GRM List: The Best Automotive April Fools Announcements

In case you missed it, it's April 1. Here are our favorite April Fools jokes from around the industry.

BimmerWorld: The Butt Dyno

What's a butt dyno? Simple: It's the seat-of-your-pants feeling you get when your car is faster. BimmerWorld poked some more fun at the already-dubious term by announcing their latest investment: The Butt-Jet 5000. Know anybody that wants to buy a used DynoJet?

Read their full announcement below:

Furthering our commitment to finding extra power for your BMW's rear end, and as a leader in the BMW performance market, we've decided to pivot: Rather than our typical rigorous development, testing, and validation work on our in-house Dynojet, starting today, we'll be wiping the slate clean and using the Butt-Jet 5000. 

Butt-Jet has finally cracked the market on seat-of-the-pants power measurement. Many moons ago we bought our very first used dyno, which crapped out within a few years. At the tail end of 2009, we bought a brand-new DynoJet, the industry standard, and it's served us well. The only thing that bummed us out was the lack of portability. 

"I have certainly been aware of butt dyno technology for years," explains BimmerWorld President, James Clay. "I've also seen some of the claimed gains from other so-called performance parts that we suspect were being pulled straight out of the manufacturers' butt dyno. We're all about proving real power and delivering true performance. However, from what I've seen of the new Butt-Jet 5000's calibration algorithms, I think the dubious results of the past are behind us."

With our brand-new Butt-Jet 5000, we're now able to get to the bottom of power gains without all the tedious work of strapping the back end to the rollers. Rest assured, this new setup will help you realize the most power from your posterior. 

Stay tuned for the runs!

-The BimmerWorld Team

Pictured above: Our new dyno operator, Heinie, lays down some skid marks while butt dynoing a BimmerWorld tuned F82 M4. 

BMW: Moon Charging Courtesy of "Lunar Paint"

The attached image says it all. Our only question: Can we buy a can of it for our Nissan Leaf? 

 

OnePlus: The Warp Car

Though we couldn't find official admission that this is a prank, this statement means it has to be. Either that or the cell phone maker OnePlus has decided to make cars all of a sudden.

Warp Car - Powered by Warp Charge

Go from Los Angeles to Las Vegas on a single 20 minute charge.

 

Kia: We'll Give You One Guess

Can you honestly say you're surprised?

 

Hagerty: V6-Powered C8 Corvette Focused on Fuel Efficiency

This one went all-in, quoting off-the-record sources and presenting fake dealer ordering forms. Here's our favorite snippet; read the full story here.

For the first 6–8 months of C8 production, there will be a single model offered—Corvette Zora XFE, which uses the corporate “LFX” 3.6-liter V-6 in place of the 6.2-liter LT2. A single transmission will be offered—the 6T50 six-speed automatic developed jointly with Ford and found in both the Flex and previous-generation Traverse SUVs.

Porsche Club of America: Lifestyle and Hybrid 911 Models

A press release on PCA's site talks all about the new 911 models supposedly being introduced. We can't lie… if this is real, we're customers. Of course, there are some negatives mentioned, too–like a nearly-4000 lb. curb weight and no manual transmission availability.

Porsche is ready to take its sports cars to new heights, specifically 30 millimeters higher with the new 911 Carrera Rallye Hybrid concept, an exploration of creating “lifestyle” cars that fill niche markets between the normal Carrera line and the high-performance GT cars.

 

 

Castle Combe Circuit declares sovereignty from Great Britain

In an attempt to remain neutral, Castle Combe Circuit decides to become its own sovereign nation. How would you like to live ina country that consists only of a racetrack? Could be worse, I suppose.

In an attempt to remain total political neutrality amidst current Brexit uncertainties, the race track, now known as ‘The Kingdom of Castle Combe Circuit’, plans to use its new-found status to host its very own leg of the popular Formula 1 championship at the 1.85-mile venue as early as 2020.

The shift also sees several other dramatic alterations being implemented, including an airport-style passport control procedure that will be carried out before every track day and race meeting, with specially-erected manned booths now located underneath the venue’s iconic Avon Bridge.

Furthermore, the circuit is in talks to strictly ban all vehicles from the venue that didn’t originate from a British manufacturer.

Tom Davis, former Head of Sales and Marketing and recently-appointed Prince of Castle Combe Circuit, was delighted with the news. “Forming our own country is certain to take Castle Combe Circuit to the next level; I’ve just received a fax from F1 bosses in America and am very pleased with the way things are progressing for our kingdom’s residents.”

