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The News for February 26th, 2016

Greg Kachadurian February 26, 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. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • McLaren reveals the 570GT, as close to a luxury McLaren as we’ll get

  • Bentley updates the Mulsanne flagship, adds two other variants with it

  • Lotus adds lightness with the new Evora Sport 410

  • Assetto Corsa console launch delayed till June

  • Acura teases the 2017 MDX with all-new design language

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Jay Leno’s Garage does the Speedkore Tantrum – a ’70 Charger with a heart of gold

If you’re not already subscribed to Jay Leno’s Garage on YouTube, you really should be. One of the biggest car enthusiasts in the showbiz uses his star power to bring some amazing machines into the spotlight every week. He’ll either have a new car from a manufacturer to test, a gem from his wonderful collection to go in depth on, or – as is the case with this – a car built through private means that defies convention. And sometimes other weird stuff too.

This week, Jay Leno brought in SpeedKore Performance and their 1970 Dodge Charger Tantrum. It’s really just a Charger by looks after what they’ve done to it. It’s a one-off beast that was built from the ground up to be unlike anything else on the road – so much so that it doesn’t even use a conventional road-going engine at all. It uses a freakin’ Offshore racing engine provided by Mercury Marine; nine liters, two turbochargers, and up to 1,650 horsepower. You could say they’ve gone a bit overboard but the end result is just too awesome to not appreciate.

Check out the video above for an in-depth look at one of the wildest creations on the Web as told by the guys that built it. It’s love at first burnout.

[Source: Jay Leno’s Garage, YouTube]

The News for February 19th, 2016

Greg Kachadurian February 19, 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. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Alpine is officially coming back with an all-new car… soon

  • Volvo keeps the wagon alive with the new V90

  • Lexus debuts all-new hybrid powertrain in LC 500h

  • Jaguar F-Type SVR technical details have been released

  • Bentley adds an ‘S’ to the Flying Spur V8

  • McLaren shows off a glorious bare carbon P1

  • Aston Martin finds a partner to co-develop RapidE EV

  • The only Aston Martin DB10 raises big money for charity

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for February 12th, 2016

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! This week, I’m LIVE(ish) from the 2016 Chicago Auto Show media preview bringing you the biggest stories from the show floor. Compared to the other major auto shows in America, Chicago always seems to be the most practical show of them all. There are plenty of six-figure luxury cars and carbon fiber-tubbed sports cars on display, but the actual debuts are of more modest and at least somewhat family-friendly offerings. There’s quite a bit to talk about, so let’s get to it. This week:

  • Nissan double-downs on land-yacht SUVs with the 2017 Armada

  • Chevrolet Camaro 1LE returns

  • Kia reveals a trio of new hybrids

  • Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is prepped for off-road duty

  • Ram updates their ultimate off-road truck

  • Hyundai refreshes the Santa Fe

  • Chevrolet updates the Trax to remind you it exists

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for February 5th, 2016

Greg Kachadurian February 5, 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. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Scion is officially dead, but its heart will live on

  • Ford goes off-road racing with [mostly] stock 2017 Raptors

  • McLaren to show off 650S GT3, new driver lineup at Geneva

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The 2016 Rolex 24 – a tale of exhaustion, tinnitus, and bewilderment

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Last weekend’s Rolex 24 at the Daytona became an instant classic the moment the green flag dropped. This year’s twice round the clock spectacle saw new, highly anticipated cars in their first race and it was the first event held at the newly renovated Daytona International Speedway, which is now being billed as “the world’s first motorsports stadium”. Expectations for this race were about as high as they could possibly be.

They were especially high for me because it would be my first Rolex 24 adventure and more importantly my first 24 hour race. The plan was to stay up for the entire race and experience as much of it as I could. I wasn’t totally sure what to expect from the whole thing other than some great racing and dangerous amounts of caffeine. After staying up for more or less the whole thing, I can say it was an exhausting, painful, and grueling experience that ruined my perception of endurance almost as much as it ruined my sleep pattern.

But from start to finish, the 2016 Rolex 24 was amazing and spectacular on levels that exceeded all expectations. I’ll show you what I mean…

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The News for January 29th, 2016

Greg Kachadurian January 29, 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. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Porsche drops cylinders and adds numbers to the new 718 Boxster

  • Jaguar confirms 200 mph super F-Type is coming with new images

  • BMW reveals two special liveries for the M6 GTLM race cars

  • Opel shows off GT Concept, suggests they can still be cool

  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles shifts focus to more trucks and SUVs

  • DeLorean Motor Company will be selling DMC-12s again soon… probably

  • Hooniverse will be at the Rolex 24!

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for January 22nd, 2016

Greg Kachadurian January 22, 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. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Mini now offers the Clubman with all-wheel drive

  • BMW is bringing back the Competition Package in the M3 and M4

  • Aston Martin is giving someone the rare chance to own a DB10

  • Hyundai competitively prices the 2017 Elantra

  • Ford will give you your GT350R’s rear seat back for a price

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Watch and Listen as Formula 3000 Cars Take On a Hill Climb

The hills are alive with the sound of 3000 cc’s.

Typically, you only see open wheel cars racing on finely paved tracks and the occasional street circuit. The same is true for Formula 3000 cars which have become accustomed to racing on some of the world’s finest circuits in various championships since the 80’s and were eclipsed only by Formula 1 at the time.

So what happens when they give up the perfectly smooth asphalt of a racing circuit and are unleashed on an Italian hill climb? What happens is madness. Lolas and Reynards powered by Cosworth, Judd, Renault, and Zytek engines go roaring through the hills at the hands of some fearless drivers while spectators stand within arm’s reach. The cars are more than a bit out of their comfort zone on the tight and bumpy roads but they’re still taking it impressively fast. It all makes for some spectacular driving and the sounds alone are worth clicking play for.

[Source: 19Bozzy92 via YouTube]

The News for January 15th, 2016

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News – 2016 North American International Auto Show (Detroit) Edition! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry which all comes from the year’s first big show. Lots of shiny new hardware was on display at this week’s show but I’ll focus on the half-a-dozen or so debuts that I found most interesting. Some are covered in more detail than others because there’s only so much a single hoon with a day job can do… Nevertheless, there’s no fluff, no bull, and just a little opinion of mine thrown in because I can. This week:

  • Lexus brings a true concept car to life with the LC 500

  • Infiniti finally debuts their all-new premium sports coupe

  • Lincoln Continental is a production-bound, seriously attractive luxury sedan

  • Honda brings back the Ridgeline for the smart, modest pickup buyer

  • The Chrysler Pacifica is the new Town & Country

  • Ford sort-of updates the Fusion but adds serious power

  • What’s your automotive news?

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