The News for July 26th, 2018

Welcome to the Hooniverse 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 updates the Macan because they like printing money

  • Lamborghini reclaims Nürburgring production car record with Aventador SVJ

  • Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus reveals concept for WEC hypercar class

  • Toyota launches 86 TRD Special Edition for the enthusiasts

  • McLaren’s new “BP23” hypercar gets a real name, will be revealed this year

  • Bugatti does a thing with the Chiron and I’m only talking about it for SEO

  • Sergio Marchionne passes away, FCA’s Mike Manley appointed CEO

  • What’s your automotive news?

2018 Porsche Macan

Surprising no one, Porsche has launched a new and improved Macan for the 2019 model year and beyond. The compact SUV has been one of their biggest sales success stories of the decade and is consistently their top-selling model. Last year alone, Porsche sold more Macans than they did all 911s, Boxsters, Caymans, and Panameras combined. They’ve moved 350,000 units since it launched in 2014. So yeah, Porsche cares a lot about this one.
Porsche says it’s been significantly enhanced in terms of its design, comfort, connectivity, and driving dynamics and it remains the sportier offering in its dull and boring segment. Enough aspects get reworked to consider this a mid life refresh – its core design features are unchanged, the interior is about the same, and the powertrain hasn’t been touched.

The 2018 Porsche Macan can partake in various compact SUV activities, like parking next to a trailer it can’t tow. (The optional tow package is not equipped here…)

But what they did change in terms of styling is a reworked nose to make it appear wider, new LED headlights as standard, and new three-part, three-dimensional LED tail lights. You can also pick from four new colors including Miami Blue, a favorite on the 911.
The interior gets some new features like a heated windscreen, an ioniser to improve the air quality in the cabin, and a larger 11″ HD touch screen in the center stack. Behind that screen is the latest Porsche Communication Management and a standard Connect Plus module for #connected #mobility and stuff. One big new feature is Traffic Jam Assist, which is like cruise control that’s better adapted to handling some braking and even steering in slow-moving traffic.

And to highlight its authentic 911 roots, you can opt for a new GT sports steering wheel. With that you can take advantage of its updated chassis tuning with enhanced neutrality and comfort.
There’s no word yet on pricing.
[Source: Porsche]

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Claims ‘Ring Record

Production car lap records fall more frequently at the Nürburgring than just about any other record I care to search about. The top spot on the production car leader board has fallen twice this year, first by the Porsche 911 GT2 RS and this week by Lamborghini’s upcoming Aventador SVJ. The time was 6:44.97, beating the GT2 RS by 2.33 seconds.
The lap was done by works driver Marco Mapelli and the car ran on Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires which is optional factory equipment. What is definitely not factory equipment is the full roll cage and all the onboard equipment running telemetry – it is unclear if Lamborghini stripped any other parts of the car to compensate for the added weight, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they did.
The Aventador SJV (J is for Jota) is poised to be their most hardcore V12 supercar yet with every aspect optimized for track duty. It’ll be lighter, more powerful, sharper, and glued to the ground by new aerodynamic features. If you want to get an idea of how it’ll move, check out the onboard lap. ‘A handful’ is putting it lightly.
[Source: Lamborghini, YouTube]

Glickenhaus Le Mans ‘Hypercar’ Concept

Just weeks after the FIA confirmed a new ‘hypercar’ spec for its top Le Mans class was on its way, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has preemptively thrown their hat in the theoretical ring with the SCG 007 LMP1 concept.
The actual prototype regulations are not set in stone yet, but James Glickenhaus expressed interest in fielding a Le Mans prototype entry to Sportscar365, but only if the promised cost control measures were actually implemented. They’re optimistic though and its long been a goal of SCG to become the first American brand to win Le Mans outright since Ford in 1969. Their announcement even began with the tagline “this is for America”. With these new regs inbound by 2020, that dream suddenly seems attainable.
There aren’t even any technical specs yet but they’ve already announced a limited run of 25 street versions for the sole purpose of helping to fund the effort. Yeah, SCG is so ready for this and I am too.
[Source: Sportscar365, Facebook]

Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition

North America’s highest-performing and also best-looking Toyota 86 is the new TRD Special Edition, a fully-loaded go fast(ish) version of the internet’s second-favorite little sports car.
As is par the course for the 86/BRZ, that extra go fast goodness comes in the form of chassis enhancements only. The 86 TRD Special Edition gains new SACHS dampers to further sharpen steering response and refine vehicle stability, larger four-piston front, two-piston rear Brembo brakes (sized 12.8″ f/12.4″ r), and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires (215/40R18 85Y ) wrapped around exclusive 18″ alloy wheels.

