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The News for December 7th, 2018

Greg Kachadurian December 7, 2018 The News!

Welcome to the Redusernab News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • The 2020 Chevy Silverado HD is here to make us forget about the failed Camaro redesign

  • Koenigsegg shows off a true bare carbon Regera

  • VW is in talks to expand their US production with Ford’s plants

  • Lexus confirms new Track Edition for the RC F, coming next month

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for November 30th, 2018

Welcome to the Redusernab News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week it’s all about the Los Angeles Auto Show which ended up being one of the most surprising and memorable shows in a long time. They had dozens of new cars making their first appearance and some of them even managed to be a complete surprise.There’s a lot of good stuff here so let’s dig into it.

  • The king is back – Porsche introduces all-new 911 (992)

  • Audi stuns with viciously attractive e-tron GT concept

  • Lincoln pulls out all the stops on new Aviator

  • New Mazda3 sedan and hatch are gorgeous and all grown up

  • Jeep Gladiator is finally here and it’s pretty rad

  • Porsche reveals Clubsport version of GT2 RS because they like printing money

  • Rivian debuts two awesome trucks, looks to be an EV startup that doesn’t suck

  • Kia does a thing with the Soul

  • Honda pairs the Ridgeline with the Pilot and calls it the Passport

  • What’s your automotive news?

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I’m Thankful For: Gridlife

Nothing unites people like a love for cars. It doesn’t matter how different two car enthusiasts are in their looks or beliefs, they’ll find a way to talk to each other and maybe even become friends. Sure, our culture has its own ‘groups’ that give each other a hard time, but we all know that deep down inside we all love the same thing and we’ll go to the same lengths to show it. It’s been thriving for decades because of that and it’s absolutely not being killed by millennials no matter how many people try to convince you of that.

There’s a lot to love about our car culture, but few things are more deserving of your love than Gridlife. They organize track days and time attack competitions throughout the year, but they are most known for their fantastic music and motorsports festivals that happen twice a year.

This year’s Gridlife South festival at Road Atlanta was a genuine pleasure to attend for a number of reasons. A typical Gridlife festival weekend features dozens of HPDE sessions drifting, time attack, and car shows to keep you thoroughly occupied during the day as well as camping and music when the track goes cold. And the featured car show of the weekend was Radwood (which is also deserving of all your love) put on by that guy who used to write for us.

What made this event so special was that for three days at Road Atlanta, car enthusiasts ran their own society. There were cool and unique cars everywhere you looked and owners were begging for a reason to talk about them. And the action on track in both time attack and drifting was thrilling; the quality of driving was exceptional. There was something cool going on at every moment whether it be in the parking lot or out on the fearsome Road Atlanta circuit.

More than anything though, what made it so great to attend were the people. It didn’t matter if you ran into a spectator, competitor, or a celebrity; everyone was friendly and passionate about that one thing that unites us. Questions were answered, hoods were popped, and everyone just had a great time for three days. And I revved my Mustang for Matt Farah and was tasked with , so that was my life made.

I rave about a lot of great things on this site, but trust me when I say that a Gridlife Festival is a must for any car enthusiast. It doesn’t matter what your age is or what kind of cars you’re into, you’ll find a lot of things to love. And you’ll find that our beautiful car culture is anything but dead.

So thank you, Gridlife. Thank you for reminding us why car culture is the greatest and for proving that millennials don’t ruin everything.

Click past the jump for a photo recap if you want to see what it’s all about.

[Images © 2018 Redusernab/Greg Kachadurian – These images and more are available in full resolution on ]

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What Was Your Automotive News for the Week?

Greg Kachadurian November 16, 2018 The News!

Well it’s been one of those weeks. With Thanksgiving around the corner and most automakers holding off until the Los Angeles Auto Show to show what they’ve been working on, there really isn’t much to report on this week that hasn’t already been covered.

If you missed it, Jaguar built an F-Type rally car, Aston Martin revealed they’re testing something awful, and the long rumored Jeep pickup leaked. But uh, that’s really it.

So it’s about time I crowd sourced the news again. What was your automotive news for the week? If you saw anything, fixed something, broke everything, or otherwise did anything even remotely car related that you want to share with your fellow hoon, sound off in the comments.