Graham Marshallsay, newly-crowned Head of State, was equally-as-optimistic. “I’ve had a telegram from the Queen and she’s planning on popping down to legally separate us from the United Kingdom over a nice cup of tea in Café Bar H at some point in the coming weeks.”

Unfortunately, local F1 star Jenson Button was unavailable for comment, but we were able to track down Ernie Wiggins, his ex-primary school teacher. “I’ve never met nor heard of Jenson Button, but am sure he’d be very happy with the news.”

 

April Fools Day has just begun, and we'll be updating this list as more pranks flood our inboxes. Did we miss your favorite? Post it in the comments, and we may add it to our list.

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dculberson
dculberson UltimaDork
4/1/19 9:26 a.m.

Hagerty had me going for a bit with the LFX V6 powered C8 Corvette dubbed the "XFE," as in "Xtreme Fuel Efficiency" like the Cobalt XFE. The sad part is, I was kind of excited for it, but knew people would kick up a fuss about a v6 Corvette.

T.J.
T.J. MegaDork
4/1/19 9:37 a.m.

What is the joke with the Kia Soul one?

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH MegaDork
4/1/19 12:01 p.m.

Who's going to the Tyre Fyre Festival?

https://nuttlugg.wixsite.com/tyrefyrefestival

XD

Petrolburner
Petrolburner Dork
4/1/19 12:40 p.m.

That Rally Porsche would sell.  I bet we see it in dealerships soon.  

Toyman01
Toyman01 MegaDork
4/1/19 12:51 p.m.

trucke
trucke SuperDork
4/1/19 1:06 p.m.
trucke
trucke SuperDork
4/1/19 1:08 p.m.

trucke
trucke SuperDork
4/1/19 3:34 p.m.

Aspen
Aspen HalfDork
4/1/19 3:43 p.m.

I wish my new BMW had MTT it sure would make tailgating more worthwhile since I am obligated to do it anyway.

Tyler H
Tyler H UberDork
4/1/19 4:08 p.m.
Aspen said:

I wish my new BMW had MTT it sure would make tailgating more worthwhile since I am obligated to do it anyway.

How about BMW pre-cancelling turn signals?  You know, just in case you're new to BMW ownership and find yourself accidentally signaling lane changes? laugh

T.J.
T.J. MegaDork
4/1/19 6:40 p.m.

BMW is selling turn signal offset credits. 

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
4/1/19 6:53 p.m.
Tyler H said:
Aspen said:

I wish my new BMW had MTT it sure would make tailgating more worthwhile since I am obligated to do it anyway.

How about BMW pre-cancelling turn signals?  You know, just in case you're new to BMW ownership and find yourself accidentally signaling lane changes? laugh

I heard that those are the ones that require regular synthetic blinker fluid changes. 

kazoospec
kazoospec UltraDork
4/1/19 6:53 p.m.

Toyota tried to be funny, accidentally introduced a non-appliance people might get excited about.  Thread: Toyota's "joke" car is cooler than their entire line up.

 

Pic: Image may contain: car

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
4/2/19 6:29 a.m.
trucke said:

Am I the only one that does not hate this?  

MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt PowerDork
4/2/19 7:57 a.m.
dculberson said:

Hagerty had me going for a bit with the LFX V6 powered C8 Corvette dubbed the "XFE," as in "Xtreme Fuel Efficiency" like the Cobalt XFE. The sad part is, I was kind of excited for it, but knew people would kick up a fuss about a v6 Corvette.

My favorite detail was how they'd claimed it was code named Blue Flame.

Adrian_Thompson
Adrian_Thompson MegaDork
4/2/19 8:25 a.m.

I love Castle Combe declaring independence from the UK

rslifkin
rslifkin UltraDork
4/2/19 8:58 a.m.
dean1484 said:

Am I the only one that does not hate this?  

The front end probably fits better on that thing than on the Cherokee they stole it from.  

NickD
NickD PowerDork
4/2/19 9:03 a.m.

NickD
NickD PowerDork
4/2/19 9:04 a.m.

rdcyclist
rdcyclist Reader
4/2/19 9:44 a.m.

