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The News for September 22nd, 2017

Greg Kachadurian September 22, 2017 The News!

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. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Volvo introduces all-new XC40, their first small SUV

  • Lamborghini enhances Huracan Super Trofeo with EVO package

  • McLaren finally joins the Vision Gran Turismo project

  • Toyota launches performance sub brand with Gazoo Racing

  • Mitsubishi pretends to bring back the Evolution

  • Ford Fiesta ST isn’t returning to America next year

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Hooniverse Reviews the Pioneer Ford F-150 Lightning Tribute

Greg Kachadurian September 19, 2017 Featured, Reviews

Robby Winiarczyk, General Manager of Pioneer Ford in Bremen, Georgia, always loved the F-150 Lightning that Ford’s Special Vehicle Team built from 1999 to 2004. It’s been a long thirteen years since it’s been gone and there’s no sign of it coming back in any official form, but they had an idea to revive it in their own way – with a 650-horsepower tribute.

They only first showed the F-150 Lightning Tribute to the world last Wednesday but it’s already sent the internet into a frenzy. Over a million people saw their initial Facebook post and our early coverage of it became one of the most popular articles in this site’s history. And yet there I was, less than a week after its introduction, doing donuts with it in an empty airport.

That’s right, this weird little website of ours got to drive it first. If hilarious amounts of tire-shredding power in unlikely packages is of interest to you, keep reading.

Disclaimer: I reached out to Pioneer Ford after the story broke and was invited to come and drive the Lightning tribute. Because of my close proximity to them, I got to do it first. My hour drive was rewarded with the opportunity to do silly things with a 650-hp truck.

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Ruining Tires with the Ford F-150 Lightning Tribute

Greg Kachadurian September 19, 2017 All Things Hoon

Sometimes it pays to live in Georgia. When news broke out about a 650-horsepower F-150 Lightning tribute package built by Pioneer Ford in Bremen, GA, emails were sent almost immediately. They were kind enough to not only invite me out to snap pictures and drive it before anyone else, they also rented out a small section of West Georgia Regional Airport for us to conduct very scientific tests. The above video shows my carefully crafted experiments ranging from brake stands to donuts.

Stay tuned later today for a full review on this very special truck.

The News for September 15th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian September 15, 2017 The News!

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. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Audi revives the RS4 Avant

  • Porsche introduces 911 GT3 Touring, a 911R without the markup

  • Genesis completes their luxury sedan lineup with G70

  • Audi stuns with rear-wheel drive R8 V10 RWS

  • Honda previews upcoming EVs with Urban EV Concept

  • Lamborghini confirms reveal for Urus SUV

  • Other coverage from the week

  • What’s your automotive news?

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A Ford Dealer is Selling the 650-hp F-150 Lightning that Ford Won’t

Ford hasn’t built a production Lightning in well over a decade despite how much it deserves to live on. If there was ever a time for them to pick it back up, now would be a great time. Ford has a V8 that’s more powerful than ever as well as a lighter and more advanced F-150. If they brought it back now, it would be one of the best tire-shredding dream machines you could buy with a warranty.

Fortunately, Pioneer Ford in Bremen, Georgia is stepping up with their own version of a classic. They’ll sell you a brand-new “Lightning” tribute with some of the signature styling cues of the originals but more power than they could have ever hoped for back then. Way more. Nearly 300 horsepower more.

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The BMW M8 GTE is a Stunning Ticket Back to Le Mans

Greg Kachadurian September 12, 2017 Motorsports, The News!

BMW’s latest entry into the world of GT racing is the stunning new M8 GTE, based on the upcoming 8 Series road car. It was a unique opportunity for BMW to develop a new road car and a race car simultaneously, but they’ve taken full advantage of this chance to create what may be their most promising race car yet. Thanks to the diligence of BMW Motorsport engineers, the 8 Series won’t even be on sale by the time this car begins its first year of competition in IMSA and WEC early next year, but it’ll still bare close resemblance to the road car that we’ll eventually get.

Here’s what we know…

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Mercedes-AMG Project ONE is an Actual F1 Car for the Road

Greg Kachadurian September 11, 2017 The News!

Nobody will ever be allowed to claim their car is a race car for the street again, not after this. Mercedes-AMG’s long awaited hypercar was revealed in Frankfurt today and it’s every bit as insane as promised. Nothing, besides the Aston Martin Valkyrie most likely, will be able to touch this thing while wearing a license plate. Let’s dig in.

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The News for September 8th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian September 8, 2017 The News!

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. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • TVR is back!

  • Nissan introduces next-generation LEAF with more tech and range

  • Lotus introduces newest fastest car in company history again

  • Ford is building a Ranger Raptor

  • More images confirm that the Kia Proceed Concept is stunning

  • Jaguar Land Rover to add EV, hybrid options for all models past 2020

  • BMW revealed a concept for the X7 but who cares because M8 GTE

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for September 1st, 2017

Greg Kachadurian September 1, 2017 The News!

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. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Bentley reveals sharper, more advanced Continental GT

  • Polestar does more with less with the new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestars

  • Porsche is still building the Cayenne

  • Cummins surprises with EV truck concept

  • Mercedes-AMG releases new image of Project One hypercar, sort of

  • Kia teases attractive new five-door hatchback

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Gridlife South 2017 – A Perfect Weekend at the Track

For the past three years, a new kind of motorsports festival has been rapidly gaining momentum and popularity within the car community. It’s called Gridlife and it’s a festival that combines road racing, drifting, car shows, and music into one long weekend at the track. After starting at a small track in the fields of Michigan three years ago, it expanded to the fast and grueling Road Atlanta last year.

That being my home track, I finally made time to go check it out during its second round in the Deep South last weekend to see if it could live up to all the hype. It did.

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