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Land Cruiser Field Report: Where the Buffalo Roam

American Buffalo is actually a misnomer. The bison that used to roam the Central Plains are not closely related to the Buffalo (Cape & Water) of Africa and Asia. They are in the same family of hoofed mammals, but not close enough to be called buffalo. Just like how the …

The Audi TT RS is so good we had to give it another go

Yeah, we drove it already… but we needed to give it another go. The 2018 Audi TT RS is worth the extra time, because it’s just so damn good now. Audi is offering up a 400-horsepower sports coupe that’s basically a budget R8. It’s not cheap, but compared to the …

Power, performance, and the used market

The facts are the facts: the amount of car you can buy on the cheap today is simply outstanding. And it’s not just amount of power you can get for very little money, but it’s the caliber of car you can acquire for so little. The cars available on the …

Podcast: Episode 218 – Return of the Zack

Zack Klapman is back in the podcast studio, and he joins us in a discussion on some fresh news items. We chat about the McLaren body armor built for a billionaire, Toyota’s new GR sub-brand, and that rad Ford Lightning Tribute truck sold in Georgia. After that it’s time for …

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Tire Rack and Michelin team up for a lesson in winter tires

Josh Ostrander September 25, 2017 All Things Hoon

Winter tires have always been an enigma to me spending most of my life on the beach. Still, I lived in Colorado for a time, yet even then I left the summer tires on my Subaru Impreza. This was more so because I was a broke kid then pure ignorance. As it turns out not everyone can enjoy 70 degree breezes year round, most of the country has seasons, and a large percentage of those places get cold. Really cold. Those places need winter tires.

“But Josh” you say, “I don’t get much snow where I live and when I do the plows are always on their A game, it’s just balls cold in the winter.” And I respond with “how cold are balls really?” and you still need winter tires because the summer tire compound does not perform well if at all when it’s under 40 degrees outside. Even most all seasons aren’t safe to use under about 20 degrees. That’s not me trying to convince you to spend money, it’s facts.

Speaking of money you won’t be spending double if you purchase a set of winter tires. Think about it. 2 sets of tires being used for roughly half of the year that are being worn at half the rate if you were to use one set. You will however have to either buy an additional set of wheels or pay for the mounting and dismounting fees. I call that tax for living in a place that isn’t Southern California.

(Disclaimer: Tire Rack flew me out to South Bend Indiana and out me up in The Morris Inn for 2 nights and gave me enough beer to finally make Jeff proud of me.)

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The Carchive: The third-generation Nissan Patrol

After the Nissan Prairie a fortnight back, and the Citroen Dyane last week, we’re still in Utility Mode here at The Carchive. We’re looking at Datsun / Nissan’s entry to the SUV fray – in the early days of that phrase having traction, so to speak.

It’s fair to say that the Datsun Patrol rather lived in the shadow of the Toyota Landcruiser – the latter was famous as the darling of the Australian Outback, even though the Patrol was no stranger to equally dusty climes and certainly substantially more dependable than, oh I don’t know, a Land Rover or something.

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The News for September 22nd, 2017

Greg Kachadurian September 22, 2017 The News!

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. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Volvo introduces all-new XC40, their first small SUV

  • Lamborghini enhances Huracan Super Trofeo with EVO package

  • McLaren finally joins the Vision Gran Turismo project

  • Toyota launches performance sub brand with Gazoo Racing

  • Mitsubishi pretends to bring back the Evolution

  • Ford Fiesta ST isn’t returning to America next year

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Hooniverse Asks: Has a car alarm ever stopped a robbery?

Alan Cesar September 22, 2017 All Things Hoon

You’ve heard a car alarm before. It was probably going off at the other end of the parking lot while you were trying hopelessly to slip an Ektorp into your five-door and tying the hatch down with that pathetic plastic twine because you didn’t come prepared for your spouse’s need for lots of practical Swedish furniture that you’ll later struggle to assemble.

