The News for February 17th, 2017

Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Ferrari replaces F12 with new V12-powered monster with appropriate name

  • Pagani reveals advanced Huayra Roadster after nearly 7 years of development

  • Jaguar adds new four cylinder engines, in-car fuel payments to 2018 models

  • McLaren confirms new engine and some performance data for new Super Series

  • Mitsubishi still hates fun and now hates our memories of fun cars they once made

  • Chevrolet Cruze diesel achieves impressive EPA numbers

  • What’s your automotive news?

Ferrari 812 Superfast

It was almost exactly 70 years ago that Ferrari built their first V12. The first one was stuffed under the hand-formed hood of the 1947 125 S racer and it was a 1,496.77 cc, 60° V12 which produced 118 horsepower. That engine powered several victories in its first race season and its success helped pave the way for a long line of other more powerful V12s throughout the company’s illustrious history.
That ultimately leads us here to the all-new Ferrari 812 Superfast unveiled yesterday. It’s a replacement for the desperately beautiful F12 Berlinetta and F12tdf and what’s most important about it is that it hasn’t lost the V12 as has been rumored – it just got a better one. A bigger one.

Excluding the LaFerrari’s V12, the 6.5-liter naturally-aspirated V12 in the 812 Superfast is the most powerful road going V12 they’ve ever produced (it actually ties with the LaFerrari). 789 horsepower and 530 lb.-ft. of torque is what this car gets to play with. That’s all sent to the rear wheels but it has enough traction to knock out the 0-60 sprint in just 2.9 seconds and it won’t stop going until “over” 211 mph. For what may be the last naturally-aspirated, non-hybrid V12 Ferrari ever (though we’ve been saying that for a while), it’s one incredible way to go out.
The 812 does of course get numerous updates to its chassis and that includes an improved Virtual Short Wheelbase (rear-axle steering) with a quicker response time, side-slip control, and the company’s first ever electric power steering system. Until we’re given a chance to take the helm (lol) we’re just going to assume it isn’t as good as the old steering.

Its design may be more controversial than the EPS though. As with the last few cars Ferrari has redesigned like the 488 and the GTC4 Lusso, there are a lot of similarities between this new design and that of the older F12s. It has a similar silhouette, similar proportions, and the wheels seem to just be a more swoopy design of the F12’s wheels, but it’s distinguished by new details at all corners. The main difference is in the front fascia with its new headlights and grille area, the side panels with a different… thing to them, and the business end with new quad tail lights and lower diffuser area.
So there you have it. Here’s the next Ferrari coming to those fake 1%er Instagram accounts near you. It’ll make its first public appearance at the Geneva Motor Show this March.
[Source: Ferrari via Autoweek]

Pagani Huayra Roadster

Because it’s impossible for Pagani to build anything normal, here’s the new Huayra Roadster that was unveiled this week. Taking the roof off sounds simple but Pagani’s immense attention to detail means this is way more than just a chop job. The Huayra Roadster is a more advanced car in general compared to the Huayra Coupe and it’s actually even faster as well.

Starting with the obvious first, the Huayra looks incredible as an open top car. Work on this car began in 2010 but the design was scrapped completely in 2013 in favor of what ultimately became the reimagined car we’re looking at now. As Horacio Pagani puts it,”if we think of the Huayra Coupe as a personification of elegance and timeless lines, the Huayra Roadster was to be the rebellious sister, shapely and beautiful, but with a sharp edge for those who are careless.”
They say every single part of the car got redone by designers to some extent, including the more aggressive and pronounced mouth of the car, wider wheel arches, the roll bars, and even the interior itself. One of its most defining features is the new bonnet which serves as “an elegant vitrine” for the high tech V12 stored beneath it.

The lack of a roof typically means chassis rigidity is compromised, but it’s the exact opposite in this case. Pagani engineers set out to produce a roadster that was lighter and stiffer than its hard top counterpart and that meant a more advanced carbo-titanium frame was needed.
It wasn’t easy, but they managed to keep the roadster’s dry weight down to 2,820 pounds, 176 pounds less than the coupe (which was already among the lightest cars of its kind) while also improving rigidity by 52%.

