The News for April 5th, 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: McLaren teases a new Grand Tourer, Chevrolet shows off their Indy 500 pace car, new Mustang rumors are swirling, and other news from the week.

McLaren Teases New “Grand Tourer”

McLaren Grand Tourer 1

Apparently McLaren had announced the “McLaren of Grand Tourers” at last month’s Geneva Motor Show. I had missed it completely amongst all the other supercar news coming out at the time. For those of you who didn’t miss it, you haven’t had to wait very long to see it. McLaren is already showing us a fairly revealing teaser and a promise that they’ll “begin to peel off this disguise this May”.

Even with the camouflage, it’s easy to tell that this is going to be quite the looker. It also seems to be just different-looking enough from other McLarens that it won’t get stale.

The details are nearly nonexistent at this point, but we do know it’ll be the first McLaren to ever use a twin-turbo V8 (/s). Most importantly, it’ll have a greater focus on being a pure grand tourer having been built from the ground up to serve that purpose. It’ll be comfortable and refined on trans-continental trips and be the “most usable mid-engine car yet”.

McLaren Grand Tourer 2

Despite the comfortable and refined grand tourer focus, it’ll still be every bit as capable as expected from a McLaren. They claim it shares DNA with the McLaren Speedtail but didn’t elaborate on that part. They probably mean the engine and the chassis, but it’s too early to know for sure.

However it ends up, I’ll be keeping an eye on this one as they start to remove more camouflage in May.

[Source: McLaren]

Chevrolet Reveals Indy 500 Pace Car

The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport will serve as the Official Pace Ca

This beautifully-spec’d 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport will serve as the official pace car for the Indy 500 next month. It’s only the 16th time a Corvette has had the honor and the 30th time for Chevrolet in general. This particular car is Long Beach Red Metallic with silver stripes. Pretty, isn’t it.

[Source: Chevrolet]

The Future of the Mustang Looks…. um

mustang ev crossover thing

There were two interesting reports regarding the future of the Mustang this week. One sounds slightly depressing, the other sounds really depressing.

Starting with the slightly depressing (but also somewhat interesting) report first, it seems Ford is full speed ahead on producing a Mustang-based electric performance crossover. A targeted 370 miles of driving range (on the European test cycle) was announced at a Ford event in Amsterdam, per Autoweek. It’s now being described as a performance all-road/crossover vehicle that’s “Mustang-based” and called the Mach-E. Based on those reports, I’d say there’s a chance that it could not suck and be rather interesting.

2020 Mustang Shelby GT500

Just a reminder as to how good we currently have it

Unfortunately, if it’s at all related to the vehicle described in this next report, it’ll probably just suck. Automobile has published a report which confirms the Mustang will move to the new CD6 platform upon which the new Explorer and Aviator are built.

That’s a move which can reduce development cost for a market that isn’t as hot as it used to be and take advantage of a new platform that’s meant to be highly adjustable. But that also means it’s going to get bigger and probably heavier, likely bringing it in line with the Challenger. If the reports are true, it’s going to be one of the biggest transformations the Mustang has ever seen.

Fortunately, it seems to have been delayed till at least the 2026 model year. In the meantime, the current S550 Mustang will undergo a significant facelift to keep it fresh and introduce a hybrid model. Automobile’s sources indicate that could happen around 2021 or 2022.

Grains of salt and such. But if you’re interested in joining the crowd eating club, hurry.

[Sources: Autoweek and Automobile via TheDrive]

Other Coverage from the Week

2020 Ford Escape-2

We broke news on something! Our super secret spy photographer caught what appears to be the new Land Rover Defender in a parking lot and got some detail shots.

Ford revealed the all-new 2020 Escape and it’s gone through quite the transformation. Jeff goes into the details here.

And in other news, the new Nissan Altima posted higher cornering speeds than the new BMW 3 Series. Lol.

What’s Your Automotive News?

mustang gt pp2

That’s all I’ve got for you this week, so now it’s your turn. If you saw anything, fixed something, broke everything, or otherwise did anything even remotely car related that you want to share with your fellow hoon, sound off in the comments.

Have a good weekend.

[Image © 2019 Hooniverse/Greg Kachadurian]

32 Comments

  1. First track day with the Mustang was successful I think. I enjoyed running with SCCA Track Night in America and only had a few issues with guys who weren’t pointing me by. All in all it was a positive experience. 10/10, great way to not die at your first track day.

