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The News for October 24th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian October 24, 2014 The News!

McLaren P1 GTR Hot Weather Test Bahrain Sept 2014

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 releases more P1 GTR images for our viewing pleasure

  • BMW honors DTM championship with special edition M4

  • Dodge prices the insane Charger Hellcat

  • What was your automotive news for the week?

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The News for October 17th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian October 17, 2014 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 –  or really whatever I could find on Autoweek.com – without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles bringing eleven show cars to SEMA

  • Volkswagen Saveiro Surf concept is awesome

  • Mercedes-Benz celebrates 35 years of the G-Wagen

  • Porsche confirms Macan S diesel headed to our streets

  • Slow News Week Bonus: what was your automotive news for this week?

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The News for October 10th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian October 10, 2014 The News!

Autodesk VRED Professional 2014 SR1-SP7

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:

  • Porsche 911 continues to reproduce, this time it’s pretty cool

  • Ferrari F60 America is our special gift from Italy

  • Tesla surprises with its D and other stuff

  • Volvo just got 450 horsepower out of a four-cylinder

  • Hyundai goes underground racing with new BTR Genesis show car

  • AAA finds just how distracting in-car tech can be

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The News for October 3rd, 2014

Greg Kachadurian October 3, 2014 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News – Paris 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. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Lamborghini builds a 910 horsepower plug-in hybrid, just because

  • Volkswagen reveals the awesome XL Sport, powered by Ducati

  • Audi shows us what a five-door TT would look like

  • Mazda opens up about the ND MX-5’s powertrain

  • Aston Martin Lagonda shown in production specification

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The News for September 26th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian September 26, 2014 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:

  • Ferrari sends the 458 Speciale to Paris to go topless

  • Mercedes-AMG shows off their new C63

  • Audi sends the new TT to Paris to go topless as well

  • Hyundai and Bisimoto show off their 708 horsepower Sonata

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The News for September 19th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian September 19, 2014 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:

  • Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon editions love carbon

  • Volvo XC90 R-Design loves sportiness

  • Bentley Mulsanne Speed loves torque

  • Lamborghini loves teasing a new car – will probably be an SUV we all hate

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Road & Track takes on the fastest man on The Dragon

Greg Kachadurian September 12, 2014 All Things Hoon

Ferrari 458 Speciale on The Dragon by R&T's Hollis Bennett

Photo source: Road & Track / Hollis Bennett

Nestled deep in the Great Smokey Mountains and right along the North Carolina-Tennessee border, there’s a stretch of road unlike anything else. US129, the “Tail of the Dragon”, or “The Dragon” – whatever you want to call it, it’s a road with a reputation. The Dragon is packed with a reported 318 curves in just eleven miles, which means that at no point are your wheels pointed straight. With rock faces one on side and a lethal, mostly un-guarded drop on the other, there is an impossibly small amount of room for error.

80 crashes have been reported since April of this year and four of these have been fatal in that short time (source: dragonawareness.com). Most people go here for the fun of those 318 curves, the gorgeous scenery from one of several overlooks, and the challenge of getting home without leaving anything behind on the tree of shame. Lost tourists just try to get to the other side.

However, there are others who go there for a totally different reason. They take on The Dragon with everything they have on tap. If you go during the off-season or at a slower time of the day, you just might see one of these people. They’ll be the ones dropping knees or getting every last bit of grip out of their tires for the purpose of being the fastest.

Road & Track were at The Dragon to try to meet some of these people, including one who allegedly holds the fastest time ever recorded on the road. It’s a compelling read which not only gives you an idea of what it’s like to take on of one of the most challenging roads on earth, but also gives you some interesting insight into the people who make The Dragon their life.

If you’re going to read anything else today, make it this. Head on over to Road & Track to read this phenomenal story in its entirety and start planning your next trip to The Dragon like I am.

[Sources: Road & Track, DragonAwareness.com]

The News for September 12th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian September 12, 2014 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:

  • Mercedes-Benz AMG GT is ready to fight

  • Jaguar XE is how the Brits want to take on the Germans

  • BMW 2 Series Convertible revealed

  • Dodge Viper goes on clearance

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Your best look yet at the Aston Martin Lagonda

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[Filed under BREAKSCLUSIVE]

If you’ve been keeping up with the News in recent weeks, you’ll be well aware of Aston Martin’s plans to resurrect one of its most iconic and important nameplates in the company’s history – Lagonda. From what tiny bit of information we’ve been given so far, we know the Lagonda will be a super-exclusive super saloon destined for the Middle East, and since it is an Aston Martin, we know it’ll be beautiful.

Thanks to a couple of images Aston Martin sent us over the weekend, we really know it’ll be beautiful. They said we could do what we wanted with these images after 4:00 AM Pacific today… so at 4:01 AM Pacific, here you go. For Hooniverse eyes only, say hello to the Aston Martin Lagonda, fully uncovered and out in the open.

This is our best look yet at Gaydon’s newest masterpiece and it’s truly a sight to behold.

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The News for September 5th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian September 5, 2014 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Miata! As always, this is a weekly Miata of some of the biggest Miata in the automotive Miata without the Miata or Miata. I just throw in a little Miata of mine because I can. This Miata:

  • 2016 Mazda MX-5 (ND) Miata!

  • Land Rover reveals something that isn’t the Miata

  • Dodge updates their not-Miata

  • Toyota prices their not-Miata

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