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The News for December 2nd, 2016

Greg Kachadurian December 2, 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. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • McLaren adds a Track Pack option for the 570S

  • Ford shows off all-new Fiesta in Europe in four flavors

  • Lotus adds power, lightness, awesomeness to Exige Sport 380

  • Volkswagen teases new Arteon, the Passat CC replacement

  • Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is officially the most efficient minivan ever

  • What’s your automotive news?

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This is BMW’s New Art Car or Something

John Balessari BMW M6 GTLM Art Car #19.

For about 40 years now, BMW has occasionally invited some of the world’s most talented and respected artists to apply their unique style to one of their newest cars. The tradition started in 1975 with a gorgeous BMW 3.0 CSL and a livery that was hand-painted by Alexander Calder. Since then, seventeen other Art Cars have followed. Some were street cars that were only ever on display at museums and others were race cars that saw real competition, but each one was unique and beautiful in its own way.

BMW just revealed the 19th Art Car, a 2017-spec M6 GTLM destined for next year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona with a livery created by John Baldessari, an American conceptual artist with an interesting portfolio. With the exception of the Olafur Eliasson “car”, this is without a doubt the strangest Art Car yet. There’s lots of debate on whether this is a worthy art car and, to quote Turner Motorsport’s Will Turner, whether this is for driving or playing Twister on. The general consensus seems to be very negative towards this car with plenty saying it isn’t art, just a few shapes on an otherwise empty canvas. I’ll explain why the internet got it wrong.

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Catch Blipshift’s Driver Monday Sale

Greg Kachadurian November 28, 2016 All Things Hoon

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The Monday after Thanksgiving has been the best day to get great deals on your holiday shopping without the risk of death and our friends at Blipshift are here to spread the love. Their last big sale around the Thanksgiving holiday is the Driver Monday sale and it’s a one day event that should help you get holiday shopping done for the enthusiasts in your life. The sale runs all day until 11:59 PM Eastern tonight and it’s only at blipshift.com. This time the shirts aren’t the main focus, but they’ve got a lot of neat gifts available at their lowest price of the year. Here’s a quick rundown on what they have to offer:

  • All Blipshift ties are buy one get one – $36 (save 50%)
  • All Blipshift hats are also buy one get one – $17 (save 50%)
  • Blipshift Klean Kanteen with an extra sports cap – $12 (45% off)
  • Shifter Pint Cups III 4 pack plus free coasters – $22 (25% off)
  • Formula Fridge 2 pack – $22 (25% off)
  • Silicone Bar Set (2 pack silicone shifter molds + 4 pack silicone coasters) – $15 (37% off)
  • Pile ‘O Stickers (10 pack) – $17 (60% off)
  • WTF Shirt (a random tee from their garage) + Stormtech Blipshift Poncho Bundle – $18 (50% discount)
  • WTF Sock Bundle (4 random pairs of Blipshift socks) – $19 (30% off)
  • Plus get a free pack of Europlate sticky notes with all qualifying orders.

Want in? Click on any of the Blipshift banners on the site to get led directly to the sale or visit Blipshift.com.

The News for November 18th, 2016 – Los Angeles Auto Show Recap

Greg Kachadurian November 18, 2016 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News – 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show Recap! One of the biggest auto shows of the year set the stage for dozens of new cars, trucks, and concepts to make their global debut. Of all the new cars that will soon fill our streets, this recap will cover the most important and influential cars that will make the biggest impact on future mobility… okay, they’re really just the ones I felt like writing about. This week:

  • Aston Martin reveals more aggressive Vanquish S

  • Jaguar I-Pace, their first EV ever, kicks off their electrification phase

  • Honda Civic Si Prototype – a mostly accurate picture of what’s to come

  • Alfa Romeo now has a crossover called the Stelvio, isn’t boring

  • Nissan Sentra gets proper Nismo treatment

  • New Mazda CX-5 proves Kodo is still the best design language today

  • Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 uses race car technology to play in the dirt

  • Jaguar Classic builds their first “new” XKSS in almost 60 years

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Hooniversal Opinion: 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show

Greg Kachadurian November 18, 2016 LA Auto Show

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It’s always one of the bigger and better auto shows on the global circuit, but this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show turned out to be one of the most important of the year. Dozens of new cars, trucks, race cars, and influential concepts made their first global appearance in the city of angels, some of which have absolutely dominated headlines around the world. Many of the rides born here will be talked about for years to come.

It’s time for us to take them down a peg or three.

