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Video: The Last Dodge Viper

Ask the right people, the racers, the track junkies, the people who have driven many and know much. Ask them what is one of the best track cars on the market and many will tell you it’s the Dodge Viper ACR Coupe. With its 645hp V10 engine, reduced weight, stiff adjustable suspension, carbon ceramic brakes, and crazy aerodynamics, it’s pretty much a GT car with a VIN number and a license plate bracket. 

But unfortunately 2017 is the last year for this beast of a car. FCA is unceremoniously killing it and replacing it with an overweight drag car as their halo car. And that’s a damn shame because there won’t be another one like it, ever. To celebrate the end of this era, Pennzoil created automotive porn video featuring the Viper in all its fire-spitting and tire-smoking glory. Enjoy. 

2017 New York International Auto Show – Hooniverse Coverage

The 2017 New York Auto Show is upon us. Much like the Los Angeles International Auto Show, this is the one we always cover, mostly because some of us live close to it. Ross Ballot and I will be there, covering it. Ross will man the Official Hooniverse Instagram account and I will be managing Facebook and @TheHooniverse Twitter accounts, if I can remember the password. After the show, probably on Thursday or Friday, we will have our typical opinion post on all the new cars from the show. 

The show opens to the public on Friday, April 14th. 

Here’s what to expect from the show…

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2017 Honda Civic Si – 205hp, 192lb-ft, 6-speed, LSD, y0!

Kamil Kaluski April 6, 2017 The News!

The new Civic Type R is the big news for Civic fan boys and girls in North America. But the Type R won’t be a vehicle for everyone. It will be relatively pricey and sold in fewer numbers. Mostly, it will be an overkill for those who are realistic about their track driving aspirations but still want a fun and functional commuter vehicle. Enter the Civic Si – less powerful than the Type R, but still fun, and less expensive. It fills the performance gap between the top conventional Civic and the Type R. 

Power aside, the biggest difference between the Type R and the Si is in the available body styles. The Type R is strictly a five-door hatchback whereas the Si will come in two-door coupe (given the amount of four-door coupes these days, I felt like this needed to be specified) and a four-door sedan versions. 

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Video: Time Lapse Automatic Transmission Rebuild

Confession: I only vaguely understand how automatic transmissions work. It’s a box with gears and stuff that should never be messed with. I don’t know what’s actually going on with all those gears or how the shifter changes them. Automatics are like black boxes of mystery – the engine spins, shaft goes in, some magical fluid, PRNDL, shaft goes out, wheels spin. 

But there are people who do understand theses things. Here is a time-lapse video of an old Thunderbird automatic transmission overhaul. After you watch you will be able to confidently rebuild your own 9-speed automatic transmission out of your 2016 all-wheel-drive vehicle. They’re all the same, really.  

Different Kind of Russian Dash Cam Video

The common use of dashboard-mounted cameras in Russia has generated some amazing videos over the years. Most of those videos are of accidents, bad people doing bad things, and stupid people doing stupid things. It’s rather unfortunate as it gives the world a very skewed perception of Russia.

This video is different. There are no wrecks, no fights, and no idiots. Instead it shows humanity and compassion.

Crazy, right? Watch and enjoy. 

2017 Moab Easter Jeep Safari Concepts

Kamil Kaluski March 30, 2017 The News!

It has become a tradition that each year Jeep shows off a series of really cool concept cars Jeeps at the Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari. This year, for the 51st safari, Jeep introduced seven new (or six new and one resto-moded) concepts:

  • Jeep Grand One celebrates the 25th anniversary of the 1993 Grand Cherokee ZJ
  • Jeep Safari delivers optimal views for all passengers while providing protection from the elements
  • Jeep Quicksand is a hot rod-inspired Wrangler built for sand dunes
  • Jeep Trailpass delivers Compass Trailhawk capability with added utility and cargo
  • Jeep Switchback boasts added capability with 4-inch lift kit, 37-inch tires and Dana 44 axles
  • Jeep CJ66 makes its Moab debut, fusing a trio of vehicle generations and fueled by a Mopar 345 Crate HEMI® Engine Kit
  • Jeep Luminator delivers the ultimate in lighting performance

