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This is what it takes to turn a FWD Corolla into a RWD Drift Corolla with 1,000 HP

Jeff Glucker August 7, 2018 Hoonivercinema

Papadakis Racing is based in Southern California. In the past few years, this is a team that’s been a forced to be reckoned with in the Formula Drift series. The main helmsmen is FD Champion Fredric Aasbo and he’s tapped to take Toyota products and push them to their limits. The latest vehicle on deck? It’s Toyota’s entry-level front-wheel-drive Corolla hatchback. So how does Papadakis Racing turn 168-horsepower FWD economy car into a 1,000-horsepower rear-wheel-drive FD-winning machine?

With lots of custom, in-house fabrication work and a dedicated crew of folks eager to contribute.

Watch for yourself in the video above. It’s nicely shot and won’t take up too much of your day (runtime 7:21), which makes it perfect for a lunch break visual.

Hooniverse Asks: Has there been a resto-mod out there that’s surprised you?

Jeff Glucker August 7, 2018 Hooniverse Asks

There’s a lovely orange and black machine waiting for me in my email inbox. It’s something I didn’t see coming, but based on everyone’s current love affair with classic SUVs and trucks, I probably should’ve expected this to happen. This, friends, is a fully restored and upgraded 1979 International Scout II.

 This pumpkin paint scheme suits the old brute. As do the beefy tires and blacked out interior. The best part though sits under the hood, because that’s where Velocity Restorations stuffed a 430-horsepower 6.2-liter LS3. Other modern goodies include Wilwood disc brakes, a clean gauge cluster, and plenty of forward lighting.

This is a restomod done properly well, but it’s one that commands …insane money. Hold on to your hats here folks, because this one will cost you $229,000. I’m pretty sure you could’ve purchased every Scout every built for that price at one point during the late 90’s.

This Scout appears to be very well done. You can see many more photos at Velocity Restoration’s website. But that asking price is wild. This isn’t an Icon build. We’re not looking at the Singer of the International Scout world. This is a cleanly restored and upgraded Scout II from the late 1970’s.

Have there been other resto modded vehicles out there that have surprised you? Good or bad… we’ll take all answers here.

Podcast: Episode 259 – Baja Before and After

Josh Ostrander and I head on off to Baja to drive the Wide Open Buggy down in the Mexican desert. This podcast is recorded in two parts; the first part is on the way down to Mexico and the second is in the car on the way home from the border. What do we talk about? Well… I mean, I kind of told you that already. It’s about what we think Baja will be like and then talking about how the trip went in the second half.

Listen in and I hope you enjoy this one.

Christian Mejia was destined to drive this 1965 Chevy Corvair Monza

“Every time you’re talking in your sleep, you’re always talking about Corvairs…”

If ever a person was supposed to own a certain car, Christian Mejia was destined to lay claim to his 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monza. Driven to school in one as a child, Mejia knew he loved it before he even truly knew what it was.

Mejia’s mother received the car after it was passed down following a death in the family. Christian begged his mother for the car and she eventually relented. It was his and he’s driven it ever since. It wasn’t an easy road, of course, as the car’s been damaged and eventually sat for awhile.

But a properly loved machine doesn’t sit forever… and Christian sold his daily driver, took the bus, borrowed his girlfriend’s car, and eventually found the time and money to rebuild his baby.

Until he crashed it again, and it sat again.

Today it looks like this, and Christian has his pride and joy on the road. The finished product is gorgeous and it’s clear that the journey has been a labor of love. 

Read more about Christian and his Corvair over at Petrolicious and check out the lovely video above.

Hidden Rides could be your ticket to that forum-fed vehicle find

Out there on the wild seas of the Internet, you’ll discover many islands existing in the form of the automotive forum. Some islands are bountiful, while others are inhabited by angry folks who believe that the cherished idol they pray too is the only one that matters. Across all of these island forums is one constant, however, and that’s the fact that many potentially great vehicles are being offered up for sale… and you might be missing out on a lot of them. That’s where HiddenRides.com comes in.