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Land Cruiser Field Report: Where the Buffalo Roam

Christopher Tracy September 21, 2017 Featured, Road Trip

American Buffalo is actually a misnomer. The bison that used to roam the Central Plains are not closely related to the Buffalo (Cape & Water) of Africa and Asia. They are in the same family of hoofed mammals, but not close enough to be called buffalo. Just like how the West Indies are in the Caribbean and no where near India. Same shit, different time period.

We’ve all seen the billboards along the highway. Exotic Game Reserve. We’ve laughed at the idiots who take videos of monkeys ripping off their wipers and ostriches leaning in windows to steal their snacks. I have never had any interest to visit one of those tourists traps. But when your kid is massively interested in animals, you begin to make different choices.

I still refuse to visit the exotic game reserve in the area, but I am down for introducing my boys to more of the natural wonders in the Midwest.

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The Audi TT RS is so good we had to give it another go

Yeah, we drove it already… but we needed to give it another go. The 2018 Audi TT RS is worth the extra time, because it’s just so damn good now. Audi is offering up a 400-horsepower sports coupe that’s basically a budget R8.

It’s not cheap, but compared to the competition it’s well priced. Plus you can leave the carbon ceramic front brakes and RS suspension off your shopping list and save a healthy $6,000 to keep it all under $80k.

The Audi TT RS might just be the pinnacle of the MQB platform. It’s crazy fast, supremely confidence inspiring, and well styled. Unless you *have* to have those RWD tail-out shenanigans, the TT RS is the best choice in its segment.

Power, performance, and the used market

Ross Ballot September 21, 2017 All Things Hoon, Featured

Source: AutoEvolution

The facts are the facts: the amount of car you can buy on the cheap today is simply outstanding.

And it’s not just amount of power you can get for very little money, but it’s the caliber of car you can acquire for so little. The cars available on the used market for a fraction of their original price is unlike it ever has been before. Most of us are intimately familiar with this, but it’s still perpetually shocking to see high-power, high-performance cars plummeting to the bottom of their depreciation curve.

I’m not the first one to say this, but it very well may be true that we’re living in the Golden Age. Power and performance are at a premium and used prices are, thankfully, comfortably palatable. Jump with me as I explore some of the cars out there that strike gold in the value-for-dollar quotient.

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The DFL Show: Episode 69 – NICE!

We’ve returned for our sixty-nineth episode. It’s Brad, Pat, Eric, and occasionally Stef chiming in for a great episode. We talked about some news, some race recaps, and had another round of Robin Miller MadLibs. Unfortunately, Stef’s audio dropped recording right before the game, so…

Anyway, we hope you can enjoy it regardless. Thanks for supporting us through 69 awesome episodes.


The DFL Show – NICE!

Podcast: Episode 218 – Return of the Zack

Zack Klapman is back in the podcast studio, and he joins us in a discussion on some fresh news items. We chat about the McLaren body armor built for a billionaire, Toyota’s new GR sub-brand, and that rad Ford Lightning Tribute truck sold in Georgia.

After that it’s time for your questions, and there’s a lot of them so we never get to chatting about our own drives and recent vehicular experiences.


Hooniverse – Return of the Zack

Hooniverse Reviews the Pioneer Ford F-150 Lightning Tribute

Greg Kachadurian September 19, 2017 Featured, Reviews

Robby Winiarczyk, General Manager of Pioneer Ford in Bremen, Georgia, always loved the F-150 Lightning that Ford’s Special Vehicle Team built from 1999 to 2004. It’s been a long thirteen years since it’s been gone and there’s no sign of it coming back in any official form, but they had an idea to revive it in their own way – with a 650-horsepower tribute.

They only first showed the F-150 Lightning Tribute to the world last Wednesday but it’s already sent the internet into a frenzy. Over a million people saw their initial Facebook post and our early coverage of it became one of the most popular articles in this site’s history. And yet there I was, less than a week after its introduction, doing donuts with it in an empty airport.

That’s right, this weird little website of ours got to drive it first. If hilarious amounts of tire-shredding power in unlikely packages is of interest to you, keep reading.

Disclaimer: I reached out to Pioneer Ford after the story broke and was invited to come and drive the Lightning tribute. Because of my close proximity to them, I got to do it first. My hour drive was rewarded with the opportunity to do silly things with a 650-hp truck.

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