The Rental Car Rally sounds like a pretty fun thing to do, especially if you’ve got the time to do it. The event, which is a race from New York up to Montreal, isn’t exactly a straight-forward race. Instead, it’s got a little bit of the Amazing Race vibe going on with certain checkpoints racing teams have to go to in order to complete the race.

Last August, the latest Rental Car Rally was staged and the normal six-hour ride from New York to Montreal ended up far longer than the teams could have done without the checkpoints. But as explained by these beautiful ladies from Quebec - in the native language of French, no less - the teams had to stop at a number of locations, including an abandoned psychiatric hospital that "may have been haunted," a curiously-named theme park called the "Holy Land," and an old summer resort that allegedly only allows ghosts as its visitors.

Doesn’t sound like our kind of checkpoints.

With only rental cars allowed and a $500 prize in loose change waiting for the winners up in Montreal, the Rental Car Rally just might be the silliest race we’ve seen in a while.

Nothing silly about these hot French-Canadians, though.

Source: The Daily

The Scion FR-S has been in the news a lot lately. Recently, the Japanese sports coupe became the subject of an aerodynamic design build contest hosted by US-based tuner Stillen encouraging designers to come up with their unique body kits for FR-S.

Looks like Stillen’s not the only who’s about to do work on the FR-S. Our friends over at Fox Marketing also announced that they’re building a new FR-S project car and they’re bringing the entire gang along with them.

While Fox Marketing will collaborate with Yonaka Motorsports in overseeing the entire project, they’re enlisting a couple of their tuner buddies to take care of specific parts of the build, including BASF Refinish, which will be in charge of providing new clothes for the sports car. Meanwhile, WP Pro Brakes will be in charge of, well, the brakes, while Forgestar will be supplying the wheels. Other tuners that will be involved in the project include APR Performance, Takata Racing, and Toyo Tires.

The entire build will take place in Canada and while our only vestige of evidence is this rendering, we’re looking forward to seeing how the entire project plays out.

The Gumball 3000 is back for its 13th rendition in 2012 and it guarantees to be just as wild and crazy as it has always been. The 2012 Gumball 3000, for those that do not know, is a roughly 3,000-mile rally that begins in New York, heads into Canada, and eventually ends up in Los Angeles, all while hitting five check points between New York and L.A.

At each checkpoint, the entire group gets together and throws one massive party with the key party coming at the very end in L.A. Though the Gumball 3000 is touted as a race, it is more of a leisurely drive that features a wide array of celebrities and all types of awesome cars, from the downright powerful and sexy to the economical and environmentally friendly.

This year’s Gumball 3000 is set to kickoff on Friday at noon and is in no way lacking celebrity appearances and tons of flashy rides.

Click past the jump to read more about the Gumball 3000, as well as the cars and celebrities making appearances.

Many years ago, I was a lowly sales person at a Dodge , Chrysler, and Jeep dealership in Florida. As a sales person, you got to test drive nearly every new car and every trim level of every new car, as they came in. It was the only way to really get a feel for each car. There were only a few vehicles that we were forbidden to touch. Those vehicles were the Dodge Viper and the Ram 1500 SRT-10 , because those were considered collectibles and the extra mileage could reduce their value – plus they knew what we would do with them.

This is pretty much standard procedure at every single car dealership, including Mercedes. The Mercedes C63 AMC Coupe Black Series is much like the Viper and SRT-10 Ram were for Dodge, simply untouchable. Apparently a few technicians at Star Motors in Ottawa, Canada did not get that memo.

They took one of the 30 models of the Black Series available in Canada out on an 8:11 joyride through Ottawa. It would be one thing if they just drove it around to look cool and brought it back to the shop safely. Nope, these techs decided to see what this AMG coupe could do on multiple occasions.

At one point, the driver mentions that in manual mode, the car does not automatically up shift. The passenger didn’t believe him, so the guy proceeds to take the car up to redline in first gear and keep it there for about five seconds. This car can certainly handle that, but as all new car techs should know, these things require a break-in period before seeing that sort of stress.

Thankfully, the snoops over at recognized the dealership, and alerted officials at Mercedes-Benz Canada. Mercedes is currently attempting to track down the owner of this thrashed upon vehicle to let him or her know the scoop on the car. Whether or not Mercedes will compensate the owner with anything is not known

All we can hope is that these techs got what was coming to them by the car gods!

Very few vehicles can match up against the mighty Ferrari Enzo and hold their own against the Italian supercar. So to give the Enzo an even more interesting challenge, ZR Auto and the Canadian Forces are teaming up for the 2012 Race the Base event at CFB Cold Lake in Alberta, Canada.

