Articles2018-11-30T20:04:55+00:00
Michelin and Gran Turismo  partner up and it’s kind of a big deal

Michelin and Gran Turismo partner up and it’s kind of a big deal

The Gran Turismo videogame needs no introduction. It’s been around for over twenty years in various different formats. It went from being a car-modding game to driver educating simulator. It created the GT Academy which turned gamers into real world racers. In 2018 the FIA Gran Turismo Championship was created ...
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The News for August 23rd, 2019

Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. This week, Porsche details a remarkable endurance run with the Taycan and shows off its interior, Hyundai teases a hotter version of the i30 N, Aston Martin begins ...
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Hooniverse Asks: What is the best silly useful interior feature?

Hooniverse Asks: What is the best silly useful interior feature?

The new Volvo XC40, like other Volvos, has a very thoughtfully designed interior. But unlike the other ones, Volvo has decided to add a silly little trash bin to the XC40. It is located in front of the center armrest/console. It's almost indistinguishable and just looks like part of the ...
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Review: 2019 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design - Your bimmer replacement is here

Review: 2019 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design – Your bimmer replacement is here

Why is it so challenging to design a sedan that, in no particular order, is: good looking, safe, comfortable, well made, sporty, attainable, and functional? If that is something that all automakers aspire to, why do so many of them fall flat on their face? Is it really that challenging? ...
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Counterpoint: The new Audi RS6 looks properly wicked

Counterpoint: The new Audi RS6 looks properly wicked

Rejoice ye of longroof faith. For your forbidden king has been granted reprieve in the kingdom of crossovervania. Wagon Wednesday: The new Audi RS6 Avant is here The 2020 Audi RS6 Avant is coming to America. Kamil already told you about the numbers. I'm here to tell you that he's ...
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Wagon Wednesday: The new Audi RS6 Avant is here

Wagon Wednesday: The new Audi RS6 Avant is here

We've been drooling over it for decades - the uber wagon; the Audi RS6 Avant. Now, in a shock to everyone, in the height of the SUV craze, Audi says that, yea sure, they will sell us a 591-horsepower station wagon. * checks date - not April 1st * Seriously? ...
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A descent into Bill Caswell madness: The BMW 750SWB project

A descent into Bill Caswell madness: The BMW 750SWB project

Bill Caswell is a mad man. He's our kind of mad man though, because his constantly firing brain is always scheming and planning vehicular adventure. His latest bit of insanity could be excellent, if he pulls it off. Caswell is taking a BMW 750 and turning it into a two-door ...
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24 Hours of LeMons – Thunderhill: The Ranchero rides again

24 Hours of LeMons – Thunderhill: The Ranchero rides again

We're back, and we've brought *another* old Ford Ranchero. The 24 Hours of LeMons at Thunderhill is a crazy event. Mostly because it takes place over five miles of race circuit. This race runs the full configuration at Thunderhill. If something happens on the backside, it's going to be awhile ...
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Hooniverse Asks: What do you want to ask Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of Gran Turismo?

Hooniverse Asks: What do you want to ask Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of Gran Turismo?

Later this week I will have an opportunity to chat with Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of Gran Turismo videogame series. This is really something special for me as Gran Turismo is really the only videogame I play at any extent. I have had every generation of the game and I have almost competed ...
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1939 "Porsche" Type 64 fails to find buyer at auction

1939 “Porsche” Type 64 fails to find buyer at auction

The automaker Porsche was keeping well away from this one. RM Sotheby's was excited to move this one. Too excited, it seems, as the auctioneer spouted out figures that weren't real. Bloomberg's Hannah Elliott recounts the frenzy of folks anticipating a wild auction result before seeing the room deflated with ...
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Acura Type S Concept

The News for August 16th, 2019

Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. This week, Acura stuns with the Type S Concept, Shelby GT500 tech starts sharing hardware with the GT350R, Dodge celebrates 50 years of the Charger Daytona, Ford ...
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Hooniverse Asks: Do you care about Monterey Car Week?

Hooniverse Asks: Do you care about Monterey Car Week?

We all used to call it simple Pebble Beach, or even just Pebble. That refers to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, which takes place over a Sunday during the latter half of August. This event has expanded though, and it now encompasses a number of events that unfold over the ...
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Let the sounds of this McLaren F1 LM wake you up

Let the sounds of this McLaren F1 LM wake you up

This car is one of only six McLaren F1 examples built to what's called LM-spec. The LM stands for Le Mans, and these cars serve to honor mighty F1 GTR race cars. Of those six, just two were made legal for road duty. The other four are track-only beasts locked ...
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Hooniverse Asks: How much will the original Bullitt Mustang fetch at auction?

Hooniverse Asks: How much will the original Bullitt Mustang fetch at auction?

When you send a desirable muscle car to auction, it attracts attention. Make it an iconic machine from a film with a much lauded chase scene, and more eyes cast their gaze. Attach Steve McQueen's name to the car, and the sky is now the limit with respect to pre-auction ...
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Podcast: Episode 300 – Is this it? [w/ guest Derek Gibbs]

Podcast: Episode 300 – Is this it? [w/ guest Derek Gibbs]

We've hit 300. This is a major milestone for this podcast, and it's the perfect number for us to take a pause. Our guest this week is Reel Big Fish bassist and car lover Derek Gibbs. We recorded this episode live at Four Sons Brewery in Huntington Beach, CA.  ...
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How The Five Liter Mustang Craze Was Born

How The Five Liter Mustang Craze Was Born

This one is funny, because not only did I know all the players, some were and some still are friends. Back in 1987, there was this crazy car magazine, kind of underground called Cars Illustrated. It was everything Hot Rod and Car Craft was not. Cars Illustrated was about low ...
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