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General Motors does some pretty weird things, but also some really fantastic things. One of the latter is that GM’s CEO, Dan Akerson, will be auctioning off his 1958 Corvette, which holds a value of somewhere between $50,000 and $135,000, for charity. All of the proceeds of this auction will go directly to Habitat for Humanity Detroit, an area that truly needs the help.

We’d like to give Akerson nothing but praise here, but we can’t quite do that. Around the same time this report of generosity came out, we found out that GM is in the midst of playing Russian roulette with taxpayer dollars.

GM is the only automaker not to pay back its bailout loan, and it is now considering using this bailout money to buy international operations from Ally, the only bailed out financial institution not to repay its bail-out loan. In a fit of irony, Ally needs this bail out from the bailed-out GM in order to try and pay off its own unpaid bailout loan ... You got all of that?

So on one hand, GM is showing its compassionate side and carefully pulling the wool over our eyes, while the other hand is greedily reaching in our wallets and purses to grab a little more money. Granted, GM “paid back” the government in stock, but that is a losing effort to date and it will likely never turn into a breakeven deal for taxpayers.

In addition, if Ally needs to sell these operations to get the money together to pay back its bailout, what does GM expect to make with these operations? But that’s okay, Akerson is donating his `Vette! So pay no attention to that man behind the curtain

Mercedes SLK 250 CDI

Yeah, the SLK250 isn’t quite an SLS AMG, but it’s still a damn-fine car with plenty of pop. Its 201-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-pot is enough to keep us all happy and Mercedes is doing its best to make one lucky person even happier with an SLK250 – for 13 months at least.

Mercedes-Benz is running a contest through its Facebook page that allows you to win a 13-month lease on this sharp-looking drop-top. All you have to do to enter is head over at the contest link and submit a photo of what your Mercedes-Benz summer would look like. No, it doesn’t have to include you driving a Benz, it can be you with “Mercedes-Benz” written in the sand.

You’re allowed to submit a photo every day until the contest is over. The contest ends on September 10th at 11:59 a.m. EST (one minute before noon for those that have issues with the 12 a.m. or p.m. deal). The winner will be picked on or around September 20th and will be notified via telephone, email, and U.S. mail. In addition to the car, Mercedes-Benz is kind enough to give you an additional $7,500 to offset the taxes you have to pay on the car – so thoughtful of them.

Now the bad part... Just like any lease, you are limited to a total of only 15,000 miles per year. So no cruising the beach all day and night trying to pawn this Mercedes off as yours, only to have your lie exposed just a year later when you pick up your new fiance in your 1975 GMC K1500... Not like you’d do that, right??

Anyways, head on over to Mercedes’ Facebook page and submit a picture to have the opportunity to borrow an SLK 250 for 13 months.

Click past the jump to check out all of the rules.

It was not announced at the time, but a report has surfaced that DRB-Hicom did receive an offer for faltering sports car company, Lotus . To buy a car company, even a money pit like Lotus, it takes millions of dollars, but the company that bid on Lotus didn’t offer anything near that. The bid was for all of ₤1. No, that’s not a typo... Just a single pound.

According to reports, DRB-Hicom, who inherited Lotus when it purchased Proton , will continue to attempt breathing life into the dying car company. The first necessary act of business, firing the cancer that is Dany Bahar, is already complete, so now it’s just a matter of getting the company back on track and making a few dollars here and there.

With Lotus pulling out of the 2012 Paris Motor Show , we have a feeling that a big-time change is afoot. With Bahar gone, DRB-Hicom can attempt to cut off the company’s plans to build supercars and revert back to the lightweight sports cars that made it famous in the first place.

We’ll see what DRB-Hicom has in store for Lotus in the coming years, but we certainly hope to see good things coming. The good thing is that DRB-Hicom can always hang its hat on the fact that someone is actually willing to pay for Lotus, even if it is just a single pound...

Source: PaulTan.org

Ford has just unveiled an updated customizer for 2013 and although this may seem like a non-news event, they threw in a giveaway to pique our interests. This new customizer allows potential buyers, or bored employees, to play with all the options available for the Mustang , but it also provides the chance to win "Your Fantasy Mustang ." In fact, they will be giving away four different Mustangs: a Mustang V6 , a Mustang GT , a Mustang Boss 302 , and a Mustang Shelby GT500 .

All you have to do is go online, create the Mustang of your dreams, save it, and start praying. At the end of the year, Ford will pick four winners from all the cars entered into the contest. The new customizer will allow you to apply a dizzying array of colors, graphics, body kits, and wheels to achieve the look you want. The winners will have their cars produced exactly as they designed them to look, so be careful what you wish for!

Source: Ford

What can we say, we love free stuff! Mercedes is getting in on the giveaway fun now by offering a trip to the acclaimed AMG Driving Academy in Fontana, California. All you have to do is head over to Mercedes’ Facebook page – yes, it’s always Facebook – “Like” the sweepstakes photo, and then fill out an entry form.

According to the rules, you and a friend will attend the “Basic Training” session, which lasts just a day. This session covers all of the basic skills needed to race or just drive in normal, everyday situations. It teaches you how to handle oversteer and understeer, slalom courses, lane changing, braking and collision avoidance, and you get to ride with a professional driver.

In addition to the driving school, you get a coach-class flight for two people, a two-night stay in a “standard” hotel with double occupancy, and transportation between the hotel, airport, and Driving Academy. What’s really cool is that Mercedes is also giving you an extra $3,271.21 to help offset the taxes you will incur by winning this grand prize.

