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The News for June 9th, 2017

Welcome to the Hooniverse News – On the Road Edition! I’m cranking this out from crappy hotel WiFi on the road as I drive a big truck cross country, so this is a weekly recap of the automotive industry without the fluff or bull will be shorter than usual. This week:

  • Porsche reveals more powerful and more exclusive 911 Turbo S

  • Subaru’s STI “tunes” BRZ and special WRX STI Type RA

  • AAA increasing insurance rates for Teslas

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for June 2nd, 2017

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:

  • Lotus debuts the Elise Cup 250, the ultimate Elise

  • Ford creates limited edition Focus RS based on internet feedback

  • BMW adopts augmented reality for the 18th official Art Car project

  • Subaru all but confirms BRZ STI

  • Mercedes-AMG talks Project One specs

  • Honda Civic Type-R to allegedly start at $34K

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for May 26th, 2017

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:

  • BMW gives a preview of the upcoming 8 Series Coupe

  • Jaguar SVO announces new 592-HP Project 8 based on the XE

  • BMW Motorsport debuts M4 GT4 at Nürburgring 24

  • Geely takes majority stake in Lotus to “unleash” full potential

  • Patent drawings appear to show new Jeep Grand Wagoneer

  • Ford announces significant leadership changes

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Heart Attack Level: Over 9,000

Nothing gets your heart racing like coming out in the morning to find you’ve narrowly avoided disaster. This is the sight a friend and roommate of Hooniverse walked up to yesterday morning after some storms rolled though overnight. Frighteningly close to the tip of that downed tree is my roommate’s Trans Am and motorcycle – both of his daily drivers – which were thankfully unscathed. We don’t exactly know what caused it to fall in the first place, but we’re both just happy it wasn’t a few feet taller.

[Image © 2017 Hooniverse]

Hooniverse Reviews: Assetto Corsa “Ready to Race” Pack

A new DLC pack for Assetto Corsa just dropped on Steam with a healthy dose of race car goodness. The “Ready to Race” car pack includes ten cars – only one of which is road legal – to fill in some of the gaps in their existing car lineup and finally bring in some fan favorites.

Prototypes, GT1, GT3, spec-racing cup cars, hyper cars, and even rally are represented in this pack to make it one of the most diverse content updates the game has received to date. A car pack made mostly of race cars for a game that does race cars extremely well sounds like a winning combination… and it is. Click past the jump for some quick (I promise) details and impressions.

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The News for May 19th, 2017

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:

  • Shelby American reveals a Super Snake for road courses and some expensive truck

  • Jaguar teases XF Sportbrake again by showing nearly all of it

  • BMW confirms all-wheel drive for new M5, but it won’t kill the fun

  • Nissan begins teasing next-generation LEAF

  • Volvo prices XC60 from $41,500

  • What’s your automotive news?

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How Atlanta’s I-85 Nightmare Was Fixed in 42 Days

Back in March, a bizarre fire took out one of Atlanta’s most important highways during afternoon rush hour. It was the part of I-85 that connects about half of north Georgia to Atlanta and handled an average of 246,000 cars per day in 2016, more than any other individual highway that feeds into the city.

The fire was allegedly started when crack smoking ignited a bunch of construction material stored underneath an elevated portion of I-85 and it was big enough for me to see the smoke all the way from my apartment in Roswell, more than 20 miles north of the city. The sheer heat caused a large section to collapse and it compromised even more. Initial Georgia DOT estimates claimed it would reopen around mid June.

42 days later and a month ahead of schedule, that section of I-85 reopened thanks to the non-stop efforts of the Georgia DOT (who I’ve never seen work faster than this), CW Matthews Contracting Company, and everyone else involved. As all of Atlanta breathes a sigh of relief and gets back to their normal, slightly less miserable commutes today, check out this incredible time lapse showing what it took to rebuild I-85. Hopefully it never has to happen again. The time lapse would’ve been more accurate if it featured a thrash metal backing track to better reflect Atlanta drivers’ moods, though. Also, don’t smoke crack.

[Sources: YouTube, AJCtraffic statistics from Georgia DOT]

The News for May 12th, 2017

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:

  • BMW 2 Series gets mid-life refresh

  • Porsche’s one-millionth 911

  • BMW 8 Series concept teaser and the 6er Coupe is axed

  • Honda Civic Si goes on sale tomorrow, priced at under $24K

  • Alfa Romeo prices Stelvio SUV

  • Assetto Corsa getting new “Ready to Race” car pack

  • What’s your automotive news?

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A Hoon’s Guide to Understanding BMW

Of all the car manufacturers in business today, few have a lineup as large and confusing as BMW. There was a time when the assortment of numbers and letters they used to identify their models followed sound logic and everything was easy to understand, but those days, for the most part, are long gone now.

Their North American lineup consists of more than two dozen different cars (including M variants) and with each comes an additional array of terminology that only makes it all more complicated to keep track of. Since I’m the only Hooniverse contributor who still loves them enough to understand it all, I figured I’d create this handy guide to the current BMW lineup so we can all git gud together.

After reading this, you’ll be able to interpret the numbers, letters, and monikers more effectively than you’ve ever cared to before. Now when someone tells you they bought a BMW 440i xDrive Gran Coupe with M Sport, you’ll know exactly what they’re driving and can accurately determine if they deserve to be slapped in the face.

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The News for May 5th, 2017

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:

  • Alpina details updated B4 S Bi-Turbo

  • Porsche sets a personal best with new 911 GT3 at the ‘Ring

  • Elon Musk sheds more light on upcoming Tesla semi truck

  • Kia builds one millionth Sorento in Georgia

  • What’s your automotive news?

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