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Fantasy Finds Friday: This one has a strong pull, man

Jeff Glucker November 21, 2014 All Things Hoon

FFF Benz 600

It’s no secret that I love me some Mercedes-Benz machine goodness. My own project car is an old W123 wagon, after all. Still, I’ve always been rather attracted to the old Benz sedans. The most notable of all of them, of course, is the Mercedes-Benz 600.

Let’s class up the Fantasy Friday garage shall we?

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LAAS – Gaze upon the majestic Oculus Doof

Jeff Glucker November 20, 2014 Car Shows, LA Auto Show
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Rob sure liked watching me be terrible at the CrazyKarts. Here’s Rob entering a different dimension, thanks to the fine folks at Volvo. Like Mr. Emslie said earlier, we work hard and play hard. I guess this is neither of those options though… whatever.

[Yes, I know I spelled Oculus wrong in the video… worse crimes have occurred on this planet.]

Key Lago Go Drifto (w/ Guest Carlos Lago)

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Carlos Lago is a man who drives man amazing machines… but the one that is currently providing him the most thrills happens to be his own project Nissan 240SX. That’s because it has a LS3 crate motor that’s making 430 horsepower. His car is fast, and it enjoys going fast in both straight lines and sideways as well.

Oh, he also plays host on the Motor Trend channel when he’s not churning out stories and reviews for the print side. He’s also our guest on episode 83 of the Hooniverse podcast.

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Dodge Charger Hellcat: Insanity Contained… Barely

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707 horsepower.

We’re not talking about some ultra-exotic hypercar made by hand in some shop in a country you’ve never been visited. This is a four-door, five-passenger sedan from Dodge.

This is the 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat, and it might be the most insane vehicle on the planet simply for the fact that it exists at all. The folks at Dodge have created one giant middle finger to the world with this car, and they can raise a second middle finger when you pair the car with its Challenger sibling.

It’s wild, loud, powerful, aggressive, and it’s offering near super car acceleration for premium to luxury sedan pricing. The Hellcat also happens to be a car you could live with everyday… which just adds to the craziness.

[Disclaimer: Dodge flew me to Washington, D.C. and put me up in a hotel that had a clear view of the White House. This was a blatant attempt to instill extra patriotism into my bones. This wasn’t necessary as the Hellcat forces MURICA down your throat hole, and then transforms you into a red, white, and blue bald eagle that can only communicate by squawking out God Bless America.]

Mid-Engined GTI Project Car Is Ambitious Nightmare

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The MkII Volkswagen GTI is a plucky little hot hatch. It’s a fun compact with great front-wheel-drive driving dynamics and an enjoyable 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. For some, however, that isn’t enough for serious fun. Take this project GTI we found on eBay.

The engine up front is gone. The rear seats are also gone, because that’s where the new engine sits. It’s a four-liter V8 plucked from under the hood of a Lexus GS400, and it’s sitting in the middle of this GTI. The gearbox is 915 Transmission, which is the kind used in examples of the Porsche 911 built between the early 1970s and mid 1980s.

So… do you think you have what it takes to finish this Lexus-engined, Porsche-transmission-having, mid-engine 1986 Volkswagen GTI?

[Source: eBay Motors]

Drift Idiot Day 13: All In

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Sam Nalven is a good friend of Hooniverse. You know him better as the Drift Idiot, and we’ve been working together to bring you new episodes of The Drift Chronicles this year. Now though, it’s time for a new installment of the series that set him down this slideways path.

Drift Idiot Day 13 has arrived, and you can see that both Sam and his car have come a long way. Still, they’ve got an uphill battle today because Drift Idiot is taking on the Head Hoonigan. Ken Block and Co. are releasing Gymkhana 7 right now. Nalven wants to try and beat their view count for today, so give his video a watch.

(Yes, I know that’s pretty much impossible because Gym 7 will have more views than Kim K’s gigantic ass – deservedly so, of course)

The post wherein I play catch-up…

Jeff Glucker November 14, 2014 All Things Hoon

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I’ve driven a lot of cars over the course of the last few… well, shit, years I guess. Over the course of that span, there have been a few cars that haven’t made it to the virtual pages of Hooniverse. It’s not because I was holding anything back, but rather because you occasionally mentally move on from the vehicle and it’s hard to bring yourself back to the right frame of mind needed to talk about what makes it a good or bad car.

This post will serve as a sort of pot stirrer for vehicles I’ve driven that I have yet to write about. There’s some decent photography thrown in because I used to focus more on the still stuff than the moving stuff. If you have any questions about any car posted below, please feel free to sound off in the comments.

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Fantasy Finds Friday: Bustin’ Broncos

FFF Ford Bronco

I need some form of truck or classic SUV in my life. I really really do, and so do you. Yes, I’m excited to get my wagon on the road at some point, because it will be both fast and functional. Yet I’m still drawn to the idea of a stylish old workhorse being a part of my fantasy stable. That’s why I’m adding this lovely 1967 Ford Bronco to my Fantasy Finds Friday garage.

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Lamborghini Aventador Roadster: Aggressive Aural Angular Anger

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The Lamborghini Aventador Roadster is ridiculous. It’s ridiculously expensive, ridiculously powerful, ridiculously designed… and it’s perfect it in its ridiculous world.

Is it perfect to drive? Of course not, but the fury and the noise help keep a smile on your face the entire time you’re driving one. Unless you come in too hot for a corner, then it’s time to frown and cry as you understeer towards a cliff. Thankfully, that didn’t happen for me.

[Disclaimer: Lamborghini tossed me the keys to the Aventador Roadster for a weekend. They also included a tank of gas. I’m pretty sure I needed a few more tanks.]

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