Then there’s the engine. Pagani has of course stuck with Mercedes-AMG power but opted for the most powerful option. The 6.0-liter M158 twin-turbo V12 (which Mercedes-AMG builds exclusively for Pagani) produces 754 horsepower and over 734 lb.-ft. of torque, the same as the top-of-the-line Huayra BC. That power is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic built by X-Track for the Huayra BC.
Helping tame all that force is a new lightweight suspension designed specifically for the car based on research done for the Zonda R and Huayra BC, new 15″ front and rear carbon ceramic brake discs built using a new compound from Brembo, and lightweight six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers which Pagani helped design themselves for reduced unsprung weight.

As you can see, the car is absolutely mental. It’s of course ridiculously expensive at $2.4 million. It’s also limited to 100 units and they’ve obviously been sold before it was even announced to us plebs. But if you can ever track one of these down and take a look in person, they’re like true works of art. It’s like a rare painting that sells for millions – even if it’s owned by someone richer than you, it’s still possible to appreciate it.
[Source: Pagani]


Jaguar announced a new four-cylinder engine option and new in-car tech which will soon be available on the XE, XF, and F-PACE. The new engine which will serve as the entry point for each of those 2018 models is a 2.0-liter Ingenium turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine with 247 horsepower (and is denoted by 25t badging). 2018 models will also gets more adjustable front seats, Forward Traffic Detection, Forward Vehicle Guidance (the last two require the optional surround camera package), and the XE will now be available with a 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster with 3D navigation. One of the biggest new additions to XE, XF, and F-Pace buyers in the UK is the world’s first in-car cashless payment system which works at Shell fuel stations. That tech will roll out globally by the end of the year. 2018 Jaguar models launch with these improvements and more this May.
[Source: Jaguar]

McLaren confirmed the new engine destined for the all-new Super Series along with some incredible performance data. The old engine that was used in pretty much everything since their first MP4-12C was a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8. It was a great engine, but the new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 “M840T” aims to be even greater. Power, torque, and responsiveness are all improved but we don’t have numbers for any of that yet. Whatever the output is, we know it’ll propel the car from 0-200 kph/124 mph in just 7.8 seconds and that it can run the quarter mile in 10.8 seconds. The best feature though has gotta be the engine bay illumination that operates on vehicle unlocking.
[Source: McLaren]

GUESS WHAT GUYS! GUYS! GUYS GUE– GUYS. GUESS WHAT? THE ECLIPSE IS COMING BACK. Except it isn’t, only the name is. Mitsubishi confirmed that the saddest debut at the Geneva Motor Show this year will be the new compact crossover that they’re unveiling called the Eclipse Cross. They’re promising a design that’ll be as stunning as the astronomical event it’s named after, but from what I can tell from this teaser, it’ll look like a dressed up Outlander. Mitsubishi hates fun and they hate the memories we had of their once fun cars.
[Source: Mitsubishi]

Chevrolet’s diesel-powered Cruze just reminded us what an actual clean diesel can really do. The Cruze with GM’s 1.6-liter Ecotech four-cylinder and a six-speed manual just earned a 52 mpg highway, 30 mpg city, and 37 mpg combined rating from the EPA. With the nine-speed automatic those numbers are 47 mph highway, 31 mpg city, and 37 mpg combined. For a car that starts at $24,670 with the diesel option, it’s hard to beat that kind of efficiency.
[Source: Chevrolet]

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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28 responses to “The News for February 17th, 2017”

  1. JayP Avatar

    My news: Vic failed on the tollroad last week Blew coolant.
    I thought it was a blown hose but it turned out to be the heater line from the intake manifold cracked.
    Common issue with the 4.6… I watched a youtube of a replacement while waiting on a toe.
    Parts came in 2 days. I started the teardown. Goes well until I have to remove a bracked off the drivers side fuel rail. 15mm bolt on the back of the engine. Can’t get to it. I’m climbing the engine, scraping my hands on the razor sharp plastic cover for the wipers. After 3 hours of trying in the heat (it was 85 deg that day) I gave up and drank beer at the arcade for the rest of the day.
    I’ve got some ideas to try tomorrow. Or I may be at the arcade drinking beer.

