Hooniverse Asks: Have you ever been to an NHRA event?

Jeff Glucker November 9, 2018 Hooniverse Asks

11,000 horsepower. Zero to 100 mph takes less than a second. A Top Fuel dragster is one of the few vehicles on this planet where the word awesome actually applies. You will be in awe. Hell, I’m in awe of the fact that the supercharge alone requires 1,000 horsepower to operate at max boost. You’ve never driven a vehicle that makes enough power to even work the supercharger on a Top Fuel dragster. And this circus makes its way to Pomona, California this weekend… and I’m going today.

I’ve never been to an NHRA event. The nitromethane is calling to me. Yes, I know I need to bring earplugs. Yes, I know it will blow me away. Yes, I can’t wait.

So… have any of you been to an NHRA race? Tell us all about it below.

The Bentley Boys are still a thing and their machines sound better than ever

Jeff Glucker November 8, 2018 Featured, Motorsports

When you think of Bentley, you no doubt picture modern Continental GTs being hustled around overpriced shopping centers and driven by folks who have no clue about the history of the very machine their piloting. That’s fine. That’s how the timeline of an automaker works, and it’s not something specific to Bentley. For you though, you know about W.O. You’ve heard the name Woolf Barnato. You understand that Bentley has always had a toe dipped in the enticing waters of motorsport. The Bentley Boys kicked ass  back in the 20’s and 30’s… and a modern crop of drivers continues to run hard and wear that name well.

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Makellos Classics turned a 1978 Porsche 911 SC into a Safari 911

I say awesome a lot in this one, fair warning. This is something you might call an “in-between car”. You can take it to the track, to the canyons, and deep into the woods. This is a Safari Porsche 911 from the folks at Makellos Classics in Escondido, California.

Makellos Classics 1973 Porsche 2.7 RS Hot Rod

This car started life as a standard 1978 Porsche 911 SC. The stock suspension was ripped out for a fully adjustable setup from KW. A set of Pirelli Scorpion tires wrap around awesome rally-style Fifteen52 wheels. Out in the tail, the 3.0-liter engine is original to the car but this one has been upgraded with 964 heads. There’s LED lighting up front, a roof rack with a spare on top, a half cage in the rear, and fantastic-ness all around.

Taking something destined for the road and forcing it to do your dirty work is an automotive moment of joy. And this Porsche Safari 911 delivers that joy over and over again.

Hooniverse Asks: Which vehicle would you “Safari”?

Jeff Glucker November 8, 2018 Hooniverse Asks

It’s a hot trend at the moment, but it’s certainly one that has yet to run its course. I’m talking about folks “Safari”-ing their vehicles. It’s a notion gaining steam with the Porsche set. Subaru owners will tell you they’ve been doing this for years. Their battle wagons scarred up with signs of real adventure. Even I’ve been daydreaming about that moment in the future when my own Mercedes-Benz wagon will be finished and ready to ramble on.

Later today, I’m going to share a video I shot of a 1978 Porsche 911 SC that I drove. It’s been given the full Safari treatment, and the finished product is fantastic. Of course, there are lots of other vehicles out there that would benefit from such a transformation.

What vehicle would you Safari?

Quick Pic: This Happy Vette should make you smile

Jeff Glucker November 7, 2018 Quick Pics

There are plenty of Corvettes wearing Jake. He’s an angry Corvette flag-eyed skull that ties into the highly successful Corvette racing program. The Corvette shown above is wearing what has to be the antithesis of Jake, and I love it.

This photo comes from Ken Saito’s photo essay on the recent Speedhunters show in Japan. The article and photo are over on Jalopnik, and it’s worth your time to take a stroll through the photos.

It’s the smiling tail end of this Corvette that most notably caught my eye. I don’t think this is something we’ll see make its way Stateside, but I hope I spy a smiling Vette sometime in the not-too-distant future.

[Source: Jalopnik]

Podcast: Episode 270 – Dinan [SEMA 2018]

Jeff Glucker November 7, 2018 Hooniverse Podcast

Live from the Magnaflow podcasting stage at SEMA 2018 I interview Dinan about their 2018/2019 offerings and specifically their return to flash tunes.

