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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!

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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:

  • 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]

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]