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Podcast: Episode 232 – Back in action

We’ve missed you! It’s been a lot of SEMA episodes, but those episodes enable us to give you ear-hole content while taking in a much-needed holiday break. That break is now over, and we’re back in the studio talking car stuff (and all the other crap that rambles into our vapid brains).

Josh Ostrander joins us in the studio for this episode. We talk about his first time in Baja, how we met, and how he’s moved from a few entry jobs into a full-time video gig with a large company.

Also… car stuff!

Shift Happens: A Kia Stinger GT AWD in the slush

I’ve already driven . That was on California roads, under the sun, in perfect conditions. Heading back east for the holidays, I wanted to see if I could spend a bit more time with the car and experience the AWD version in the cold.

You might expect that I’d do a proper review… but it’s holidays and I just wanted to see if I could get the car to slide. Spoiler alert: The damn Michelin Pilot Sport AS3+ tires are better than I thought they would be. Couple that with the AWD system sending that power to the front and the result is some not-so-slidey circles in a slushy parking lot in Southern RI.

I’ve let you down, I’m sorry. But in other news, those are some damn good tires.

HCOTY 2017: Vote now!

It’s that time. The end of the world year is upon us. As we shutter 2017 and open the doors on 2018, it’s time to honor the storied tradition that is the Redusernab Car of the Year. So this is going to be the post where you toss your vote in the ring and hope your chosen vehicle rises to the top… and you also hope that the competition doesn’t happen to be a star vehicle with a massive fan base.

Either way, jump past the break and check out the nominations. Then cast your vote for the HCOTY 2017 winner at the bottom.

Then go get drunk on some delicious holiday booze…

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Redusernab Asks: Did you give or receive anything car related this Christmas?

Jeff Glucker December 26, 2017 Redusernab Asks

Wagoneer with christmas tree

The holiday season is inching closer to its finally. A new year is nearly upon us. Looking back before jumping forward, we wanted to know if you got anything car related as a gift this holiday season. Or maybe you gave a car-related gift?

Share your holiday handouts in the comment section below. 

Start your Thursday with a screaming Alfa Romeo

Not counting you sport bike lovers, is there anyone out there who has driven a car that runs to a 9,800 rpm redline? All of that angry noise is coming from a 1.6-liter engine making 225 horsepower. It’s delivering that power to the front wheels of this Alfa Romeo 33, which is competing in a hill-climb event somewhere in a part of the world that embraces this glorious form of motorsport.

This might be the angriest front-driver we’ve ever heard.

Acura NSX: The real every day supercar

We’ve been waiting quite some time for a new Acura NSX. It’s arrived, and the early reviews were mixed. Those reviews missed something, because this thing is damn good.

Through a combination of batteries, motors, and a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine, the NSX producers over 570 horsepower and more than 470 pound-feet of torque. That gas-burning engine sends its power to the rear wheels. Up front, a pair of motors distribute power in the nose. There’s a third power unit that sits between the engine and a nine-speed dual-clutch gearbox, attaches to the crankshaft directly, and supplies a bit more torque out back.

When everything is working together, you have a super machine that behaves like a mid-engined sports car and is actually working like a million-dollar hyper car. Yet it’s still quite comfortable inside. The seats are excellent, the sound system is sharp, and the suspension is smooth when the Drive Mode is set to Quiet or Sport.

This is the real-deal daily drivable super car.

[Disclaimer: Acura tossed us the keys to the NSX and included a tank of fuel. We went through a few more tanks… it was hard to stop driving this one.]

HCOTY 2017 Nominee: The Land Yacht

Christopher Tracy wants his kids to stop staring at their screens. He’d rather they point their eyes towards the beauty of the world all around them. How is he doing this? By taking road trips with the family in his 1994 Toyota Land Cruiser. A Land Cruiser that’s been given the nickname Land Yacht.

The first order of business was getting the Land Yacht ready for duty. Tracy purchased the vehicle from his uncle, and it lived a busy life under the prior ownership. Chris set to work on the truck though, making sure that it would be up for adventures both on and off-road. And those adventures are already taking place.

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It’s time for the HCOTY 2017 award nominees

Your brain is elsewhere right now, we understand. The work year is almost to a close, you have pending travel to see family on the other side of the country, and the world as we know it is crumbling around us. Still, we here at the Redusernab want to bring a bit of light into your world before we enter 2018. It’s time to share our nominees for the 2017 edition of the Redusernab Car of the Year.

All this week we will be sharing our choices for the vehicle we feel deserves this honor. For those of you new to this game, our award doesn’t look at new cars, practical vehicles, or the best hybrids on the market. Instead, we offer up our take on the vehicle that best embodies the spirit of the Redusernab and was written about on our pages over the course of the prior year.

The list of past winners should provide a bit of insight into our brains:

Nominees for 2017 will begin rolling out after this post has been up for an hour… or maybe a minute, I don’t know. I’ve had a lot of egg nog already.

*burp*

Redusernab Asks: What’s your dream winter beater?

Jeff Glucker December 12, 2017 Redusernab Asks

Let’s play this game with the caveat that money is no object. You can go wild here. You’re on the search for a winter beater, and you have the cash you need to make your snowy-weather dreams come true. My winter beater would wind up being a Land Rover Defender modified by Twisted, which means there’s some manner of LS engine mounted under the hood. I’d go full Bond baddie spec, and I’d run that thing through every snow mound that lay in my path.

I almost went with the Pro-2 Dodge Charger from the Furious franchise, but decided that I need a bit more weather insulation in my winter rig.

What are you going to pick? What’s your ideal winter beater, if the cost factor wasn’t …a factor?

Redusernab Asks: Which car should get a “continuation” version?

Jeff Glucker December 11, 2017 Redusernab Asks

Occasionally, an automaker will reach into its well of past production models and bring one back from the dead for a short bit. It’s a special offering of a classic in the modern era. Aston Martin has done that recently with the arrival of its DB4 GT. This is a continuation model, and it’s a glorious reawakening of a proud part of the brand’s past.

Which car do you think deserves such treatment? Personally, I’d love to see a 1968 Dodge Charger given the continuation love. That’s not something that’s likely to happen but I can pray to my scale versions sitting on my desk.

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