Watch this electric Cobra tackle the Knox Mountain Hillclimb

Jeff Glucker September 18, 2018 Cars You Should Know

The body is familiar. It’s the lack of a thumping, growling, roaring 427 cubic-inch V8 engine, however, that is the odd bit. But electric power can be transmitted to the wheels more quickly than our preferred method of internal combustion. Trevor Yip understands this, which is why he’s using a battery and electric motor-powered Shelby Cobra replica to compete at the Knox Mountain Hillclimb.

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According to Hillclimb Monsters, you’ll find the motor from a Tesla Model S P85 under the lightweight skin of this beast. The car itself is too small to utilize that battery pack, however, which is why Trevor is using one taken from a Kia Soul EV instead.

After combining all of that, the end product is a 2,200-pound open-top race car with 450 horsepower on tap. Instantly on tap, mind you.

Jalopnik examines some of the wonderful, wild machines from Bonneville World of Speed

Jeff Glucker September 18, 2018 All Things Hoon

When you want to go truly fast, you head to Bonneville. That’s where Speed Week and the World of Speed unfold on a seemingly endless sea of dried salt. Jalopnik’s Jason Torchinsky was there to watch a Volkswagen Jetta have a go at a speed record of its own. It’s the other machines, however, that captured Torch’s attention and he’s sharing photos of them over on Jalopnik.

Once such machine is the wild custom Beetle you see above. It competes in a 36-horsepower class and its owner has the original record for this class, which he set way back in 1961. Now his car is powered by a two-cylinder 750-cc engine wearing a supercharged from an 80’s Thunderbird and a set of carburetors from a snowmobile.

Head over to Jalopnik for a ton more photos and more information on some amazing machines striving for glory on the salt.

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There’s a Lada to enjoy about this Take On Me cover

Jeff Glucker September 18, 2018 All Things Hoon

Apparently, our old friend Deartháir has moved to Eastern Europe. Become Russian. And now composes beautiful music with the help of an old VAZ-2115 Samara 2.

Ok, so that’s not really Mitch – He’s a certified Jeep pilot these days and still up on Canada.

What we’re watching is a musically talented Lada owner taking the creaks, slams, beeps, groans, and clicks that the car produces and turning it into Internet Magic™.

Click play. Sit back. Enjoy. This is a good way to start your Tuesday.

Some serious saves at the Goodwood Revival

Jeff Glucker September 17, 2018 Hoonivercinema

Much like the Festival of Speed before it, we can’t help but devour every bit of video that arrives from Goodwood. Earlier today we showed you a pair of open-wheel racers dicing it up. Now it’s time to look at some tremendous (and tremendously lucky) saves.

Vintage open-wheelers do battle at the Goodwood Revival

There are five of them displayed in the video above, and each one will have you cringing just a bit harder than the one before it. Worry not though, as these are saves and not the top crashes from the event.

A journey into the world of Tesla delays – The Twitter version

Jeff Glucker September 17, 2018 All Things Hoon

Getting your Tesla fixed at a body shop can take some time. Elon initially tweeted that it’s because body shops are slow. As you can see, from the tweet above, that’s not really fair or true. A body shop needs fresh parts to fix a Tesla, and those parts are can slow to arrive. You can’t fix a car without the parts.

In the same Twitter thread, Elon does state that service and parts are a top Tesla priority moving forward.

Still, this can all make for interesting reading if you dive into the thread above. It was started in response to Elon’s tweet. What’s most fascinating for me, is that the person responding is part of a family that owns the oldest body shop in the country.

In 1877, the Arth family settled in Oakland, California. It was in the East Bay where George V. Arth & Son was formed and began fixing horse-drawn buggies. The shop is still running over 140 years later. From vehicles pulled by horses to ones powered by batteries and electric motors, this shop has seen it all.

While Elon has the inside perspective of what’s going on with Tesla. It’s companies like Arth & Son that truly have insight the process of paint and body repair as it relates to the entire range of automotive manufacturers. 

Vintage open-wheelers do battle at the Goodwood Revival

Jeff Glucker September 17, 2018 Hoonivercinema

The racing at the Goodwood Revival is real. This is a place that’s been transported back in time and the expensive metal is being thrashed as if the results mattered. They do matter, of course, to the ones doing the wheeling but there are no prizes being won. It’s all for glory here at the Revival. So wheel-to-wheel battles unfolding with real drama make for amazing viewing.

