darkside developments v10 tdi

This VW Touareg V10 TDI has been turned into an off-road beast

For some reason yesterday, the topic of the Touareg V10 TDI popped up in my world. I drove one once years ago, as it was the 2nd press vehicle to which I'd ever been given keys. It made an impact on my brain and I definitely still think about it ...
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Midland Radios MXT500

Midland Radios, MXT500 – Off The Road Again: Episode 104

Welcome back to the Off the Road Again podcast! We’ve missed you. The focus is on the off-road adventure but we also dabble in all things SUV, truck, van, maybe even some rally cars. Ross & Chris welcome Zak Al-Shawish to the show. Zak is a product manager with Midland Radios. Midland has CB, GMRS, weather radios, and more ...
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liwa hill climb racing

Dirt Hill Climb vehicles are insane

The Moreeb Dune in the United Arab Emirates has an incline of 50 degrees. It rises nearly 1,000 feet of the desert floor and runs almost a mile in width. It is the tallest dune in the UAE. That's why it's a hot spot of hill climb racing, where insane ...
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mercede-benz csl450

Review: 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS450 – Time to Evolve or Exit

Have you thought about the Mercedes-Benz CLS450 in a while? It's okay if you haven't. I'm curious if Mercedes itself is thinking about it. The vehicle as it sits today is totally fine. But when the rest of your lineup exists in or is moving towards a zone of stellar ...
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2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

Electric Trucks: Which one would work best for you?

The Rivian R1T is available for sale right now. Ford's all-electric Lightning is very nearly here. And the Chevrolet Silverado EV will land in showrooms sometime in the middle of 2023. If you were angling for electrified pickup action in your driveway, which one would you be choosing? Of the ...
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dashcam capture

Hooniverse Asks: Do you use a dashcam?

Over on the Hooniverse Podcast, we've been talking about dashcams recently. That's because my podcast co-host Ron Baugh randomly captured an amazing moment of karma. He was driving along in a convoy heading to SEMA when a driver in a car not related to the group chucked a cup of ...
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The News for January 7th, 2022

The News for January 7th, 2022

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. All of the big stories this week come from the Consumer Electronics Show, which means everything is EV news. But there are big players here ...
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Morgan Plus Four CX-T

The Morgan Plus Four CX-T seems stupidly brilliant

It's definitely a trend of the last few years to take a road car and set it up for off-road adventure. People have been doing that for decades, of course, but the idea of "safari-ing" a vehicle has certainly gained in popularity as of late. Even automakers are taking this ...
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ford gt40 racing at goodwood

Watch Mr. Le Mans go from 18th to 3rd in a Ford GT40

Tom Kristensen is known as Mr. Le Mans for good reason. The man has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans an amazing nine times. Of those wins, six were consecutive. Kristensen is the best driver to suit up and run Le Mans. So to say he knows what he's ...
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Hooniverse Podcast: Episode 314 - Happy? New Year!

Hooniverse Podcast: Episode 314 – Happy? New Year!

Ron and I consider what we enjoyed most in the automotive space in 2021. We reflect on the good while thinking about the future. There's also a look at some auction results, talk about a recent off-road video by Alan Ampudia on YouTube, and then a bunch of questions before ...
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mitsubishi montero grille repaint

Tony Montero: Let’s Refinish the Face

My 1991 Mitsubishi Montero needs a bit of love on its face. The grille and headlight surrounds are chipping and the black paint I sprayed a few years prior is fading. So I set out on an easy fix to help clean all that up. Yes, I will need to ...
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garage54 lada flip

Watch Garage54 flip their Lada on purpose

Garage54 is a glorious corner of the Internet. It's where a team of mad wrenches and fabricators in Russia attempt to do all sorts of stuff just to see if they can. From making wheels out of gears and using super glue as a head gasket to building an 8-wheeled ...
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Robby-DeGraff-AutoPacific-Off-The-Road-Again-Episode-103

Robby DeGraff, AutoPacific – Off The Road Again: Episode 103

Welcome back to the Off the Road Again podcast! We’ve missed you. The focus is on the off-road adventure but we also dabble in all things SUV, truck, and van, maybe even some rally cars. Ross and Chris welcome Robby DeGraff of AutoPacific back to the show. The guys discuss Hyundai's 2021 sales numbers, EVs, the Ford F-150 Lightning, and speculate ...
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Tesla: Simplified, with Added Lightness

Tesla: Simplified, with Added Lightness

The genius of Colin Chapman’s “Simplify, then add lightness” motto may not apply modern electric cars. For one, EVs tend to be heavy. Batteries and electric motors, while having beneficial packaging, are much heavier than conventional internal combustion drivetrains. They are also more complicated, if not intimidating, to those who ...
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marchal lights 7"

Hooniverse Asks: What’s a car part you want but do not need?

Sometimes a thing pops in my head and I can't get it out of there until I do something about it. Recently, that thing was the idea of having Marchal headlights or driving lights on one of my vehicles. This would be for the Jag, as I love the idea ...
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Paris-Dakar Rally History

Last Call: Dakar Classics have been off and running

The Dakar rally is in Saudia Arabia running through the desert landscape right now. You have the usual suspects of bikes, quads, monsterous trucks, and all sorts of buggies. There are some new electrified vehicles competing as well. But you also have the classic rally that takes place now too, ...
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