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The News for March 27th, 2015

Greg Kachadurian March 27, 2015 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • McLaren announces the 570S

  • Jaguar shows off the all-new XF

  • Porsche’s new 919 Hybrid is ready for Le Mans

  • Toyota’s new TS040 Hybrid is also ready for Le Mans

  • Aston Martin will bring the Vulcan to New York

  • Mazda to debut MX-5 Club Edition

  • Ford Focus RS to make US debut at NY

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Hoonivercinema: FY Racing does Sno*Drift

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Rallying in America is not dead yet and you should allow FY Racing to prove it. The Rally America season is in full swing and one of the first and most spectacular events on the calendar is Sno*Drift in north Michigan. A few dozen rally cars go dashing through the snow in some back-country roads while spectators find a nice, safe-ish spot along the routes to build bonfires and get drunk to soak it all in.

Sounds like a place that has Hooniverse written all over it. Sno*Drift is one of the more popular events on the Rally America calendar, and if you take some time out of your day to watch this YouTube summary from FY Racing, it just might be enough to convince you to make plans for next year.

FY Racing themselves are just one of many teams taking part in Rally America, but what sets them apart from everyone else – and even most racing teams in general – is the quality of their YouTube channel.

For every event they run, they have an extremely talented and dedicated camera guy/crew following the action. The shots of course show the gritty behind-the-scenes footage from the FY Racing garage, who field two Subarus, but it also shows just how much fun rallying can be as both a spectator and a driver. But you also never forget how much of a challenge it can be.

If you enjoy their presentation of Sno*Drift, be sure to check out everything else they’ve got on their YouTube channel. They are, in my totally unbiased opinion, one of the best motorsport channels on YouTube.

[Source: FY Racing, YouTube]

The News for March 20th, 2015

Greg Kachadurian March 20, 2015 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Nissan GT-R goes gold for its 45th anniversary

  • Jaguar to debut the all-new XF in an… interesting way

  • Kia promises an all-new Optima for the NY Auto Show

  • BMW to run the 12 Hours of Sebring with classic 3.0 CSL livery

  • McLaren reveals the new Sports Series’ door

  • Chevrolet to debut the sixth-gen Camaro to fans in Detroit

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Henrik Fisker Thunderbolt – the one-off GT coupe of our dreams

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Henrik Fisker is a man that likes to stay busy, to say the least. Just days after announcing that the super Mustang he helped create with Galpin Auto Sports was ready for production, he’s pulling the covers off of another huge project this morning at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Unless you’re one of the privileged few at Amelia Island this morning, you’re seeing this here (and probably elsewhere too, to be honest) first; but you didn’t even have to leave your house to see it, so really you’re the one that’s privileged.

This other project of Fisker’s is called the Thunderbolt, a one-off design study based on the Aston Martin Vanquish. This is not only Fisker’s vision for how Aston’s flagship could look, but it’s also his ideal V12-powered GT sports coupe. And it just might be ours too.

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The News for March 13th, 2015

Greg Kachadurian March 13, 2015 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News – Slow News Week Edition! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. Stuff did happen, but most of the big announcements were all done last week which leaves this week as a week to sort of catch our breath after the dozens of supercars shown in Geneva. This week:

  • Galpin Auto Sports to begin production of the Rocket

  • McLaren confirms pricing and availability for 675LT, configurator goes live

  • Mazda and Microsoft to give Forza Horizon 2 players a chance to win a real 2016 MX-5 Miata

  • Chevy drops the first teaser for the all-new Spark

  • What’s your automotive news? (Please?)

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The News for March 6th, 2015

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News – Geneva Motor Show edition! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull, which all came from one of the year’s biggest shows. This week:

  • Porsche’s 911 GT3 RS is finally here

  • Lamborghini Aventador gets faster and a longer name

  • Honda to unleash a monstrous little Civic everywhere but here

  • Koenigsegg reveals the mind-blowing Regera

  • Audi trims the fat off the new R8 with their LMS GT3 car

  • Bentley reveals a concept that could, should go into production

  • Complete Geneva Motor Show coverage from Autoweek

  • Plus what’s your automotive news?

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The News for February 27th, 2015

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • McLaren reveals 675LT, now with more tail

  • Audi’s new R8 is so dynamic it hurts

  • Mercedes-AMG GT3 roars onto tracks in 2016

  • Lamborghini teases something “reactive” for Geneva

  • Ernest Hemmings, 1926-2015

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Relive the glory of Formula 1’s testing at Imola in 1994

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The San Marino Grand Prix of 1994 is known as one of the worst weekends in all of motorsport – certainly within Formula 1. That weekend (April 29 – May 1, 1994) earned its reputation with three horrific on-track accidents that claimed the lives of two drivers and nearly claimed a third. Rubens Barrichello miraculously survived his crash on Friday, but Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna – a promising driver in his first F1 season and a legend looking for his fourth championship, respectively – did not survive theirs on Saturday and Sunday.

But that’s history we’re all very [painfully] familiar with. For now, let’s rewind a bit back to March of 1994. It’s a full day of Formula 1 testing at Imola, which in about two months will host the San Marino Grand Prix. Most teams and drivers are in attendance and they didn’t go all the way there to drive easy. And it’s all caught on glorious 90’s VHS by Georg Metz, one of many spectators who were there to soak it all in.

The video quality is obviously bad by today’s standards, but the sounds are still captured clearly and you can see well enough to pick out Barrichello, Ratzenberger, and Senna. Towards the beginning of the film, you can even see Ratzenberger and Senna driving together – through the corner where Ratzenberger was killed, no less.

For pure Formula 1 action and the heavenly sounds of a Ferrari 412T1 dive bombing into Tosa, you’re going to want to set aside eight minutes to watch this. It’s hauntingly beautiful.

[Source: Georg Metz, YouTube]

The News for February 20th, 2015

Greg Kachadurian February 20, 2015 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • McLaren shows off the P1 GTR in its final form

  • Aston Martin Vantage GT3 is a sweet but forbidden fruit

  • Lotus returns with the Evora 400; guess how much power it makes

  • The Aston Martin Vulcan is coming to burn your foot

  • Volkswagen goes soft roading with the Passat Alltrack

  • Chevrolet reportedly preparing track-handling package for the SS

  • Bentley Continental imitates Hollywood buyers, gets facial reconstruction

  • What was your automotive news?

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The News for February 13th, 2015

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News – Chicago Auto Show recap! This is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull – only this time, I’m covering it LIVE-ish! I’m here with Jeff and Eric to bring you the biggest news of the show as always, but now with my own photos and without having to borrow news sources from other people! This week:

  • Nissan drops the top on the 370Z Nismo

  • Acura freshens up the RDX

  • Honda reveals all-new Pilot

  • Ram debuts high-end Limited trim

  • Kia shows off Trail’ster Concept

  • What was your automotive news?

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