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2019 Aston Martin Vantage: The best car Aston Martin has ever built

We’ve adored the cars even when they arrive with faults. That ends now, because there’s nothing to overlook anymore. The 2019 Aston Martin Vantage is the best car the British automaker has ever built.

Sure, a handful of credit is owed to technical partner AMG for making this so. These lines though, they’re Aston Martin lines. The driving experience is one belonging to the brand as well.

Under the hood is the AMG-borrowed 503 horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine. Behind it sits a ZF-sourced eight-speed transaxle controlled via paddles set behind the leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Centuries old craftsmanship brings Aston Martin badges to life

Everything inside the car works, and works well. There are no excuses to be drummed up over persistent warning lights. No fancy prose to describe poor-shifting gearboxes in a positive light. Just pure performance in a prepossessing package.

Yes, a Porsche 911 Turbo will be faster… but the Vantage driver will arrive with a wry smile knowing they have the more alluring machine.

[Disclaimer: Aston Martin tossed us the keys to the Vantage and included a tank of fuel.]

San Francisco Prius propelled by MUNI power

Jeff Glucker September 27, 2018 Cars You Should Know

American ingenuity is an amazing thing. It’s on full display here, on the roof of a second-generation Toyota Prius.

The car was spotted by Sierra Hartman of The Bold ItalicLater the author spotted the car again, and this time reacted quickly on their motorcycle to catch up to the car sporting power poles that allow it to run off the overhead bus and trolley lines. As the driver, Jon, sat at a light, the author was able to procure a business car with just a name and a number. This began a short quest to learn more about this wild machine.

The two met again, this time to chat about Jon’s Prius, which may in fact be the most interesting Prius we’ve seen. Not that this is a tough competition. The plate reads “MUNI PWR” and Jon drives the car hooked up to the overheard fuel source. He’s able to get “150 miles of free energy courtesy of Mr. MTA!”

Hartman attempted to learn as much as possible about the car, but Jon could only dole out so much information. He can’t say where it’s parked. The details of how it all works aren’t revealed. But we do learn this isn’t Jon’s first attempt a power-pole equipped car.

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Redusernab Asks: What’s the best melding of an older car with a modern one?

Jeff Glucker September 27, 2018 Redusernab Asks

The car above looks like a slightly modified version of the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Evo. It’s so much more than that. Under the skin you’ll find the chassis, electronics, floor pan, and complete drivetrain from a more modern C63 AMG. and the finished product is the bonkers brainchild of true hoon genius.

Frankenstein Benz Project – 190E body on a C36 AMG

What other examples exist out there? What are some of your favorite builds that incorporate older styling with the running bits from contemporary cars?

Watch Chris Harris fling the Singer DLS development mule around a race track

Jeff Glucker September 26, 2018 Hoonivercinema

Little bit of onboard in the DLS development mule.

— chris harris (@harrismonkey)

This is a mental car. Chris Harris is up to the task of taming it though, or at least hanging on for dear life as he puts the reimagined Porsche 911 through a vigorous workout. The car is the Singer DLS, which is an insane experiment co-engineered alongside Williams.

Yes… that .

. What the car is in total, however, is a massively powerful, massively expensive, masterpiece of a car. The flax six-cylinder engine makes 500 horsepower and has a 9,000 rpm redline. Plenty of oomph for a car that has to make the scales giggle at its assumed reduced curb weight.

Redusernab Asks: Is there a perfect car?

We’ll never drive one. We probably won’t ever see one. But for a brief moment, let’s ride along with Mr. Harris as he wheels the balls off this one.

Hennessey is looking beyond 300 mph with the F5 Venom

Jeff Glucker September 26, 2018 Cars You Should Know

200 miles per hour is so last decade. Now every exotic machine under the sun can crest the double century mark. Hell, a handful of sub-$100k Dodge products can do it. The real top speed race is focused on a truly insane number; 300 mph. One of the major contenders aiming to hit this massive mark? Hennessey.

The Texas Tuner is building a new hyper car and it’s called the F5 Venom. John Hennessey made a bit of news surrounding the reveal of the car when he stated that it will be capable of hitting 300 mph. There’s a lot of engineering required for such a feat, and it involves more than just twisting the wick for four-figure horsepower. But Hennessey believes that 300 mph isn’t just possible, he’s actually aiming for an even 500 kilometers per hour, which is a bit over 310 mph.