Hooniverse Asks: What’s your favorite not-a-car- vehicle?

Jeff Glucker November 7, 2018 Hooniverse Asks

I really want a Ducati Scrambler. I don’t ride, nor do I have my motorcycle license. I’m not going to get one but I really would like one. This is a prime example of one of my favorite not-a-car vehicles. Others include a Polaris RZR, the 1937 motor yacht Aphrodite, and the A10 Tank Killer.

Yes, I really ramped things up there.

What’s your favorite not-a-car?

This Unimog U500 is your true global adventure machine

Jeff Glucker November 6, 2018 For Sale

Do you want to go anywhere? Are you ready to escape from the grind for a bit? Do you also happen to have a few hundred grand stashed away in an account, itching to be spent? Then we have found the perfect machine for you. A user on the Expedition Portal forums is selling their 2005 Unimog U500 and it’s prepped to transit …everything.

This Mog is powered by a tuned version of the OM906LA turbodiesel engine. Normally these make a little bit of horsepower and buckets of torque. This one here, however, cranks out 312 horsepower. Torque is typically between 550 and 810 pound-feet for these rigs, but this one could be a bit higher with some engine upgrades.

You’ll need all of the energy available because this Mog will slog through its available 24 forward gears. Some for working and some for crawling. Don’t worry about fuel though because the tank can handle 160 gallons of the stuff.

V.I.S.I.T. – Mercedes-Benz Unimog U406

On the tail of this mobile fancy studio apartment is parking for a motorcycle or dirtbike. That’s perfect for when the trail tightens up and you want to go have some lightweight fun away from your new basecamp.

This package doesn’t come cheap, of course. The seller states that it’s in excellent condition and shows just 29,500 miles. If you want it, you’ll need to fork over $399,000. That’s so much money but you’re basically getting a house… that can go wherever you want.

Head over to ExpeditionPortal to see the full listing and more photos.

Hillclimb Monster: Watch a 700-hp Mitsubishi Evo scream up a Swiss hill

Jeff Glucker November 6, 2018 Hoonivercinema

The Mitsubishi 4G63 engine can be modified to do marvelous things. While there are a number of lower horsepower offerings using this engine, the performance minded vehicles fitted with this inline-4 are entertaining even in stock guise. Take the 4G63 and slap on crazy turbos, bore and stroke the engine, and then hold on. Like with this Evo 8 shown above, which now produces 700 horsepower.

Driver Thomas Kessler is taking this beast up the St. Ursanne hill climb event in Switzerland. The car weighs just a bit over 2,400 pounds. Stock, the car is about 3,200 pounds and it’s engine puts out quite a bit less power.

This is truly a proper hill climb monster and the driver grabs it by the scruff of the steering wheel. Click play and watch (and listen) to the action above.

BMW finally puts the M in motorcycles

Jeff Glucker November 6, 2018 Two-Wheel Tuesday

BMW’s Motorrad is taking a page out of the playbook from the automobile side of the family. It’s all about M as the motorcycle family will soon be able to option up their bikes with new options and performance parts. The goal here is performance, exclusivity, and individuality. And mucho dollars, of course.

First to receive the M goods is the new BMW S1000 RR. There is now an M package available and it consists of:

  • Motorsport paint finish
  • M carbon fibre wheels
  • M light weight battery
  • M Chassis Kit with rear ride height adjustment and swingarm pivot 
  • M sport seat
  • Pro Mode

The timing is great, as the S1000 RR is all new itself. This is a bike that now makes 205 horsepower (207 outside of the US) from a freshly developed 4-cylinder inline engine. BMW have completely reworked the suspension for improved traction while also increasing and improving rider feedback at the same time.

BMW have fitted the bike with four rider modes as well, with Pro Mode unlocked by that M package. In Pro Mode, the bike makes use of launch control for race starts and a pit lane limiter.

We don’t know how much the new bike costs, nor what those M package goodies will run. But M bits are irresistible to enthusiast-minded BMW buyers… if it translates to bikes the way it does with cars, this will work out rather well for BMW Motorrad.