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The News for August 4th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian August 4, 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:

  • Aston Martin shows off new Vantage (sort of)

  • Toyota and Mazda enter new business and capital alliance

  • BMW confirms Z4 concept will debut at Pebble Beach

  • Nissan gives us another early glimpse at the LEAF

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Project Car SOTU 2017: Hoon Truck Jr.

[Working project title]

It’s barely been two months since I took ownership of the 2002 Ford F-150 I call a childhood hero, so this isn’t going to be as big of a Project Car State of the Union update as some of the other guys here will have. I formally introduced it back in June and covered the 3,300+ mile trip to get it from California to its new home in Georgia, so I recommend starting there if you missed it.

The truth is this truck was maintained very well by its previous owner, my grandfather, and I knew exactly what I was getting as I already had thousands of miles of experience across fifteen years with it. But it’s still a fifteen-year-old truck and not everything is perfect. For its first appearance in our annual PCSOTU, there are a couple of issues I managed to get ironed out and some plans for the future.

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The News for July 28th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian July 28, 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:

  • Rolls-Royce reveals all-new Phantom

  • Mercedes-AMG takes on GT4 customer racing

  • Ford confirms more power, quicker acceleration for 2018 Mustang

  • Acura opens up order books for NSX GT3 race car globally

  • Crowd-funded Viper ACR effort sets first quick ‘Ring time

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for July 21st, 2017

Greg Kachadurian July 21, 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:

  • Lotus reveals most powerful, fastest Evora ever – again

  • Buick is bringing back the Regal GS with 310 hp

  • Ford creates pursuit-rated F-150 Police Responder

  • BMW posts successful first test with M8 GTE

  • Honda reportedly files patents for new roofless sports car

  • Buick cuts 2018 Regal pricing by $2K over the previous car

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for July 14th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian July 14, 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:

  • Honda reveals all-new Accord, rebuilt from ground up

  • Hyundai finally shows i30 N, their first serious performance car

  • Jaguar E-Pace debuts with a barrel roll for some reason

  • Ford brings back the Pony Package to 2018 EcoBoost Mustang

  • JAS Motorsport will take the Civic Type-R touring car racing

  • Gran Turismo Sport will probably maybe launch this October, possibly

  • With Dodge Viper production ending, its assembly plant will close

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Aston Martin Valkyrie – A New Era of Hypercars is Almost Here

Greg Kachadurian July 12, 2017 The News!

You know that one friend of yours who would always have these crazy ideas that you didn’t think they’d ever be able to follow through with? And then one day you find out they were actually being serious? That’s basically what Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing are in the process of doing right now.

What started as the AM-RB 001 and a concept sketch last year has evolved has into nearly complete car that’s every bit as insane as promised. Aston Martin has been pretty open about the development process and they’ve just given us the best look yet at a car that’s about to rewrite the rule book. In this update, a mostly complete interior is shown for the first time and a 95% complete exterior gets detailed.

Normally when concepts get closer to production as the Valkyrie is they get less exciting and more “mainstream”, but the exact opposite is true here. And yes, this is a real production-bound car that’ll be street legal.

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The News for July 7th, 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:

  • Ford reveals custom F-22 Raptor-“inspired” F-150 Raptor for charity

  • Dodge confirms Durango SRT pricing and Q4 delivery dates

  • Volvo commits to electrifying entire lineup by 2019

  • Tesla is finally starting Model 3 production this week

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for June 30th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian June 30, 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:

  • Aston Martin adds crazy AMR Pro kit for the already crazy Vulcan

  • UPDATE: Porsche finally admits 911 GT2 RS exists, talks details

  • Dodge fixes Challenger Hellcat’s grip issues with the Demon’s widebody kit

  • BMW unveils 2018 X3 for some reason

  • Honda rolls out big updates to 2018 Fit

  • Plus other coverage from the week

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Saving Memories – My Coast-to-Coast Drive with an F-150

It’s the most ordinary and least exciting thing I could have possibly gotten, but what led me to buy this 2002 Ford F-150 in California and drive it across the country was pure sentimentality above all else. Ford sold millions of these tenth-generation F-150s and there’s almost as many of them here in Georgia as there are Waffle Houses, so what was worth saving about this one Estate Green SuperCrew XLT located on the other side of the country?

Memories. It was bought new by my grandfather and then lent to us every summer when we flew out west to see family, so over the course of fifteen years we have several thousands of miles’ worth of memories and experiences in that truck. When it wasn’t needed anymore, I was given an opportunity to buy something I’ve loved since I was a kid and given an excuse to drive coast-to-coast to get it back.

Yes, there were easier ways to get it here and no, I don’t really need it. But logic be damned, I was getting it home.

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Jaguar XE SV Project 8 – A True Super Sedan

Greg Kachadurian June 28, 2017 The News!

When Jaguar announced a new XE-based project from their Special Vehicle Operation (SVO) division with the promise of it being the most powerful, agile, and extreme road car they’ve ever built, they had our curiosity. Following yesterday’s full reveal with all the glorious details, they now have our attention.

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is Jaguar’s second SVO project (the first being the spectacular F-Type Project 7) and it takes the brand into the exciting world of super sedans for the first time with a 200 mph, 592-horsepower, all-wheel-drive beast. During the transition from standard Jaguar XE luxury sedan to record-breaking Project 8, SVO leveraged the standard car’s strong underpinnings and lightweight aluminum construction to produce an “extreme performance sports car with no compromise”.

There’s a lot to talk about here and it’s all good.

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