How does he plan to do it? With a 7.6-liter twin-turbocharge V8 engine cooking up 1,600 horsepower and 1,3oo pound-feet of torque. That, coupled with a drag coefficient of 0.33, should be enough to get the F5 Venom past the 300 mph mark, per Hennessey’s .

The stress produced at the speed is immense. Be it on the tires, the engine, the aerodynamic forces at play, and the pressure on the driver, a run at 300 mph is uncharted territory for road-going production cars.

Will Hennessey get there first with its F5 Venom? We will likely find out in 2019, when testing gets underway for this potential record breaker.

Enjoy the simple things with this 1970 Jeepster Commando and 1980 Honda T110 trail bike

Jeff Glucker September 26, 2018 BringATrailer, For Sale

The 1970 Jeepster Commando can haul you around town and to the trailhead. Then the 1980 Honda CT110 mounted on the bike will take you the rest of the way. This is an intriguing combo, and .

You will be a flash to the past when you roll up with this delightful pair. Neither one is fast, but the journey to the destination is one that shouldn’t be rushed anyway. Forget the interstate. Hug the coast. Roll down the window or even leave the top at home. Wind in your hair, you find one clear station coming through the radio and it’s playing classic rock. It’s not too hot out so you’re comfortable but the sun is shining down on you. On this day, you win.

I have no clue what this pair will sell for, but I can’t imagine it being too massive of a price. And hopefully it winds up at a home where the owner gets to live out the vision I’ve posted above on a weekly basis.

Podcast: Episode 266 – Let’s stroll down Youtube comment memory lane

There’s no news this week. It’s time, instead, to dive into the past three months of comments on YouTube. This means we’re going to find confusing messages. We’ll find hateful messages. We will find the sort of stuff that people typically wouldn’t have the guts to see to another person face to face. And we will laugh, and we will enjoy it all.

Playing virtual photographer with the Forza Horizon 4 photo mode

Jeff Glucker September 25, 2018 All Things Hoon

Forza Horizon 4 has landed and it arrives in the UK jam packed with a lot of road to explore and plenty of cars to do that with. If you get a bit bored though, just tap a button and enter Photo Mode. It’s there where you can let your creativity thrive, if you’re the sort who likes stuffing his or her face behind a camera. While reviewing the game over the course of the last week, I found myself doing just that and here are a few images I’ve captured.

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If you own a Lancia Stratos, drive it like this owner does

The first thing that catches your attention is the noise. It’s raucous. It’s loud. It’s chest thumping. Once the car enters your field of vision though, your eyes do the rest of the heavy lifting. The car is a white wedge that’s hurtling toward you at a great clip. The car is sideways with the rear pointing one way, then the driver catches some grip and flings the tail to the other side. It all happens in an instant but soon the car has moved on, away from your eyes… but the noise still lingers. This is a 1974 Lancia Stratos Group 4 rally race car, and it’s amazing.

Érik Comas is the owner. According to the video description, Comas grew up racing karts before moving on to Skylines, Porsche 911s, Touring Cars, and eventually climbed the ladder all the way up to Formula 1. 

The Frenchman raced in Formula 1 from 1991 through 1994. If you remember the story of Ayrton Senna stopping mid race to help out a fellow driver who was injured, that driver was Comas. After his F1 career was done, Comas continued to race in Japan where he had a bit of success before finally retired from the sport as a professional.

He still drives his Stratos though, and he drives it rather well. He loves this car. The idea that it was built from the outset to be a race car is part of the appeal, as is the way the car drives. Comas seems to have found his automotive soulmate, and it’s shaped like the world’s best triangle.

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Forza Horizon 4 arrives with gorgeous vehicular mayhem unleashed upon the UK

Jeff Glucker September 25, 2018 All Things Hoon, Featured

The Aussie outback, forests, and beaches from Forza Horizon 3 have been replaced with the stunning English countryside. There’s a new Horizon festival and it’s landed in the UK, and to kick start the party Forza Horizon 4 plops you down right into a McLaren Senna.

This is a trick. You’ll want to fall in love with the insane machine and it’s blinding speed. The other trick is that rather than simply get you hooked on the car and the stunningly upgraded graphics, Forza Horizon 4 is using this first date as a means to show off its goods. That would be the all-new changing of the seasons, and each season brings different gameplay dynamics along for the ride.

And this is definitely an improve ride… albeit one that’s still extremely familiar for anyone that’s picked up a controller for the past three iterations of the Horizon series.

[Disclaimer: Microsoft Studios tossed us a review code to sample the latest from developer Playground Games.]

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