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Podcast: Episode 181 – What’s your DRIVETRIBE?!

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We’re all back in the studio this week, and we have a fair amount to cover before diving into the questions. We talk about Zack’s BMW M3, my trip to Mexico to drive the 2018 Audi Q5, and also how I managed to get my hands on the new Lamborghini Huracan RWD Spyder before anyone else.


Hooniverse – What’s your DRIVETRIBE?!

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Car Bros pit a Porsche 918 Hybrid against a “Ferrari Enzo”

Jeff Glucker November 30, 2016 All Things Hoon

If you’re not already subscribed to the Car Bros YouTube channel, you should fix that today. The latest reason? The team over there whipped up a comparison between Porsche’s attempt at a green car and something their calling a Ferrari Enzo.

No, this isn’t a battle of the actual supercars that half you will hate (and half will enjoy). Instead, this is parody and humor and it’s also great.

Bonus Hooniverse Asks: What’s the worst car you can use to teach someone how to drive stick?

Jeff Glucker November 29, 2016 All Things Hoon

The first-generation Dodge Viper remains one of the most terrifying vehicles I’ve ever driven. It’s a lightly camouflaged race car for the road that occasionally have a mind of its own and you’re merely along for the ride. Friend of Hooniverse Doug Demuro recently acquired one. He did what any Viper owner would do, and used the vehicle as a teaching tool for a friend wanting to learn how to operate a manual gearbox.

The video is amusing. It ends in tears once again, as is now expected of any vehicle starring in a Demuro clip. It got me thinking; what is the worst vehicle you could use to teach someone how to drive a car with a manual transmission? This Dodge Viper is certainly on the list. It’s cheating if you say any semi truck with a cornucopia of high and low gears. An automatic gearbox is a funny answer, once (and I’ve justed used up that one time).

Sound off below with your thoughts on any vehicle that would make for a horrible teaching tool.

First Drive: 2018 Audi Q5

For Audi, the Q5 is quite an important machine. It’s the automaker’s volume seller here in the United States. There’s a new one coming and we trekked to Mexico to sample the latest four-ringed compact crossover.

Our first drive of the 2018 Audi Q5 unfolds over the roads and off-road stretches around Cabo San Lucas. The southern end of the Baja peninsula proves to be a great place to sample the second-generation Q5.

While Virtual Cockpit will certainly grab your attention, it’s the addition of a new generation of quattro to which you should be paying attention. The Q5 has an all-wheel-drive system that can run in full front-wheel-drive mode until the system deems it necessary to send power out back. This makes the Q5 better on fuel economy, yet it still retains that quattro sense of comfort you want in less than ideal weather.

[Disclaimer: Audi got us on a plane and put us up in a Bond Villain-like hotel Cabo. There was food and booze to be had in the evenings as well.]

Engine Masters examines roller vs flat-tappet cams

Jeff Glucker November 28, 2016 All Things Hoon

Engine Masters is back with a new episode and this time around the crew is examining the difference between cams. Specifically, it’s time to take a look at what a hydraulic roller cam can offer over a flat tappet setup… besides removing many more dollars from your bank account.

The results are clear, but are you going to want to spend a considerable amount more cash to achieve those results? Click play and learn why Engine Masters believe the extra cost is worth it.

Podcast: Episode 180 – Pete Brock

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Pete Brock is a legendary name in the automotive world. That Ferrari-beating Shelby Daytona Coupe we all love? Pete Brock shaped it. The red, white, and blue BRE Datsun race cars that won a ton of races and even did well in Baja? That’s Brock Racing Enterprises. Hell, the man decided to put his mind at work designing hang gliders and created the largest hang gliding company in the world, before he decided to return to the automotive world.

Hooniverse is …a name in the automotive world. Pete Brock has joined Hooniverse to chat on the podcast, and he’s got a few bombs to drop along the way.

Here’s one for you; Did you know that the Ford Mustang should’ve had independent rear suspension since damn near the start? It almost happened thanks to Brock. That is until one decision reverted the whole idea back to that solid rear that stuck with the Mustang for decades.

You’re going to want to listen to this one:


Hooniverse – Pete Brock – SEMA 2016

Dusting your way to entry-level Mopar

Jeff Glucker November 23, 2016 All Things Hoon

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My dream car is a 1968 Dodge Charger. I’d love to have someone blend in 1969 taillights¬†as well. If I really had the cash, I’d build a Pro-2 Charger like the off-road version from the Fast & Furious franchise… judge me as you well. Regardless, I’ve been thinking it would be nice to put any bit of Mopar muscle in my garage. The problem is that Mopar is typically more expensive than the other great bits of metal out there.

Here’s a 1971 Plymouth Duster, with an asking price of $7,900. It appears to be a solid buy too. I’m not in love with the color, but it’s not bad for a car like this either.

What other examples of “entry-level Mopar” can you find? Share it all in the comments below.

[Source: Craigslist]

A 1982 Corvette is an unexpected gem in Iceland

Jeff Glucker November 22, 2016 All Things Hoon

So this is a convertible wagon for sale…

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Was it you that was just saying you wanted a wagon, but with a convertible roof? No? Must’ve been someone else. Regardless, I found that car. It’s a thing that was created, and it’s “done right”.

Here’s the full ad text:

I’m seeing what’s out there I have a fully customized wagon convertible all done right from top to bottom over 50k easy invested has tis 6 inch wheels convertible done right with a rag top over 15k in air brush candy paint lambo doors plasma tvs has everything a true beauty don’t really want to sell but if price or trade is right let me know looking for 07 or newer Tahoe escalade or Yukon or old schools like 69 camaro or 64 and under impala let me know serious people only …. Email me for any info!!!!………..Shipping available for right buyer with cash in hand !!!

The asking price on the ad is $15,000. So, you know, if you’re interested.

[Source: Craigslist]

1967 Jaguar packs V8 power

Jeff Glucker November 21, 2016 All Things Hoon

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This Jaguar sedan looks sharp with its light blue paint and oh-so-sweet wire wheels. What you can’t see in this photo, however, is the Chevy 350 sitting under the hood. Here’s the what the full ad has to say about the car:

“1967 Jaguar 420. It has Chevy 350 and 700R transmission. It has power steering and power brakes. The car runs and drives. The interior is in great condition. All windows roll up and down. It has the original tire jack and spare. wire wheels with good tires on them. Headlights, brake lights, blinkers, and taillights all work. It also has A/C. Still a small project, but completely drive-able. Great car, asking $4400 OBO. Need the car out our garage. CLEAN NEVADA TITLE.”

Now that sounds awfully inviting, and the price is set very much into the Fun Zone on the scale of Craigslist Money Pits. Perhaps it’s time to find a buyer for the HoonTruck and move on to something that will allow father and daughter to ride along together.

[Source: Craigslist]