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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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What Was Your Automotive News for the Week?

Greg Kachadurian October 12, 2018 The News!

Well it was one of those weeks again where not a whole lot happened in the car industry. Just the usual rumors, a totally normal instance of a supercar being recalled for fire risk, and too many “our car is better than your car” fluff pieces, all of which I found to be too boring to turn into a news piece. If I can’t be bothered to write about anything that happened this week, that means it’s time to crowd source some news instead.

So… 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.

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The News for October 5th, 2018

Greg Kachadurian October 5, 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:

  • BMW’s G20 3 Series boasts substantial updates for 2019 model year

  • Porsche is bringing the 911 Speedster concept into production

  • Audi reveals evolution package for R8 LMS GT3 race car

  • Acura refreshes ILX with new features, redesign, and lower price

  • Kia e-Niro offers up to 300 miles, may even come to America

  • Mazda confirms new rotary engines will be used for range extended hybrids

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for September 28th, 2018

Greg Kachadurian September 28, 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 surprises with new 935 tribute

  • Cadillac is moving their headquarters back to Detroit after just three years in NYC

  • Audi expected to debut E-tron GT sports “coupe” at LA Auto Show

  • BMW is revealing the all-new 3 Series next week in Paris

  • SEC formally sues Elon Musk over “plans” to take Tesla private

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for September 21st, 2018

Greg Kachadurian September 21, 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:

  • Ferrari surprises with stunning Monza SP1 and SP2 barchettas

  • Audi reveals production-ready e-tron SUV, priced from $74,000

  • BMW does another ugly concept car again

  • Ferrari reluctantly confirms development of “Ferrari Utility Vehicle” by 2022

  • Mercedes-AMG proves Project One is a road legal racecar with testing shots

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for September 14th, 2018

Greg Kachadurian September 14, 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:

  • Kia uses NY Fashion Week to tease 2020 Telluride

  • VW confirms Final Edition Beetle as production is set to end in 2019

  • Lexus will be the first to produce and sell digital side view mirrors

  • BMW is pulling all diesels from North American lineup by end of the year

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Project Car SOTU: Project McProjectface
Or, an owner’s review of the Mustang GT Performance Package 2

This isn’t really a “project” car per se, but I did add something to my stable worth talking about. And I’ve been wanting to talk about it for nearly half a year now.

After falling in love with the new Mustang GT I abused rented while out in California back in March, I was certain my next car would be a Mustang. It’s been among my favorite cars since I was old enough to hold a Hot Wheel and one was nearly my first car (what’s the worst that could’ve happened). As I fell in love with the potential of the newer IRS-equipped Mustangs on that drive, I was practically planning a mountain run/track day build on a ’15-’17 model in my head.

But having covered a promised Performance Package Level 2 (PP2) for the Mustang GT in the news several months ago, my mind kept going back to that instead. Ford promised it would finally get the Mustang GT sorted well enough for it to be a serious apex hunter by recreating most basic track day builds right from the factory and with a full warranty.

After a few weeks to think about it… well, I ticked the right boxes on the order form. After a four month wait, my 2019 Mustang GT PP2 in Kona Blue finally arrived. It’s only taken me 1,400 miles to want to be out of it long enough and finally give some driving impressions.

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The News for September 7th, 2018

Greg Kachadurian September 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:

  • Mercedes-Benz reveals first EV from new EQ model range

  • Lister is back with 200 mph Jaguar F-Pace

  • Ford talks Team Edison strategy and new Mustang-inspired EV

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Review: 2018 Ford F-150 “Lightning Tribute”

It was almost exactly a year ago that a Ford dealership in west Georgia . It started out as a manager’s passion project but ended up becoming bigger than they thought possible, and it practically happened overnight.

The F-150 “Lightning Tribute” was the loud and playful answer to the question many truck enthusiasts have been asking since 2004 – what would the F-150 Lightning be like if Ford brought it back today? The unofficial response from Pioneer Ford in Bremen, GA was a lightly-optioned single-cab/short-bed F-150 with a Roush supercharger and enough extra styling to pass it off as a tribute package. , it’s a surprisingly effective 650-horsepower tire-killing machine capable of making any day a little better.

Needless to say, the Lightning Tribute garnered way more attention than Pioneer Ford expected. Only three trucks had even been built when it became the most popular vehicle ever covered on this site. With their newfound internet fame and the 2018 F-150s on the way with their reworked V8s and new ten-speeds, they immediately began work on making their tribute even better.

I was recently invited to go and quickly test out those improvements for myself – something I’ve been waiting all year to do again. It has some new custom touches inside and out, new suspension, and – crucially – the same playful attitude as before.

Disclaimer: Since I first covered the Lightning Tribute a year ago, I purchased a Mustang through this dealer after they offered to order it for me in an uncommon specification. I received the same deal and service I would have gotten at any Ford dealership and I do not benefit in any way from this truck’s commercial success or any sale the dealership makes. My buying experience with them has not influenced my opinions in any way.

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