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Watch and Listen as Formula 3000 Cars Take On a Hill Climb

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The hills are alive with the sound of 3000 cc’s.

Typically, you only see open wheel cars racing on finely paved tracks and the occasional street circuit. The same is true for Formula 3000 cars which have become accustomed to racing on some of the world’s finest circuits in various championships since the 80’s and were eclipsed only by Formula 1 at the time.

So what happens when they give up the perfectly smooth asphalt of a racing circuit and are unleashed on an Italian hill climb? What happens is madness. Lolas and Reynards powered by Cosworth, Judd, Renault, and Zytek engines go roaring through the hills at the hands of some fearless drivers while spectators stand within arm’s reach. The cars are more than a bit out of their comfort zone on the tight and bumpy roads but they’re still taking it impressively fast. It all makes for some spectacular driving and the sounds alone are worth clicking play for.

[Source: 19Bozzy92 via YouTube]

Ride Along in a McLaren P1 GTR at Catalunya – Like a Track Video in Fast Motion

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The McLaren P1 is one of the fastest road-going machines money can buy today, but the McLaren P1 GTR is one of the fastest track machines even more money can buy. The P1 GTR exists because McLaren wanted to know what the highly capable P1 could do if they no longer worried about highway safety rules and regulations and just built the fastest, most insane thing possible.

Along with the car comes a P1 GTR Driver Program which allows several lucky and/or brave souls to strap themselves into 986 horsepower and take on some of the world’s finest circuits under professional supervision. That kicked off a few weeks ago at Spain’s fabulous Circuit de Barcelona-Cataluyna with seven P1 GTRs and drivers in attendance. One of those drivers is Alexander West who, fortunately for us, has a YouTube channel freshly stocked with track footage from the program and others.

This video was shot from his Go Pro and shows what is basically a sped up lap of Catalunya. Seriously. If you read the digital speedo carefully on the front straight, you’ll see numbers akin to an F1 car. The car and driver are perfectly in tune and it’s a beautiful thing. He also has another video up which shows more angles and telemetry, but it’s in lower resolution. Both are worth checking out though just so you can appreciate how mental this car is.

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Thanks for the tip, Tom!

All the Best Rally Cars, One Corner, One Video

Kamil Kaluski October 20, 2015 Aural Pleasure

If you love cars, you must love, or at least respect, rally cars and rally drivers. Designed to meander through narrow town streets, gravel forest roads, and snow-covered mountains, these cars, their drivers and pilots endure more in one race than others do all season. Over the years we have seen everything from the iconic Group B, through EVOs and WRXs, to the more recent Volkswagens and Skodas. This video, taken around a hairpin at the 13th Rally Legend event in San Marino, shows all these fantastic classic rally cars in one place, at full hoon. Enjoy.

List of cars after the jump.

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Free Association Friday: Dig Me by King Crimson

Antti Kautonen October 9, 2015 Aural Pleasure


Have you encountered really, really Hooniworthy lyrics in your favorite music? I am quite sure, that these pages hold together a few fans of progressive rock, and King Crimson to be precise. The song “Dig Me” from 1984’s Three of a Perfect Pair is pretty close to a familiar mindset of mechanical sympathy.

Among some of the more easy listening pieces on that album, Dig Me is quite abrasive, but the lyrics are close to home.

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Goodwood FoS 2015: The Art Of Noise


Ladies and Gentlemen…. The Napier Railton. It is machinery like this which forms the very bedrock on which our total commitment to The Car is based. It’s only because of the work of clever chaps in oily overalls decades of years ago that Motorsport- and consequently fast cars- ever became a thing. We thank them.

We also thank Fiat, for building a car in 1911 with a 28.4 litre (1734 CID) four cylinder engine. And we collectively thank our chosen higher forces for the fact that we can see, hear, smell and feel their presence today.

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Relive the glory of Formula 1’s testing at Imola in 1994

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The San Marino Grand Prix of 1994 is known as one of the worst weekends in all of motorsport – certainly within Formula 1. That weekend (April 29 – May 1, 1994) earned its reputation with three horrific on-track accidents that claimed the lives of two drivers and nearly claimed a third. Rubens Barrichello miraculously survived his crash on Friday, but Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna – a promising driver in his first F1 season and a legend looking for his fourth championship, respectively – did not survive theirs on Saturday and Sunday.

