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This hero drives his 1991 Jaguar XJR-15 on the street

At the tail-end of the 1980s, Tom Walkinshaw was dreaming up ways in which he could go to Le Mans and claim victory. He wanted to do so with his Jaguar Sport partners, and he wanted to do so in a Jaguar vehicle. In 1988, the Jaguar XJR-9 was born and it set out to slap other Group C racing teams right across their faces.

In its inaugural season, the XJR-9 took its gorgeous Silk Cut livery and won six out of the 11 races of the World Sports Prototype Championship series. These were races won at places like Monza, Silverstone, Fuji, and Jarama. Most importantly though, this includes a victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Using the XJR-9 as a sort of mold, Tom Walkinshaw Racing produced a road version which was called the XJR-15. The cockpit was made a bit wider and the roof was raised up so normal wealthy humans could sit inside in relative comfort compared to the race car. Still, there sits a 6.0-liter V12 engine out back, which is good for 450 horsepower. And it’s all metered out to the rear wheels by way of an unsynchronized six-speed manual gearbox.

The mighty XJ220 came later and it broke on through the 200 mile-per-hour mark. But the XJR-15 before it was the first road car to wear a full carbon-fiber body. With its V12 howling, it would rip from a stop to 60 miles per hour in under four seconds and could continue on to a top speed of just over 190 miles per hour. This was in 1991, mind you.

Today, there’s one on the road owned by a man named Jasbir Dhillon. He drives it. He takes it to read the morning paper, and he takes it to get some coffee. The wonderful Mr Dhillon drives his road-legal race car on the streets around Nashville, and he does so with a smile on his face.

This man is a hero. 

Regular Car Reviews examines a 1967 Plymouth Belvedere

It’s a car for the mythic dad. That’s how Regular Car Reviews describes the 1967 Plymouth Belvedere. This white and black example looks to be a great driver’s car, and a wonderful example of a surviving B-body.

As always, RCR has a unique take on this given vehicle. It’s best to set aside some time to take it all in.

Also, I still want some Mopar in my life at some point…

Shift Happens: We let Josh borrow a Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro
and he hurt himself

Jeff Glucker January 19, 2018 Shift Happens

Occasional Hooniverse camera person and camera car driver Josh Ostrander thinks he’s rad. To prove that he’s not rad, we let him borrow a Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro. He used it to check out his local mountain bike trails.

He quickly proved that he’s definitely not rad. The 4Runner TRD Pro, however, is fairly rad.

It’s basically a factory-built and warrantied off-road rig that is primed to handle your average trail with ease.

Podcast: Episode 234 – Sitting down with the Ring Brothers

Jeff Glucker January 17, 2018 All Things Hoon

This week Jon Klein and Chris Hayes venture into the wilds of Burbank California to meet up with friends of the show, Mike and Jim Ring, aka The Ring Brothers.  The guys flew in to show off the amazing 1972 Javelin AMX on Jay Leno’s Garage. With an astounding track record for delivering machines as beautiful as they are well-engineered the Javelin does not disappoint.  

The Javelin is good for North of 1000HP utilizing a Hellcat engine topped off with a Whipple twins-screw supercharger.

Check out the Ring Brothers amazing builds at https://ringbrothers.com


Hooniverse – Live from Burbank…. it’s the Ring Brothers

Hooniverse Asks: Who’s your personal hero from the world of motorsport?

Jeff Glucker January 15, 2018 Hooniverse Asks

A legend amongst legends, Dan Gurney won at every level of motorsport. Had you put him in a rally car or a super stadium truck, he probably would’ve won there as well. Gurney was the sort of race car driver that other drivers aspire to be. I say was because Dan Gurney passed away yesterday at the age of 86.

There is praise that’s flowing in from every corner of the Internet. Many of it comes from top-flight drivers who call Gurney their own personal driving hero. It’s not a surprise to see that written out by some of the all-time greats of motorsport, of course. Gurney was a man that could drive anything with wheels, and drive it fast and to victory.

So this leads me to a question for today… who in the world of motorsport do you consider a hero to you?

Ride along as a Caterham Seven 620 R rips up the hill at Goodwood

Jeff Glucker January 11, 2018 All Things Hoon

In the mad stable of Caterham cars, the Seven 620 R is the fastest machine you’ll find. Thanks to its supercharged 2.0-liter Ford engine it produces 310 horsepower at the crank while weighing just 1,200 pounds. That power-to-weight ratio enables a 0-60 mile per hour blast which is over in 2.79 seconds. To say this car is quick is a vast understatement.

Would you like to go for a ride in one? This is probably your best chance to do so. Hop in the wrong seat for a ride up the hill at Goodwood. If you find yourself grabbing the armrest of your chair, know that you’re not alone.

BaremetalHW brings a Studebaker Lark Wagonaire back to life

Jeff Glucker January 10, 2018 All Things Hoon

The scale-automotive Bob Ross is back with another wonderful restoration video. BaremetalHW is taking up the task of restoring a beat-up Studebaker Lark Wagonaire. This means removing all the pieces, stripping the remaining paint, and prepping much in the same way one might with the full-size machine.

While I like the original blue and some of that patina, the Lark longroof winds up with a fresh new color scheme.

It’s the middle of the week, so to inch your way closer to Friday you should hit play. Pop on some headphones, grab your coffee or tea, and zone out for a few minutes before getting back to your TPS reports.

CHAD has arrived for your true autonomous driving needs

Jeff Glucker January 9, 2018 Hoonivercinema

Earlier I asked what you would like to see regarding technology in cars over the course of the next ten years. Apparently the team at Car Bros is way ahead of us all. They’ve perfected autonomous driving while the rest of the Motor City and Silicon Valley have been snoozing. Say hello to CHAD.

This is the highest level of autonomous driving available on the market. In fact, it’s four levels ahead of what’s currently available here in the States. If you want to get in on the ground floor of the future, then CHAD is your ticket to ride.

Just, you know, make sure you update its firmware before setting off to Chipotle.

Hooniverse Asks: What tech do you want to see incorporated into cars in the next 10 years?

Jeff Glucker January 9, 2018 Hooniverse Asks

CES is in full swing. It’s a tech showcase, but it’s also become a de facto starting point for automakers to announce forward-thinking concepts and production-ready features. Most of the buzz will be around autonomous advancements and electrified powertrains, but that might not be what interests you most. I mean, you’re here after all, aren’t you?

So my question for you is; What technology do you hope finds its way into automobiles within the next ten years? Be it powertrain based, safety related, or maybe you’re just into high-end audio… what do you want to see in a car in the very near future?

Also, this GIF is still the greatest thing this website has ever posted. It might be one of the earliest things we’ve posted as well.

HCOTY 2017 – Here’s your winner…

There were a wide range of nominees, but as the documentary film The Highlander has taught us… there can be only one. Click on down past the jump to see which vehicle wins the illustrious honor of being called a Hooniverse Car of the Year.

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