The special edition is available exclusively in Raven black and is accented by a classic TRD tricolor graphic which is simple but effective. It also sports a TRD body kit which includes an upgraded front bumper, side sills, rear bumper/diffuser, and spoiler. Its anemic 2.0-liter Boxer engine wheezes through new TRD exhaust with brushed stainless steel tips.
Production is limited to 1,418 units and pricing starts at $32,420.
[Source: Toyota]

McLaren’s newest hypercar gets the name Speedtail

McLaren’s super exclusive project that was formerly known as ‘BP23’ has gotten the official name of Speedtail. McLaren says it’s evocative of a “peak speed higher than any McLaren yet and flowing, highly streamlined design”. That description plus this rendering means we have something pretty neat to look forward to.
It’s known to be a “true” successor to the F1 because it’ll feature a central driving position with two passenger seats on either side and only 106 will be built – the same number of F1s sold. And yes, all spots were taken at £1.6million each. With that in mind, it’s a safe bet that this is what McLaren has in mind for the WEC’s new prototype regulations. They say we’ll see it before the end of the year.
[Source: McLaren]

Super Special Updates for Bugatti Chiron

In news that matters to absolutely nobody but is gonna be great for those #SEO clicks, the #Bugatti #Chiron has a new “Sky View” sunroof now. Yep.
[Source: Autoblog]

Sergio Marchionne, 1952-2018

The automotive industry lost a titan this week. Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automotibiles who led the brand through its toughest decade yet and undoubtedly saved two iconic names, passed away in Zurich on Wednesday following complications from shoulder surgery.
This story started to develop earlier in the week when FCA quickly named a new CEO after it became apparent that Sergio’s health had rapidly deteriorated. Mike Manley has been picked to replace him – he has served within FCA as the head of Jeep since 2009 and head of Ram since 2015.
Sergio can be credited with being the visionary leader who could make the tough decisions that were key to getting Fiat profitable within his first year as CEO and rescuing Chrysler from the depths of the last big recession. John Elkann, FCA chairman and heir to Gianni Agnelli, summed up his contributions best:

For so many, Sergio has been an enlightened leader and a matchless point of reference. For me, he has been someone with whom to share thoughts and in whom to trust, a mentor and above all a true friend. He taught us to think differently and to have the courage to change, often in unconventional ways, always acting with a sense of responsibility for the companies and their people. He taught us that the only question that’s worth asking oneself at the end of every day is whether we have been able to change something for the better, whether we have been able to make a difference. And Sergio has always made a difference, wherever his work took him and in the lives of so very many people.

Many automotive writes, including myself, have often been critical of certain decisions being made within FCA, but it’s clear that without him making that difference he was known for, there’s a big chance that Fiat and Chrysler would no longer exist today.
[Source: FCA Group, Twitter]

What’s your automotive news?

That’s all I’ve got for you this week, so now it’s your turn. 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.
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28 responses to “The News for July 26th, 2018”

  1. mdharrell Avatar

    The entire postwar miscellaneous class at last weekend’s Western Washington All British Field Meet: Wales, England, Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Oregon.
    The entire prewar miscellaneous class: Slough.

    1. Monkey10is Avatar

      A Gilbern Invader! A rare sight on either side of the Atlantic. A rare sight on either side of Offa’s Dike.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        It’s a Gilbern GT 1800, even rarer than an Invader. Factory LHD, too, which is far more unusual yet.

        1. outback_ute Avatar

          In the tiny version of the photo I first saw it looked like a MG Midget, but clicking through and seeing the Welsh flag I must say I got a bit excited. Years ago I had a ride in a Mk3 Invader. Considered buying it actually, but it was so far from a good idea it struggled to rate an evil thought bubble.
          Love the Citroen too.

  2. Kamil K Avatar

    Got rear-ended two weeks ago.
    The insurance adjuster looked at the car. I showed him the mangled bike rack, the sheered trailer pin, the pushed-up spare tire, and the possibly bennt hitch.
    He claimed zero damage.
    Today I had more than a few choice works for him supervisor who was very nice and professional. On Monday I am going to have it looked at again.

    1. GTXcellent Avatar

      Sorry to hear man.
      What kind of adjuster blindly ignores obvious damage as a result of an obvious accident? Was he in a hurry for a dinner date or the adjuster for the other party? Hopefully you get the wanted results next week.

