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Friday, March 21, 2008

Team Unintended Acceleration

This blog will document the racing (survival) effort of Team Unintended Acceleration in the 24 Hours of LeMons, held in Houston in October 2008. The team will be campaigning a 1985 Audi 4000 S, which cost $100 to purchase and is being delivered from Florida within the next couple of weeks.

The Audi 4000 was a pretty good car back in the day, but this model is only a four-cylinder car and doesn't have quattro, which in my book makes it a glorified VW (not that there is anything wrong with that). It's also over 20 years old and has seen it's better days. For these reasons and others, it's not worthy of the Audi 4000 moniker, so it has been re-christened the Audi 400. The 400 represents the car's total value, even after we fix it up. I'm guessing that after the race, we will have to drop another zero...maybe two.

Team Unintended Acceleration gets its name from the 1986 broadcast of a 60 Minutes story, which purported that the Audi 5000 had a design defect which caused the car to accelerate out of control, causing all sorts of mayhem. That sounds exactly like the kind of car we want at LeMons!


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