    But I was literally on my way to the track when a crack formed in my windshield. I guess there was a chip in the top corner that I didn’t see and that turned into a crack when I took it out from the cool garage. Fortunately the SCCA guys didn’t care since it was on the passenger side and not super big. But you can see it in my onboard footage (which will be posted later) and it’s really pissing me off.

    So on that note… does anyone have experience with protective films for windshields? Exoshield was recommended to me so far.

    1. Does insurance pay for the protective film? If not, unless you are in the habit of tailgating gravel trucks, it’s probably cheaper to do an occasional windshield replacement.

  2. I’ll hold off judgement for both pieces of Mustang news until seeing more of the end result. Short of the F150, CD6 must be one of the most vital platforms to Ford’s future, and rudimentary searching suggests it’s a little modular (if a Golf and Atlas can be semi-related, Mustang and Explorer shouldn’t be that bad). Plus, with a base Explorer apparently clocking in at ~4300lbs, I assume they can use that to make a Mustang that won’t be too much heavier than the 3500lbs it starts at now.
    But more importantly, I’d be very down with a Mark VII successor that no one would end up buying.

    1. I have adopted using the term architecture because platform was doing my head in. With the VW case i don’t think there are necessarily too many physical components being shared in these scenarios, just ‘design philosophy’, ie not a great deal of difference from how things have always been done (IMO).

      1. You’re right that it’s not a platform as such, but there’s definitely shared components (the modular part of MQB), but also I think the mounting points are the same for a lot of things. e.g. engine mountings, you don’t need to figure out a new set of engine mounts each time as that’s all one “module”.

    2. I’d be down with a Mustang that could fit three adults for a trip of longer than five minutes. I’d also be down with a Mark VII successor, but Ford already had the Mark VIII.

        1. Absolutely true. I was working for an auto supplier in the 90s and we had a mirror project with Ford. We were prototyping using Thunderbird doors with Mark VIII interior door panels. It bolted right on like it was intended to be there.

    3. Well… fingers crossed that it’s not a replay of the Mustang II.
      The S550 is a really nice platform. It’ll be a real job to better it.

  3. I installed a trailer hitch receiver on my Scion XD today so I can pull my motorcle trailer – I haven’t had a prime mover in a while. But when organizing the storage box over the spare tire I noticed the jack was missing. Great, a mechanic nicked it at a service sometime in the past and I’ve been driving all over the place without a jack. I ranted to my wife about how dishonest dealership mechanics were, etc, etc. Then I searched the web for a replacement jack (not cheap, btw). Which led me to a Scion users group with a thread “Where is the stupid jack in a Scion XD?”. To make a long story short, if I would have read the manual I would have been informed that the jack is located under the drivers seat. Cue red face.

  4. I really hope I can afford that McLaren 928 at some point in my life. Until then I will reseal the steering rack of the VW 944, and produce a new brake line for it.

      1. The social level I am moving within would grant that car to park right inside the mall, instead of the basement parking…

        Arctic /safari the heck of the cars, nobody seems to care about horizontal tie rods anyway.

    1. Brake line is in.

      One of the bolts mounting the clutch slave sheared off right at head. After the slave was removed the remaining stub sheared off, too, despite the efforts (soaking, tapping, heating). The position cannot be accessed perpendicularly, and eventually the bolt will be a non-normed length… Thanks for listening.

      On the bright side I’ve used a tie rod end pushout tool: it can do only one thing, but it is really good at that. Satisfying.

      1. Can you weld a length of rod into the tapped hole of the stub and use that to turn the stub? That saved me one time. As for Penetrating Oil, Liquid Wrench seems to be the best thing out there…according to this test anyhow

        1. For the interwebs, this is pretty scientific. I got to get a torch now…

          I will try with a good “left extractor” first, but the next step is to fix a cheap one with two, three spots. I’ll have to drill out quite a lot anyway, so my bet is that the heat and stress modulation will help, too.
          Else, I’m looking into the eyes of a clutch replacement as a “while you are in there”..

