Edmunds has officially announced the rules concerning its $1 million quest to get to the bottom of the Toyota unintended acceleration woes. If you think you can replicate the series of events that causes the sedans to go ballistic, you'll need to write up a 1,000 word summary packed full with what you think causes the problem, why your cause is plausible, a brief account of your test protocol and what you've found. Throw in an in-depth, step-by-step test protocol and get it all in by October 29, 2010 at 5 p.m. PST in order to be considered for the prize.
Edmunds says it will announce the winner(s) on March 31, 2011. If there is more than one winner, the purse will be split evenly between the victors. Be warned, though, Edmunds isn't about to pay out for causes that have already been identified by Toyota, the NHTSA or anyone else for that matter. The winning cause has to be completely unique and has to feasibly occur in the real world.
The good news is the competition isn't just limited to Toyota models. Edmunds will let you run your tests on any stock consumer vehicle sold in the U.S. between 2006 and 2011. Let the games begin. You can check out the full rules and all the fine print here.