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The News for July 15th, 2016

Greg Kachadurian July 15, 2016 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. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Ford reveals one-off tribute to the “Ole Yeller” P-51D and its famous pilot

  • Hyundai gives the Elantra a proper sport model

  • Aston Martin Q and a dealer celebrate 80 years of the Spitfire

  • Mazda enhances driving dynamics for the 2017 Mazda3

  • Ford GT plus wind tunnel equals eye candy

  • Leaked documents show dealers need $30k+ investment to service GTs

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for July 8th, 2016

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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. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing reveal the hypercar of the future

  • Ferrari TheFerrari roadster confirmed

  • Nissan Pathfinder receives substantial updates for 2017 model year

  • What’s your automotive news? [UPDATE: GTXcellent FINALLY GOT IT!]

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The News for July 1st, 2016

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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. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Porsche’s four-door 911 is all-new for 2017

  • Ford honors the car that shouldn’t have won Le Mans in ’66

  • Special edition Vipers sell out, Dodge adds more

  • Tesla driver killed while operating in Autopilot mode

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for June 24th, 2016

Greg Kachadurian June 24, 2016 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. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • I made a Volvo S90 as the lead image again because R-Design

  • Dodge prepares to say goodbye to the Viper after 25 years

  • Aston Martin confirms the Vanquish Zagato for limited production

  • This week in crazy: Lanzante is making a road legal McLaren P1 GTR

  • Update: Mercedes reveals hardcore AMG GT R

  • What’s your automotive news?

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History repeats itself at Le Mans

Ford GT wins class at 24 Hours of Le Mans

50 years ago, Ford won the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the GT40 and a 1-2-3 podium sweep. It’s been called one of the biggest motorsports success stories of all time and it was one of four consecutive victories they would go on to claim. Everyone wondered if Ford could relive that glory when they revealed the new GT and promised to fight for a Le Mans win again, albeit in a different class this time. 50 years to the day after their first victory in 1966, they’ve won it again. It wasn’t a perfect win and it wasn’t without controversy, but holy hell they’ve done it.

[Image source: Ford]

Porsche will return to sim racing with Assetto Corsa

This is really happening. Porsche is returning to sim racing! For real!

This is a big deal because for the last decade or so, Porsche has been locked in a licensing deal with EA Games granting them near exclusive use of the legendary brand in racing games. The now infamous deal is the reason why you needed to pay extra to drive Porsches in Forza Motorsport and why Gran Turismo has never featured them. For a long time, you could only drive a digital Porsche through a Need for Speed game or one of the million mobile phone games EA dumps into the app store, neither of which are really designed to be simulators with detailed driving models and physics.

Porsche fans lost out on a chance to experience the brand in other well-established (and often better) racing titles, Porsche themselves lost out on plenty of exposure to younger fans, and really only EA Games – once voted as the worst company in the world – benefited from it. This IGN article does a good job of explaining the deal, if you’re interested.

That’s all about to change. Today, Kunos Simulazioni and 505 Games made the announcement which many gamers didn’t think would be seen in our lifetime. Two DLC packs headed to PC and console releases of Assetto Corsa will contain various Porsche road and race cars and should drop this autumn. While no car list is confirmed yet, the video trailer they released hints at a lot of wonderful machinery. Using manufacturer b-rolls, we can guess that everything from the Boxster GTS to the 918 and the 935 to the 919 will be included. Should these all be confirmed somewhere down the line, it’s sure to be one of the best additions yet to an already wonderful racing title.

Even if you don’t play Assetto Corsa, this should still great news for fans of other titles. Rumors around that licensing deal suggested it would expire this year. With Kunos and 505 Games, devs and publishers with nowhere near the kind of budget dedicated to Gran Turismo or Forza, being able to secure this license, it could mean other franchises will have an easier time adding one of the most requested car brands to their games as well. Everyone wins. Except Ruf.

[Source: YouTube]

The News for June 17th, 2016

Greg Kachadurian June 17, 2016 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. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Rolls-Royce concept shows a future where you can’t drive your Rolls-Royce

  • Mini concept shows a future where you can drive other people’s Mini

  • Subaru cranks out a new special edition BRZ called the Series.Yellow

  • Aston Martin using Goodwood FoS for dynamic DB11 debut

  • Omix-ADA hosting inaugural Jeep Heritage Expo this July

  • Forza Horizon 3 revealed – it’s bigger than ever

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for June 10th, 2016

Greg Kachadurian June 10, 2016 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. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • McLaren goes crazy with carbon fiber on the 675LT Spider

  • Audi reveals all-new A5 and S5 Coupe

  • Volvo’s Polestar performance package revealed for S90 and V90

  • Ford Fusion Sport confirmed to nearly be the Fusion RS we wanted

  • BMW builds a new 3 Series GT, analysts predict they’ll sell four units

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for June 3rd, 2016

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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. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. It’s a bit more upper class than usual today… This week:

  • A new “Professional” G-Class proves they can exist without chrome

  • Ferrari builds a one-off 458 Speciale for one insanely rich enthusiast

  • Nissan prices 2017 GT-R; new refinements don’t come cheap

  • It’s happening – BMW trademarks 8 Series model designations

  • Lineup for this year’s prestigious Quail Motorsports Gathering confirmed

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Watch and listen as the Judd-powered SLK340 annihilates a hill climb

Europeans host some of the most fascinating hill climb events in the world. The routes organizers pick for these events are stellar, but the machinery that competitors turn up with are what really make them stand out. One of the newest creations that recently made its first debut is Team Meisel Motorsport’s “SLK340”, a purpose-built, Judd-powered monster of a hill climb car with the body of a Mercedes-Benz SLK roadster. The team fielding the car is very experienced in the art of hill climb, but this is the first run with the new car that was recorded by the pros at HillClimbFans.

The results are pretty spectacular. It runs with a 3.4-liter Judd V8 capable of producing just over 600 horsepower at up to 11,000 RPM and the rate at which this thing moves up a tight mountain road is incredible. What makes the SLK340 really memorable is that engine. It’s my favorite engine on the planet partly because of the specs but mostly because of the ear-splitting sound it produces. Enjoy a solid three-and-a-half minutes of aural pleasure in the professionally shot clip above from HillClimbFans, who in my unbiased opinion, have one of the best motorsport channels on YouTube.

If you crave more Judd V8 goodness (couldn’t blame you), also check out the late great Georg Plasa’s 134 Judd in action here. It runs the same engine and I can guarantee it’ll make a hill climb fan out of you, or at the very least make you join me in praising Judd’s 3.4-liter V8 as the best engine in the world.

[Source: HillClimbFans, www.SLK340.com]





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