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HG Performance’s 911 GT3 Street Cup… Perfecting Perfection

The Porsche 991 GT3 right out of the box is one of the best driving cars that money can buy. With such features as rear wheel steering and it’s phenomenal PDK gearbox the 991 GT3 is a car that most anybody can get into and drive at an incredibly rapid pace. This wasn’t always the case with Porsche 911’s as they have had some interesting handling characteristics for those who are ham-fisted. The 991 GT3 is a completely different animal from the Porsche’s of yesteryear. Driver confidence was high on the priority list and when the boffins in Stuttgart created this ultimate 911 they changed something about it. This generation of GT3 was simply too easy to drive fast diminishing the allure of a fully rewarding experience.

HG Performance and BBi Autosport solve this completely. What we have here is a 991 GT3 Street Cup. Much of the of the body has been replaced with Cup Car panels giving it a purposeful look. But it’s not all show and no go. By adding BBI’s Street Cup suspension with JRZ adjustable coil-overs, HRE wheels shod in Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo R’s this GT3 is bringing some serious levels of grip to both track and street. A mind power bump with an ECU recalibration and an Akrapovic exhaust, a roll cage with racing seats and harnesses round out what the intent of what this GT3 represents. A true street and track weapon that will outrun or chase down anything that comes in it’s path.

We headed to the mountains east of San Diego to see how incredible this modified GT3 performs. It bends minds and has me searching for how to get a Porsche in my life.

2016 HCOTY Nominee: The Keen Project Safari 911

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The decision to nominate one car from the varying amount of content out there on the interweb can never be an easy or simple one. Reflection is key, but what I’ve been thinking about over the last couple of weeks is that my nomination should be based solely on if it’s FUN.

Damn the purists and forget about all other outside judgments and modify your own car the way YOU want to. With the ridiculous bubble that is the air-cooled 911 market, if you were to tell a Porschefile that you were going to modify clean 1981 911 SC and turn it into rally car they’d tell you to get bent. The Keen Project Safari 911 isn’t about being the fastest out there, it was built as a fun stress reliever to get away from it all…and Leh Keen succeeded.

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2016 Camaro RS V6 Convertible- Is the V6 good enough?

When you think of the Chevrolet Camaro and the V6 you automatically think “penalty box,” but things have changed. Now with smaller displacement and, more importantly forced induction, the lower-tier powertrain options you used to get 10-15 years ago might just be considered the enthusiast’s choice. Still, the Camaro is still one of the last cars to offer a RWD-V8 layout with a manual transmission and that is certainly s good thing.

Living in California, I really enjoy open top motoring, but even higher on my list of priorities are good driving roads. I’ve traveled all over the globe and have enjoyed many different types of cars each with their own driving experiences. Convertibles seem to offer an experience that allows you to slow things down a bit and soak in your environment.

What happens when you are on a road where you wish to speed things up just a bit. We traveled from Southern California up to Big Sur to experience the Pacific Coast Highway with the latest Alpha platform Camaro Convertible to see if the V6 is good enough to really make you want one.

[Disclaimer: Chevrolet tossed me the keys to this Camaro for seven days with a full tank of fuel. I lathered up with sunblock and hit the road even though my head ended up getting sunburnt]

The 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo Is An Unassuming Enthusiast Car

Jason Connor October 14, 2016 Nissan Reviews, Reviews

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“It’s like a rental car with a turbo and a stick.” That’s how I described the 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo. Perhaps initially that’s not a completely fair statement to paste on the plucky Nissan but if you look at it from the “fun factor” perspective it makes sense. Rental cars allow for such care free driving style it’s a wonder that most make it past 20,000 miles. If it’s your own personal vehicle and you hold back ever so slightly it can still be hilarious fun.

Friend and colleague Manuel Carrillo absolutely fell in love with the Sentra SR Turbo and even claimed he had more fun in this than in the 2016 Shelby GT350R. I have since researched local insane asylums and plan on an intervention in the near future. In the meantime you can read Manuel’s crazy words here on CarBlog.

