What Was Your Automotive News for 2015?

Greg Kachadurian December 31, 2015 The News!


As of writing, 2016 is just a dozen hours away. While the world slowly but surely welcomes in the new year, most of us can’t help but look back on the year we’ve had and think about all the moments that defined it for us – both good and bad. Everyone does that at least a little bit because it’s hard not to.

Here at the Hooniverse, we tend to cherish memories as they relate to all things automotive, at least that’s what I’ve noticed since I started in 2011. So rather than bore you to death with riveting automotive news  during a slow week, I figured it would be better for us hoons to share our automotive news for the year instead. It’s the same thing I do at the end of every Hooniverse News now, but this time it’s all you – unless you want to learn about the 2016 Nissan Sentra’s new starting price…

Sound off in the comments and sum up your year of automotive adventures. Thank you all for keeping me around for another year and may your 2016 be blessed with full tanks and green lights. I’ll see you on the other side.

[Image © 2015 Hooniverse/Greg Kachadurian]

HCOTY Nominee: Panoz Esperante GTR-1 Le Mans Homologation Special


“Homologation Specials” are the best. These are very unique and sometimes very odd road-legal cars that only exist to set up their motorsport counterparts for competition.

That brings us to the car staring you right in the face. When Georgia-based Panoz, LLC wanted to compete with the best the world had to offer at Le Mans and elsewhere, they built the radical Esperante GTR-1 – but they needed to build at least one road legal version before it could go racing. Panoz built two to meet homologation requirements and this is the first and only one left in existence.

This homologation special set them up to race with their homemade brand on the world stage. One of America’s most unique racing programs and arguably the only cool thing to come out of Georgia would never have seen the light of day unless this car was built. Without this car, they never would have been able to take on the world and win*.

Fresh out of its six-month restoration is my Hooniversal Car of the Year Nominee – the 1997 Panoz Esperante GTR-1 Le Mans Homologation Special.


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The News for December 18th, 2015

Greg Kachadurian December 18, 2015 The News!

Mercedes-Benz SLC, R 172, 2015

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 SLC is an SLK with a different face and a new heart

  • Infiniti revamps hardware offerings on Q50

  • Infiniti QX50 gets facelift and new refinements

  • Pininfarina sold to Mahindra, makers of the next gorgeous tractor

  • Ford GT spotted in production trim and with Gorilla Glass

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for December 11th, 2015

Greg Kachadurian December 11, 2015 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. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Say hello to the first Genesis

  • Chevrolet announces pricing and specs on Malibu Hybrid

  • Porsche confirms engine and name changes to Cayman and Boxster

  • McLaren has built their final P1 road car

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Ride Along in a McLaren P1 GTR at Catalunya – Like a Track Video in Fast Motion

The McLaren P1 is one of the fastest road-going machines money can buy today, but the McLaren P1 GTR is one of the fastest track machines even more money can buy. The P1 GTR exists because McLaren wanted to know what the highly capable P1 could do if they no longer worried about highway safety rules and regulations and just built the fastest, most insane thing possible.

Along with the car comes a P1 GTR Driver Program which allows several lucky and/or brave souls to strap themselves into 986 horsepower and take on some of the world’s finest circuits under professional supervision. That kicked off a few weeks ago at Spain’s fabulous Circuit de Barcelona-Cataluyna with seven P1 GTRs and drivers in attendance. One of those drivers is Alexander West who, fortunately for us, has a YouTube channel freshly stocked with track footage from the program and others.

This video was shot from his Go Pro and shows what is basically a sped up lap of Catalunya. Seriously. If you read the digital speedo carefully on the front straight, you’ll see numbers akin to an F1 car. The car and driver are perfectly in tune and it’s a beautiful thing. He also has another video up which shows more angles and telemetry, but it’s in lower resolution. Both are worth checking out though just so you can appreciate how mental this car is.

[Source: YouTube]

Thanks for the tip, Tom!

