Video: McLaren takes P1 up the hill at Goodwood with contest winner in tow

Filed under: Motorsports, Coupe, Performance, Videos, Toys/Games, McLaren

McLaren P1 on the Goodwood Festival of Speed course for the Forza McLaren Ride

Andrew Freeman is proof that video games will take you places. That’s not really news, we suppose, considering the success of Nissan and the GT Academy, which takes talented gamers and turns them into full-blooded racecar drivers. Freeman’s case is a bit different, though, as it was more deduction than a blistering lap that got him a seat in a McLaren P1.

Freeman won his spot by taking part in the Forza McLaren Ride, a Facebook contest where he had to watch the trailer for Forza Motorsport 5, then use a map of the circuit shown in the video and figure out where the starting grid was at. The person closest would win a free trip to the Goodwood Festival of Speed and would be the first person from outside the McLaren organization to ride in a P1, with McLaren’s head test driver, Chris Goodwin, at the wheel. And to top it off, they’d be tackling the Earl of March’s driveway.

Take a full look at the video of Freeman and his trip below.

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Video: The Homer to contest 24 Hours of LeMons

Filed under: Motorsports, Coupe, Videos, BMW, Humor, Racing

The Homer 24 Hours of Lemons racer - video screencap

It’s finally happened. A 24 Hours of LeMons team has built the definitive interpretation of The Homer from The Simpsons for competition in an upcoming race. As you may recollect, The Homer is the fictional car designed by Homer Simpson for his brother’s car company. Designed with a separate compartment for screaming children and other Homer-centric goodies, the animated machine bankrupted its parent company and put Homer’s brother out of a job. Now we get to watch it race other crap cans as it tackles Southern California’s Buttonwillow Raceway on June 29. Scott Chamberlain, Kris Linquist, Reid Conti, Ben Reilly and Mike Yepes will helm the machine, and Jeff Herman serves as the team’s creative director.

The racer is the latest incarnation of a well-abused BMW 3 Series. The team campaigned the same E30 under the “Prickstine” banner as a Chrysler Imperial tribute and “Porcubimmer,” the latter being a riff on the ever-popular joke about the difference between porcupines and BMW models. Never gets old. You can check out a video of the finished Homer below, and be sure to like the team on Facebook to see updates from the race. Now, about that Canyonero…

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Report: No $1M prize winners in contest to crack Toyota sudden acceleration syndrome

Filed under: Safety, Technology, Toyota

Shadowy Toyota logo with Camry

Last year, Edmunds asked its readership to recreate a mechanical or electrical cause of sudden unintended acceleration of the kind that allegedly plagued Toyota in 2009 and 2010. The prize for coming up with verifiable proof of mechanical failure causing SUA was a cool $1 million dollars. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that contest just concluded without a winner.

Over the course of the year, Edmunds readers were unable to come up with proof that a mechanical or electrical fault caused the accidents that led to Toyota’s drastic recall. That backs up NASA’s finding that absolved Toyota of any wrongdoing. With mechanical failure ruled out as a viable cause of SUA, we’re left with an uncomfortable thought: Short of those dealing with binding floor mats or those sticky recalled pedals, driver error was almost certainly the culprit for the flurry of unintended acceleration claims.

No $1M prize winners in contest to crack Toyota sudden acceleration syndrome originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 27 May 2011 14:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Volkswagen to contest WRC with Polo R in 2013 [w/video]

Filed under: Motorsports, Hatchback, Volkswagen

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Volkswagen Polo R WRC – Click above for high-res image gallery

Everyone wants to go rallying these days. Mini put the world on notice when it announced it was heading back into the WRC fray, and now Volkswagen wants to join that party. No longer content to watch its Touaregs blast across the vicious routes of the Dakar Rally, VW is bringing the Polo R WRC hot hatch to the World Rally Championship.

The all-wheel-drive Polo R WRC will be powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, which Volkswagen expects will produce around 300 horsepower. Volkswagen Motorsport has high hopes for its WRC Polo, and hopefully the team can draw on the success that VW experienced with rallying in the 1980s. In 1986, a Volkswagen GTI was the winning car in the newly formed Group A. Look for the Volkwagen Polo R WRC to try and capture some of that former glory starting with the 2013 WRC season. Hit the jump for VW’s official press release, as well as a teaser video. Hat tip to Chris!

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Tron light cycle contest declares winners

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Side Questing Tron Light Cycle Design Contest Winner

SideQuesting Tron Light Cycle Design Contest – Click above for high-res image gallery

SideQuesting.com is a website focused on discussions about video games that decided to host a competition to see who among its readership could draw up the best Tron Light Cycle. The entries were received and the results are… well, they’re pretty amazing.

Two winners were chosen, one from the United States and an International representative. John A. Frye took home the top spot among American artists with an appropriately American interpretation of a futuristic bike, while Raphael Laurent of Switzerland won the international prize. Each winner received a copy of the Art of Tron Legacy book and two Light Cycle toys.

