Last Call: A road to anywhere

Jeff Glucker October 19, 2018 Last Call


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We’re all over due for a road trip. I’m looking forward to the time when I can finally say my wagon is finished, and then load it up with my wife and daughter and head out in search of adventure. We’re a bit off from that day arriving, but I do think about it and I do look forward to it.

How about you… where do you want to go? What do you want to drive?

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.

Rad Wagon: 1996 Chevy Caprice with a 6MT for sale on BAT

Jeff Glucker October 19, 2018 BringATrailer, For Sale

It’s not just the beautiful deep red paint paired with the black wheels that should draw you in. No, this 1996 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon has a bit more going on. That’s because the owner swapped in a T56 six-speed manual gearbox to back up the LT1 V8. According to the listing on Bring-A-Trailer, that engine is also upgraded with headers, intake, custom exhaust, a tune, and a bit more.

The result is one mad wagon, and it’s excellent.

Head over to BAT for more pictures and some videos. This one deserves your attention!

Hangtime pits Ultra4 trucks against Ford Mustang drift cars

Jeff Glucker October 19, 2018 Hoonivercinema

Someone walks up to you and sticks out their hands. In one is the key to a massively powerful Ford Mustang prepped for Formula Drift action. In the other is the key (let’s pretend it uses one) to an Ultra4 off-road race rig. Which one strikes your fancy? In a new video titled Hangtime!, you can see why one is likely a bit better choice than the other.

Chelsea DeNofa, Vaughn Gittin Jr, and Matt Powers are chatting away next to a trio of drift cars when two Ultra4 trucks soar right over their heads. The trucks are driven by Loren Healy and Cody Currie, and that pair get this horsepower party started correctly.

The trucks can take to the air, but can also dish out delicious drifts and tire-maiming action just like the Mustangs. For me, there’s no question, I’d prefer to take the Ultra4 rig out for some action.

Watch the video above and see if you come to the same conclusion. 

Also, it should be noted that this video was produced by our old friend Sam Nalven (Drift Idiot). Nice work, Sam! 

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.

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.

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.

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!

More car TV is coming your way with a new season of /Drive

NBC Sports is working on bringing more car content to its channel. Alongside its motorsport offerings, the network is adding a new show called Proving Grounds. Bolstering that lineup is the return of another car show; /Drive. This is the one helmed by Mike Spinelli and Chris Harris. Normally Matt Farah is there with them, but he’s stepped away from the show. So a few new faces have been added to the mix.

Alex Roy rips a go-kart across a full-size race track. Zack Klapman goes on an adventure. And though she’s not in the trailer video above, Kristen Lee arrives to the car party.

“Proving Grounds” is a new car show with actual, good hosts

Since /Drive first launched a number of years ago, Chris Harris has gone on to become a global megastar in the automotive space. Alex Roy has become a unique voice in the ongoing conversation about autonomous tech. And Mike Spinelli has gotten a haircut.

In the quick teaser above, you can see a truly varied mix of cars. Some great locations paired with solid banter. And a growing cast of characters to help keep the content interesting. In fact, I’m personally excited to see Klapman’s role in this show. He’s a great dude and hilarious as well.

/Drive on NBC Sports premieres Sunday October 21st at 8pm EST. It’s right after Proving Grounds, actually. The 5th season of /Drive unfolds over the course of seven episodes, and it culminates in a pilgrimage to Le Mans.

Buy this ’64 Ford Country Squire and put a longroof in your life

The interior looks clean. The engine sounds fun. The body style is right. This is a 1964 Ford Country Squire and there’s a stonking big 390 sitting under the long hood. Per the seller, this wagon has been treated right in the past and it seems plenty ready to find a new home.

Here’s the text from the ad:

1964 Ford country squire wagon booger wagon!
390 big block
Fresh tune, wires/ coil/oil/ distributor/ fixed all wiring bugs 
4 speed on floor
Drum brakes just gone through new master cylinder 
Straight piped so it’s loud but fun
Air shocks in rear
Static drop all around 3″ in front 4″ in rear

Runs and drives great bought it about 2 years ago and had to do a lot of work to get it driving safe. It’s a driver and we use it to go to shows and down to the beach it gets attention everywhere and is a super fun driver. 

Built by Gambino Kustoms in 2004

I’m hemming and hawing on the asking price. The seller is asking for $8,800. That’s not unreasonable, especially if the car is running well and stopping great. Also, a sorted interior goes a long way. But for some reason $7,500 feels more appropriate. That’s not far from what the seller is asking of course, and maybe it’s enough to snag the keys to this one.

One of you should find out…

[Source: Craiglist]