As usual, I’ll still bring a factual recap on the stuff that matters in the news and Bradley will cover the race cars in his motorsports recap. This post isn’t about the facts though. This is the part where some of the special brilliant minds behind Hooniverse come together to berate and/or fondle these cars of the future with our highly-opinionated words. Sometimes we’re nice, sometimes we’re indifferent, and often times we’re mean as hell.

So click past the jump and see what we have to say, then chime in for yourself.

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The News for November 11th, 2016

Greg Kachadurian November 11, 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. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Porsche begins expanding Panamera lineup again

  • Volkswagen delivers massively updated Golf lineup

  • Kia just gave a Soul 201 horsepower

  • Jeep to reveal two special edition Renegades

  • Toyota teases new C-HR ahead of LA debut

  • Tesla ends free supercharging for life for new owners in 2017

  • The Walter P. Chrysler museum is closing at the end of the year

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Über-sclusive-ish! 2017 Jeep Compass spied in US-spec

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Hooniverse’s very own secret spy photographer person was traveling on I-75 near Detroit when he spied what appears to be the 2017 Jeep Compass undergoing rigorous Detroit survival testing. These come to us from James Carr, friend of the ‘verse and now America’s most wanted man, who risked life and limb to get us exclusive shots of the Jeep that was driving next to him. His sacrifice to this industry for the advancement of our knowledge on the 2017 Jeep Compass will not soon be forgotten. With great courage and bravery, we proudly host these shots on our site for you today.

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The News for November 4th, 2016

Greg Kachadurian November 4, 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. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Audi debuts their first laser high beam module in US with exclusive R8

  • Audi drops the top on the new A5/S5

  • Chevrolet wants to turn your Gen-6 Camaro into a 10-second car + COPO returns

  • Mercedes-Benz debuts their new first inline-six since 1999

  • Ford Performance App launches next year with on-board telemetry on your phone

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Catch Blipshift’s Tee-lection Sale

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It’s that time again. Our pals at Blipshift, creator of awesome clothing and accessories made just for people like us, are having one of their last big sales of the year with resurrected designs and a few other surprises. From now until 11:59 PM ET on Monday, Nov 7th, you can pick from 24 restomodded versions of popular old designs (shown above – normally only one is sold at a time) with special promotions depending on how many you order. Classics like DAT SUN, BAWS, Flatspiracy, and more are back with lightly modified designs well after their first run. If you miss these designs, you’ll have to wait a long time to get one again (if they even come back).

There’s more to this sale than just the shirts though. New to the store is a silicon shifter mold for ice cubes, jello, and/or jello shots that run for $12 per 2-pack (a total of 16 molds) as well as a glowing gate shifter decal to put over your fancy glowing Apple laptop logo which runs for $4 for one decal or $7 for two. Another bonus they have running is a free Michelin personal care kit to keep in your car for track days which gets included with “qualifying orders” – check their page for more details.

[Insert Billy Mays catch phrase here] – Blipshift is now on your phone! If you have an iOS device, you can get the new blipmoji pack for iMessage with 25 auto enthusiast-inspired stickers you can use to talk to fellow enthusiasts or frighten your loved ones with your obsession. This pack is available in the App Store now at the low price of free – this will not be going away on the 7th, by the way.

You’ve got a few days to make up your mind. We’ve been huge fans of Blipshift since they became our super best friends in 2012 and their stuff is always worth checking out. Head on over to see what’s new.

[Source: Blipshift]

This 530-horsepower Volkswagen T1 “Race-Taxi” laughs at your ‘Ring Taxi

This is one of those builds that must have started with lots of alcohol and a bet. I can’t imagine any other way a Volkswagen T1 bus could have ended up on the Monza GP course with enough bi-turbo power to even be in the same frame as a Ferrari 458 Speciale.

This video comes to us from 19Bozzy92 again and its subject is a spectacular build running around the track for a very good cause. It was a charity event called 6 Ruote di Speranza which benefits the disabled and this Volkswagen proved to be the perfect “race taxi” for up to four people at once. According to the Speedhunters post about the build, this started as a T3 bus that had its body replaced by that of an older T1. What lies underneath is a bi-turbo flat six out of a 1995 Porsche 993 and it’s been boosted to produce 530 horsepower. It still has the wind working against it but it’s still fast enough to be the only Volkswagen bus you will ever see passing anybody on a track. For that, we applaud Mr. Fred Bernhard for building and racing this wonderful creation. We are not worthy.

[Source: 19Bozzy92, Speedhunters]