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Aston Martin Shows F1 Pride with Red Bull Racing Edition Vantage

Greg Kachadurian February 21, 2017 The News!

Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing have been enjoying an “innovation partnership” for the last few years, and quite frankly, so have we. While the once dominant F1 team isn’t racing with V12s and British Racing Green paint in competition (though it would be cool), their best minds did come together to create the AM-RB 001 which is still under development.

Today though, Aston Martin revealed the Red Bull Racing Edition V8 and V12 Vantage S to help cheer on their BFFs ahead of the 2017 F1 season. If you’re the kind of F1 fan that does a shoey every time Ricciardo wins, here’s your Aston.

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The News for February 17th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian February 17, 2017 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. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Ferrari replaces F12 with new V12-powered monster with appropriate name

  • Pagani reveals advanced Huayra Roadster after nearly 7 years of development

  • Jaguar adds new four cylinder engines, in-car fuel payments to 2018 models

  • McLaren confirms new engine and some performance data for new Super Series

  • Mitsubishi still hates fun and now hates our memories of fun cars they once made

  • Chevrolet Cruze diesel achieves impressive EPA numbers

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for February 10th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian February 10, 2017 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. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Nissan completes the Titan lineup with new King Cab models

  • Toyota adds TRD Sport packages to Sequoia & Tundra plus new RAV4 Adventure

  • Dodge celebrates 80 years of Mopar with hand-painted Challengers

  • Chevrolet prices the Colorado ZR2 at $40,995

  • Bollinger Motors sets the stage for the first electric truck

  • The new Ford Expedition, Elantra GT, and other news stories from the week

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Hyundai Embraces the Hatch with the New Elantra GT

Hyundai’s compact five door hatchback is getting completely redone for the 2018 model year in an effort to steal more sales from established class leaders like the Focus and Golf. That effort launches this summer with the all-new Elantra GT and Elantra GT Sport. This US-spec car is based on the i30 on sale now in Europe and brings with it a new level of refinement, improved driving dynamics, and a much prettier design. And for some reason, you can remotely start it with your Amazon Alexa.

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Ride Along with Jaguar’s Mike Hawthorne at Le Mans, 1956

As far as old school cool goes, it’s harder to get any cooler than a Jaguar D-Type at Le Mans. Some incredible footage was recently uncovered from Jaguar’s efforts at the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans, particularly the days leading up to it when most of the circuit was still open to local traffic. With cyclists and old French cars out and about, Jaguar sent out their 1955 Le Mans winner Mike Hawthorn in his D-Type to give a tour of the track at a much slower pace.

The legend is mic’d in and carries a camera on the car to give viewers of the period a glimpse at the new changes made to the fearsome track following the previous year’s disaster. For us, about 61 years in the future, it’s a chance to take in incredible views which simply don’t exist anymore.

[Source: DukeVideo on YouTube]

The Ford Expedition is Actually All New This Time

Greg Kachadurian February 8, 2017 The News!

The dinosaur in Ford’s lineup has been more or less untouched since 2007 when the third-generation landyacht first debuted. That was the last time we’ve seen an actually all-new Expedition, and that “new” face lifted model we saw a few years ago doesn’t count. But it did sort of pave the way for the more advanced fourth generation SUV we’re looking at here.

Ford’s new Expedition is more powerful, more efficient, more capable, lighter, and more spacious than it’s ever been. It’s coming to after school pick up lines near you this fall. Details after the jump.

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The News for February 3rd, 2017

Greg Kachadurian February 3, 2017 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. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Holden Special Vehicles sends off the Zeta platform with ZR1 power

  • Mercedes-AMG shows off E63 S Estate, the new king of the wagons

  • BMW 5 Series gets the Touring treatment, likely still won’t come to the US

  • McLaren partners with BMW for future powertrain development

  • McLaren shows off the new Super Series’ chassis control and drift mode

  • The Dodge Demon will come with a secret box filled with magic and wonder

  • What’s your automotive news?

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A Hoon’s-Eye View of the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona

The 55th 24 Hours of Daytona (or Rolex 24) is in the books and by now you probably already know about the winners, the new cars, and what to expect from the rest of the season. If you missed the results and analysis, we’ve got you covered here and here. Every good thing you heard about that race was all true, and I know because I was there and awake for about 21 hours of it.

It was my second trip to the Rolex 24 and my third visit to Daytona in the past year. Remember how I thought last year’s Rolex 24 was tough? That pales in comparison to how tough this year’s race was. The conditions that drivers, crew, and spectators were subject to made it an uphill battle to survive the twice-round-the-clock classic. Here’s a little taste of what it was like to attend this year’s race. Past the jump are plenty of shots showing off the stunning new field and none of the actual cold and misery we experienced.

[Images © 2017 Hooniverse/Greg Kachadurian]

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The News for January 27th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian January 27, 2017 The News!

2017 Ford GT

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:

  • Aston Martin adds a Volante option to the Vanquish S

  • Ford finally confirms the GT’s power, top speed, and more

  • Kia competitively prices the Niro hybrid crossover

  • Wal-Mart partners with CarSaver to sell cars through select stores

  • Subaru releases tiny picture to tease all-new Crosstrek

  • Dodge Demon will have factory drag radials and can do big burnouts

  • Hooniverse will be at the Rolex 24!

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Atlanta’s Caffeine and Octane Comes to The Velocity Channel

Caffeine and Octane, Atlanta’s very own monthly Sunday morning car show, is getting an eight episode series on The Velocity Channel starting February 19th. It’s a show that brings the diverse collection of cars, their wonderful owners, and their stories to the some 66 million households that had no choice but to buy the TV package which also gave them Velocity. The first trailer for Caffeine and Octane was released on Caffeine and Octane’s Facebook page last night and it looks like it’ll be a faithful representation of the car show I love dearly.

I’ve been going to Caffeine and Octane shows *almost* every month since late 2009, back when it was located in a relatively small shopping center with room for maybe a few hundred cars. Now it’s at Atlanta’s second-largest mall and there’s barely enough room for it. On a day with decent weather, they easily draw well around a thousand cars and thousands more visitors of all ages. And I guess it’s now officially the nation’s largest monthly car show, but it hasn’t lost its diversity or friendliness.

Some of my favorite builds from Caffeine and Octane have been featured here before, like the first and last customer-delivered Lexus LF-As, a Ford Escort RS Cosworth wearing a Martini livery, a Datsun 280ZX powered by an APU off a military aircraft, and that famous motorcycle that Chuck Beck built around a Lamborghini Espada’s V12.

If you want more of that, I highly recommend catching this series if you can. If you’re ever in the Atlanta area on the first Sunday of any given month, make time to visit Caffeine and Octane at Perimeter Mall. Otherwise, I guess this TV series will be the next best thing. It debuts on The Velocity Channel at 9:00 am on Sunday, February 19th.

[Source: Caffeine and Octane]





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