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The News for August 2nd, 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, Pagani does a thing again, Hispano Suiza is one step closer to coming back for real, Ford adds old school, big displacement V8 to the Super Duty, Acura is bringing back the Type S performance line, and your news for the week.

Pagani Huayra Roadster BC

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Because it’s still fun to dream sometimes, Pagani has thrown together a new high(er) performance version of the Huayra Roadster. In the world of Pagani, nothing is tame or anything short of spectacular, but there’s still a couple of special models that are even more so. For the Huayra, the BC was the first variant to raise the performance bar for the new platform. So it only makes sense to make a BC version of the Huayra Roadster, especially when people are lining up to buy anything Horacio Pagani touches.

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The Huayra Roadster BC is a fully street legal but track-ready hypercar that just so happens to allow for open top motoring as well. It offers extreme performance but is still “an intuitive and easy-to-drive vehicle you can master after just a few miles”. The party starts with the new engine that’s displayed like an art installation. It’s a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 assembled by a special team within Mercedes-AMG – as with all Pagani engines – that produces 800 horsepower and 774 lb.-ft. of torque, which is a fair bit more than what the original Huayra BC produced. They did it new turbos, a fancy new hydroformed manifold, twin throttle bodies, and four water-air intercoolers.

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Power is channeled by an Xtrac transverse seven-speed sequential gearbox and Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires face the impossible task of controlling all of that. Between the advanced aerodynamics which provide up to 1,102 pounds of downforce at 174 mph and the sheer grip of those tires, test drivers saw lateral acceleration peak at 2.2 g.

With loads of composite materials making up the chassis and the body, awesome power, active aero elements, and the kind of hardware you’d expect from a full-blown race car, the Huayra Roadster BC promises to be a genuine thrill. For $3.4 million, it better be.

[Source: Pagani]

Hispano Suiza Carmen

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Here’s a name you probably haven’t heard in a while – Hispano Suiza. They were a Spanish car brand that built luxury cars and occasionally airplane engines, but have been pretty much dormant since the fifties. A few attempts have been made to revive the brand, such as now, but this one looks a little closer to becoming reality. A new Hispano Suiza has just made its dynamic debut on the streets of Barcelona and deliveries are scheduled to commence next year.

Their latest attempt to be a real car brand again is an electric “hyperlux grand tourer” called the Carmen. The retro-futuristic two-seater actually made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show this year, but it seemed to get lost amongst the supercar circlejerk that is Geneva. I certainly missed it. But it’s a real car with some serious hardware and it’s backed by people who know a few things about EV power.

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The Carmen “hyperlux grand tourer” is designed, developed, and manufactured in Barcelona and is based on a hand-laid carbon fiber monocoque. Powertrain development was headed by neighboring QEV Technologies who provide design, engineerng, R&D, and production for Formula E teams and some other established brands. The car’s performance is the next thing they’ll be testing in earnest, but they’re anticipating around 1,000 horsepower out of the thing. High-speed testing and handling development will take place at the awesome Ascari racing circuit.

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Digging up old reports on this, it will be limited to 19 units and cost upwards of $1.7 million. So it’s very unlikely any of us will have the pleasure of seeing a modern take on a pre-war grand tourer, but it’s one of those things that’s just too cool to not talk about.

[Source: Hispano Suiza, Road & Track]

Ford’s New 7.3-liter V8 Debuts

The 7.3-liter engine is paired with the all-new 10-speed heavy-duty TorqShift® transmission on Super Duty pickups and is designed for robust power, long-term durability and ease of service that truck owners demand in both personal and business applications

While the industry continues its long-running trend of down-sizing and electrifying – including Ford – one new engine option coming to the Super Duty lineup does literally the exact opposite. As has been long rumored, Ford will soon offer an old school 7.3-liter gas V8 that forgoes fancy tricks for extra power and efficiency and just focuses on being durable and easy to maintain. That focus starts to become evident when you look at the numbers.

This Windsor-built, naturally-aspirated 7.3-liter V8 will have one of two power outputs depending on the exact model it’s shipped in. The 7.3 in the F-450 chassis cab, F-550, the new F-600, F-650 and F-750 Medium Duty trucks, F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis models, and the upgraded E-Series will produce 350 horsepower at 3,900 RPM and 468 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,900 RPM. Other Super Duties like the F-250 and F-350 will get 430 horsepower at 5,500 RPM and 475 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 RPM.

