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...
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!
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.
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!
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.
The beautifully exquisite Porsche 911/991 made its debut earlier this year and the number of people wanting to own one probably far outweighs the number of people who have enough money to do so. For the latter, Falken Tire is hosting a huge social media campaign that will see the grand prize winner driving away in a new Porsche 911/991 Carrera . Okay, so technically, the amount of money you make has no influence whatsoever on your chances of winning, but you get our point.
Falken Tire’s sweepstakes will launch today on their Facebook page, marking the beginning of the ALMS 12 Hrs of Sebring race weekend (March 16th-18th, 2012). Falken will actually be competing in the GT Class of the American LeMans Series with a 2012 Porsche GT3 RSR. Veteran Drivers Wolf Henzler and Bryan Sellers will return to pilot the car.
For a chance to win the 911/991 sports car, all you have to do is head to Falken Tire’s Facebook page and "Like" it. Once that is done, players will be able to compete on a Falken-branded racetrack on CityVille and be entered to win the 911.
Factory Five is known for being the premiere Shelby Cobra replica builders of the world, but how does their Mk4 Roadster stack up against the original 427 ? On March 17th and 18th, 2012, Powerblock TV will be airing episodes of MuscleCar TV that will show both cars stacked up against each other in a variety of driving categories. The Mk4 Roadster was jacked up with Ford’s new 5.0L Coyote engine, upgraded Wilwood brakes, Moser’s wavetrack rear end, and KONI’s latest double-adjustable shocks before both cars went to Charlotte Motor Speedway for a little one on one action. To watch the action, make sure you catch those episodes on March 17th and 18th, then again on March 24th and 25th on The Powerblock. Of course, if you want to be part of the action, then head over to the PowerBlock website, or visit the PowerBlock TV Facebook page where you can sign up to win the Ultimate Do-It-Yourself Package.
PowerBlock is holding a sweepstakes in which the winner will receive a complete Factory Five Mk4 Kit, complete with Ford Racing parts and Matco Tools, as well as a bunch of other prizes. All you have to do is sign up online to win. No purchase necessary.