Redusernab Asks: …so what do you want to tell us about?

Jeff Glucker August 16, 2018 Redusernab Asks

This morning, it’s an open forum. I want to hear about anything you’ve been itching to talk about. Did you get a new car part? Did you get a new car? Have you been thinking about something and you need the guidance of others?

Spill your beans in the comments below. Let’s chat!

[It’s the middle-end of the summer… so our brains our fried.]

The AMMO NYC FROTHe is my new favorite car washing tool

I’m a lazy son of a bitch. It’s a problem, certainly, but only when I let it get in the way of the more important aspects of work and life. One area where this is less of a problem is with regards to cleaning my car. Having a flawlessly clean machine is not high on my list of priorities, but I do feel bad when I let my 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280 sedan sit outside for too long. Couple my lack of enthusiasm for car washing with a lack of an adequate space for easily doing so, and the problem is only compounded. Or at least it was, until I got ahold of FROTHe from AMMO.

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Podcast: Episode 260 – This one fits in your ass

Chris and I are back in the studio and we’ve got some news on our own cars. Mine is that the Wombat no longer plays host to a non-running HEMI and transmission. Those are out, sold, and gone! Chris has bigger news in that he bought a Porsche Macan S as his new daily driver. His Ford Fiesta will be up for sale soon as well.

In this episode we also chat about Rally Rd, which is a very interesting project that sales shares in vintage cars. It’s basically a stock market of sorts for expensive old machines.

Finally, we dive into your questions before realizing it’s getting late in the summer season and no one cars about podcasts right now.

Hyundai Veloster N has an anti-lag system

Our friend Jason Fenske () recently took a deep dive into all things Hyundai Veloster N. The automaker invited a number of folks to the Nürburgring to test the new performance machine on a grand stage. One of things that Fenske discovered is that this Veloster isn’t just snapping, popping, and crackling simply for making its best race car impression; the setup actually serves as an anti-lag system.

Hyundai could have one hell of a hot hatch in the Veloster N

When you hear a car pop and snap during throttle overrun or between shifts, it’s because the engine is burning up a tiny bit of excess fuel. That fuel is purposefully added just so you get the “cool noises” that are now available on seemingly every car out there. We blame the Jaguar F-Type and modern Audi products for this proliferation of noise, but we don’t hate it either when it’s done right. Just don’t start doing it on the Chrysler Pacifica.

With the Veloster N, Hyundai do use the system for the noise factor. But it’s also there to serve as a means to keep the turbocharger spooled up. It does this by injecting fuel late in the combustion process. After top dead center, fuel is added as the piston has already started moving down. This happens while the exhaust valve is open so the combustion process continues in the exhaust manifold.

This isn’t great for power, but it is good at keeping the turbocharger spooled up. This is why it occurs when you’re off throttle. This is a time when you don’t need a maximized piston power stroke and instead can have the benefit of forced induction primed and ready to go. Once back on the throttle, the cam timing is back to normal and your spark and fuel mix just before top dead center.

And that’s how we have a Hyundai street car that’s packing an anti-lag system. I can’t wait until someone modifies it a bit and makes it sound even more rally car-esque.

VROOOM-POP-POP-POP-VROOOOOOOOOOM. Yes, I just typed out car noises… and you said them aloud. We’re all children.

Regular Car Reviews examines a parking lot

Jeff Glucker August 15, 2018 All Things Hoon

It’s a simple video. In it, Mr. Regular of RCR walks through a hotel parking lot and talks about the cars he sees therein. Despite its simplicity, it captures the essence of what I imagine a group of us would be saying if we walked through the same lot together and chatted about the cars.

Also, the green Beetle appears to be in excellent shape.

This one is a quick watch to help get you over the Wednesday hump.

Redusernab Asks: What’s the most impressive rebate you’ve seen an automaker dish out?

Jeff Glucker August 15, 2018 Redusernab Asks

If you want a Toyota Mirai, you’d better live close to a hydrogen station. In Southern California, that’s not a huge issue as there are a handful scattered around (including one around the corner from my house). Outside of The Golden State, however, you’re a bit out of luck. So a Mirai makes the most sense for a buyer in Southern California and Toyota is offering a healthy deal to put drivers into seats. It arrives in the form of a $15,000 fuel card.