Have a good weekend.

[Image © 2018 Redusernab/Greg Kachadurian]

The News for November 9th, 2018

Greg Kachadurian November 9, 2018 The News!

Welcome to the Redusernab News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus commits to WEC hypercar class

  • New Mazda3 and Skyactive-X engine is coming to LA Auto Show

  • Ford looks at those stupid E-Scooters and says “yes, we want those”

  • Geely purchases Utah Motorsports Campus (formerly Miller Motorsports Park)

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for November 2nd, 2018

Greg Kachadurian November 2, 2018 SEMA, The News!

Welcome to the Redusernab News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Ford shows off Carbon Series GT with weight reduction and custom looks

  • Will Smith was right – BMW reveals drop top 850

  • Nissan previews future 370Z performance parts and maybe its successor with SEMA car

  • Toyota, Hoonigan, and Larry Chen create an awesome camera car out of a Corolla

  • Other coverage from SEMA

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Redusernab Asks Bonus: What Would a Redusernab SEMA Display Look Like?

The SEMA Show has likely been dominating your social s all this week and for good reason. Over 2,000 companies dealing in the beloved automotive specialty products industry bring their parts and show cars to Las Vegas for a week of automotive overload. Every big player in the game gets their own booth to show the world what they’ve got, which got me thinking…

If through some horrible chain of events SEMA approved Redusernab to set up a display booth at their show, what would our display look like?

Which of our LeMons cars would make the cut? Would the Wombat be finished in time? How many rusty car parts would we have on display? Have fun with this one. And as correct as it would be, we can’t just accept “the best SEMA display ever” as an answer.

The News for October 26th, 2018

Greg Kachadurian October 26, 2018 The News!

Welcome to the Redusernab News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Audi reveals sharper and more powerful R8

  • Camaro SS SEMA concept reportedly previews fixed fascia for production

  • The Ford Ranger officially returns to the US next week!!!!

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Georg Plasa’s Judd V8-Powered BMW E36 Still Kicks Ass

I fell deep into the hill climb wormhole on YouTube seven years ago and I haven’t looked back. I can’t even remember how I found it, but tearing up an impossibly twisty mountain road somewhere in Europe had blown me away. I came for the car, stayed for the engine noise, and kept coming back for the thrilling driving of Georg Plasa, a legend and pioneer in the European hill climb scene.

I subscribed to anyone covering European hill climb on YouTube at the time and waited for the clips of Plasa and his “134 Judd” to roll in. Each one was more captivating than the last and that made his death in 2011 hit especially hard. The inspirational driver and his fantastic car with that almost haunting Judd V8 wail was gone forever. But one car that seemed lost to history – the car he truly raised the bar with – came back to life at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year with the help of some of Plasa’s friends and family.

Plasa’s 1990 BMW E36 Judd was a breakthrough innovation for hill climb as it introduced single seater tech into hill climb, most noticeably in the power department. The 3.4-liter Judd KV675 V8 derived from Formula 3000 for LMP2 use made 560 horsepower and revved to 10,200 RPM – that’s part of why this car and its successor were so popular online. Needless to say, it dominated at the hands of Plasa for years. I highly recommend reading  and then checking out the video above to see it doing what it did best.

Jörg Weidinger, the same stellar driver who brought this car to a very impressive third place finish in the Goodwood FOS shootout, takes the helm once more at FIA Hill Climb Masters Gubbio 2018 and reintroduces the legendary E36 Judd to its natural habitat. You’d assume that an irreplaceable car on a memorial tour would be driven gently as more of a showpiece, but that’s absolutely not the case. Weidinger drives this E36 Judd the way it was meant to be driven and there’s one part of the video in particular where that becomes most evident. Courtesy of the awesome crew, for five minutes we can relive a little bit of magic.

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The News for October 19th, 2018

Greg Kachadurian October 19, 2018 The News!

Welcome to the Redusernab News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Porsche revives the Panamera GTS, extends it to the Sport Turismo as well

  • BMW just gets it over with by finally revealing new X7

  • Ford is extending production of the GT by two more years

  • Tesla finally starts dropping the price of the Model 3

  • What’s your automotive news?

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