  5. I installed a trailer hitch receiver on my Scion XD today so I can pull my motorcle trailer – I haven’t had a prime mover in a while. But when organizing the storage box over the spare tire I noticed the jack was missing. Great, a mechanic nicked it at a service sometime in the past and I’ve been driving all over the place without a jack. I ranted to my wife about how dishonest dealership mechanics were, etc, etc. Then I searched the web for a replacement jack (not cheap, btw). Which led me to a Scion users group with a thread “Where is the stupid jack in a Scion XD?”. To make a long story short, if I would have read the manual I would have been informed that the jack is located under the drivers seat. Cue red face.

  6. This is two week old news, but a positive and somewhat remarkable thing nonetheless: Looks like Volvo is opening its reknown, huge crash database from thousands of real life accidents to other manufacturers:
    https://www.media.volvocars.com/global/en-gb/media/pressreleases/250014/volvo-cars-celebrates-60-years-of-sharing-safety-knowledge-with-open-for-all-digital-library
    That’s a pretty cool move, not motivated by the eternal hunt for profits.

  7. Got all the motor mounts changed on my daughter’s Mazda3 and I only broke one bolt, and that was the battery tie down. Has mostly cured the noise I was hearing. It means that I get my truck back too.

    My wife’s 2015 Accord Hybrid has started locking itself in the garage overnight with the key in her purse in the back seat. A few mornings it’s had a dead battery in the morning too. After 2 trips to the dealer it has a new 12v battery and a diagnosis this week that everything is normal. I’m not sure I’m buying it but so far it has been OK.

    My other daughter’s Prius has a failing guage cluster. It’s a known problem and is even covered by an extended warranty, but we’re 3 years past that. The fix is to remove the cluster and send it for repair.

    1. Seems like every single week you have your hands full. Even the Prius! I am impressed by how you just get everything done.

      The gauge cluster on my Honda burned off a couple of years ago. Found a used one (not a small feat with only 140 such cars in the entire country), and it was obviously very easy to replace. But no one would accept my new mileage. So all that makes a difference between me and a successfull scammer is my “+12099 km”-sticker.

      1. The repair on the cluster should keep the mileage since it’s a repair instead of a replacement.

        I manage a fleet of beaters, It’s a good think I enjoy working on them:

        1960 Thunderbird – 152K
        1995 Ranger – Indicated 221K but the odometer is broken so who knows
        2002 BMW 325Ci – 156K
        2003 Mazda Protege – 130K
        2005 Mazda3 – 207K
        2007 Prius – 215K
        2015 Accord Hybrid – 75K

        Having the Ranger as a backup has been helpful. I don’t have to be under the gun to get something repaired and back on the road.

        Someday my kids will finish school and get off the payroll and get their own cars that hopefully will not need my attention, but that’s going to be a few years. Actually, I like to blame my kids, but the 3 oldest are “mine”.

      2. The repair on the cluster should keep the mileage since it’s a repair instead of a replacement.

        I manage a fleet of beaters, It’s a good think I enjoy working on them:

        1960 Thunderbird – 152K
        1995 Ranger – Indicated 221K but the odometer is broken so who knows
        2002 BMW 325Ci – 156K
        2003 Mazda Protege – 130K
        2005 Mazda3 – 207K
        2007 Prius – 215K
        2015 Accord Hybrid – 75K

        Having the Ranger as a backup has been helpful. I don’t have to be under the gun to get something repaired and back on the road.

        Someday my kids will finish school and get off the payroll and get their own cars that hopefully will not need my attention, but that’s going to be a few years. Actually, I like to blame my kids, but the 3 oldest are “mine”.

  8. I assume you’re planning to take the Davis-Monthan AFB graveyard tour in conjunction with Pima? The scale of it is pretty impressive.

    Also, not super vital, but the Barrett-Jackson showroom in Scottsdale might have some neat stuff on site, enough to justify a 10 minute visit if you’re passing by.

  9. Random question. I was behind this Mercedes C300 (see attached pic) in traffic yesterday and noticed the two extrusions on either side of the rear license plate. They seem tacked on to me, although obviously tacked on by the factory. I am puzzled as to why they exist. They might hold license plate lights, but there’s a place above the plate that seems just fine for that. They might be some sort of bumperettes, but why not just build them into the bumper. In any case, they seem ugly and cheap-looking to me.

    Can anyone help me justify their existence? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5744a0a26ef9cec08471b86288fc0c196c36c0a061c1a572485fcc0c916ebc64.jpg

  10. I know this is really late, but did you post a ride report on this trip or follow up here someplace? How was it?! What were you riding?

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