  2. Greg Kachadurian Avatar
    Greg Kachadurian

    My week can be summed up by chilling with Matt Farah and finding mold in a truck I want to buy.
    I spent last Saturday at Road Atlanta for the AER event and got to meet the Road & Track and Friends team including Matt Farah. I’ve been watching that dude for what feels like a decade now and he’s a big part of why I got into this “business” in the first place. Every good thing you’ve heard about him is absolutely true.
    Fast forward to yesterday and I’m flying out to California to help with some family things. I went to drive my grandfather’s ’01 F-150 (the one I’ve been wanting to buy) and found a decent bit of mold inside. It was all over the steering wheel, center arm rest, and some of the other plastic stuff. It was also on the driver’s seat belt. Fuck.
    Got Lysol wipes and took all of it out but it’s pretty much stained the seat belts and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was deep in the upholstery too. I couldn’t see any sign of an actual water leak but there was a far bit of water dripping out of the two small sunglasses storage bins up top as I was driving around. Fuck.
    I saw no visible cracks in any of the weatherstripping and there’s no discoloration in the headliner. A friend offered a theory that a window regulator may be going out so even though the window is rolled up “all the way”, it isn’t sealing correctly which allows for some moisture to get in. The windows fog up a bit inside when sitting so there’s definitely humidity in there. It’s been raining a lot here lately. But I’m baffled by how much water was coming out of those storage bins in the ceiling… could a buildup of humidity really cause that much water to be built up in those?
    I’m gonna try to see if I can get it out to a dealership here and get it sorted out. Then go find a place that will steam clean the interior. Also need to figure out if the seat belt can be saved. Fuck.

    1. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      Ventilation and a dilute bleach wipe will be your friends.

  3. hwyengr Avatar

    Unseasonable warmth, 3-day weekend, raccoons evicted from the garage: I just might get the new engine sitting in the 928 by Monday night.

  4. Hillman_Hunter Avatar

    I’m considering selling my Mk VI GTI purely because of the garbage undefeatable stability control. Why a sedate hatchback with 200HP needs traction and stability control escapes me, but I’ve had enough of it and it’s ruined my enjoyment of the vehicle.
    #1 on my shopping list in future will be either no electro-nannies or fully-defeatable nannies.

    1. hwyengr Avatar

      No nannies is going to put you at 2010 or earlier, DOT required stability control starting in ’11.

      1. Hillman_Hunter Avatar

        Welp, Mustang Bullitts are looking pretty fine these days…

        1. hwyengr Avatar

          2009-2010 RX-8 Sport!

          1. Hillman_Hunter Avatar

            I sold an RX-8 to get the GTI =(

          2. hwyengr Avatar

            I sold an RX-8 to get a Mustang. I thought the sheer power would make up for the crummy numb steering. It didn’t.

          3. Hillman_Hunter Avatar

            If the RX-8 chassis wasn’t attached to the Exxon Valdez I’d never own another car.

        2. JayP Avatar

          An instructor pal picked up a 2007 GT for the track.
          Hard to beat 300hp and tremec 5 speeds. Easy to work on too.

    2. Andrew_theS2kBore Avatar

      AP1 S2000, for the full Code Brown effect!

    3. Greg Kachadurian Avatar
      Greg Kachadurian

      That sounds incredibly annoying. So there’s no way to turn it off at all? Is it not possible to get a tune or some software that can defeat it?

      1. Hillman_Hunter Avatar

        The traction control can be turned off (shouldn’t be there in the first place) but the DSC is apparently connected to practically everything, so defeating it by fuses or wire cutting affects other systems.

  5. ptschett Avatar

    Still playing with build’n’price on the Ram 1500 I expect to be buying. It’s come down to one choice: cloth heated seats in a Big Horn or leather heated & ventilated seats in a Laramie for ~$2k more? I’m usually happy with cloth, but I greatly appreciate any technology that reduces the chance for sweatiness in my underpants region…

  6. wunno sev Avatar
    wunno sev

    i’ve been tearing up my Volvo to replace the valve stem seals recently. i accidentally snapped a piece of wood dowel off in a cylinder, so that was a heart-pounder until i figured out how to remove it.
    after that i’ve taken it a bit easy on that job. been working on some fun stuff instead – lots of fresh Techflex looming has gone onto the wiring harnesses, and i’m preparing stuff to zinc-plate and anodize the brackets and crappy-looking little bits that are coming out of the engine bay. those processes require surprisingly little equipment and they seem like they’d be pretty neat to do.

