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The News for February 27th, 2015

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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 reveals 675LT, now with more tail

  • Audi’s new R8 is so dynamic it hurts

  • Mercedes-AMG GT3 roars onto tracks in 2016

  • Lamborghini teases something “reactive” for Geneva

  • Ernest Hemmings, 1926-2015

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Relive the glory of Formula 1’s testing at Imola in 1994

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The San Marino Grand Prix of 1994 is known as one of the worst weekends in all of motorsport – certainly within Formula 1. That weekend (April 29 – May 1, 1994) earned its reputation with three horrific on-track accidents that claimed the lives of two drivers and nearly claimed a third. Rubens Barrichello miraculously survived his crash on Friday, but Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna – a promising driver in his first F1 season and a legend looking for his fourth championship, respectively – did not survive theirs on Saturday and Sunday.

But that’s history we’re all very [painfully] familiar with. For now, let’s rewind a bit back to March of 1994. It’s a full day of Formula 1 testing at Imola, which in about two months will host the San Marino Grand Prix. Most teams and drivers are in attendance and they didn’t go all the way there to drive easy. And it’s all caught on glorious 90’s VHS by Georg Metz, one of many spectators who were there to soak it all in.

The video quality is obviously bad by today’s standards, but the sounds are still captured clearly and you can see well enough to pick out Barrichello, Ratzenberger, and Senna. Towards the beginning of the film, you can even see Ratzenberger and Senna driving together – through the corner where Ratzenberger was killed, no less.

For pure Formula 1 action and the heavenly sounds of a Ferrari 412T1 dive bombing into Tosa, you’re going to want to set aside eight minutes to watch this. It’s hauntingly beautiful.

[Source: Georg Metz, YouTube]

The News for February 20th, 2015

Greg Kachadurian February 20, 2015 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:

  • McLaren shows off the P1 GTR in its final form

  • Aston Martin Vantage GT3 is a sweet but forbidden fruit

  • Lotus returns with the Evora 400; guess how much power it makes

  • The Aston Martin Vulcan is coming to burn your foot

  • Volkswagen goes soft roading with the Passat Alltrack

  • Chevrolet reportedly preparing track-handling package for the SS

  • Bentley Continental imitates Hollywood buyers, gets facial reconstruction

  • What was your automotive news?

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The News for February 13th, 2015

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News – Chicago Auto Show recap! This is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull – only this time, I’m covering it LIVE-ish! I’m here with Jeff and Eric to bring you the biggest news of the show as always, but now with my own photos and without having to borrow news sources from other people! This week:

  • Nissan drops the top on the 370Z Nismo

  • Acura freshens up the RDX

  • Honda reveals all-new Pilot

  • Ram debuts high-end Limited trim

  • Kia shows off Trail’ster Concept

  • What was your automotive news?

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2015 Chicago Auto Show: the Ford GT earns its stripes

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This isn’t the first time Ford brought out the all-new GT, but it’s the first time we’ve been able to see it out in public in a color different than what was shown in Detroit. Also, it gets stripes!

The paint is called Liquid Silver and when combined with the dark gray stripes it just looks so right. Even among the new cars here in Chicago being seen for the first time, the GT still manages to stand out and make a huge impression. Hell, there’s a blue carbon Bugatti Veyron Super Sport parked here and I had to have someone remind me about it. It’s stunning.

Click past the jump for a quick photo dump.

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2015 Chicago Auto Show: the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo

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Last night, Nissan held a super-exclusive event to show the radical new GT-R LM Nismo – a super-exclusive event that I meandered into. This was the first time that Nissan’s radical new LMP1 entry made an appearance that wasn’t on TV. Click past the jump for some shots and my quick first impressions.

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The News for February 6th, 2015

Greg Kachadurian February 6, 2015 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:

  • Porsche turns up the WANT factor with the Cayman GT4

  • Ferrari’s newest mid-engine sports car goes turbocharged

  • Ford shows off the hoonworthy Focus RS

  • Nissan surprises with the GT-R LM and Maxima

  • Rolls-Royce channels stealth fighters for special Phantom

  • What was your automotive news?

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The News for January 30th, 2015

Greg Kachadurian January 30, 2015 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:

  • McLaren is bringing Longtail back

  • Volkswagen reveals a super diesel wagon

  • Alpine shows off their crazy Vision Gran Turismo concept

  • Ford Shelby GT350R allegedly beats Z/28 on the ‘Ring

  • What was your automotive news?

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The News for January 23rd, 2015

Greg Kachadurian January 23, 2015 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:

  • McLaren channels the 650S’s inner F1 GTR for a special edition

  • Porsche releases GTS Club Coupe for its American enthusiasts, ducktail and all

  • Mercedes prices the 911-fighting AMG GT S

  • Lamborghini Huracan GT3 is ready for racing

  • McLaren confirms development of hardcore 650S for the track

  • Ford teases the new Focus RS, will be revealed Feb. 3rd

  • Plus what was your automotive news?

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The News for January 16th, 2015

Greg Kachadurian January 16, 2015 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News – 2015 North American International Auto Show recap! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. Most of the stories this week come from the first big auto show of the year in Detroit, which Hooniverse was at in spirit. This week:

  • The actual  production-spec Acura NSX is here!

  • Ford Shelby GT350R, the most track-capable Mustang ever

  • Nissan’s Titan and Titan XD are ready for battle

  • Ford GT [recap]

  • Ford brings the Raptor to the next generation but has to be green now

  • Some information on the new Toyota Tacoma

  • Chevrolet updates the Volt and reveals the Bolt EV

  • Buick teases a possible future with the glorious Avenir

  • BMW de-uglifies™ the 1 Series

  • Plus what was your automotive news?

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