      1. Kamil K Avatar

        I’ll make sure they make it right. When I told the manager, who told me that he tows with his Tundra, that the pin holding the rack in the hitch was sheered off he got very concerned.

  3. Fred Avatar
    I went to look at this “ran when parked” Model A. Mostly out of boredom. He was a nice guy but I couldn’t see a future for this car with me.

    1. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      ‘Ran when parked’ When was that?

      1. outback_ute Avatar

        Doesn’t really matter? Looks like it will run again fairly easily, unless it has a heap of miles on it. I bet the paint will polish up decently too. There is something to be said for an anvil-simple car that you can buy everything for.

      2. Batshitbox Avatar

        If that’s the 7 digit blue California plate it was last registered under, then about 1980 -1982 at the earliest.

  4. Greg Kachadurian Avatar
    Greg Kachadurian

    Ford must have been feeling generous because they picked my Mustang for production a little early. I got the notice that it was going down the assembly line two days ago. This was my actual reaction when I found out.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      Head on over to Flat Rock and pick it up?

      1. Greg Kachadurian Avatar
        Greg Kachadurian

        I was tempted to ask if I could. I doubt they would have but I’d have done it for sure.

    2. nanoop Avatar

      It really pays to be an auto journalist, right?

      1. Greg Kachadurian Avatar
        Greg Kachadurian

        I’m sure the CEO heard I had ordered one and had it moved to the front of the line. #influencer #blessed

  5. nanoop Avatar

    I have the sidewalls of the canoe assembled on the mold and joined the tips (can’t really talk about stern and bow of a symmetric design) by “stitch and glue”. A really hoonworthy technique, where zip ties are used to force surfaces into epoxy. Eventually, bits of zip ties will remain in the hull, serving as a key component of the structure.
    What sucks is there are no suitable wood profiles readily available here, although the design is very flexible in that respect. I have bought a router today, and am facing 120m of edge nibbling.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      120m? How big is the canoe?

      1. nanoop Avatar

        Like 16ft/5m, but in order to create a D-shaped profile some ledgers have to pass the router three times… (Width, and two quarter circle chamfers).
        I don’t mind delays, but I am over budget already…

        1. outback_ute Avatar

          I knew multiple passes had to be involved. Good luck with it.

  6. Smaglik Avatar

    Now that I’m finally back from travels, I can get to work on a few small projects on the fleet. First up is replacing a leaky power steering hose on the M5. Pulled it apart this afternoon, and I have a second one leaking as well. Not surprising, as these are pretty much consumables on the m62/s62. Luckily the second leaking hose is low pressure, so I can just get bulk stock from Napa. Should have that back together tomorrow, and then on to a short shifter for that vehicle.

  7. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    It is sad to here of the death of Sergio Marchionne. But I can’t help feel that the reason given for his death is a little disingenous.
    The official statement says he died ” following complications from shoulder surgery.” But fails to state that the surgery was to operate on a secondary tumour resulting from the primary cause of a compromised circulatory system. The primary cause of that was lung cancer, not a surprising revelation for anyone that knew Mr Marchionne. He was a life long smoker. And the actual cause of death was an embolism resulting from trying to clear a tumour from a diseased circulatory system, a common occurence in these types of operation.
    So he died of complications from lung cancer. Why not just say that?
    Well, Philip Morris, makers of tobacco products, including Marlboro, are one of the main sponsors of the Ferrari F1 team, and in addition to being head of FCA, Marchionne was head of Ferrari and of the seperate entity of Ferrari F1.
    Someone must have decided that it wasn’t a great look having the team head killed off by one of the main sponsor’s products.
    Hence the sad but slightly dishonest obfuscation.
    Remember. Don’t smoke cigarettes, they give you cancer.

      1. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        Thank’s for that. I wonder how PMI will spin that?
        Probably stick with the ‘shoulder’ story.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      Did those still have the magnesium engine blocks? I have heard about those burning through asphalt. It looks like there is some aluminium running down behind the VW in the first photo.

      1. Batshitbox Avatar

        Not sure. In fact, I’m not sure if the wildfire would be enough to ignite magnesium. I think those blocks caught fire from internal friction or electric arcing, in most cases. Wildfires can get freaking hot, though, so maybe.

        1. outback_ute Avatar

          Apparently magnesium will burn from 480C/880F, well within what fires get up to. I’ve seen granite rocks baked which apparently takes 1000C/1800F
          Also photos of an engine bay where the cylinder head and pistons were gone with just the camshaft sitting in between the head studs.