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2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat video coming soon…

Jeff Glucker October 31, 2014 All Things Hoon

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I drove one of the most insane, greatest, fantastic, wonderful, stupid, awesome vehicles ever created this week. I drove a vehicle that I’d gladly reduce my kidney count to one, just to own. I drove an American-designed four-door that is capable of reaching 204 miles per hour. I drove a sedan with 707 horsepower.

I drove the 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat… and I’m in love with it. The video should be up within a week or two, but for now feel free to sound off with questions in the comments below.

[Image courtesy of http://www.drivingsports.com/ - Burnout courtesy of yours truly]

Fantasy Finds Friday: A bit of dandy Caddy candy

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I was originally going to find a vehicle I could label as the ultimate snow machine. After all, winter weather is rapidly approaching and the jackets are being pulled out of the back of most folks closets. Then I remembered that I live in California, and I decided to try and find an old Cadillac instead.

That is how I came across this absolutely gorgeous 1960 bubble top. This Caddy is stunning from every angle. The seller has done a great job taking photos. I knew they’d be good photos though because, oddly enough, I’ve stood in that very photo booth…

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The 2015 Honda Fit is Biggie Smalls

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A good compact car is capable of magic. It needs to pretend to be quite small on the outside, but reveal a large interior space once the doors are opened. The 2015 Honda Fit should be named David Copperfield then there’s some serious prestidigitation going on here. By the way, I spelled prestidigitation right the first time I typed this out… which is some sort of black magic.

Honda engineers have managed to create a interior world that’s deceptively vast. Fold down the rear seats and you basically have the cargo space of a crossover. You have the fuel economy of Honda Fit, however, and that’s a wonderful thing.

[Disclaimer: Honda tossed me the keys to the Fit for a week, and included a tank of gas. I am pretty sure I never needed to fill it up despite putting a good amount of mileage on the tires.]

Blazing through Baja
Testing the new BFGoodrich KO2 all-terrain tire

Jeff Glucker October 23, 2014 Featured, Reviews

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The names covering the walls clue me in to the fact that I’m somewhere special. My off-road naivety has me in the dark as to the placement of the actual dot on map that is my location. Still, the names… I recognize them. Walker Evans, Parnelli Jones, Rod Hall, and many other names can be seen scattered on the walls, the ceiling, pretty much everywhere inside this bar. The bar is a part of a larger facility known as Mike’s Sky Ranch, and if you’re a fan of off-road racing then I’ve arrived at your Mecca.

The day started in Ensenda, Mexico, which is a beach town situated on the Baja Peninsula. It’s also the starting point for the Baja 500 and Baja 1000 off-road races. For me, it’s the starting point of a trip designed to show me about a new tire; the BFGoodrich KO2. It’s a journey that will show me how tough the tire is, but also give me a bit of insight into how amazing and wild the world of off-road racing can be.

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Podcast: Episode 80 – Diesel Driving Death March

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Myself and Blake Z. Rong head into the Podcast Business Office to prattle on about cars. The main topic of the evening is Rong’s recent participation in the Audi A3 TDI Mileage Challenge. He was tasked with driving from Albuquerque, New Mexico to San Diego… on one tank of diesel fuel. That’s 824 miles of driving required. That’s damn near impossible, but two teams managed to pull it off.

From there the talk moves to the recent Motor Press Guild Track Day event, where I got seat time in a variety of vehicles out at Willow Springs.

Click on past the break to listen up…

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BaT Auctions: Prepare your wallet for destruction

Jeff Glucker October 22, 2014 For Sale

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Apparently I’ve been under a rock (or have had my head down editing video), because I just found out that Bring-A-Trailer is hosting its own online auctions now. Today sees the ending of timers for a new batch of vehicles and, as you’d expect from BaT, the offerings are excellent. They range in price from “Ooooh crap, maybe I should shift some things around and buy that!” to “Wow, people pay that much for those?!”

Head on over to Bring-A-Trailer to check out the latest batch of vehicles. The list includes the above Mini Cooper, a Ford Falcon Sprint with racing history, a refreshed Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3, and an excellent Buick Skylark with a 500-ci Caddy mill swapped under the hood.

Dodge Viper: More charm needed for this snake?

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The Dodge Viper returned to the world in 2013 and everyone… kind of went, huh. That’s a bit of a surprise considering the styling is excellent, the V10 makes amazing noise, and the performance capability of the car is higher than that of most drivers that will climb behind the wheel.

Still, it’s priced a bit high in its 2013 and 2014 model years, and the sales are sluggish. Dodge has decided to fix that for 2015 with a massive price drop and a minor power bump.

We’re curious what would make the car sales figures so flat though, as this seems like something that fans of the well-to-do fans of the brand would be snapping up. Is it simply a matter of a car being priced too high?

Pretty much… yes.

[Disclaimer: Dodge loaned us the Viper for a few days, and included a tank of gas. I believe I used one tank for each day I drove the car... worth it.]

Podcast: Episode 79 – A regular podcast

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I’m once again joined by my podcast partner in audio crime. Blake Z Rong has returned from doing famous automotive journalist activities so we have lots to chat about. Additionally, we fall back into the old format of starting with a bit of new car news before digressing into, well, basic insanity.

Hop the break and let your ears explore the space…

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Video: TMI Autotech is Prepping Ariel Atoms for the US Market

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Friends of Hooniverse TMI Autotech are the go-to source for freshly built Ariel Atoms here in the United States. They’re based in Virginia. That last line isn’t exciting until you realize they’re more specifically located right at Virginia International Raceway. That’s quite a nice spot when you have a fleet of Atoms eager to be flogged around a race track.

This short video they’ve produced gives you a glimpse into their facility. Since we’re buddies with them, we thought we’d pass it along to you.

…and yes, you can bet your ass we’re trying to get seat time in one of these things.

Ken Block takes us for a ride in his GRC Fiesta ST

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The Global Rallycross series recently invaded Los Angeles, and our man Jason Connor trekked up to check things out. He arrived during the practice days, and was given the chance to ride shotgun with one Ken Block. His GoPro was charged up, his helmet was affixed, and he was sent off through the course.

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