The News for December 4th, 2015

Greg Kachadurian December 4, 2015 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. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • McLaren 675LT gets the Spider car ain’t got no ROOF treatment

  • Volvo envisions a bright future with the new S90

  • Porsche does a thing with the 911 Turbo

  • Toyota and GAZOO Racing prepare the S-FR Concept for track duty

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for November 27th, 2015

Greg Kachadurian November 27, 2015 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. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Alpina B5 is a luxurious, 600 horsepower bahnstormer

  • Rezvani gives the Beast what it really needs… more power

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Catch Blipshift’s Black Flag Friday Sale

Greg Kachadurian November 24, 2015 All Things Hoon

holiday gift pack no text

Our friends at Blipshift are celebrating the holidays properly with their last big blowout of the year. The awesome people behind the driver-friendly clothing and the banner ad ^up there ^ are having a Black Friday sale this week, and unlike the other ones, you won’t need to pack a taser and ignore your family to get in on the action.

For starters, they’re bringing back twenty restomodded designs of past favorites that haven’t been available in the last 6-24 months [update: their new designs are now pictured below]. All twenty shirts will be available at the same time (it’s usually just one shirt at a time) in sizes for him, her, and kids. In addition to the shirts, they’ve also got a new-for-the-season Blipshift shifter ornament to give your tree twenty horsepower plus new designs for stickers, headgear, posters, coasters, and more that will soon be announced on their site. Also new for this year’s sale are two seasonal bundles: The Holiday Party Survival Kit and Track Pack Gift Set.

Only Blipshift can sell you a sweater tee that’s meant to be ugly but still be awesome. That’s included in the Holiday Party Survival Kit (top picture) along with custom Klean Kanteen stainless steel pint cup for spiked eggnog, a set of coasters, shifter ornament, and a pair of stickers. In anticipation for racing season’s return, the Track Pack Gift Set scores you a drawstring sports sack, a carving instructions-printed Klean Kanteen stainless steel water bottle (carving racing lines, not turkey), a Stormtech poncho, a $15 Blipshift gift card to use on whatever, and two pairs of corded Laser Lite earplugs for when someone’s LeMons car develops an exhaust leak.

blipshift 2015 black friday shirts with logo

The Blipshift Black Flag Friday Sale starts on Thursday, November 26 at 10:00 PM EST and goes till Monday, November 30 at 11:59 PM EST, so also unlike other Black Friday sales, you have more time to take advantage of it. The list of restomodded shirts and details on special order bonuses will be available on Blipshift’s website closer to the start of the sale. No queuing required. Or fighting.

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The News for November 20th, 2015


Welcome to the Hooniverse News – 2015 Los Angeles 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. Everything is coming out of the city of angels this week where well over a dozen new cars were unveiled at one of the year’s biggest shows. We already gave our totally unbiased opinions on most of them yesterday, but today it’s time for some factual information. Not all cars were covered because I have a day job, but the ones that are have been designated as being the most important (or just the ones that were interesting to write about). This week:

  • Fiat revives the 124 Spider with a little help from Mazda

  • Mercedes-Benz got rid of the ugly with the new SL

  • Buick channels styling from Avenir concept for the new LaCrosse

  • Honda reveals the Civic Coupe with more variants on the way

  • Lincoln MKZ is like a mini Continental concept

  • Lamborghini pulls AWD out of the Huracán, charges less for it

  • Alfa Romeo finalizes US-specs for Giulia Quadrifogio

  • Complete coverage from Autoweek

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Hooniversal Opinion: 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show

Greg Kachadurian November 19, 2015 LA Auto Show


The 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show is on this week and it has provided us with an early look at many of the new cars coming to our streets in the not too distant future. With over a dozen new car debuts under one roof, it’s an exciting time for those in the market for a car or for those of us who just like seeing something new and exciting. As always, I’ll bring you a mostly factual recap of the auto show’s biggest reveals in the Hooniverse News this Friday; but today, we’re not too concerned about the press releases.

This is the part where some of the brilliant minds behind Hooniverse get together and make fun of evaluate the new cars at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Some hoons were in attendance but most of us are comfortably judging the new cars from the comfort of our own keyboards, just as nature and Tim Berners-Lee intended. Click past the jump to see what we have to say and feel free to join in on the conversation yourself.

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