Touting itself as being built by “two dudes who loves cars”. The site was built as a shared passion experiment for all the enthusiasts out there endlessly turning over page after page of forum classifieds.

The site aggregates listings from all of the forums, and offers it all up in an easily filterable listings page. Check out HiddenRides.com and prepare to waste a bit of e-Time as you hunt down whatever it is you’re looking for… you might just find it on one of those random islands adrift in the iSea.

[Updated: I asked the owners a few questions and they responded below]

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“We are in hot pursuit of a wheelchair…”

“We are in hot pursuit of a wheelchair!” (sound) from r/funny

The person in this chair is in a hurry. At one point in the expletive-laden video (fair warning), those in pursuit mention that they had to hit 50 mph (most likely?) in order to catch up to the fast-moving chair.

I’m not sure how the person running the chair didn’t hit the curbing to the left. I’m not sure the person running the chair gives a damn about much though.

The video is funny though, and it’s a proper way to close out your work day on a Monday. In fact, prepare to leave the office the way that the person driving the chair would do so.

Full throttle and with nary a care.

Styling and the Experimental Car – Some vintage Ford footage for you…

You love these videos. I love these videos. Vintage automaker films are wonderful bits of history centered around informative narratives and classically cool footage. Today I’ve got a good one for you. This is from 1964 and it’s titled Styling and the Experimental Car.

Concept cars are shown, but so is the inspiration from which the designers pulled their ideas. 

If you’ve got 16 minutes to spare, hit play on the video above. Otherwise, carve out some time and watch it in pieces.

These are the best donuts from the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed

I guess you’re never really done with covering Goodwood. Case in point: The Goodwood YouTube channel just released a supercut of the best donuts from the 2018 Festival of Speed. Here you’ll find rally cars, drift cars, supercars, F1 race cars, road race cars including the oversized BMW M8 GTE, and even a Ford Ranger.

Which ones are the best? The rally cars easily prove why the drivers and machines are the most entertaining vehicles on the planet. Click play and watch mindless vehicular fun unfold at Lord March’s estate.

The first Scarbo Performance SVF1 is for sale

Jeff Glucker July 30, 2018 For Sale

I’ve sat in this very car. Just sitting in it was a memorable experience, and I’m a bit sad that I didn’t get to drive it. Someone out there will get that chance though, because Scarbo Performance is selling its SVF1 prototype.

The idea behind this car is that it’s based on the shape and style presented by 1967 Ferrari 312. That’s good news. Even better news is that the mechanical bits are modern and the engine makes wicked power and noise. 

Instead of a vintage Ferrari V12 racing engine, Scarbo fitted an aluminum LS V8 out behind the space occupied by the driver’s head. It’s making 425 horsepower and some of the best sounds your ears will ever hear. A bundle of metal snakes all collect into one outlet point that is likely aimed at any car running behind you.

Press throttle. Deposit noise. Win the race.

The SVF1 is heading to Monterey during the upcoming Car Week festivities. It’s there where the open-wheel sensory assault ship will cross the Mecum auction block. How much will it fetch? Maybe not as much as you think.

Scarbo actually prices the SVF1 rather reasonably, when you consider what it’s selling. A rolling chassis starts at $80,000. A turnkey example with the 6.2-liter LS will set you back $112,800. Not bad for your own tribute to one of Ferrari’s great vintage race cars.

[Source: Mecum via Silodrome and Reddit]

Hooniverse Asks: What’s the best way you’ve broken something on or with a car?

The spot seemed like a safe bet. There was no way I’d jump that far. Or so I thought. We hadn’t hit a jump like this one yet though, and I was determined to “make it look good” for the camera. There’s a smaller jump before this one that was dispatched with nary a care, so I pressed the throttle closer towards the floor. Flat over crest… and then liftoff.

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