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An RC exhaust system by way of a plastic bottle and a driveshaft slapper

Jeff Glucker April 11, 2018 All Things Hoon

So you wish your RC drift machine sounded more like the real thing? We’ve found a fix that will get you a bit closer to what you seek. This Toyota AE86 remote control drift car makes glorious noise, and the way it does so is both very smart yet very simple.

The car is owned by Yoshitaka Hiraiwa. The driveshaft has been modified with an extra bit of material around the back half. Then wedged between the driftshaft and the bottom of the chassis, we have a folded up plastic bottle. That extra material on the driveshaft then smacks into the bottle every time it rotates. The smacking sounds intensifies as the revs increase, thus the entire effect comes off as if the car has an exhaust system.

The effect is excellent. Smart… yet simple, just like we said.

Thanks for the tip, John Cary!

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Podcast: Episode 244 – Quite a Vas Deferens Here

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio has joined the party! I’m driving the Italian sports sedan this quick and so far *knock on wood* it hasn’t broken down. That’s amazing considering the car has done that for pretty much everyone else that’s driven it.

Beyond that we talk a bit about Chris’ upcoming potential car purchase, my Benz duo, and an upcoming loan of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

After that it’s question time, and as always, you folks have some good ones.

Redusernab Asks: What’s the most unlikely yet capable machine out there?

Jeff Glucker April 10, 2018 Redusernab Asks

I knew I wanted to get the Range Rover Velar dirty. I did not, however, expect it to be climbing hills, powering through massive rutted trails, and hanging wheels in the air like it just didn’t care. This is supposed to be the fancy pants Range Rover. The one that sacrifices function for quite a bit of form.

But it doesn’t sacrifice anything, because the Velar is ready to get its slim-fit suit exterior covered in mud.

This got me thinking… What is a vehicle that you’d guess wouldn’t be capable yet is actually quite good at a given task? This Velar is a comfortable yet capable off-road machine, but at first glance you’d suspect it would be forced into nothing more than mall crawler duty (in reality, it most likely will mind you).

What other vehicles out there hit you the same way?

Truck Central: 2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro review

This thing costs how much?”

That’s a phrase I said to myself a few times, before it actually started to make some sense. You see, just a week prior, I had my hands on the new JL Jeep Wrangler. It was a Sport 2-door and yet it stickered for $38k as equipped. This 2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is $45k, and it has way more space, two more doors, and can go anywhere that the Jeep can go. The price point begins to become even more clear when you compare it to the JL Unlimited Rubicon, which is easily a $50k Jeep these days. So for a bit less than the top-spec Wrangler, you get a wildly capable 4Runner that has more room inside and can do nearly as much off the pavement.

Still, the 4Runner is dated. There’s a five-speed automatic connected to the 278-horsepower V6 and the center stack looks like it was designed by pre-school children.

But the damn thing looks pretty sharp in that blue paint with the black wheels, no?

Makellos Classics 1973 Porsche 2.7 RS Hot Rod

There’s a small Porsche shop down in Escondido, CA that’s putting together some excellent machines. Case in point is this 1973 Porsche 911 that’s been given a 2.7 RS treatment. In fact, Makellos has taken things a bit further and turned this old Porsche into a 2.7 RS Hot Rod.

In the tail, the 2.7-liter flat-6 engine breathes through a carburetor setup and s 220 horsepower through a short-ratio gearbox and short-shift kit. Up front, a set of Lockheed cross-drilled brakes haul in any speed effortlessly. Keeping the car planted is a set of Koni shocks along with upgraded sway bars and bushings.

The flares on the body are real steel RS-style flares and the bumper is an original S piece. Makellos went with perfect period-correct houndstooth buckets in the cabin and a set of lightweight RS door panels as well.

A car like this will set you back nearly $120,000. That’s a far cry from the damn-near million bucks it takes to snag an original 2.7 RS. And the best part is that this one probably drives better, without sacrificing its vintage appeal.

