24 Hours of Lemons Turns 200 (Races) This Weekend!

Look, I’m gonna keep this short, mostly because I’m lazy. The 24 Hours of Lemons is hosting its second consecutive dual-race weekend with Halloween Hooptiefest at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Get Yer Phil 500 (name for the esteemed Murilee Martin) at High Plains Raceway in Colorado. And what’s better …

Two Wheel Tuesday: False Neutral Podcast #82 – Garrett’s Two-Stroke Cache

In the October episode, Garrett updates us on his pending estate purchase(s?) before moving on to discuss the new Indian FTR1200 [Spoiler: we’re impressed], the new Suzuki Katana, the ergonomics of the Husqvarna Vitpilen 701. We go on to examine which bikes are (and are not) on our bucket lists …

The Ford Transit is a plus-size sports car

I promise this isn’t clickbait. You’re about to be shocked by the full-size Ford Transit Van. That’s because you can equip it with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6 engine that cranks out 310 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Is this the potential return of Supervan? With some light modification, …

This is American Rallycross [Part 1]

The inaugural American Rallycross (ARX) series swung into Austin for its season finale. It was at the Circuit of the Americas where the stage was set for roaring, sliding, soaring action. Rallycross, in its various forms, has been an intriguing series for a while now. Having grown up in the …

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This is the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

It’s popped its mean mug up a bit too early, thanks to one eager Instagrammer. What you’re looking at is an early peek at the upcoming 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. The maddest of the Mustangs, outside of the not-street-legal Cobra Jet factory drag car. Actually, this one might be more insane because it most likely has essentially the same engine as the drag car but can dance in more directions.

Is this the Mustang Shelby GT 500 engine?

Early speculation says to expect at least 720 horsepower, but some are saying that figure might be conservative. And that’s crazy. This may be the last hurrah for the horsepower wars, but it’s undoubtedly a targeted shot. 

That maw? It’s gaping. That wing? It’s large. Both are easily overlooked because the prospect hiding behind the exaggerated body bits is the most powerful street-legal production Ford Mustang ever built.

Like you, I assume, I’m very ready for the Adding Lightness Wars to commence. But I’m not in a total rush to see the Horsepower Wars fizzle out just yet.

Hooniverse Asks: Can we stop with retro styling now?

Kamil Kaluski October 19, 2018 Hooniverse Asks

I saw this 2002-ish Thunderbird on my drive this morning. It had the optional hardtop with a port window. I never liked it. It was never fast, it never handled well. It was at a period when Ford was trying to be European but failing. And I always thought it was ugly. There was also the New Beetle, the Mustang, Chevy HHR and SSR, PT Cruier, and a few others. All styled to reflect classic lines of their corporate ancestors and not much else to show for it. 

Can we stop that now? Can we kill this trend? Can we design something that’s new, modern, and elegant without looking all modern bubbly? 

Mercedes-AMG had to pump the brakes on its One hypercar… because it idles at 5,000 rpm

When your plan is to take a powertrain from Formula 1 and adapt it for road-car use, there are bound to be hurdles. Mercedes-AMG is experiencing this with its bonkers One hypercar. According to a story in Road & Track, the F1-derived engine likes to idle at 5,000 rpm and that is less than ideal for the purposes of emissions.

The goal is to have the car idle happily at 1,200 rpm but down there the engine isn’t comfortable. It’s breaking up. It’s not stable. This is, after all, an AMG Petronas turbo V6 normally ripping down a race track as the revs soar over 10,000 rpm and onward towards 15,000 rpm.

Fret not, hypercar fans. AMG engineers have already started cranking on further engine development. This sets the project back nine months from its initial delivery estimate, but AMG’s top brass say the car is once again moving forward.

It should be ready for arrival some time in the second half of 2020.

24 Hours of Lemons Turns 200 (Races) This Weekend!

Look, I’m gonna keep this short, mostly because I’m lazy. The 24 Hours of Lemons is hosting its second consecutive dual-race weekend with Halloween Hooptiefest at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Get Yer Phil 500 (name for the esteemed Murilee Martin) at High Plains Raceway in Colorado. And what’s better than a two-race weekend? They’ll be jointly celebrated as Lemons’ 200th race.

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s the one car you love but will never buy?

