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We Will Be at the Houston Auto Show!

That’s right kiddos, we are going to H-town next week to cover the Houston Auto Show. I’ve been going to the show for several years now, and it has never disappointed. With Houston’s oil money, large market, and varying demographics, the Auto Show has always had a wide variety of OEMs showing their wares. So if you will be there, shout me out on twitter @PartyPat116. I should be there at least for Media day, and Friday.

What COTA Means to Me

Yes, I went out and got my favorite place in Austin immortalized on my left forearm. Some reactions have been super positive, some have been super negative, wondering if I was in an altered state of mind or wondering how long it will take for me to regret this. Sure, COTA looks like it might be having a few issues, and even if it’s not off right now, there will be a time where COTA might not be viable for FIA racing. But none of that matters, and none of that will affect the wonderful memories I have of the Circuit of The Americas. Let’s dive into this all together, shall we? … Continue Reading

HCOTY Nominee: 2013 Ferrari 458
The Pinnacle of Italian Natural Aspiration

Now, before I get started, yes, this is a supercar, yes, it is very expensive, but I would be lying if I said anything else was the most amazing car I drove this year. The new Miata was good, but this, the last naturally aspirated V8 Ferrari? Nothing can beat it, and since it has left us this year, we should celebrate it, and give it the credit that it rightfully has earned.  … Continue Reading

Formula Fun: The End, My One True Friend, The End

Patrick Hoffstetter December 10, 2015 Formula 1
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That’s it everyone, the season is over. The championship is done an dusted. We have our champion, and we have our standings two by two. For real, look at it. All the teammates are together in the top ten. But that paints a rather boring view of the year.

Watch a Daft Punk inspired Mercedes video, then join me after the jump.
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Xtreme Xperiences: A Real Experience

Patrick Hoffstetter December 7, 2015 Reviews

This past Friday, I had before me a car I had written off in my mind of never driving; the Ferrari 458. I was going to drive it around a local track here in Austin called Driveway, which you might remember from when I drove the new Miata. Now, I was here thanks to Xtreme Xperience, which is a service that allows people to buy laps in supercars, on real tracks, with real instructors. They position themselves as the real thing, so I had to figure out if it really deserved the Hooniverse stamp of approval.

[Disclaimer: Xtreme Xperience wanted me to come out and have the best experience I could, so they comped my drive, and gave me the full beans in terms of packages.]

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Chris Harris and the joy of Hypercars

Chris Harris took all three of the new Hypercars to Portimao circuit, with factory support, and battled them in the way we have been waiting for years for. Sit back, relax, and get reminded why we drool over these beautiful, exotic machines. … Continue Reading

The Porsche 944 is the cheapest 80’s hero car

Patrick Hoffstetter November 16, 2015 Project Cars

Last night I was in a foul mood. It was chilly, rainy, and I had a bug up my ass. I wanted to get out, get out of my apartment, get out of who I was in my head at that moment. I tried watching Kung Fury, a fun little 80’s send up that our very own Jeff Glucker had recommended on twitter.

That little 3o minute tribute to the 80’s, synth and kung fu had two really great standouts to me. The brilliant red Countach that was used as the hero car, and the amazing soundtrack of music that can only be called Outrun now. All of this had me thinking about what I could do.  … Continue Reading

Formula Fun: North American Wrap-up

Yes friends, it’s been a while. I want to say I’ve been gallivanting about doing fun stuff, but no, my grandfather passed away the week of the USGP. I only had a Friday at the track, and then a few days of taking a break from writing. I’m doing okay before you ask, and any sympathies are appreciated. But enough of that, we have had two crackers in North America, and I want to waste no time getting to them. … Continue Reading

Formula Fun: A Quick Chat With Graeme Lowdon

Looking back one year, the F1 team which was then known as Marussia was done for. The outfit had run out of money just one race after the tragic 2014 Japanese Grand Prix that ended up taking Jules Bianchi’s life. They ran one car in Sochi, and left the other ready to race as a tribute to Jules. Now they have even more to thank Jules for as they have come back this year, re-branded as Manor Grand Prix. While Marussia had missed last years USGP, Manor racing was here in full force, and with an American behind the wheel no less, causing a wave of enthusiasm that I haven’t seen for a long time.

With all of this unfolding in Austin, Manor Marussia CEO Graeme Lowdon was kind enough to sit down with me for a quick chat about the team, missing the end of last year, and looking towards the future of Manor. We sat down in the lobby of the Radisson hotel, with Manor personal all moving about and getting ready for the first day of running. … Continue Reading

Formula Fun: The Calm Before

There are things that we love here in Austin. Breakfast tacos, paying too much for organic food, and sitting in traffic. Ironically then, this towns embrace of F1 will always blow those who come into town away. Ever since 2012, this city has transformed itself for one week in the fall, with downtown becoming the center for F1 fans. The teams run about like busy bees, moving to and from appointments, all trying to make it known that yes, Formula One and its teams care about Texas, and they care about the US. We have built one of the best circuits in the world, in one of the best cities in the world, in the best country in the world. Let’s have a party everyone. … Continue Reading