Toyota says it should be good for three years of driving. So the car works for those three years or if you spend $15,000, whichever comes first. That’s a crazy deal, especially if you’re leasing the car and you’re likely to never have to pay for fuel.

What other rebates or deals have you heard of over the years that made you stop and think?

Watch Chelsea DeNofa serve up ALL of the angle

Say hello to Chelsea DeNofa. He’s part of the team running Ford Mustangs in the current season of Formula Drift. . The video above is not one of those videos, but one captured by a fan in the stands during the St. Louis round of the 2018 FD season. Here you can see DeNofa delivering a run with so much angle his legal middle name has been changed to Protractor.

Chelsea is part of the RTR team alongside teammate Vaughn Gittin Jr. . 

And DeNofa’s car can clearly get all the way sideways. While the angle is impressive, I’m more impressed that he stayed on it and kept on trucking. Major credit should be given to chasing driver Matt Field. He also stayed on the throttle and kept his C6 Corvette pushing hard. In fact, Field wound up in the second spot overall while DeNofa finished in third. Both drivers were bested by Fredric Aasbo.

…but no one is besting all of that nasty angle that DeNofa threw down.

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This 1996 Volkswagen T4 Transporter offers up proper #vanlife

Jeff Glucker August 14, 2018 Hoonivercinema

Not many of us will ever do it, but that doesn’t mean we don’t occasionally entertain thoughts of swapping a sedentary lifestyle for one on the move. These days a number of folks have fully embraced the world of the vanlife. Some do it with suspiciously high budgets and luxurious rigs, while others like Callum Creasey have turned a simple Volkswagen Transporter into a perfect rolling home.

“If I wanted to, I just put an extra bit of diesel in there and I can go get the ferry. I could be in France, I could be in Spain. That’s the special part of that vehicle.”

The right van is the key to creating a proper living space you can take with you on any journey. For Creasey, his VW appears to be both wonderfully cozy and smartly modified.

What sort of van would you want for on-the-road adventures? Personally, I’d like a Mercedes Sprinter 4×4 with a diesel engine… but those aren’t cheap. The memories and time spent away from home, however, could prove priceless when you’re a future version of yourself anchored to your desk and chair.

Watch this gorgeous documentary on the Isle of Man TT

It’s wild that the race continues on to this day…

The Isle of Man TT race is an amazing event. I was fortunate to attend once a few years back and, even as someone who doesn’t care much more motorcycles, was blown away. The speed. The focus. The dedication and passion of the fans. And the chance that someone pushing themselves and their machine to the limit will meet a tragic end… it’s an awe-inspiring race.

Studiokippenberger has prepared a beautifully shot 18-minute documentary covering the race. Through the eyes of those that race there, the film covers a bit of the “why” of the TT. 

Black and white interview pieces are cut around absolutely gorgeous footage of both the race itself and a general riding bit that is itself a joy to watch.

Find 18 minutes to yourself and give this one a watch.

Buy this Wolf in fancy Wolf clothing: 1990 Mercedes-Benz Wolf 250GD for sale

Getting to retire well after a life of military service is a dream we wish more service members could enjoy. My own father did 20 years in the Navy and now has a normal gig that pairs well with his government and state (from another post-Navy gig) pensions. Post military life can be done better though, .

When a G-Class is built and slated for military work, it’s called a Wolf. That’s a much cooler name than any G-number number AMG blah blah. This specific vehicle did its time in Afghanistan alongside the German military before getting its discharge papers and winding up with a dealer in New Jersey.

Last Call- G-Class Class Picture Edition

Once there, the 250GD received a full restoration. Which is funny to hear, considering the vehicle only shows 9,000 miles on its odometer. But military work is hard and this G-Class is getting a new life that it deserves. That includes a full body-off restoration, gorgeous new blue paint, a pair of custom tops, BFGoodrich tires, upgraded steering bits, and plenty of upgrades to make it both a beastie off road and a joy around town.

This Wolf is listed over on Bring-A-Trailer, where (at the time of this writing) sits with a current bid of $37,000 and six days remaining before its sold. . The one seen here has way less miles and a far nicer restoration job.

It’s going to fetch a strong amount of cash. And it should, because it’s wonderful.