Kamil Kaluski October 18, 2018 Hooniverse Asks

There are so many cars that I want but that I know better then to actually buy them. The Land Rover LR4 is one of those. I liked it a lot when I reviewed it but I just know that it is a horribly bad idea to buy a used one, especially now when most of them are off warranty. Every time I see one, the want is strong. I can say the same thing about Corvettes, Miatas, large pickups, and many other European cars but for different reasons. I’m old and I’ve learned some things over the years. Yet I have a Lada, go figure. 

So what vehicle would you love to own but you know that you never will?

Last Call: Tiny Tiger Edition

Peter Tanshanomi October 17, 2018 Last Call

This updated and customized TG500 proves that nothing is immune to the hotrodder’s itchy fingers, not even kabinenrollers.

Conversation Starter: Would you own a vintage microcar, and if so, which one? Talk amongst yourselves.

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.

Kris Meeke returns to the WRC, this time with Toyota Gazoo Racing

Jeff Glucker October 17, 2018 Motorsports

Kris Meeke made an early exit from his Citroën WRC career. The race team supporting him at the time felt he was crashing far too often and that led to a dismissal for Meeke and co-driver Paul Nagle. Despite his recent slew of offs, Meeke is a talented driver and a likable one to boot, so it’s good to see him pick up with another team. That would be Toyota Gazoo Racing, which just snagged Meeke to run its Yaris through the woods and over the hills.

Meek seems genuinely happy to be back in a race car and also seems at ease with his new team:

It’s just a huge pleasure and honor to be back. Three years ago, I sat down with Tommi Makinen and discussed the possibility of me going there, but at the time it was just a vision. I would have needed to commit to a season without any rallies at first, and at the time, I needed to do a full season because I had never done one up to that point. Tommi understood my point of view, but the simplicity and logic of his vision never went away from me, and even once I had made my decision, part of me wondered if I’d missed an opportunity. So I’m delighted and grateful to have that opportunity again.

The 47th season of the WRC series kicks off in January 2019 in Monte Carlo.

[Source: YouTube via Road & Track]

Larry Kosilla details his dirtiest car yet
A 1994 Eagle Talon… that’s spent 10 years in the woods

Jeff Glucker October 17, 2018 All Things Hoon

What’s the dirtiest car you’ve ever cleaned? Perhaps a junkyard slag you’ve hauled out of your local spot needed some shining up, or maybe your daily driver was being neglected and needed a proper detail. What about a car that’s been left to sit in the woods, what would that look like? Larry Kosilla from Ammo NYC has found out because he just detailed a 1994 Eagle Talon that’s spent the last ten years tucked away in the trees.

The owner has relocated to the Caribbean and wants to export this car down to the islands so that it may once again be properly enjoyed. To start the process, the car needs to be extricated, cleaned, and then repaired. Larry’s in charge of the first two parts, and he sets in for one hell of a job.

The AMMO NYC FROTHe is my new favorite car washing tool

It’s a job that includes the removal of many critters, both living and deceased, and a decade of mold and grime accumulation. The finished product is remarkable, and it shows that Kosilla is a true expert of his craft.

Settrington Cup – Real Racing(TM) in vintage pedal cars at Goodwood

Kamil Kaluski October 17, 2018 Goodwood

Goodwood is all about cars. But we must recall our younger years when many of us were already car enthusiasts yet we were years away from being able to drive. Some of us wanted to design cars, others to restore or customize them. Others just wanted to race. Settrington Cup is the Goodwood race in vintage pedal cars for children ages six through nine. The starts off with a classic LeMans running start to the cars and then, well, just see for yourself. 

These basic vintage pedal cars can be bought for around £600 in the UK. But racing is never cheap and competitive race-ready vintage pedal cars can reach as much £5000. The fact that Settrington Cup has become hugely popular since its inaugural race in 2012 has driven the prices of these cars up. 

Podcast: Episode 268 – This episode is SICK!

Jeff Glucker October 17, 2018 Hooniverse Podcast

Well… maybe not the episode itself, but I am! So I’ve enlisted the help of Josh Ostrander to sit in with myself and Chris Hayes. He’s here to talk about the Formula Drift season ender that went down at Irwindale the prior weekend. After that we talk about:

  • The Ford Mustang Bullitt
  • Corvette ZR1
  • Hyundai Nexo and Kona EV
  • Matt Farah’s Mustang on BAT

And we take your questions as well. Tune in for some sniffly automotive rantings and ramlbings!