Jalopnik Vs. GM: It's On!

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It's official. Jalopnik's Wes Siler will race GM's former vice-chairman Bob "Maximum Marketing" Lutz on October 29th at New York's Monticello Motor Club. Better news? You may be able to race Bob and Wes. May the best car win, bitches.


If you're not sure what's going on — here's the back-story. In a media conference call last month, while announcing the General's new "May The Best Car Win" marketing campaign, Bob Lutz told journalists he'd race a CTS-V versus any production car on Laguna Seca out west. Matt Hardigree came up with the idea to call him out on his shenanigans. I agreed he should let Bob know we'd be willing to put Jalopnik's road test editor Wes Siler up against the "Maximum Madman." Lutz accepted and now it's on. Yes, that's right, we'll be racing Bob in a Jaguar XFR (Mercedes wasn't too keen on the idea of the C63 AMG vs the CTS-V, but that's OK, we're comfortable with the XFR) and better news? You can be there too.


Do you want to have a go at Wes and Bob in your own production vehicle? Here's how it's going to work.

● You go to Fastlane and read Bob's post.

● Then go to this website and sign up.

● Then we help pick the folks we'll see at Monticello.

● Then it's on like Donkey Kong on October 29th.

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So... it's no longer Lutz, it's no longer at Laguna, it's no longer an AMG C63, (which was a full class smaller than the CTS-V), and it's now a Jag which just wants to be a powerful luxury tourer... oh and it's no longer a race, it's now time trials.

Why the hell are we still pretending to be excited about this? Why are we not screaming bullshit at the top of our lungs? Ray, have you guys been star-struck by a bit of celebrity?

Look, guys, this is the perfect, exact, bang-on example of the problem we've seen in GM for years, and disturbing proof that things aren't changing for the better. Every time there's a brilliant idea, they let the committees take over, and then look what happens!

Why is everyone still giving them the props they no longer deserve? This is the kind of placating, "meh, it's good enough" mentality that brought along some of GM's greatest turkeys like the Aztek, the G3, the Epica, and the FWD Impala. We need to show them that the half-assed mediocrity they've become content with just isn't good enough.

But then, maybe half-assed mediocrity really is good enough for some.