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The News for January 20th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian January 20, 2017 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:

  • 2018 Ford Mustang debuts with a new face, more power, and better handling across the board

  • BMW 4 Series gets a mid-life refresh and better handling too

  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Edition launches in Europe and eventually in America

  • Shelby American celebrates 50 years of the Super Snake with 750 horsepower

  • Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic arrives on an important anniversary

  • Land Rover to start using VR to let customers experience new models before they’re out

  • Dodge releases another Demon teaser video which promises less weight

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for January 13th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian January 13, 2017 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:

  • Kia steals the show with the Stinger

  • Ford adds diesel option and a new face to the F-150

  • Lexus LS is all new, more luxurious, and sportier

  • Toyota got bored of the Camry too and tried to make it exciting

  • Honda’s all-new Odyssey lets you spy on your kids and yell at them

  • Chevrolet and GMC reveal all-new family-hauling Traverse and Terrain

  • Volkswagen reveals I.D. BUZZ concept inspired by the Microbus

  • Rolls-Royce partners with Shell for new certified engine oil

  • Dodge will bring the Demon back as a new Hellcat-beating Challenger

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Hooniverse Reviews: Assetto Corsa’s Porsche Packs

Greg Kachadurian January 10, 2017 In General, Reviews

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Skin used: Porsche 962c Short Tail – GReddy #99 by moustiqo

Porsche is in the midst of a triumphant (and long overdue) return to sim racing after years of contractual tyranny from EA. The exclusive contract that the Need for Speed publishers had with Porsche for more than a decade is officially over, which allowed for the legendary brand to break free and run for the loving arms of Kunos Simulazioni, the developers behind one my personal favorite racing sims, Assetto Corsa. That new relationship allowed for Kunos to introduce a total of 26 new and historic Porsches to Assetto Corsa before any other franchise could.

The Porsches are available as three DLC packs for $6.99 each or as a $15.09 season pass; I reviewed the first one and gave some driving impressions with each of the cars, but this is a more general review of all three content packs to give you a more general idea of what to expect.

This is the part where I ask an open ended question about whether this is any good for the purpose of adding click bait.

Then I pause for dramatic effect.

Now I vaguely hint at whether or not it’s any good and tell you to click “continue reading” to see the rest of it.

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Quick Pics: How Does This Even Happen?

Greg Kachadurian January 6, 2017 Quick Pics

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Comedian David Spade was involved in a pretty serious three-car crash the other night in Los Angeles. Everybody walked away with only minor injuries and were all checked out at the hospital as confirmed by law enforcement (which is what matters the most), but we’re left scratching our heads over this accident scene. That’s Spade’s Range Rover on the left and that’s one of its control arms on the right, about 100 feet away from the rest of the SUV. That thing separated harder than Brexit. How hard of an impact must that have been? We know it happened as Spade was turning left across an intersection as another driver tried to make a yellow light, but we don’t know what the speeds were.

Either way, scary stuff. We’re just glad that everyone is okay.

[Image source: TMZ via Fox 10]

The News for January 6th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian January 6, 2017 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:

  • The Bentley Continental Supersports returns faster than ever

  • Faraday Future finally reveals a car they *want* to produce, the FF 91

  • Subaru updates the 2018 WRX and WRX STI with an all-new car still a few years out

  • Chrysler says “how do you do, fellow kids?” with the Portal Concept

  • Ford confirms eight new hybrids/EVs by 2021, including hybrid Mustang, and cancels Mexico plant

  • McLaren confirms 650S replacement is coming to Geneva this year

  • What’s your automotive news?

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What Was Your Automotive News for 2016?

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Another year is just about in the books, and man was it a weird one. It was a year that became a sentient being which got blamed for dozens of celebrity deaths and basically all the worst things that happened around the world, but it was still another 365 days we got to spend doing the things we love with the people we love.

Because the automotive news is practically non existent this week, I’m reserving this time slot for you to reminisce on the events – good or bad – that defined your automotive-related news for the year. Whether you took on a new project or three, went to a bucket list event, bought something new, or just spent the year breaking everything, we wanna hear about it… especially if you just broke stuff.

We’ll see you all next year. Cheers!

[Image © 2016 Hooniverse/Greg Kachadurian]

HCOTY 2016 Nominee: Ryan Tuerck’s GT4586

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Continuing my tradition of nominating cars that I love dearly even though I know they won’t win, Ryan Tuerck’s GT4586 project is my pick for this year’s Hooniversal Car of the Year.

At first glance, it’s a Toyota GT86 with an engine swap and some extra stuff thrown onto it, but it’s Ryan’s choice of hardware that makes this worthy of a nomination. The car’s centerpiece is an F136 FB V8 sourced from a Ferrari 458 Italia and barely contained within the narrow engine bay of the ZN6 chassis. It takes the idea of an engine swap to the very limits of what’s possible and relies on talented and extremely patient builders to make it all work. It’s an awe-inspiring display of creativity and determination, and it was all in the name of hooning. It’s set up as a drift car but it doesn’t have a series to compete in, so it only exists to convert rubber into smoke as effectively as possible whilst shooting flames out of its nose.

Of all the cars I’ve nominated over the years, this one embraces the Hooniverse ethos the most. By far.

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The News for December 23rd, 2016

Greg Kachadurian December 23, 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:

  • Lamborghini unveils the Aventador S with more power and better handling

  • BMW prices most of the 2017 5 Series lineup – starts at ~$51k

  • Volkswagen teases possible electric Microbus revival

  • Audi teases another one of those stupid SUV coupe things

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for December 16th, 2016

Greg Kachadurian December 16, 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:

  • Ferrari reveals stunning J50 to celebrate their anniversary in Japan

  • Mercedes-Benz took a C-Class Coupe, stretched it, and called it the E-Class Coupe

  • Aston Martin announces 25 new continuation DB4 GT Lightweights

  • US DOT proposes connected car mandate to make future roads more predictable

  • McLaren produces 10,000th car after just six years of being on their own

  • Google reportedly dumps in-house autonomous car project to focus purely on the tech

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for December 9th, 2016

Greg Kachadurian December 9, 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:

  • All-wheel-drive Dodge Challenger confirmed

  • New Opel Insignia/Holden Commodore revealed and are 100% identical

  • Audi launches first vehicle traffic light information system in Las Vegas

  • 500th LaFerrari raises $7 million for Italian earthquake victims

  • Alfa Romeo confirms US pricing for the new Giulia

  • Lexus teases all-new LS ahead of Detroit reveal

  • Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing continue their partnership as AM-RB 001s sell out

  • What’s your automotive news?

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