Such is the case when a pair of open-wheel oldies run head-to-head. One is a 1958 Cooper-Climax T45/51 and the other is a 1960 Ferguson-Climax (according to the video description). Drivers Rod Jolley and Nick Adams are getting after it. Driving one of these cars in anger alone on a race track would be a tremendous mental and physical workout, but doing so in competition is a different experience entirely.

Watch as these two men battle it out on the grounds at the Goodwood circuit.

Hooniverse Asks: What’s the best money you’ve ever spent on your car or truck (or bike)?

Jeff Glucker September 17, 2018 Hooniverse Asks


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This @drcolorchip stuff is amazing! I wasn’t even patient and did a rush job and the results are still good. This fender was covered in scratches and chips and it looks so much better now

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I bought the kit from Dr ColorChip a handful of months prior. It sat on my desk. There was little motivation on my part to apply it to my car and watch as the decades old paint fails to match up to the brand-new dark blue hue in the little bottle from the kit.

On the top, the number “920” was written. That’s the paint code for my W114. Deep Blue, that’s what Mercedes calls it. On my car, they’d call it “mostly there”. As happens with an older machine, it earns its nicks and scars from years of life. I can’t attest to them as they’ve been acquired by prior owners and past incidents likely long since forgotten.

After staring at the kit for months, I finally decided to do something with it. The sun was shining down on my back and the car. It’s a simple enough kit with easy to understand instructions. Clean the area where you’re working before hand. Apply a fair bit of the paint using one of the supplied brushes, then wipe it flat with your thumb. Let it dry for at least three minutes and then use the included paint blender and sealer. After that, just wipe with a microfiber towel and stand back.

The last instruction not included is to pick your jaw up off the floor. This kit is amazing. While I’d expected to hit a few minor nicks I found myself cleaning up nearly an entire fender area worth of scratches. To my eye, the color match is excellent and the kit is incredibly easy to use.

This is one of the best ways in which I’ve spent money on my car. How about you? What have you done?

Jalopnik has a new show exploring interesting builds and project cars

Jeff Glucker September 14, 2018 Hoonivercinema

Stef Shrader is jumping onto the Jalopnik YouTube channel to bring her Build of the Week column into the video realm. First up for the series? A Delorean that’s been modified to fit a pair of rear seats.

The owner wanted to bring his kids along on his DMC adventures, so he modified his Delorean with a completely different rear-end setup. This allowed him to remove the parcel shelf space that is normally behind the front seats of a Delorean. Once that was gone, he could create rear seats with proper belts and he now has a ride he loves and shares with his family.

James May goes low-res to unpimp a Honda CBR Fireblade

Jeff Glucker September 14, 2018 All Things Hoon

James May is a low-resolution man. He likes his vehicles stock and he is willing to take the time to “un-pimp” his ride. The ride in question here is a Honda CBR Fireblade motorcycle. It’s wearing a tinted windscreen and that just cannot be on a vehicle fit for Mr. May.

He removes it. Removes the tint. Then reinstalls the windscreen. It’s a simple video. Yet it shows why May is the best of The Grand Tour trio. He can be funny with little effort. Even in a short clip, displayed at 240p, and showing a basic bike fix.

This is a perfect appetizer clip for the rest of your Friday, enjoy.

Hooniverse Asks: What’s your favorite vehicle built during this era of the Horsepower Wars?

Jeff Glucker September 14, 2018 Hooniverse Asks

The insanity of being able to walk into a Dodge dealership and spend well under $100,000 for a car with either 707 or even 840 horsepower is the good kind of insanity. These are wild times if you’re a fan of factory-produced horsepower. Ford is busy cooking up a new GT500 while Chevy has the monstrous 755-hp Corvette ZR1. We haven’t even dipped into the realm of super and hypercars that come bearing four-figure horsepower outputs.

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My favorite car from this era is the Dodge Charger Hellcat. It’s the car I used to bring my daughter home from the hospital just over three years ago. This is a 200-mph-capable, five-passenger, four-door Dodge sedan that’s a nicely outfitted production car and not a conceptual wonder of track-only stripper. It’s truly a wild car built during wild times.

Of all the cars built during this age of increasing power output, which one is your favorite?