The News for September 1st, 2017

Greg Kachadurian September 1, 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:

  • Bentley reveals sharper, more advanced Continental GT

  • Polestar does more with less with the new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestars

  • Porsche is still building the Cayenne

  • Cummins surprises with EV truck concept

  • Mercedes-AMG releases new image of Project One hypercar, sort of

  • Kia teases attractive new five-door hatchback

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Gridlife South 2017 – A Perfect Weekend at the Track

For the past three years, a new kind of motorsports festival has been rapidly gaining momentum and popularity within the car community. It’s called Gridlife and it’s a festival that combines road racing, drifting, car shows, and music into one long weekend at the track. After starting at a small track in the fields of Michigan three years ago, it expanded to the fast and grueling Road Atlanta last year.

That being my home track, I finally made time to go check it out during its second round in the Deep South last weekend to see if it could live up to all the hype. It did.

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Official Hooniversal Opinion: Drifting is Good

This past weekend was spent at the Gridlife South motorsport festival which hosted, among other wonderful things, dozens of drifters both professional and amateur. It was the first time I had ever seen [intentional] drifting in person and I got to witness it as a credentialed media “professional” stationed closer to the track than I had ever been before.

I think I speak for almost everyone on the Hooniverse team by officially declaring drifting to be good. Our friend Drift Idiot was right all along – it’s just plain good. I’ll briefly explain why with some pretty pictures.

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The News for August 25th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian August 25, 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:

  • From California to Portofino, Ferrari’s new open-top GT car is here

  • Ariel is set to produce EV supercar with a microturbine range extender… for real

  • Audi adopts a confusing new naming scheme to fix non-existent problem

  • Polestar will reportedly debut 600-hp coupe next month

  • Hyundai gives Santa Cruz pickup the green light for production

  • Other coverage from the week

  • Hooniverse will be at Gridlife South!

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Meet the New Benchmark: the 2018 BMW M5

Greg Kachadurian August 21, 2017 The News!

While Americans were staring into the sun, BMW unveiled a new generation of one of their brightest stars: the M5. The sixth-generation M5 is pretty much all new from the ground up and it takes the benchmark of performance sedans to new heights with some brand new tech, more power, and some additional weight savings measures. When it arrives in dealerships next spring, it’ll be hard to find a faster sedan.

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Acura ARX-05 Debuts in Monterey, Will Race in IMSA DPi Next Year

About a month ago, Acura announced their intentions of racing in IMSA’s DPI class next year during the 2018 WeatherTech Sports Car Championship season and beyond with Team Penske as their partner. Moments ago, the car that’s making it all happen was revealed in Pebble Beach. Say hello to the Acura ARX-05 prototype race car (pronounced A-R-X 5), the third manufacturer-supported prototype that’ll make up IMSA’s premiere motorsport class.

It will be a two car effort and both will make their competition debut at the 2018 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona with Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron sharing one of the cars. IMSA regulations for 2018 are still pending so they haven’t shared all technical details yet, but they’ve told us enough and shown enough to know this’ll be a serious contender.

Next year’s IMSA series just got a little bit more exciting.

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The News for August 18th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian August 18, 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:

  • Ford ’67 Heritage Edition honors GT40 MkIV’s Le Mans win

  • Infiniti Prototype 9 is a stunning “barn find” F1 car

  • Aston Martin confirms Speedster and Shooting Brake Vanquish Zagato

  • Chevrolet introduces new cheaper entry-level Tahoe

  • BMW teases new M5, will reveal it all on Monday

  • Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 competing in Vegas to Reno off-road race

  • Other coverage from the week

  • What’s your automotive news?

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BMW Concept Z4 Debuts at Pebble Beach

BMW has just unveiled the Concept Z4 on the pristine, oil-soaked lawns of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. We’re expecting to see an all-new Z4 roadster in production form within the next year or so and this design study offers up a preview of what’s to come. After selling the gorgeous E89 Z4 mostly unchanged since 2009, this new roadster will have a lot to live up to.

This debut also brings another hugely anticipated car one step closer to reality… but today we’re talking new Z4. It’s all design and philosophy talk today but I’ll clue you in on what we can expect powertrain-wise. Click past the jump for everything we [think we] know about it and for some hot takes from some of your contributors.

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2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in Pictures (Part 2)

Welcome to part two of my Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion coverage that’s only a year late. If you missed the first part where I explain why I’m just now posting some of the 2,300 photos I took during last year’s vintage racing gathering at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, I suggest starting there. The short story is it was inconvenient for me to go through them all at the time for life reasons, but with Monterey Car Week in full swing now, this is almost maybe kinda sorta just as good a time as any, probably.

But regardless if these shots are still relevant, the truth is historic racing is just plain cool. And if you happen to be in the area this week, chances are good you’ll see many of these same cars racing again this coming weekend. If museum-quality race cars from all eras and many disciplines being driven hard on track is your thing, you just might enjoy this selection of shots past the jump.

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2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in Pictures (Part 1)

At about this time last year, I was extremely fortunate to attend Monterey Car Week in California for a third time – a fortune I won’t be able to repeat this year, sadly. But with things gearing up later this week, I figured it would be the right time to finally post some of the “lost” shots I took from the one event that should be mandatory – the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

I’ve covered that incredible event before, but for the first time I had media credentials that let me get closer to the action on track at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. It was about the most fun I’ve ever had behind a camera, not least  because it was my first big outing with my new DSLR. They were some of the best shots I’ve ever taken, yet I never published more than a handful here on the ‘verse. Long story short, life got in the way. Big time. I simply lacked the time and energy to sort through thousands of photos and edit the ones I liked best. And by the time I did, Car Week had already been over for nearly a month.

But they’re almost relevant now that Car Week is in full swing again. If I can’t be there to cover it again, I can at least show off what was there last year (most of which will be there again this week) and maybe convince some of you in the area to go check it out.

The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is, in my humble and biased opinion, the best thing you can do in Monterey during Car Week. There’s history everywhere and it’s alive and in your face. The cars here are dream material and can be worth millions, yet they get thrashed around this track as if they were replaceable (which they sometimes aren’t). It’s simply the best.

I was there for three full days and took over 2,300 pictures, the best of which are past the jump and in a couple other posts coming this week. Enjoy.

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