Pay close attention to some of the Wranglers. The Quicksand and Safari both look like they have the grill from the upcoming JL generation of Wranglers

We covered these concepts in 2015, 2016, and most of the Jeep concepts in years prior. What we always admired about these concepts is that they utilize a lot of factory parts, are fully functional, and in many cases can be replicated by an average idiot. Hit the jump for full details on each of the concepts. 

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24 Hours of Lemons Buick will race again!

The Park Bench Racing Team (PBRT) will be back in action this May at the The Real Hoopties of New Jersey race taking place at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Milli-Vanilli-ville, New Joyzee. Our continually evolving and always improving ’02 Buick Regal “race car” is the same it has always been, because it’s difficult to improve on perfection. We therefore expect the same perfect mediocre performance and promising but always somewhat disappointing, at least trophy-free, result. 

Our team captain is the awesome guy named Andy, who you’d know only if you ever met him. He’s got his shit together and really runs the team. Then there is Rafal, our fastest driver, who is very handy and quickly solves our constant problems, but best communicates with his hands and grunting noises. Then there is me, the guy who takes pictures and bribes the judges with food. A new addition to the team for this race is rookie George Kennedy who is an automotive journalist (Boston Globe, Boldride, Autoblog, US News, CarGurus, etc), which means he will probably be a shity driver and bound to make a visit or ten to the penalty box. 

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Pornhub will plow you for free in Boston and New Jersey

According to the Boston Magazine, the porn website Pornhub.com (we’ve never heard of it) will assist anyone who “wants to get plowed” free or charge. The company is sending out more than a dozen PornHub branded plow trucks to plow anyone who wants, or needs to, get plowed. 

Pornhub Vice President Corey Price told Boston Magazine:

“The Pornhub team understands that by this time of year, most cities have run up their budget in snow removal, and we thought we’d lend a hand in getting our fans plowed.”

Isn’t that sweet of him. The company says that it will be plowing the streets and small business lots on demand, but they won’t plow private driveways. If you want to get plowed in the Boston area send an email to phubplows@gmail.com.

Apparently this is real. Pornhub had similar promotions in the past where they gave America wood by planing trees and breast cancer awareness where profits from certain browsing categories on the website were donated.

We will be out on the streets on Boston today watching for these trucks.  

Thanks for tip, Craig

Quick Pic: Overlanding in a Land Cruiser

Kamil Kaluski March 10, 2017 Quick Pics

FJ Summit is sort of like a car meet except that they don’t meet up in a mall parking lot and take pictures. Instead they drive their various Toyotas over mountain passes and take pictures. The results are much better than the typical Icy Hot Stuntaz. Check out the gallery on OutsideOnline.com

If you are interested in doing something like that, you can join our own Russ Ross Ballott at FJ Northeastern’s 10th annual Northeast Run at Rausch Creek Off-Road Park on April 28th to April 30th. It’s no Colorado but few things are. 

Review: 2017 Acura MDX Advance

I was loading up this MDX for a family ski weekend trip when I received a text message from a friend. The message consisted of just two pictures; a loaded Toyota Highlander and an identical Acura MDX into which I was just trying to squeeze more stuff than anyone should be brining for a weekend.

“I’m on the fence… what to do, what to do? Volvo tranny will die within a few days and I have analysis paralysis on what to buy” my high school friend asked.

“Get a Pilot. The MDX is too small. I’m literally loaded up to the roof for a ski weekend” was my quick response to which I attached the below picture.  

Yes, the Acura MDX is a smaller small three-row SUV than most but after a weekend and 500 miles I learned that the size is really its only downside. And it is not necessarily a downside, either.

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