The dates for the trip are October 26th through 28th, so mark those days on the calendar, and the big drawing is on or around July 16th.

So, if you have ever wanted to learn how to drive like the big boys, you can get an entry-level lesson on Mercedes’ dime, while whipping around a corporate-provided luxury racecar. We have a sneaking suspicion that the car you get to learn in is not a C63 AMG , but it’ll be a blast either way.

We love contests and giveaways, especially when they involve giving away bad-ass cars. This latest contest we ran into is sponsored by General Motors and it is a two-part grand prize. The first part is a trip for two to the 2013 Le Mans, which includes round-trip airfare, five days and four nights in a hotel, tickets to the all Le Mans events, and even an $800 travel allowance, so you have a little spending cash.

The trip to Le Mans is pretty sweet, but what comes next takes the proverbial “cake.” GM is also packaging up a 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible with the 60th anniversary package with this trip. No, it’s not just a fancy-pants rental, this $90,000 collector’s item is all yours to own and do with as you please.

Registration for the drawing lasts through June 20th, so get on it. There are several ways to enter. The first way is through the contest website, which you can find here. The other ways are via Team Chevy’s Facebook page, here, or via Twitter by following @TeamChevy and Tweeting “#racetowincorvette.” If you happen to use Twitter, make sure to uncheck “Tweet Privacy” in your account settings until after the week of June 21st to receive your victory Tweet – ugh, Tweeting.

Also, if you happen to win, you are stuck paying the dealership fees – prep fee, license, tag, and taxes. There are about 8,000 other rules and stipulations that we will allow Chevy to bore you with by clicking here.

Pretty cool promo, so enter and hope for the best.

Lets face it: all of you have at least one huge car poster in your room. But finding the right resolution can be difficult sometime and usually costs. But now, the German tuner H&R is offering you a free poster featuring the nicely tuned H&R BMW 1M Coupe on a double sided, 24x36" full color image.

For those of you who have forgotten, the BMW 1M Coupe by H&R is equipped with a sport suspension set-up that lowered the car by 1.2" on the front and 0.6" on the rear, a new set of 19" wheels from BBS combined with Brembo brakes. H&R opted to let everything under the hood unchanged. And we perfectly agree! After all the BMW 1-Series M Coupe is the perfect car: it is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with 340 horsepower and sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.

All you have to do is go on the H&R page and ask for your awesome free poster.

This is the kind of giveaway that can pretty much put a smile on just about everyone’s face. Rockstar has teamed up with Ford to give away one of three models as part of their "Drive like a Champion" giveaway. The winner can choose between the 2013 Ford Focus ST , the 2013 Ford Mustang GT and the 2012 Ford F-150 , and all they have to do us head over to www.rockstar69.com/drive to enter.

Entering the contest is easy too. Contestants need to choose between Tanner Foust or Brian Deegan, then choose one of the three models, type in your contact information, and patiently wait until October 15, 2012 for the winners to be announced. We wish there was some sort of virtual race to win, but unfortunately, it’s all random. Of course, you have to be a United States resident and be at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of entry to be able to enter the contest, as well as read the official terms of the contest in all of its fine print glory.

Even if you don’t end up winning one of Ford’s pride and joys, you can still win a few other prizes, including a year supply of Rockstar. That’ll get your engines revving!

Let us know which of the three models you would like to win in the comments section below! But remember, in order to be entered into the contest, you must head over to www.rockstar69.com/drive!

Source: Rockstar

It didn’t take long for Raybestos to get their hands on a 2013 Roush Performance Stage 3 Mustang , did it? A week after Roush first broke news about their 2013 Mustang program, Raybestos has come out with a specially-tuned Mustang based on the Roush program. Using all the aero and performance enhancements that are part of the Roush Stage 3 kit, Raybestos added a slew of mechanical parts, including Raybestos racing brakes and chassis parts, on the tuned-up Mustang.

The result is a car teeming with 650 fire-breathing horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque that promises to be a tuned-up Ford Mustang the likes of which we have never seen before. It also includes a six-speed manual transmission, high performance tires, a ROUSH tuned suspension, and Raybestos chassis components.

The Roush Stage 3 Mustang by Raybestos Garage is still a ways away from being a finished product, but Raybestos was nice enough to drop us a teaser sketch and a teaser video of their Mustang project. If you want to witness the build in its entirety, you can check it on Raybestos’ official website. Better yet, if you want to go home with the one-off muscle car, you can enter a contest on the site for the chance to win it. All you have to do is fill out some personal information, check out the terms of agreement, and hit enter.

In the past year or so, electric vehicles (EV) have proven that they can be really competitive. You don’t have to take our word for it, though, just take a look at the Electric RaceAbout which got plenty of attention for its bouts on both ice and the Nurburgring. Now that gas prices are on the rise yet again, some companies are fully embracing the fact that electric cars are the future, even in motorsports competition.

This is exactly why Quimera Responsible Racing is preparing to launch a high-performance All Electric Drift Car (AEDC) for the racing season, but they are going to need some help. The car’s official launch is set for October 2012, and before that happens, the team has to decided on the livery that will be used for the racer. This is where all of you come in. All you have to do is enter your designs at Quimerarr.com and get as many Likes as possible. The winner will be awarded with a trip to California’s Irwindale Speedway – aka The House of Drift – for the car’s official unveiling on October 12th and $5000 spending cash.

The All Electric Drift Car’s electric engine will deliver somewhere between 200 - 270 HP and will be powered by super charged lithium iron phosphate batteries with an average range of 150 miles. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds, making it one of the fastest electric vehicles.

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