This sick cobra blows chunks on the hoonigan dock! – hot rod network

“We are always looking for cars that are different,” said Brian Scotto, Hoonigan’s CCO. “Whether it’s a million-dollar all-out SEMA car or a $2,000 backyard build, we want them if they are unique and down to party in the yard. While it’s not a mandate that you kill some tires when on the show. It’s strongly advised!”

Uniqueness is really the way to win the hearts of the Hoonigans. “We love creativity. Take the Buick LeMons car as an example,” explained Scotto. “Easily the least cool car ever on the show that quickly became cool because not only did the owner have the best personality, he jumped it off the dock in reverse! Not that we really want anyone to destroy their car, but this Buick wasn’t exactly a gem.


Some cars are just meant to be beaten! That’s what makes them fun.”

Immediately after scheduling I received two documents to fill out. One was a spec sheet on the car and the second being a, “if you come break your driveshaft, it’s not our problem” release form. I obliged and was told to bring the paperwork with me. This is a Factory Five Challenge car. Similar to their Roadster Cobra replica, it features a fully integrated, NASA-legal roll cage. The engine is a fully-built 5.1-liter Coyote with InnoV8 Racing Engines’ individual throttle bodies. It feeds 538 rear-wheel horsepower to the Moser 8.8-inch rear end that, in turn, spins a set of CCW Hybrid Series wheels wrapped in Toyo R888R tires. It’s a street car with nearly 2,000 miles on the odometer.

The Donut Shop is located a stone’s throw from a large apartment complex and because of such, they are required by the city of Long Beach to have filming permits. Needless to say, this still doesn’t keep the cops from stopping by unannounced to see if the permit is valid for the day. To maximize their money, Hoonigan stuffs as many Daily Transmissions as they can in one day, which is typically 3-5.

The Hoonigan operation is built into different sections. Follow the wall on the right side and you’ll end up in the gift shop. Directly behind the wall to the left is a giant bullpen of video editors and office staff, plus there are some editing stations in the mobile home.

I hadn’t wiped my car down yet, but this served as a good means to shoot me performing the task. I actually use an ammonia-less glass cleaner to wipe down the satin paint job, and it works remarkably well. The crew spends a good 20-30 minutes shooting B-roll of the car. During this time, the crew figures out who is going to host the show. Vin, Dan, and Zac ended up being selected as the primary hosts who also act as floating cameramen. Virtually all Daily Transmission’s A-roll is done with a selfie stick and simple consumer based cameras.

The conversation transitions from casual talk to filming the episode rapidly – there’s no rehearsal and questions are fired from the hip. The pace is quick and you’re getting asked about the car from all angles. It’s best to stick with the person who has the camera so the internal mic can pick up the best quality audio. The crew spends a good 15-20 minutes talking to you about the car and then you must pick from the pinwheel of hoonery. Are we jumping it? Burnouts? Donuts? Drifting? Jump the dock? Everything is on the table as long as it’s exciting. Yes, I have done a burnout, yes I used to road race, and drift, but I have never done it with a car this nice. Some people have a hard time with the G-Stream wing. Ever driven a 625-horsepower car that weighs 2,400 pounds around a road course without sufficient downforce? Yeah, I won’t ever, either. The wing comes off with four bolts, and optional carbon plugs fill the slot.

Aluminum is a very common material to use for driveshafts in excess of 2,000 horsepower, though the Internet seems appalled that aluminum was used. The problem I ran into is the weld on the rear yoke wasn’t strong enough and sheered away from the driveshaft tube. Once the driveshaft fragged, it took out my fuel pump wiring, which in hindsight was a good thing; the car shut off immediately, mitigating further damage. Also, luckily, the driveshaft is so small that it really can’t come through the floor (jinx). This is what a failed weld between the yoke and the driveshaft tube looks like. It took out my fuel pump wiring when it fragged, though everything was fixed and running three days later.

The crew took great care of my car- dollies were placed under the rear wheels to keep the rear end from spinning and causing further damage. We raised the car on their lift and I unbolted the rear end’s side of the driveshaft. I also took the opportunity to measure for a new (steel) driveshaft. There were a few free tows left on my AAA account, so I made the call for a pick up. The first driver who showed up, declared my 100-percent-street-legal car a race car and reported me to dispatch. A subsequent call for service led to a snarky dispatcher calling me back to tell me my car has been black listed. I guess stickers, wheels, and a wing makes your car too highly modified to be towed? Shout out to Alva Affordable Towing in Long Beach for not price-gouging and getting me home before 10 p.m.