We’ve assembled a gallery of the top eight submissions, but we think you should still go ahead and take a stroll through all of the submissions at SideQuesting.com. A variety of concepts are on display, and they range from jaw-dropping renders to beautiful hand-drawn sketches.

Gallery: Tron Light Cycle Design Contest by SideQuesting

Winner John A. Frye of South Pasadena, CaliforniaUS Honorable Mention Izaak MoodyUS Honorable Mention Vaughn LingUS Honorable Mention Chris GreazelInternational Winner Ralph Laurent of Switzerland

[Source: SideQuesting.com]

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Latvian team aims to be first to contest Dakar rally with EV [w/video]

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2012 OSCar eO

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The Dakar Rally covers more than 5,500 miles of rough terrain through some of the harshest conditions in South America. It’s hell on both machines and drivers, demanding reliability from high-strung engines and full focus from people running on very little sleep.

The strains are enough to kill even the stoutest internal combustion engines and make veteran drivers crack. Despite all that, Latvian race car builder OSCar has decided to tackle the race in an EV. Powered by a permanent magnet motor making between 180 and 315 kW with between 370 and 590 lb. ft. of torque, the OSCar eO is an electrified version of the company’s Chevrolet LS-powered e3.

The eO’s top speed is a slightly underwhelming 86 miles per hour, but OSCar says the top speed won’t be an issue since it won’t be competing against conventionally-fueled entries.

OSCar says the eO will have a small, Nissan-sourced gasoline engine serving as a generator to help it cover long distances, but propulsion will be 100 percent electric. Helping the generator charge the batteries will be a regenerative braking system. Without the generator’s help, OSCar expects the e0 to be good for about 190 miles under light strain, and roughly half that under pressure.

To make sure the EV makes it from one end of the rally to the other, OSCar is sending along a support truck and an gas-powered e3 to make sure the car makes it to the finish in one piece. Watch for the OSCar eO when the 2012 Dakar Rally kicks off on January 1. Check out the video and press release after the break.

Gallery: 2012 OSCar eO

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[Source: OSCar]

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Contest seeks to redesign Tron light cycle

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Tron: Legacy Light Cycle

We’ll be the first to admit that we went full geek over Tron: Legacy, and gaming website SideQuesting.com is showing its enthusiasm for the franchise by running a contest to reimagine the famous light cycle. Disney’s reworked battle bikes for Legacy were brilliant, but SQ wants to see exactly what designers cruising the web can come up with on their own. There’s a hitch, though: Artists are supposed to spend no longer than two hours on each submission.

Each design will be featured at SideQuesting.com, and winners will receive cool prizes including an Art of Tron: Legacy book, a white light cycle figurine and a deluxe light cycle figurine. SlideQuesting says that the total value of all the swag is around $75.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to work up the best design of them all, head over to SideQuesting.com for a look at the full rules and get started.

[Source: SideQuesting.com]

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Bad Bugs: Facebook contest for who can configure the ugliest Bugatti Veyron

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ugly bugatti veyron

We all love a good online configurator tool. Bugatti may have the best one out there due to the sheer number of exterior and interior color combinations available. That lends itself to problems though because a group on Facebook users decided to hold a competition to see who could produce the ugliest Veyron.

We’ve created a masterpiece of mayhem in the image above, but we suspect you can do even better. Share your work with links in Comments and let’s see what sort of twisted, high-dollar visions foment in your minds. Thanks for the tip, Christian!

[Sources: Facebook, Bugatti]

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Canadian BMW dealer holding contest to find ultimate blogger, $65K job up for grabs

2011 BMW 335is

2011 BMW 335is – Click above for high-res image gallery

Endras BMW in Ajax, Ontario has a sweet blogging gig open. The winner of the dealership’s Ultimate Blogger contest gets a free condo for a year, a new Bimmer every six months and a $65K a year starting salary.

Endras is looking for someone to represent it online, a job that includes attending press events, junkets and auto shows, as well as handling the outfit’s social media efforts.

To enter, write and submit a 200-word blog post on anything BMW-related. After Endras BMW management weeds out the entries that fail to impress, 20 semifinalists be asked to produce a video proving their obsession with performance.

In the last round of eliminations, the 10 finalists will get face-to-face interviews at Endras. After that, someone’s got a new job. If you want a shot at it, hop over to EndrasBMW.com and fire up your writing skills.

Gallery: First Drive: 2011 BMW 335is

[Source: EndrasBMW]

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Ford launches naming contest for V6 Mustang, winner gets free two-year lease

Filed under: LA Auto Show, Coupe, Performance, Etc., Ford

Ford plans to rename the Performance Package for the Mustang V6, and it’s giving Facebook fans and LA Auto Show visitors the chance to decide what moniker it will carry. On the Contest page of the Ford Mustang’s Facebook profile, you can submit your choice of moniker for the package that adds go-fast items like a 3.31 rear axle, Shelby GT500 rear lower control arm and Pirelli tires to 305-horsepower coupe.

You can also stop by the Ford booth at the LA Auto Show and submit your clever-yet-corporate nomenclature. The contest is on now and runs until the middle of December. Make the jump for all the details.

[Source: Ford Mustang Facebook]

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