Wintertime is quickly approaching, and the last thing you want to do is drive your $250k supercar or $52 million classic racer through snow, slush and salt. So, unless you live here in sunny Florida or Southern Cali, your only real option is to load you precious in a storage garage, and park it for the season.
The issue in storing a car for months on end is that the fuel system can get excessive moisture in it, causing rusting in the tank, and the fuel-injection system or carburetor can get gummed up from oxygen attacking the fuel. You could drain the tank, but then you run the risk of even more water infiltrating the fuel system, plus the rubber seals in the fuel system, which are designed for constant contact submersion in fuel, can dry up and start leaking when you fire up the engine for the first time.
So, you may be in a panic now, but we do have a solution. Fill your tank 95 percent full with your favorite fuel and add the prescribed amount of STA-BIL “Storage” Fuel Stabilizer to the gas tank. After adding STA-BIL to the tank, run the car for a few minutes to circulate it through the fuel system. Then, your good ol’ girl is ready for hibernation. Come springtime, when you crack open the storage unit, you will be instantly greeted by the old familiar rumble of your car’s engine without even a hint of a stumble from bad fuel, varnish or water in the system.
What’s more, STA-BIL is good for storage periods longer than just one season. In fact, it will continue working hard to keep your car’s fuel system in top shape for up to 12 months.
Additionally right now, STA-BIL is offering fans on Facebook a chance to win an $800 storage shed and STA-BIL product by simply sharing a storage tip, experience or nightmare here and a simple “like” of their Facebook page. Good luck!
Along with the sick video above, which highlights that seven-speed S tronic auto-box and the sweet, sweet note of the 2014 R8 V10 , Audi also unveiled two new R8 -related items that may get fans of the supercar excited.
First up is the all-new "Audi Library" iPad app. This app allows you to configure a 2014 Audi R8 to your liking — or any Audi for that matter. Want a "Brilliant Red" R8 V10 with the S tronic transmission, "Lunar Silver" fine Nappa leather seating and an Alcantara headliner? The app can build it for you and get you a price. It also gives you access to tons of dynamic Audi content. You can download the app here.
Secondly, Audi has also announced that the #WantAnR8 program will return in October 2013. This contest calls on fans to add #WantAnR8 to a Twitter post. With this post, you are then entered in a drawing to have a day-long date with the 2014 R8, either in your hometown or on a racetrack. Sure, Audi isn’t handing you an R8 to keep, but a day with it is more than most of us would ever get a chance at.
Looks like Audi is pushing the new R8 pretty hard this year, so enjoy the extra goodies, folks.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Audi R8 V10
Automakers are known to come up with contests for their fans that are launched to get the latter more involved in the inner workings of the industry. We’ve seen it before and we’ll see it again.
This time around, it’s Chrysler that has taken that role, opening up a new online contest to encourage its fans to show their customized Chrysler vehicles.
To drive up the interest in the contest, which has been dubbed the Chrysler Custom Challenge, the automaker decided to roll out a number of prizes that are too cool to pass up, including attending the 2013 SEMA Auto Show with their customized Chryslers, as well as a trip to the 2014 NAIAS and a lease of a Chrysler vehicle.
That last part alone would’ve gotten us interested.
As far as entering the competition is concerned, interested participants are invited to visit Chrysler’s Facebook page and submit an image of their customized Chrysler brand vehicle to go with a brief description of the customizations.
All entries will then be subjected to public voting until July 1st at which time three finalists and ten runner-up winners will be selected by a combination of judges’ scores and public votes.
So if any of you have any Chrysler-modded vehicles in your garage, stand proud and show them off. Who knows, you might be rewarded with a trip to SEMA with your baby for your efforts.
Click past the jump to see some of the past Chrysler aftermarket programs that would make for good contenders in this contest
Car insurance companies are always trying to find some way to better monitor your driving style and habits to help adjust their premiums accordingly. In fact, yours truly fell for the Progressive scam of plugging a small transmitter into the data port on my Mazdaspeed MX-5 with the promise that I could “save up to 30 percent.” Well, this little gadget sensed every time I tapped the brakes a little too hard or pushed my little turbocharged roadster into a corner just a little harder than usual, then it would beep and upload this information to the company.