[Photo Credit: Manuel Carrillo III / Source: CarBlog]

 

Sampling the Shelby Mustang GT350R on the track

That legendary name.
Now it’s applied to the latest Ford Mustang, but this time it’s packing a flat-plane crank V8 that’s pushing out 526 horsepower. It’s almost more about the noise though, than it is the power… almost.

This is a glorious ode to the track-focused speed machine, and it just might be one of the greatest Ford products ever produced. We didn’t say *the* greatest… but it’s certainly on the list.

2016 Audi RS 7 Performance takes on Shift Sector

The Audi RS 7 is one of those cars that makes you rethink the laws of physics. Heavy cars such as the RS 7 accelerate with such demand you’d think each one is programmed from the factory to be a heist getaway vehicle. Audi Sport added “Performance” to the RS 7 nameplate, which adds even more character to this svelte sedan, but it now demands an even higher premium … and it’s totally worth each and every penny.

When originally thinking of the idea to test the new RS 7 Performance, Shift Sector immediately came to mind. First established in 2011, Shift Sector started as a group of enthusiasts wanting to run on an open runway, but it grew so quickly they had to move on to larger venues that could handle this increased demand. With numerous locations across the United States, we attended their Airstrip Attack in Coalinga, California.

So how did the RS 7 Performance stack up? Well, it broke some hearts and raised plenty of eyebrows. At the end of my time with it, though, I truly regretted having to give it back. Perhaps it should have been my getaway vehicle.

[Disclaimer: Audi tossed us the keys to the RS 7 with a full tank of gas that I expended in a most glorious manner.]

First Drive: 2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0T

It’s been over twenty years since the first release of the Kia Sportage. Since the mid 90’s, automotive market segments have become quite skewed. Gone are the days of the family wagon and the cross country trips to Wally World. Without question, crossovers are the hot ticket of desire with the majority of manufacturers due to the demands of consumers, and profits being high on their priority lists. Because of this you cannot fault anybody for making crossovers because they simply cannot sell enough of them.

Kia invited me to test the newest version of the Sportage in my lovely Southern California hometown of San Diego, to see how it stacks up in this highly competitive and saturated market.

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Cadillac ATS-V: A Better BMW

Yes, Jeff drove it on the race track already. That doesn’t show what it’s like to live with the new Cadillac ATS-V though, so I sucked it up and took on the task of playing with the car as a daily driver for a week. Short straw draw, but I’ll manage…

What Cadillac have created in the new ATS-V is essentially the vehicle that you’d expect BMW to be building if they’d continued existing after the E39 M5. Since they stopped making cars that people can enjoy we’ll have to live in this alternative universe and enjoy the absolutely excellent Cadillac ATS-V.

HCOTY Nomination: 1964 Honda S600 Hot Rod

Aptly described when featured on a webisode of Jay Leno’s Garage “From the more-brains-than-money club comes the car Matt Brown bought without an engine… and rebuilt expressly for California canyon carving.”

This really does peak my interest mainly for my love of vintage Japanese iron but also for working with something unique and not from a common built platform. I love this car, I feel it’s the epitome of what we are about here at Hooniverse. You find something abandoned and give it new life and go properly nuts by mounting a Honda motorcycle engine under the hood.

It’s deserving of our title as the 2015 Hooniversal Car Of The Year for our devotion to a love of all things with wheels and an engine, with this S600 having the heart of two wheels in the spirit of four.

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Everyday Driver Takes A Pilgrimage

“This is why we are going, because anytime you mention Germany to anybody vaguely interested in cars it’s drive fast on the Autobahn and go to the ring and here we are.” Friends of Hooniverse Todd Deeken and Paul Schmucker of Everyday Driver partook of something that’s on each and every enthusiasts bucket list and then some. Their recently released annual film Pilgrimage showcases some of the most amazing and beautiful European scenery both on and off track shot in stellar quality.

Over a five day period, they drive the Autobahn, the ‘Ring, and Spa. There are vehicles rented from RSR and then a dive into the madness of tuning magnate Gemballa.

Watching this film has me looking for reasons to plan my own pilgrimage next year.

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