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The News for December 8th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian December 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:

  • Lamborghini is making SUVs again as we move further from god

  • Saleen is back in the business of making sports cars, maybe

  • Porsche all but confirms hybrid 911

  • Forza 7 Doritos car pack drops this week

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for December 1st, 2017

Greg Kachadurian December 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:

  • Mazda 6, now with premium features and a turbo

  • Mercedes-Benz shows off new styling and straight-six with 2019 CLS

  • It was inevitable – Chevrolet reveals Corvette ZR1 Convertible

  • BMW is finally building an i8 Roadster

  • Nissan is replacing the Juke just for Kicks

  • Volvo prices out comprehensive XC40 subscription plan

  • What’s your automotive news?

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What’s your automotive news for the week?

Greg Kachadurian November 24, 2017 All Things Hoon

If you’re reading this, congratulations on making it through another Thanksgiving. We’re all either off being lazy somewhere or getting in fist fights for a TV. But hopefully you got the chance to spend some time in the garage or on the road this week – if you did, we want to hear about it!

If you saw anything, fixed something, broke everything, or otherwise did anything even remotely car related that you want to share with your fellow hoon, sound off in the comments.

Have a good weekend.

[Image © 2017 Hooniverse/Greg Kachadurian]

The News for November 17th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian November 17, 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:

  • The Corvette ZR1 returns

  • Singer unveils stunning 964 with help of Williams

  • Dallara’s new Stradale is a true purist’s car

  • Aston Martin confirms track-only Valkyrie is coming

  • Tesla surprises with crazy promises for new Roadster, returning in 2020

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for November 10th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian November 10, 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:

  • BMW adds track-ready CS package to M3

  • Lotus makes another “most extreme Exige ever” again

  • Nissan’s GT-R Pure has only the essentials and is under $100k again

  • Panoz is selling a DeltaWing race car for the first time

  • Other coverage from the week

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for November 3rd, 2017

Greg Kachadurian November 3, 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:

  • Ferrari FXX-K Evo is coming to terrorize a track near you next year

  • Hennessey promises 300 mph top speed with Venom F5

  • Ringbrothers win SEMA again with three new restomods

  • Ford introduces “Drift Stick” for Focus RS, salvage yards scramble to make room

  • The Dodge Hellcat crate motor is happening

  • Honda offers Type-R crate motor

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Quick Pics: Night Racing is Best Racing

Road Atlanta during this year’s Petit Le Mans – Full-size version

Like a city skyline, a corner of open sky, or a BMW X2, motorsports just gets prettier when the sun goes down. Night racing, especially on a dimly-lit track like Le Mans or Road Atlanta, is a daunting challenge for drivers and teams but a unique and spectacular experience for fans who are resilient enough to stay awake for it.

Even when the sun isn’t around to light up today’s beautiful race cars, you somehow manage to see more when the moon takes over. You see brake rotors glowing so bright you can almost feel the heat, showers of sparks dance all over the track, and glimpses of blue and orange pops of burning exhaust gases if you get lucky. Cars can only be designated by their headlights and taillights or by the sound they make, but in IMSA many cars have additional LED strips on them that help with that too.

All of the things I just mentioned can still be visible during the day, but it all becomes the center of attention at night. There’s no other word to describe night racing other than spectacular.

For relatively new photographers like me, it’s also a challenge. I lugged my camera and tripod to last month’s night practice session before the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta and tried capturing what I could. I aimed at turn five (at the end of The Esses) and cranked my shutter speed to six seconds to see what would happen. I think what I captured kind of demonstrates what makes night racing as beautiful as it is. You don’t see any car’s defining features or battles for position, just light. Light cutting through the darkness.

[Image © 2017 Hooniverse/Greg Kachadurian]

The News for October 27th, 2017

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:

  • Ford Mustang gets a new Performance Pack with better handling upgrades

  • Aston Martin shows us more of the Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake

  • Porsche reveals 911 Carrera T with less frills and more performance, kinda

  • Mazda’s two stunning concepts that may preview upcoming models

  • Subaru’s Viziv concept might preview the new WRX, maybe

  • Honda reveals new Sports EV concept that probably won’t get built

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for October 20th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian October 20, 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’s Polestar finally reveals their very own performance hybrid

  • Audi debuts new A7 Sportback

  • Porsche now offering GTS packages on 718 Cayman/Boxster

  • Audi’s dumb new naming system is not coming to America

  • What’s your automotive news?

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What’s Your Automotive News for the Week?

Greg Kachadurian October 13, 2017 The News!

Hi. On a normal week this time slot is filled with a hastily-written recap of the week’s automotive news. Sadly, this is not a normal week for your friendly internet news editor. I started a new job which, at least for now, has made all my free time disappear. That was made worse by the fact that… uh, not much happened that was worth talking about.

If you’re still looking for some reading material, you can check out Autoweek’s coverage of the 2019 Range Rover (non-Sport) updates, Porsche’s “Passport” subscription plan, and something about mid-engine Corvette spy shots that you’ve surely seen by now.

Things should stabilize again next week, but in the meantime sound off with any updates you want to share with your fellow hoons. Doesn’t matter if you saw anything, fixed something, broke everything (we especially wanna hear about that), or otherwise did anything even remotely car related – it belongs here.

[Image © 2017 Hooniverse/Greg Kachadurian]