Considering how much displacement there is, it’s easy to expect… more? But that displacement is part of their strategy. The whole engine is sort of overbuilt in a way. It features a variable-displacement oil pump, extra-large main bearings, forged steel crankshaft, and piston cooling jets – some of the things you’d expect from a boosted engine. Ford’s goal was an engine that would be extremely durable and easier and cheaper to maintain, even while operating in the harshest environments. For those truckers who are all about that diesel life, the 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8 will be upgraded later this year as well.

I can’t wait to see what the tuners do with this thing.

[Source: Ford]

Acura Teases Type S Concept

Acura Type S Concept Teaser

A “new era of performance” for Acura will debut at Monterey Car Week later this month. Known as the Acura Type S Concept, it’s setting the stage for the return of Acura’s high performance variant line that hasn’t been seen in America since 2008. The TL Type S – still one of the best-looking sedans in modern history – left some big shoes to fill, and it seems Acura is focused on getting this one right. In addition to this promising teaser shot, a quick video was also published which shows off a sedan with a silhouette that will almost certainly be called “coupe-like” a hundred times in the press release.

This new era of Acura’s “Precision Crafted Performance” will debut publicly on Friday, August 16th at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering. It will then be showcased on the Concours d’Elegance Concept Lawn the following Sunday. We’ll be sure to cover this one when we can.

[Source: Acura]

What’s Your Automotive News?


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.

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26 responses to “The News for August 2nd, 2019”

  1. Fuhrman16 Avatar

    Am I the only one I think that it’s odd that the larger trucks that are getting the 7.3L are getting the less powerful version than the smaller trucks?

    1. E34less Avatar

      Ford does this with diesels in commercial platforms as well to ensure better durability and longevity. A slow truck still makes money. A broken one does not.

    2. Scoutdude Avatar

      Not surprised at all, that is the way they have been doing it for years as the MD truck is expected to be able to be run with the foot on the floor all day long.

  2. Sjalabais Avatar

    There have been quite a few boattail supercars (hypercars? schmupercars?) in the news here lately. Awesome trend! But I hope the super corny retro dash pad in the Hispano-Suiza works as Chris suggested: Choose your style.

    1. Monkey10is Avatar

      They appear to have chosen: ‘Steampunk’.

      1. Zentropy Avatar

        Calling it “steampunk” is generous. It looks like it was made in a middle-school shop class.

        1. nanoop Avatar

          I am amazed of the ambitions and abilities of today’s youth, and have hopes for the future.
          On the other hand, they need to drop the idea of using a camera drone for parking overview – just cut some window openings please.

  3. outback_ute Avatar

    I don’t think the new 7.3 is overhead cam. The cubic inch capacity is apparently 445ci, both in between Ford’s historic capacities and well above what GM and FCA offer.

    1. Zentropy Avatar

      I agree– that’s clearly OHV.

    2. Greg Kachadurian Avatar
      Greg Kachadurian

      Fuck. Guess I misread.

      1. outback_ute Avatar

        Can understand the error, it replaced a sohc engine and when was the last time there was an all new pushrod engine?

        To have a go at that question, maybe the new ‘hemi’ or the GM GenIII?

  4. Batshitbox Avatar

    I wasn’t convinced that interior shot of the Carmen wasn’t a rendering until I found another hi-res shot of the interior. Why are the icons on that console the size of soup spoons? Why does the steering wheel emblem look like a pair of plastic “Junior Pilot” wings handed out by TWA in the ’70s? Who decided to put dollar store contact paper paper on the dashboard? Who played 17 hours of Myst before designing that screensaver instrument panel? Is the dead pedal (really? in an EV?) a tribute to Neil Armstrong’s footprint on the Moon?

    1. Lokki Avatar

      Pssst. You don’t like it, but you’re not Chinese so they don’t care….

  5. Sjalabais Avatar

    Anyone up-to-date on electric outboard engines for small boats? We have a small row boat that had a 5hp engine until it sank in a storm 5-6 years ago. Now my son is very interested in motorizing that thing again. To reduce the noise and hazzle with such things, I’d love to try going electric on it. But I can tell from a quick google-session that this is just another marked with a lot of…choice. Sigh.

    1. Lokki Avatar

      Here’s something to start with….

