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The News for May 27th, 2016

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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:

  • 2017 GT-R NISMO – new face, same 600 horsepower bite

  • 2017 Subaru BRZ channels the STI concept for a face lift

  • BMW design study pays tribute to the original 2002 Turbo

  • Cosworth is setting up an engine shop near Detroit

  • The first Acura NSX rolls off the assembly line in Ohio

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Modern Art Monday: Everything at the Classic Motorsports Mitty

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It’s a known fact that vintage racing is some of the prettiest racing on earth. The highly advanced and technical race cars of the modern era are spectacular in their own way, but nothing can compare to the spectacle of historic race cars reliving the good ole days with some friendly competition. One such event is the Classic Motorsports Mitty organized by Historic Sportscar Racing and held at the beautiful/fun/terrifying Road Atlanta.

I’ve been going for three years now and I can honestly say it never disappoints. Even compared to the ridiculously valuable grid at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during Monterey Car Week, the cars that show up to The Mitty still . The racing is close yet friendly and the cars are all special but don’t live in museums on other days of the year. Most people are there to share in the passion of classic cars and motorsports with their fellow enthusiasts rather than show off their wealth. It’s a different kind of vintage race than what most people typically hear about, but it’s a wonderful way to spend a weekend regardless.

But less words and more cars. Here are about 40 shots of some of the best cars in attendance, starting with what was in the parking lot, then the paddock, and finally on track. Enjoy.

[All images © 2016 Hooniverse/Greg Kachadurian. For more of my hilarious attempts at motorsports photography, see my Flickr.]

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The News for May 20th, 2016

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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:

  • Aston Martin and Zagato collaborate on stunning Vanquish concept

  • Volvo unveils 40 series concepts and new global small car plan

  • BMW 2 Series models get more power and new model designations

  • Ford details the insane carbon fiber wheels on the 2017 GT

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Hooniverse Reviews: Forza Motorsport 6 Apex

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I’ve been playing racing games longer than I’ve been able to reach the pedals in an actual car. Three consoles and two PCs later, I thought I’d seen it all, but 2016 is turning out to be the year I’m proven wrong. The sheer diversity and quality of the titles available across platforms is better than it’s ever been, but it’s the whole “across platforms” thing that’s making this an interesting year in gaming.

Assetto Corsa, a racing sim that’s been PC-exclusive since its inception, and Forza Motosport 6, an Xbox One exclusive, are swapping platforms this year. AC will be out next month on Playstation 4 and Xbox One but Forza Motorsport was just released two weeks ago to the PC market for the very first time. Being Hooniverse’s resident PC loser gamer, I’ve had a go with the latter.

Before I jump in with what’s awesome and what sucks, Forza Motorsport 6: Apex as it’s called is a free-to-play open beta. Things aren’t finished, a lot of features aren’t implemented yet, it’s not super stable, and it’s cut down dramatically on content compared to the full console release. To put it bluntly, it’s very far from perfect but still very interesting. It’s not your typical Forza Motorsport game to say the least, and in a way it’s not even your typical PC game.

Let me explain…

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The News for May 13th, 2016

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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:

  • Audi celebrates racing success with R8 ‘selection 24h’

  • The Lotus Hethel factory turns 50, therefore special edition Evora 400

  • Mini brings back the Seven, kind of

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Hooniverse Asks Bonus: Which Car Do You Want to see Converted into a Shooting Brake?

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As covered in today’s news recap, Toyota has actually converted an 86 sports car into a fully functional shooting brake. It’s only a one-off design study for now, but it’s already eliciting plenty of reactions from long-roof lovers all around the world.

Shooting brakes as a concept date back to the 19th century but it’s still wholly embraced by the automotive industry a century-and-a-half later. In its current form, a shooting brake is like making a shorter wagon or three-door hatch out of a two-door coupe for the purpose of added practicality and comfort in a car that retains its performance capabilities. Several OEMs have produced or at least experimented with these designs in recent years and there are even aftermarket conversions you can buy right now. Notable examples include the BMW Z3M Coupe “clown shoe” cult classic, the super-limited Bentley Continental Flying Star by coachbuilder Touring Superleggera, and a shooting brake conversion for the Corvette Stingray.

Plenty of other shooting brake conversions exist solely in the digital world. It’s hard to not find a conversion that was photoshopped onto a new sports car by a fan with spare time. This Toyota 86 Shooting Brake seems like it could easily be one of those digital experiments, but it isn’t. It’s a real, fully-functional shooting brake 86 that was described by its project manager as “a car you can buy with your head and your heart”.

With all that in mind, is there a car that you’ve been wanting to see get the same treatment? It doesn’t matter if it’s something new, old, fast, or slow. If it’s a car that deserves a shooting brake conversion, it belongs here.

[Image source: Toyota Australia via Autoblog]

The News for May 6th, 2016

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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 selling off a factory-fresh F1

  • Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport priced under $70K

  • Volkswagen claims Nürburgring front-wheel-drive lap record

  • Toyota actually builds a real [one-off] 86 Shooting Brake

  • RM Sotheby’s to auction off awesome Ford performance collection

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for April 29th, 2016

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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:

  • Audi’s fastest TT RS ever debuts with new skin

  • Porsche copy/pastes to create the 718 Cayman

  • Volkswagen shows a promising EV future with the T-Prime GTE

  • Fiat confirms pricing on the 124 Spider… it’s not bad

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for April 22nd, 2016

Greg Kachadurian April 22, 2016 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:

  • BMW launches first 100 year edition car, gives it a stupid name

  • Honda revives the Accord Hybrid starting this spring

  • Honda Clarity battery EV and plug-in hybrid coming next year

  • Ferrari shows off classic Pioneer racing colors on a 488 GTB

  • Report: wagons out, inline-sixes in at Jaguar

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for April 15th, 2016

Greg Kachadurian April 15, 2016 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:

  • Ford opens up GT reservations, launches time-killing configurator

  • Ford announces ambitious plan to redo all Dearborn facilities

  • Tesla updates the Model S… sort of

  • Lincoln Continental is competitively priced

  • What’s your automotive news?

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