On the face of it, seems like a viable invention but the pitcher looks like a Gen2 S10:

https://jalopnik.com/toyota-patents-bedwetter-1833723602

The funny thing is, this very morning I dropped a load of E36 M3 in the dumpster at work and there was a bunch of dirt and crap left behind. This got me to thinking about a way to clean the bed without having to use a broom and hose. I just got the broom and it's supposed to rain today...

Professor_Brap
Professor_Brap Dork
4/2/19 10:09 a.m.

This is a great one if you know the back story behind it. 

MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt PowerDork
4/2/19 10:24 a.m.
rdcyclist said:

On the face of it, seems like a viable invention but the pitcher looks like a Gen2 S10:

https://jalopnik.com/toyota-patents-bedwetter-1833723602

The funny thing is, this very morning I dropped a load of E36 M3 in the dumpster at work and there was a bunch of dirt and crap left behind. This got me to thinking about a way to clean the bed without having to use a broom and hose. I just got the broom and it's supposed to rain today...

That one's not an April Fools joke, surprisingly.

O-fishy-al US Patent

Google image of the patent with S10 drawings

Antihero
Antihero Dork
4/2/19 11:13 a.m.
dean1484 said:
trucke said:

Am I the only one that does not hate this?  

You are not although i want them to lift it like the odd AMCs of old too

MotorsportsGordon
MotorsportsGordon HalfDork
4/2/19 11:51 a.m.
Antihero said:
dean1484 said:
trucke said:

Am I the only one that does not hate this?  

You are not although i want them to lift it like the odd AMCs of old too

Yup amc eagle is what I thought of when I saw this.

Hungary Bill
Hungary Bill PowerDork
4/2/19 1:16 p.m.

Wanna know why the new Supra got a BMW engine instead of a 3jz?

http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/news-supra-chief-engineer-arrested-by-tokyo-prosecutors/

"Multiple news outlets in Japan are reporting that Tetsuya Tada, chief engineer of the 2020 Toyota Supra, was arrested by the Tokyo prosecutor’s office at 8:07 pm last night while leaving a Tokyo karaoke bar. The office is the same one that arrested Carlos Ghosn, the former CEO of Nissan, last fall. The office charges Tada with misdeeds that have irreparably harmed Toyota Motor Corporation.

According to the statement, Tada used $94 million from the development budget of the 2020 Supra to set up a shell company called Tachibana Real Estate. There, instead of using funds intended for the development of a new chassis and inline-six, tentatively called the 3JZ-GTE, Tada and an accomplice, BMW powertrain engineer Hugo Andore, funneled the money into multiple properties in Bavaria, cars, and jet-setting trips around the world to meet with Tada’s many fans...."


I'll be honest, when I first read it I thought it was real laugh

Adrian_Thompson
Adrian_Thompson MegaDork
4/2/19 1:42 p.m.
MotorsportsGordon said:
Antihero said:
dean1484 said:
trucke said:

Am I the only one that does not hate this?  

You are not although i want them to lift it like the odd AMCs of old too

Yup amc eagle is what I thought of when I saw this.

Nope, it can’t be. AMC as a company were incapable of building an attractive car. Never made a single one ever. No way they’d revive the brand and forget its one major heritage claim. Ugly cars for all!!

The0retical
The0retical UberDork
4/2/19 2:57 p.m.

I'm a little late but Rough Country's poser stand came to my attention today.

 

NickD
NickD PowerDork
4/2/19 3:34 p.m.
Adrian_Thompson said:
MotorsportsGordon said:
Antihero said:
dean1484 said:
trucke said:

Am I the only one that does not hate this?  

You are not although i want them to lift it like the odd AMCs of old too

Yup amc eagle is what I thought of when I saw this.

Nope, it can’t be. AMC as a company were incapable of building an attractive car. Never made a single one ever. No way they’d revive the brand and forget its one major heritage claim. Ugly cars for all!!

You're joking, right? The 1970 Javelin was an incredibly handsome machione

I like the AMC Rambler as well, although that one might be a little more on the fence.

And don't forget the AMX/3, which they did produce 6 of and sell to the public.

jwagner
jwagner New Reader
4/2/19 5:18 p.m.

In reply to dculberson :

Edit:  referring to the V6 Vette:  I think it's a great idea.  Could be a lower cost minimum optioned lightweight track oriented car.  A normally aspirated V6 should make what - maybe 350HP?  And since the Vette is designed for higher output motors it would have no problem supporting a lower output V6 reliably.  The current performance oriented versions of the car are just too much for the average enthusiast to want to put on a track for a track day or time trial.  How about some affordable performance?  Turn key C8 Cup spec series?

