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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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A Rare BMW M3 CRT Can Be Yours… For Only $299,500

An interesting BMW popped up for sale on duPont Registry yesterday and even this unabashed BMW enthusiast finds the asking price a bit perplexing. It’s a 2013 BMW M3 CRT, one of only 67 ever built and one of two in the United States. “CRT” stands for Carbon Racing Technology, a name which succinctly describes this car’s contribution to the future of BMW.

It was a technical exercise which debuted a more extensive use of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in areas like the hood, seat backs, and air-channeling front apron for the first time in a production BMW road car. It also gave them a chance to experiment and perfect the manufacturing process for the material that ultimately allowed for an even greater use of CFRP in the i3, i8, and the new 7 Series. It wasn’t until the M4 GTS debuted four years later with a CFRP hood, seat backs, and aero elements that we saw a similar application of CFRP in an M car.

It was undoubtedly ahead of its time… but are we really doing ~$300,000 E9X M3s now? Really?

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The News for April 28th, 2017

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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:

  • BMW doubles down on high-performance diesels with new M550d

  • Nismo launches part reproduction program for R32 Skylines, eventually others

  • Honda recaptures FWD Nürburgring record with new Type-R

  • Jaguar teaser proves existence of new XF Sportbrake (wagon)

  • What’s your automotive news?

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2017 Classic Motorsports Mitty Highlights (Part 2)

Welcome to part 2 of the 2017 Classic Motorsports Mitty recap, where we dive into the rest of the classic race cars that flocked to Road Atlanta last weekend and weren’t already covered in the Porsche-only recap from yesterday. Porsche was the featured marque of the race but another 200 cars or so were welcomed to the paddock.

The Mitty is perhaps the south east’s biggest motorsports reunion and it draws in some of the best classic race cars from the country. Everything from Datsun 510s and BMW 2002s to a Lola Bo7/18 and a Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo (which is in fact the one spitting fire above) got the chance to tackle Road Atlanta last weekend, so here’s around 40 of the best cars for your viewing pleasure.

Click past the jump to see what makes The Mitty an event you can’t miss. I’ll keep my talking to a minimum, as is preferred by everyone. As always, full resolution photos and about a hundred bonus shots are on my Flickr.

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2017 Classic Motorsports Mitty – The Best of Porsche

The 40th annual Classic Motorsports Mitty stormed into Road Atlanta this past weekend with around 300 classic race cars from around the country and from nearly every era. It was a beautiful show for fans who got a rare opportunity to see some of motorsport’s most legendary cars take to the track again years after retiring from professional competition.

Porsche was named the featured marque of The Mitty, so just over 100 Porsches of all ages were woken up for a fun weekend at track. There’s so much to cover from this event that I’ll be doing a two-part recap on the best of The Mitty, and since Porsche was the marque of honor I’ll start with them. Stay tuned for the second part tomorrow.

[All images © 2017 Hooniverse/Greg Kachadurian – full sizes and extras on Flickr]

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