Well, after noticing what this gizmo was up to, I quickly unplugged it and overnighted it to Progressive with a thanks-but-no-thanks letter. Well, now more insurance companies are getting into the tracking game with even more technology. In fact, State Farm has taken it a little further by installing an app on your Android 4.0 (or higher) smartphone. According to State Farm this app will collect “basic information about your driving,” but the insurance giant doesn’t offer a bit of info about what it will use this data for.
So, why would you allow your insurance company to track how, when and where you drive? Because they grease your palm, of course; State Farm is offering up a $50 gift card to the first 5,000 volunteers to give up their driving privacy and test the system. In fact, you don’t even have to be a State Farm customer to do this test and get the $50.
We say stay away from this deal and the insurance tracking devices altogether, regardless of how much they choose to offer you in return. Chances are that this information could potentially jack up your car insurance just because you park in a less-than-ideal area semi-frequently or brake a little harder than others. Plus, having your insurance company knowing what you’re up to at any given time is pretty dang scary.
What’s next, health insurance companies strapping devices on us to monitor our food intake and exercise?
Okay, if you grew up through the 1980s and 1990s – yes I am dating myself here – with The Price is Right, then you likely remember that most of the cars they gave away are essentially junk by today’s standards. We can all hear the late Rod Roddy saying “A brand new car; this 1985 Chevrolet Citation…” etcetera, etcetera. When we see these reruns today, we all laugh our tails off, but the contestants were more than happy to get their 1980s econo-crapboxes.
Fast-forward 20-plus years and now we have the once-famous-now-reduced-to-riding-Bob-Barker’s-coattail Drew Carey hosting the show and prizes are equally as modern as that 1985 Citation once was. Still, we never saw a super-cool car offered up by the Price is Right folks – until now. The car offered up as the grand prize for winning “Three Strikes” in the above video was a Ferrari 458 Italia – yeah, the $285k supercar .
Unfortunately for the lady that was playing for the prize, she was given the hook in short order, thanks to three quick strikes. Then again, maybe it was a blessing, considering the taxes alone on this supercar would be nearly $25,000.
Check out the video above to see the action. If you don’t want to wait through the entire video, you can skip to the good part at about the 3-minute mark.
Click past the jump to see some of the crappy cars The Price is Right has given away
Want to visit the Los Angeles Auto Show to witness tons of high-profile unveils and announcements without paying a single dollar? Well, here’s your chance.
Thanks to Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC), official tire sponsor of the L.A. Auto Show, a hundred people can stand a chance to win four sets of tickets to the auto show. And for the crème de la crème, five lucky winners will be chosen for tickets, worth $125, to the Sneak Preview Night where they will get to see and enjoy the cars beforehand, as well as entry into the main show. Now that’s a giveaway that any car enthusiast would die for.
According to YTC’s PR manager, Theresa Palang, this giveaway not only displays Yokohama’s support to the auto show for the past seven years, but it also gets the general public excited and engaged.
Daniel Song’s FR-S GT was pretty sweet, but we think it ultimately failed due to the fact that it was a little to, shall we say, “Ricey” for the true enthusiast. We’re sure it performs admirably, but the massive wing on the back and matte black paint just screams “circa 1996 Civic DX ‘racecar.’” John Toca’s project was definitely up there, but he ultimately skimped out a little bit on the engine, resorting to an air-to-air intercooler and a cat-back exhaust system. On the inside and outside, however, Toca’s creation was gorgeous.
This leaves just one car left as the winner and that is good old “minty FReSh” by Chris Basselgia. Chris installed a smooth exterior package and covered it in an awesome paint color, then tinkered just a little bit with the audio system. Inside, Chris made some mild styling changes to set off the FR-S, like distressed leather, leather-trimmed floor mats, and a wood-grain steering wheel. Where we think Chris really made his victory a sure thing is under the skin of the FR-S.
As with all of the other competitors, Chris installed a supercharger, but he took great care in making sure that forced air remained cool, by installing a water-to-air intercooler and a heat exchanger. On top of that, he also fitted it with a CNC-milled intake manifold upgraded the cooling system, installed a full exhaust system, added in an air-ride system and upgraded the brakes. He really stretched that $10K a long way and came out with an extra $15K in prize money in his pocket.
Congrats, Chris. Hopefully Scion lets you keep the FR-S you built, but we doubt it.
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
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...