Considered as the ultimate speed weekend for auto enthusiasts, Race the Base will feature the fastest street-legal cars in the world participating in some of the most extreme competitions spread out in five different categories, including fastest standing mile, ultimate top speed, road course challenge, a wet drift challenge, and a sure to be entertaining freestyle donut challenge.

In addition to that, one of the highlight events of Race the Base 2012 - the event is scheduled on August 24-25, 2012 - will be a race between the Ferrari Enzo and a CF-18 Hornet. For those that don’t know, a CF-18 Hornet is a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) fighter aircraft, based on the American McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet fighter). It is powered by two General Electric F404-GE-400 turbofans producing 16,000 lb-ft each.

We’ll be very interested to see how that race plays out and if we had a horse in this race, we’d be very weary putting some wood down on the Enzo, no matter how awesome it is.

Check out the preview video of Race the Base 2012!

As winter is about to start in half of the world, knowing how to handle your car on snow is essential. Especially if you want to drive the same car next spring. And this is one of the reasons why many car makers are offering intense winter driving courses.

In Canada for example Porsche will bring back its famous "Winter Experience." A fleet of over 20 Porsche Caymans and 911 Carrera models, including the all-new "991" generation 911 Carrera S, will descend on the Mont-Tremblant region in late January 2012. Named "Porsche Camp4 Canada" this new snow driving course will have its home on the Mecaglisse snow- and ice-driving facility. Test Porsche performance and your own driving skill against everything a Canadian winter can muster.

The course will be held between January 31 and February 11, 2012. Enjoy it!

If you have never heard about Zoleco before reading this news, don’t worry, you are not the only one. We haven’t either, at least not before we received an email from them in our inbox. Zoleco is a new start up company which is creating the Zoleco sports car. The company, and the car, is a combination of the founder’s name (Zoltan Bod) and the cars main theme which is to be friendly to the environment... eco.

The new Zoleco "is combining the scientific approach with practicality and common sense in creating a means of personal transportation that addresses energy conservation through research and implementation of a variety of energy efficiency technologies."

Zoleco will be built using light weight chromoly tubing in a full perimeter space frame configuration including a full roll cage embracing the body structure. The car’s base engine is a 3 cylinder turbo charged gasoline engine mated to a 5 speed manual transmission.

Initial details suggest that with only 8.2 HP the car can maintain a top speed of 65mph and deliver an impressive 91.4 mpg. With 80 HP the car can hit a top speed of 145 mph, but Zoleco is also talking about a top speed of 200 mph.

The new car will be making its television debut on the Discovery Channels on Oct 17 at 8:00 PM, Pacific time.

Source: Zoleco

The Canadian police have added a new vehicle to their fleet starting 2011. The new Dodge Charger Enforcer features performance suspension tuning, heavy-duty anti-lock vented-disc brakes (ABS), front- and rear-stabilizer bars, 18-inch performance tires on steel wheels, and two-mode police-specific Electronic Stability Control (ESC) calibration, allowing the police to be ahead of the game when chasing the bad guys.

For the interior, the Charger Enforcer adds a Police Interface Module for easy equipment integration, police-duty front seats, column-mounted automatic transmission with Auto Stick, red/white LED interior lighting for night-vision equipment and more. The police officers will be protected by standard advanced multistage driver and front-passenger air bags, seat-mounted side-thorax air bags, supplemental side-curtain air bags for front and rear outboard passengers, driver’s knee bag, tire-pressure monitoring and more.

Under the hood, there is a standard E-85 capable 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, or if that’s not enough, the good guys in blue can opt for a 5.7-litre HEMI V8 engine with fuel-saving Multi-displacement System (MDS).

While Americans are making their way along the Detroit Auto Show floor, Canadians are also taking part of a show of their own: the Montreal International Auto Show. It was here that Mercedes decided to appropriately displayed the C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition, a special edition specially created for the Canadian market. There will be only 30 units built of this model, each priced at $81,500 (or around $82,360 USD).

This special edition not only features unique styling cues, but it also has an impressive list of special equipment that have never before been offered on a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG . It comes painted in MAGNO Allanite Grey and will be distinguished by high-performance AMG brakes with red calipers, 19" AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels in black, carbon-fiber mirror housings, and a rear lip spoiler.

The Mercedes C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition will be offered with the AMG Premium Package that adds an extra 30 HP and removes the speed limiter. Looks pretty cool, but we’re just having trouble pronouncing its name!

Hit the jump to read more about the 2011 Mercedes C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition.

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