Well done, Makellos.

Redusernab Asks: What’s the best car GIF?

Jeff Glucker March 29, 2018 Redusernab Asks

Today I have a simple question for you… what is your favorite automotive GIF? It can be of anything that you find hilarious/inspiring/awesome/etc. The one above makes me laugh but I know it’s not the best one out there. I do know, however, that you mad lot have spent enough time on the Internet to come across something to post in the comment section below.

So share and let us all join in on the moving Internet picture fun. 

Podcast: Episode 243 – All the Duallys! [w/guest Elana Scherr]

Elana Scherr, formally of Hot Rod and Roadkill, joins us in the podcast studio to talk all things car. She has a hell of a growing fleet on her hands, and we have to dive in and see what is going on with a handful of those rides. Most notable might be her 1970 Dodge Challenger, which has seen its 440 engine swapped out for a race-prepped 505.

After taking a deep dive into the world of too-many duallys and Mopar madness in different states of repair, it’s time for your questions.

Redusernab Asks: What news could surprise you at the NY Auto Show?

Jeff Glucker March 27, 2018 Redusernab Asks

If you try to photgraph him from the front, he hits your camera with EMP. True story.

The NY International Auto Show is rolling into full swing for the automotive press. We’re not there, because we have better things to do (AKA no one invited us to tag along with them). So we won’t get to see the reveals in the metal, but the Internet brings all of that info to us anyway.

What could an automaker do at the NYIAS to surprise you? What if Dodge is working on an electric Hellcat? Maybe Mercedes is bringing back the Pagoda for the next generation SL-Class? Perhaps Oldsmobile is being revived to address the aging demographic that Buick is trying to abandon?

What would honestly surprise you at the NY Auto Show? 

The 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler: What’s old is new and it’s better than ever

Jeep could not afford to mess up the launch of its new JL Wrangler. The good news here is that it didn’t. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is the best Jeep ever made, in fact. A touch of improved styling, more engine options, a fully refined interior space, and greatly improved on-road dynamics leave us in love with the JL.

This specific JL Wrangler being driven is a two-door Sport with the soft-top and 3.6-liter V6/8-speed automatic. It’s a combination that results in a surprisingly quick-on-its-feet Wrangler. You can hustle it when you have to, but it definitely hasn’t lost any of its off-road chops.

There are two more engine options on the way as well. The turbo four-banger mill will offer a bit more torque than the Pentastar V6, and the eventual EcoDiesel will come thundering along with 442 pound-feet of grunt. Both of those are only available with the eight-speed, and the eight-speed for the diesel is tuned specifically to handle the increased twist on tap.

As it sits already though, the 3.6-liter is fully enjoyable with the automatic gearbox. It’s a strong combination that increases the daily drivability of the new JL Wrangler. Yet it’s still fun when you want to get the Jeep absolutely covered in mud and dirt.

[Disclaimer: Jeep tossed us the keys to the JL Wrangler and included a tank of fuel. We had to wash the Wrangler three times…]

Let’s look at the 2018 Chevy Silverado right before the 2019 arrives

Jeff Glucker March 22, 2018 Hoonivercinema

Chevrolet is prepping its 2019 Silverado for market. The fresh version of the mainstay in the Bow Tie pickup lineup looks sharp with its new sheet metal. Additionally, the new 3.0-liter diesel option should prove to be an intriguing option in the full-size 1/2-ton market. But the 2019 isn’t quite here yet. So that’s why I’m driving a 2018 Chevy Silverado to see what we’re about to say good-bye to, and also to find out if you should scoop one up or wait for the next model year to arrive.

This is a 2018 Silverado LTZ ZL1 Heritage package truck equipped with the 6.2-liter V8. That means it’s not cheap. But is it any good? Let’s click play on the video above and find out.

Spoiler for those who can’t watch the video at work: It’s… alright. But you should definitely wait for the new one.

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