 

 

Adrian_Thompson
Adrian_Thompson MegaDork
4/2/19 5:29 p.m.

In reply to NickD :

I’ll sort of give you the AMX/3, but it wasn’t really a production car though  other than that I stand by my statement  they never produced a good looking car  ugly was their DNA  

 

Antihero
Antihero Dork
4/2/19 6:05 p.m.
Adrian_Thompson said:
MotorsportsGordon said:
Antihero said:
dean1484 said:
trucke said:

Am I the only one that does not hate this?  

You are not although i want them to lift it like the odd AMCs of old too

Yup amc eagle is what I thought of when I saw this.

Nope, it can’t be. AMC as a company were incapable of building an attractive car. Never made a single one ever. No way they’d revive the brand and forget its one major heritage claim. Ugly cars for all!!

The eagle and sx/4 and other 4x4 cars they built werent all that pretty sure, but they were damn unique

studepilot
studepilot New Reader
4/3/19 12:24 a.m.

I had an eagle kammback .awesome car .I swapped in a 2.5 that was hopped up a bit ,manual trans, nice new snowtires , unstoppable ,quick, fun to drive , decent mpg, I am sorry i sold it and will never find another .... Amc made some handsome cars , not stunning like Italian designs but handsome . Now after 1972 GM made garbage ,ugly, cheap, unreliable garbage ,and ford was not far behind .Why not just hire Italian stylists , cut off their hands , blindfold them and say draw it and make it cost no more than 500$ using parts from local appliance stores 

MotorsportsGordon
MotorsportsGordon HalfDork
4/3/19 1:10 a.m.
NickD said:
Adrian_Thompson said:
MotorsportsGordon said:
Antihero said:
dean1484 said:
trucke said:

Am I the only one that does not hate this?  

You are not although i want them to lift it like the odd AMCs of old too

Yup amc eagle is what I thought of when I saw this.

Nope, it can’t be. AMC as a company were incapable of building an attractive car. Never made a single one ever. No way they’d revive the brand and forget its one major heritage claim. Ugly cars for all!!

You're joking, right? The 1970 Javelin was an incredibly handsome machione

I like the AMC Rambler as well, although that one might be a little more on the fence.

And don't forget the AMX/3, which they did produce 6 of and sell to the public.

 

NickD
NickD PowerDork
4/3/19 7:05 a.m.
MotorsportsGordon said:
NickD said:
Adrian_Thompson said:
MotorsportsGordon said:
Antihero said:
dean1484 said:
trucke said:

Am I the only one that does not hate this?  

You are not although i want them to lift it like the odd AMCs of old too

Yup amc eagle is what I thought of when I saw this.

Nope, it can’t be. AMC as a company were incapable of building an attractive car. Never made a single one ever. No way they’d revive the brand and forget its one major heritage claim. Ugly cars for all!!

You're joking, right? The 1970 Javelin was an incredibly handsome machione

I like the AMC Rambler as well, although that one might be a little more on the fence.

And don't forget the AMX/3, which they did produce 6 of and sell to the public.

 

Honestly, and man we are getting way off topic, not a huge fan of the Rebel just because of that weird C-pillar styling that AMC got hung up on in the early '70s and because of the rear wheel opening being smaller than the front. 

MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt PowerDork
4/3/19 7:23 a.m.
The0retical said:

I'm a little late but Rough Country's poser stand came to my attention today.

 

That video was absolutely hilarious - but I have to wonder if that's a for-real SEMA display prop (in more ways than one)?

MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt PowerDork
4/3/19 9:53 a.m.

This may or may not be an April Fools joke on GM's part: GM files trademark application to bring back Chevrolet Cavalier

If it is a joke, it's being perpetuated by GM and not The Drive: Actual GM trademark application on USPTO website

If this is for real, I suggest they advertise it with the previous Cavalier's unofficial tagline from the GRM forum: "It will run badly longer than most cars will run at all!"

The0retical
The0retical UberDork
4/3/19 10:06 a.m.

In reply to MadScientistMatt :

They also did the double parking mat. "Turn your problem into everyone elses." "Certain to be the second biggest tool in your truck."

Someone there has a sense of humor.

noddaz
noddaz SuperDork
4/12/19 3:20 p.m.

My personal favorite automotive April Fools joke was the AMC re-launch joke that Hot Rod pulled on people back in the day.

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