Rally Notes… deciphered, thanks to the Team O’neil Rally School

Rally notes are confusing. Lots of numbers, letters, descriptions, and more that all are fed from your co-drivers mouth into your brain. A brain, mind you, that is currently quite busy with the task of making sure you don’t launch a rally car off a cliff, into a tree, or through a snow bank. Still, this shorthand for the course ahead helps driver and co-driver become a cohesive unit while minimizing the need for unnecessary words and chatter.

Instead of saying “Hey bro… there’s a medium-grade right turn ahead, it’s about a three. After that there’s a hella sick jump and then we have a tight left-hand turn where you should grab some rear brake and pull a dope slide.”

The co-driver would say “R3 100, into jump, L1”.

What does that mean? Watch the video above and find out. In it, you’ll find Wyatt Knox of the Team O’Neil Rally School breaking down the world of rally notes for you. 

This quad-turbo Silvia is delightfully insane

Are you ready for insanity? It arrives today in the form of this Nissan Silvia. Under the hood is a 2JZ motor, which is not insane. What is insane is the quadruple turbocharger setup. Also the hand operated secondary throttle body. Oh, and the jet-engine on the rear of the car for forced downforce, but that bit isn’t quite operational yet.

What’s also thrilling about this car? It doesn’t have power steering.

This build is glorious in its insanity.

[Found via Reddit]

Quick Shift 2: Fixing the fuel lines on the Benz

My 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280 sedan is leaking fuel. So I’m going to try to fix it, and I go for a swim in fuel along the way.

Two t-shirts gave their lives during the making of this episode of Quick Shift.

Project Car: The Benz no longer drips fuel

So I stopped the fuel leak… Eventually. #hooniversethings

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My 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280 sedan is supposed to be the easy one. The safer one. I don’t know why I thought things would work that way, but I really did. Now I know the folly in this thinking. The other day I noticed a puddle under the rear of the car.

Bend down. Sniff. Recoil in horror and sadness, or shorror as I like to call it and realize I’m staring at the expensive fluid we all call fuel. Or gasolina if you’re Daddy Yankee.

A rubber hose which connects the fuel line to the fuel tank had become worn out and was dripping a steady flow of precious dino fluid on my garage floor. I was able to fix it, and in an amount of time that most of you would consider slow. 

Also, I now know that gasoline feels very cold on your body and eventually it leaves a nice rash on your skin. There was fuel… everywhere. Stay tuned for the video version of this adventure in the next Hooniverse Quick Shift.

Monster Ford Escort Cosworth looks at hills and climbs them in rapid fashion

The Ford Escort Cosworth is a neat little homologation special that arrived from the factory with nearly 230 horsepower. The version you see above has a bit more juice flowing to the wheels. This one here apparently makes 620 horsepower and enjoys being flung up hillclimb routes and nearly into guardrails.

Have some more awesome on your Monday. Watch this video, then go crush your next meeting.

Start your week with the 1967 Lola T142

Our brains aren’t working yet. The coffee is brewing. The skies outside are gray. It’s Monday. So to get this week started right, we present to you the 1967 Lola T142.

An old Formula 5000 racing machine that roars with joy as it’s pushed hard around Road Atlanta. This is how you start your Monday correctly.

The Dinan BMW M2 S2 – Making excellent even better

Dinan keeps crushing it…

This is their latest and greatest. It’s the DInan twist on the BMW M2, and it’s twisted in all the right directions. The Dinan M2 S2 adds power, grip, stopping performance, and all of the other metrics that make an enjoyable car that much better. Also, noise.

Instead of an M2 with the stock 365 horsepower on hand, you have one that now makes 446 horsepower. Torque has been pushed from 343 pound-feet up to 455 lb-ft. But this is Dinan, so the car is well rounded from there. That means brakes, exhaust, wheels and tires, and a nearly full reworking of the stock suspension.

It’s a complete package.

And it’s an excellent one at that.

[Disclaimer: Dinan let me borrow the car for a few days and included a tank of fuel.]

Night School: Episode 5 – It all comes together

That was a long weekend.

This is the final episode in this chapter of our Valvoline Night School saga. It all comes together here, as the work Tim and I have put in on my 1965 Ford F100 is complete. The #HoonTruck has a fresh exhaust system, a new cam and valve seals, and an excellent new clutch.

So how does it sound and drive? Click play and let’s go for a ride.

Then head over to Valvoline to check out even more great content.

Quick Shift: New eyes for the old Benz

So I’m eager to make our YouTube channel a bit more well rounded. The full-on reviews are nice, but occasionally we need to slow down and take a look at what’s really going on in the garage. This new series, which I’ve tentatively titled Quick Shift (and I already don’t love the title, but I don’t hate it either) is going to serve as that space.

First up, we’re swapping the headlights on the 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280 sedan I recently purchased. I had a headlight go out on me and I was already thinking of getting LED units anyway, so this just sped up that process. It’s a fairly basic clip, but there’s going to be a lot more about …well, anything really.

We’ll cover HoonTruck upgrades, LeMons bits, random burnouts, behind-the-scenes of full-on shoots, and anything else that makes sense for the space. So sound off with any and all comments, and also on what you’d like to see in this space.


Podcast: Episode 202 – Questionable Accents

Zack joins me in the studio and we run through some fresh updates on our vehicles. Additionally, I just got back from driving a minivan in Hawaii yet I still found a way to make the tires spin. We get to your questions and we’ve decided that we’ll answer the Patreon questions by way of the accent cards Zack keeps in the studio… so that’s fun.

Hooniverse – Questionable Accents