Podcast: Episode 255 – Delay in game

This one’s late but we have EXCUSES!

1) It was the the 4th of July.

2) Chris had to deal with his lame as Internet provider.

3) That’s it… we’re sorry

In this episode we have Jonathon Klein and Patrick Costello on the show. There’s a bit of news but then we once again dive into the world of automotive television. Patrick provides great insight while Jonathon and I realize we’re never going to be famous.

Like ever.

Hooniverse Asks: What’s the rarest version of your car?

When the Strich Acht production run was over and accounted for, Mercedes-Benz had cranked out nearly two million examples. Of those, 1.9 million were sedans while less than 100,000 were the beautiful coupe version of the car. Of course, there are even more rare versions but these typically don’t come from the factory. We wind up with wonderful variations on a theme thanks to the work of coachbuilders.

Take, for example, this Binz Benz seen above. That’s a two-door pickup truck version of the W115. Mercedes-Benz actually saw a version of this created for the Argentinian market, and it was dubbed La Pickup.

I would be shocked to come across a W114 or W115 truck today. This has to be amongst the rarest version of my own car (a 1974 280 sedan).

What about your own vehicle? What sort of weird and rare variations exist? Sound off below!

The sights and sounds of the 2018 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Perceptions were changed this year… Romain Dumas and Volkswagen have transformed the hill with their insanely fast all-electric blitz up the hill.

2018 proved to be an amazing year for Pikes Peak, and these are just some of the sights and sounds captured as racers made their way to the 14,115-foot summit.


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Hooniverse Asks: So… did you enjoy your 4th?

Now, I’m not saying you needed to head off in an over-powered American muscle machine but it’s certainly one way to celebrate. Our own Josh Ostrander was getting static shots of a Camaro ZL1 for a video we’re working on. I reached out to see how that was going and this was the reply I received.

Clearly Josh was celebrating America and it’s efforts in the Horsepower Wars.

How did you celebrate? Did you go for a drive? Did you fix something on your jalopy? Maybe you helped a friend turn some wrenches?

Or maybe you forgot about cars for a day and enjoyed the sun and a cold beverage… sound off below.

Hooniverse TELLS: Go out and enjoy your 4th of July!

Enjoy your 4th of July.

Do so safely and responsibly and with respect for your fellow human beings.

Raise a beer along the way (after you’ve tucked away the keys) and champion all of the good you can find in this country of ours.

It’s there if you look.

Happy 4th everyone…

Pure Porsche photo porn with a race-worn 959

RM Sotheby’s auctions off tons of high-dollar sheetmetal on a near constant basis. Later this year, however, the auction house is set to dish out some of Porsche’s greatest hits in honor of the automaker’s 70th anniversary of producing its own road cars. One of the big ticket items that has caught my attention is an actual Paris-Dakar 959. This will be the first time a 959 has ever changed hands through a public auction, and this one here is worth a few million bucks.

What has really caught my eye though, are the absolutely beautiful photos on the auction listing page. RM Sotheby’s tapped LA photographer Robin Adams for the task of capturing the 959, and the results are fantastic.

From the details to the interior and all of the exterior snaps, Adams captures the static car out in its element. These aren’t just good photos for an auction listing, these are great photos for your computer background or framed on your wall if you’re truly a Porsche fan.

Head over to the listing page for the full set

Jaguar XF Sportbrake: Exhibit J in the fight for more wagons

Long live the longroof.

Jaguar is coming correct with the XF Sportbrake. Don’t mind the name, what it means is that there’s a Jag Wagon you can buy right here in the States. It’s the Jago Wago my friends, and it’s wonderful.

Of course, it doesn’t come without serious cost. Jaguar knows that there are a fringe group of car lovers that love all things longroof. Some of them even have money, and if they want this one it will cost them.

The base price is in the 70k range and the average one will be in the 80k range.

It’s just one trim for us here in America. The 3.0-liter supercharged gas-drinking six-cylinder that cranks out 380 horsepower and sends its go juice out to all four wheels through an eight speed automatic gearbox.

TL:DR – I loved it…

[Disclaimer: Jaguar tossed us the keys to this lovely little longroof and included a tank of fuel.]

Podcast: Episode 254 – Rick takes it to the track [Part Two]

Welcome to Part Two of my conversation with Rick Radcliffe and his vehicular adventures. We’re picking up right where we left off last week, which was in a discussion of the various track events that Rick has been enjoying. He’s only had his Subaru WRX for a little bit, but he’s already making the most of this one.

Hooniverse Asks: Is Pikes Peak the new EV playground?

The Volkswagen I.D. R crushed the hill. Pikes Peak has a new record holder and it belongs to an electric sports car. With a time of just 7:57, Romain Dumas and the VW silent assassin have entered the record books. Is this just the beginning?

An electric vehicle is perfectly suited to the extreme conditions presented by the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The air is thin. Temperatures fluctuate. This 14,115 peak in Colorado can play serious games with internal combustion engines. A battery pack and a set of electric motors are the right tools for the job, it would seem.

Will Pikes Peak prove to be the playground for more EV race cars in the coming years?

This is the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Aston Martin are reviving a pair of names for a new super grand touring machine; DBS and Superleggera. Built on the DB11 platform, the DBS Superleggera takes its name seriously as the focus is more power and speed combined with added lightness.  

Instead of aluminum, the body panels are crafted from carbon fiber. We’re not dealing with a machine that’s just about 160 pounds lighter than the DB11. All the better to make use of the increase in power, of course. It’s the 5.2-liter V12 engine deployed here and it breathes through a pair of turbochargers. While the top-spec DB11 makes 600 horsepower, the DBS pushes right on past that to a mighty 715 horsepower. Torque is 664 lb-ft and it comes on in full at just 1,800 rpm. 

What should be a lovely song is sung through a quartet of exhaust outlets. They’re paired with active valving so you can be silent when needed and loud the rest of the time. Seriously though, just push the button and be loud all of the time.

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