intent to expand your notion of what a Muscle Car could be, and to zero in on the more Obscure Ones you may have never known about. When this series was introduced, I always kept the option of voting in or out any of the entries profiled. Well, it is now time to make room in the Garage, and for the next six weeks, I will be providing a review of all the inductees, and sorting them by period or classification. This week, we go back and review all the cars and trucks that were profiled and built during the 1950’s, and were also voted into the Obscure Muscle Car Garage by you, our faithful readers. After this quick review, there will be a poll asking which inductee should be voted out (or maybe not…), and by the time we review all the Garage Members, we will have one final vote to see if we lose any members. Ready? Let’s begin…

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Hooniverse Asks- Seventh-Generation Toyota Celica, Brah! Or Blah?

Robert Emslie January 23, 2015 Hooniverse Asks


When it comes to new cars, there aren’t that many sporty FWD coupes around. This was a category that used to be rife with competition – you couldn’t swing a dead cat but for hitting a Prelude, Eclipse, Scirocco, or, in its later years, a Celica – and most all of those cars were pretty darn fun to drive. I think that the seventh generation of Celica – its fourth since making the switch to front-driver – is also one of the most arresting car designs ever offered on a small coupe.

Now, I know we all like our sporty cars to be rear-wheel drive and manually transmitted, but considering the space and cost efficiencies of front wheel drive, and the fact that almost all the little sporty cars were based on more plebeian sedan hardware, it’s simply a fact of life that understeer was going to rule the day in these economical but engaging rides. The seventh series may not have offered AWD and an intercooled turbo mill like the Alltrac editions of its closest predecessors, but the 140-bhp produced by its 1.8-litre VVT-i four was a pretty good starting place. With 180-horses on tap, the 2ZZ-GE-powered GT-S gave drivers even more to play with, and both of those engines could be paired with a 6-speed stick.

Not only was the Celica in its early aughts guise a looker and a reasonable performer, but through Toyota’s performance arm, TRD, even more fun could be wrung out of the platform. The thing of it is, these days you hardly ever come across one of these Celicas that hasn’t been marred by some spectacularly horrible body kit. I know owners want to express themselves but whatever happened to getting a mis-spelled tattoo? I think that a stock seventh gen Celica, especially the GT-S model, is an under appreciated car. Do you share those thoughts? Should we all be snapping up clean and original low milage examples as investments? What do you think about these pointy Celicas, do they warrant a Brah! or a Blah?

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Last Call- Bumper Snicker Edition

Robert Emslie January 22, 2015 Last Call


Yes, I certainly will give them a wide berth, and I appreciate the warn… hey, wait just a cotton-picking minute!

Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged. 

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The Diesel Truck of your Dreams is in a Florida Junkyard

Alan Cesar January 22, 2015 Thursday Trivia


Your enthusiast fanboy dream truck is here, and at the right price to boot. It’s 4 wheel drive with a manual transmission, mated to a diesel engine. The short bed and standard cab mean it’s perfect for maneuverability when you’re out muddin’, or simply trying to get to your cabin. It’s already fitted with big tires and some auxiliary gauges. The caveat: To row your own while rolling coal, you’ll have to extract it from a junkyard and find out why it went there in the first place.

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