      The Ultimate Trolling Motor Buyer’s Review

      When I was a kid in the late stages of the last century, we had an electric trolling motor we hooked to our canoe for lazy fishing on the little lake next to our home. At a glance, I’d say that efficiency and power have obviously improved since my childhood, but the battery problem remains more or less the same. That is: those damn batteries are heavy and (in our case anyhow) you can’t just leave the thing in the boat.

      Does anybody know if those lightweight Optima et al batteries can handle trolling boat duty?

      1. outback_ute Avatar

        Possibly depends on how much of the capacity of the battery you will use, or do they do a deep-cycle version? I don’t think heavily discharging a starting battery is good for it.

        1. Sjalabais Avatar

          There seem to be some sort of marine batteries for that particular, but I haven’t really become any smarter over the weekend as this was a busy one.

          1. outback_ute Avatar

            It seems like the situation is like ev cars several years back (or even now?) – possible but cost and range are still “challenges”. And compared to fast chargers on a highway, it is a bit more difficult to achieve the same on the water!

          2. Sjalabais Avatar

            Yeah, but these engines seem to be made for small distance/low speed driving, in contrast to the full-blown EV boats that keep popping up. We also have an outlet in our boathouse, so I would be fine with carrying a newly charged battery into the boat every time we use it.

          3. outback_ute Avatar

            It looks like there are ‘proper’ electric outboards now, not just trolling motors – although they dominate search results! I think there is probably an opening for re-purposing car EV stuff, although that would be way over the 5hp range.

      2. Batshitbox Avatar

        The new thing is Lithium Ferrous Phosphate (or Lithium Iron Phosphate, but that sounds a lot like Lithium Ion, which is different) batteries, abbreviated LiFePO4. I just bought one for my dirt bike.

        The Good:
        1/3 – 1/2 the weight of a lead-acid
        Low self discharge rate for up to one year shelf life
        Can be mounted in any orientation
        Nearly 100% discharge rate, which means a 10 Ah LiFePO4 battery delivers the instantaneous whallop of a 20 Ah lead acid battery
        Fast recharge

        The Bad:
        Kind of expensive. My DRZ400 battery was $130, almost double the lead acid batteryNot known what immersing in water will do

        Lithium-Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) Deep-Cycle Batteries

  6. Prikka Avatar

    Finished a ten day road trip at French and Spanish Pyrenees in a Fiat 500C. Car was surprisingly practical, despite its folding canvas roof, as almost all our luggage did fit into the boot. It was also hoot to drive on the twisty mountain roads…but only when going downhill. When picking the car up from Hertz, I still had hopes that it would be equipped with one of those TwinAir engines which, I’ve been told, are good and fun engines. But that was not to be. Instead, we got the 1.2 8V “Fire” four-banger. Granted, I haven’t driven many new or even newish cars lately, so I didn’t have many reference points, but still I was astonished that new cars are still sold with engines this sluggish. Even with just over 1 tonne to move around (car + us and our stuff), it would surrender at the sight of smallest hill when driving on highways. In mountain roads and going uphill, gear of choice was usually second. Using third required almost redlining the poor thing at second. At least the thing was economical.

    Apart from the engine, great little car. Might get one someday, if one pops up with any other engine.

    Also saw the new Alpine A110 drive by. Looked surprisingly large, and made a lot of pops and bangs, even when driven slowly through town.

    1. Smaglik Avatar

      I had a Fiat 500 for a week in Italy last month. Was a lot of fun to flog, but many of the switchbacks in the hills around San Marino required a downshift to first to pull out of it. That seemed excessively thrifty.

    2. Sjalabais Avatar

      I rented the older Cinquecento once, 12 years ago or so, on a trip to Crete. This thing would lift the inner rear wheel in spirited corners and slide around like a gokart on old rubber. Great fun, all the time it didn’t scare me. Arrived too late at Zevs grotta anyway.

    3. nanoop Avatar

      They still make the Fire?! I’ve read an article about the fab of the Fire 1000 in a German version of PopMech, “P.M. -Peter Moosleitners interessantes Magazin” – in the mid-80ies. I remember that it was a spectacular degree of automatization. Looks like the fab is enjoying a very long and very golden end…

    4. Sjalabais Avatar

      I rented the older Cinquecento once, 12 years ago or so, on a trip to Crete. This thing would lift the inner rear wheel in spirited corners and slide around like a gokart on old rubber. Great fun, all the time it didn’t scare me. Arrived too late at Zevs grotta anyway.

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