    1. Lokki Avatar

      Tell us more about your zinc-plating plans please

      1. wunno sev Avatar
        wunno sev

        naval jelly and vigorous wire brushing, a bucket fulla vinegar, and a benchtop power supply! it’s actually a pretty simple process – make an acidic electrolyte solution, dissolve zinc in it, submerge your part in it, and run a current through the whole shebang. boom, your part is plated!
        i’m kind of eager to see how it turns out. been dissolving a zinc garden hose fitting in a bucket since last night, so i’m going to try it soon. i’ll post up how it goes

        1. wunno sev Avatar
          wunno sev

          update: there is apparently no place in Waco, TX that can just sell me a fucking piece of zinc in any shape. there’s plenty of galvanized and zinc-plated stuff, but no straight-up zinc.
          i got what claimed to be a zinc hose fitting, but turned out to be a zinc-plated hose fitting, and chucked it in my solution bucket. i plated two nuts and swapped it for something else that turned out to not be zinc. then i had the smart idea of making a “cathode cage” by bending up some TIG filler rod in the shape of a rough parallelepiped, which would go around the part i was plating for all-round coverage. (the plating tends to follow a path from cathode to anode, so if you don’t use multiple cathodes or one giant cathode, you end up with zinc on just one side of your part.)
          well, this filler rod was copper coated, and since i had no zinc left in my solution bath, i ended up with a copper-coated starter bracket, which is cool as shit and has gone back into the car as-is. the zinc coating is probably more durable or whatever, but the copper coating looks so sick. i doubt i can find any zinc in meatspace stores, so i’ll order some on the electrotubes, but i know i can get copper tomorrow at Home Depot, and i’m going to plate some stuff up (on purpose this time) over the next few days.

          1. wunno sev Avatar
            wunno sev

            think i got my cathode/anode mixed up there. the copper went from the plus wire to the minus wire.

          2. Rover 1 Avatar
            Rover 1

            Once it’s copper coated you’ve got the perfect substrate for chrome plating.

          3. Vairship Avatar

            Got a West Marine or other boat supply store nearby? Get some anodes, they’ll be either aluminum or zinc, so just pick the right ones. They probably won’t be cheap, seeing how it’s boat stuff…

          4. wunno sev Avatar
            wunno sev

            yeah, i tried to find an anode at Gander Mountain but they didn’t have any in stock.
            i ordered one for $3 from the ‘tubes, so just waiting until it arrives now. i have plenty of other work to do in the meantime.

  7. outback_ute Avatar

    The name of the new Ferrari is worse than the styling.

  8. nanoop Avatar

    Wow, quite a lot of wrenching events in the news, the weather must be unreasonable well for February! No progress here, I drove 1hr to check out a VW T4 Syncro Multivan Westfalia of which the owner claimed it had ABS – it didn’t. The next candidate is 400mls away and overpriced.

  9. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    I drove my low-slung SAAB out of the clutches of the glacier that’s held it tight this past week plus. No shovel, worn summer tires. No winter prep whatsoever. I thought it’d hang up, after a few early back and fill attempts showed a lot of slip. It started to founder, then I remembered what my right foot is for, and we busted loose in two more seconds. Mobility restored, ahead of schedule.

  10. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    We’ve just had a great weekend for fans of older cars here in Napier NZ with our annual Art Deco Weekend. This celebrates the Art Deco architecture of Napier which was a result of the 1930s rebuild of Napier after the 1931 Earthquake- when not much building was happening anywhere else in the world.
    Consequently the emphasis is on cars from the era of the 20s,30s and 40s
    And there were many. Making the occasional modern car look a little out of place.
    One of my favourites is a 1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III V12 with Mulliner limousine coachwork,, sold new locally, driven often and never the subject of any restoration. It’s been well looked after and is still in pristine condition.Each service it gets 24 new spark plugs.Seen here with some MGs and a modern car. Additional ambience was provided by the Bentley Owner’s club national tour.×464.jpg

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