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Truck Central: Dodge stuffs the 6.4L Hemi in the Durango SRT
and it’s real real good

Jeff Glucker February 15, 2018 Featured, Hoonivercinema

I’ve been reviewing trucks for a new YouTube channel called, appropriately, Truck Central. Recently I spent some time with the new Dodge Durango SRT. The FCA folks seem content to Hellcat everything, but the Durango hasn’t received that love just yet. What it has received, however is the 392. That would be the 6.4-liter HEMI and here it’s cranking out 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.

That transforms the Durango into a three-row SUV capable of blasting from 0-60 miles per hour in just 4.9 seconds. You can rip through the quarter mile in about 12.9 seconds as well. It’s not cheap. It’s definitely loud.

It’s absolutely a hilarious hot-rod of a sport utility vehicle.

Redusernab Asks: What vehicle should the Super Bowl MVP receive?

Jeff Glucker February 5, 2018 Redusernab Asks

For more than a decade, the most valuable player during the Super Bowl received a car as a prize for earning the MVP status. That was when General Motors was a major sponsor of the season-capping football game. Now that Hyundai has taken over that spot, the MVP ride has gone away.

Let’s pretend, for a moment, that there wasn’t an automaker sponsor but instead that Redusernab won Powerball and we got to choose the vehicle. What would the Super Bowl MVP receive if Redusernab could choose?

Since I’m a Patriots fan, I’d probably give Nick Foles a Versa Note. I will note that the Eagles deserved that win though, and Foles was most certainly the MVP of the winning squad.

So to which vehicle does the MVP key belong?

Podcast: Episode 236 – Ride along in a 2018 Mustang with Engineering Explained’s Jason Fenske

Jason Fenske is the man behind the popular Engineering Explained YouTube channel. He and I are shuttling out to a driving event in Palm Springs, and I took the opportunity to fire up a GoPro and record a conversation. We’ll learn a bit about Jason’s Honda S2000 and Subaru Crosstrek, how he started the channel, and where he see it all going down the road.

…as we roll on down the road in the 2018 Mustang.

Podcast: Episode 235 – Sitting solo in a Mustang

Time to send out a solo episode, and this one comes to you from the cabin of a 2018 Ford Mustang. I’m sitting in my garage talking to myself while a Zoom H6 records my dulcet tones.

Topics for today include; the aforementioned Mustang, driving the new Subaru WRX STI Type RA and BRZ tS, and heading off to Corsica to sample the Jaguar E-Pace. There’s also some news on my 74 Benz and a plea for help on the Wombat. After that it’s time for some questions from our Patreon peeps. 

 

Goodwood posts a touching tribute to Dan Gurney

Jeff Glucker January 24, 2018 All Things Hoon

Dan Gurney left an indelible mark on the world of motorsport. One of his biggest fans is a man by the name of Charles Gordon Lennox. You probably know him better by his royal title of Lord March. Yes, that Lord March that owns Goodwood. 

Lord March had his video crew drum up a touching tribute to the recently passed Dan Gurney. It’s five minutes of your time, and it’s basically required viewing. So sit back, tell your boss to shove off for a bit, and click play.

This hero drives his 1991 Jaguar XJR-15 on the street

At the tail-end of the 1980s, Tom Walkinshaw was dreaming up ways in which he could go to Le Mans and claim victory. He wanted to do so with his Jaguar Sport partners, and he wanted to do so in a Jaguar vehicle. In 1988, the Jaguar XJR-9 was born and it set out to slap other Group C racing teams right across their faces.

In its inaugural season, the XJR-9 took its gorgeous Silk Cut livery and won six out of the 11 races of the World Sports Prototype Championship series. These were races won at places like Monza, Silverstone, Fuji, and Jarama. Most importantly though, this includes a victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Using the XJR-9 as a sort of mold, Tom Walkinshaw Racing produced a road version which was called the XJR-15. The cockpit was made a bit wider and the roof was raised up so normal wealthy humans could sit inside in relative comfort compared to the race car. Still, there sits a 6.0-liter V12 engine out back, which is good for 450 horsepower. And it’s all metered out to the rear wheels by way of an unsynchronized six-speed manual gearbox.

The mighty XJ220 came later and it broke on through the 200 mile-per-hour mark. But the XJR-15 before it was the first road car to wear a full carbon-fiber body. With its V12 howling, it would rip from a stop to 60 miles per hour in under four seconds and could continue on to a top speed of just over 190 miles per hour. This was in 1991, mind you.

Today, there’s one on the road owned by a man named Jasbir Dhillon. He drives it. He takes it to read the morning paper, and he takes it to get some coffee. The wonderful Mr Dhillon drives his road-legal race car on the streets around Nashville, and he does so with a smile on his face.

This man is a hero. 

Regular Car Reviews examines a 1967 Plymouth Belvedere

It’s a car for the mythic dad. That’s how Regular Car Reviews describes the 1967 Plymouth Belvedere. This white and black example looks to be a great driver’s car, and a wonderful example of a surviving B-body.

As always, RCR has a unique take on this given vehicle. It’s best to set aside some time to take it all in.

Also, I still want some Mopar in my life at some point…

Shift Happens: We let Josh borrow a Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro
and he hurt himself

Jeff Glucker January 19, 2018 Shift Happens

Occasional Redusernab camera person and camera car driver Josh Ostrander thinks he’s rad. To prove that he’s not rad, we let him borrow a Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro. He used it to check out his local mountain bike trails.

He quickly proved that he’s definitely not rad. The 4Runner TRD Pro, however, is fairly rad.

It’s basically a factory-built and warrantied off-road rig that is primed to handle your average trail with ease.

Podcast: Episode 234 – Sitting down with the Ring Brothers

Jeff Glucker January 17, 2018 All Things Hoon

This week Jon Klein and Chris Hayes venture into the wilds of Burbank California to meet up with friends of the show, Mike and Jim Ring, aka The Ring Brothers.  The guys flew in to show off the amazing 1972 Javelin AMX on Jay Leno’s Garage. With an astounding track record for delivering machines as beautiful as they are well-engineered the Javelin does not disappoint.  

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Redusernab Asks: Who’s your personal hero from the world of motorsport?

Jeff Glucker January 15, 2018 Redusernab Asks

A legend amongst legends, Dan Gurney won at every level of motorsport. Had you put him in a rally car or a super stadium truck, he probably would’ve won there as well. Gurney was the sort of race car driver that other drivers aspire to be. I say was because Dan Gurney passed away yesterday at the age of 86.

There is praise that’s flowing in from every corner of the Internet. Many of it comes from top-flight drivers who call Gurney their own personal driving hero. It’s not a surprise to see that written out by some of the all-time greats of motorsport, of course. Gurney was a man that could drive anything with wheels, and drive it fast and to victory.

So this leads me to a question for today… who in the world of motorsport do you consider a hero to you?

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