But that’s history we’re all very [painfully] familiar with. For now, let’s rewind a bit back to March of 1994. It’s a full day of Formula 1 testing at Imola, which in about two months will host the San Marino Grand Prix. Most teams and drivers are in attendance and they didn’t go all the way there to drive easy. And it’s all caught on glorious 90’s VHS by Georg Metz, one of many spectators who were there to soak it all in.

The video quality is obviously bad by today’s standards, but the sounds are still captured clearly and you can see well enough to pick out Barrichello, Ratzenberger, and Senna. Towards the beginning of the film, you can even see Ratzenberger and Senna driving together – through the corner where Ratzenberger was killed, no less.

For pure Formula 1 action and the heavenly sounds of a Ferrari 412T1 dive bombing into Tosa, you’re going to want to set aside eight minutes to watch this. It’s hauntingly beautiful.

[Source: Georg Metz, YouTube]

How Japan does a hill climb, presented by Motorhead Magazine

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Japan’s Motorhead Magazine hosted their inaugural Motorhead Hill Climb event this year and they chose a beautiful stretch of mountain road to do it at.

The Mazda Turnpike, as it’s called, is a fast, demanding, and dangerous route that goes over the gorgeous Hakone mountain. For their first hill climb event, Motorhead Magazine managed to shut down eight kilometers of this road, making it the perfect place for the likes of a BMW Z4 Super GT race car and a Ford GT-40 to stretch its legs.

The event drew numerous cars, several of which are featured in an excellent video put together by the Motorhead crew. If you feel like watching some stunning cars tackle this incredible road with great views and spectacular driving along the way, this video is worth seven minutes of your time. This is how Japan does a hill climb.

[Source: japanmotorhead on YouTube]

Noise on Friday:- Goodwood Reloaded


Every now and again you’ll switch the TV on and, inevitably, the Simpsons is on. On UK channels this usually means a rerun of an episode you’ve seen many, many times before. We all know who shot Mr Burns. we all vividly remember Flanders losing his wife, and there’s no longer any mystery left in the strange night-time goings on in the forest, for which Mulder and Scully’s 2D dopplegangers were called in to investigate. Simpsons re-runs are one thing, and expect them on a daily basis, as sure as the rising of the moon at night. What we don’t like, though, is when a “new” episode is aired and it turns out to be yet another clip show. It is with this in mind that I publish this post, which is, in essence, a clip show. It’s not just an excuse for laziness, though, and it’s definitely not just filler because I couldn’t think of anything else to put out in the 13:30 slot.

The Goodwood Festival Of Speed occurred back in July this year and I was lucky enough to be your reporter-in-the-field. It’s now that time of year where I look back at what I’ve seen, done and experienced as I prepare to exit 2014, and Goodwood still figures strongly among the highlights. Since at 13:30 a number of you are probably enjoying your lunchbreak, join me after the jump, and turn your volume way up high.

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Goodwood 2014: The Actual Action. Audi Quattro Sport S1 Hillclimb. Etc.


The 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed finished on Sunday. But not here it didn’t! Hooniverse is going to keep on milking that sucker for all it’s worth.

Central to the appeal of the FOS is the actual hillclimb run found at its geographical centre. It’s along this 1.1 mile tarmac ribbon that some of the all time greats of motoring history are given the chance to strut their mechanical stuff, to the cheers and applause of a grateful gasoline-veined audience. So far, my coverage of this event has been found somewhat wanting in terms of actual footage of the good stuff.

Thankfully, regular contributor and serious fan of fast-moving metal Jason Connor has my back on this. While I’ve been fruitlessly pointing my DSLR at cars on totally inappropriate shutter settings, trying in vain to get a shot as they roar past, Jason has been studiously editing the live stream from Goodwood, slicing it into manageable portions. Step past the jump to enjoy the Audi Sport Quattro being ragged senseless by Hannu Mikkola.

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Goodwood 2014: More Sunday Noise- ’97 Penske Mercedes PC26


Well, it’s 14:00 Stateside, and this will be my final post for this afternoon. I hope that Hooniverse’s coverage of the Goodwood Festival Of Speed in little old England has been to your liking. Those of you who have enjoyed it will be pleased to know that there will be a veritable deluge of FOS posts during the week as I wade through the various photos and videos that I’ve collected over the weekend and try and string a few descriptive sentences together. Those of you who have hated every single minute of the whole affair will be mortified to hear the same thing.

As a parting gesture, I thought I’d share a properly transatlantic racer with you; built in England, raced in America, powered by Germany and making a right old racket right up in your grill. After the jump.

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