Last night, Tesla Motors turned their Menlo Park store over to video gamers for a promotional event with Capcom. Attendees were given some nice swag, including a Tesla Roadster Hot Wheels car. Why would a video game company be working with Tesla, you ask? Because the maker's new Dark Void video game, due out early next year, features a digital version of Nikola Tesla. See the connection?

Even if you're not a fan of the tenuous connection, you might want to know about this: Capcom and Tesla Motors are partnering to give away a custom Roadster as well as five all-expense paid trips for two to Vegas just for a test drive (ohh, tease!). Interested? Head here and give up some personal information. This is the first car-giveaway promotion that Tesla has ever directly participated in. Winners will be selected in February. One note: the rules say that the "Winner may elect to receive $25,000 in lieu of the Customized Tesla Roadster." Which would you prefer?

[Source: Capcom]

PRESS RELEASE:

Capcom's Dark Void(TM) and Tesla Motors Team Up to Bring Gamers 'Dark Void's Tesla Roadster Giveaway'

Dark Void Fans Will Now Get a Chance to Pilot More Than a Jet Pack with a Chance to Win a Tesla Roadster

SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, and Tesla Motors have partnered to bring gamers the Dark Void(TM) Tesla Roadster Giveaway. The sweepstakes, which began Monday at an exclusive event at the flagship Tesla Motors showroom in Silicon Valley, invites gamers to visit Capcom's official Dark Void site to enter for a chance to win a variety of prizes, including an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas to test drive a Roadster, as well as the Grand Prize: their very own Roadster.

The Dark Void Tesla Roadster Giveaway is the first time that Tesla Motors has partnered with another company to give away a Roadster, the record-setting electric sports car that's faster than a Porsche 911 Turbo and greener than a Toyota Prius. To celebrate the launch of the sweepstakes and promote Capcom's highly anticipated action-adventure game, Dark Void, Capcom held a test drive event Monday that allowed the media and San Francisco Bay Area members of Capcom-Unity.com to experience both the car and the game.

"One of the characters in Dark Void is brilliant inventor Nikola Tesla, whose passion and intelligence inspired creativity and advances in technology far ahead of his time," said Mona Hamilton, vice president, marketing, Capcom Entertainment. "Our partnership with Tesla Motors continues this spirit of creativity and innovation, paring our next generation of interactive entertainment with their next generation of automotive history. The company continues to push the technological envelope with the first electric sports car to go from 0-60 in 3.7 seconds. That's almost as fast as the main vehicle in the game -- the jet pack!"

Dark Void is a sci-fi action-adventure game that combines adrenaline-fuelled aerial and ground-pounding combat. Set in a parallel universe called "The Void," players take on the role of Will, a pilot dropped into incredible circumstances within the mysterious Void. This unlikely hero soon finds himself swept into a desperate struggle for survival, joining forces with a rebel human group called The Survivors. Trapped in the Void, these resistance fighters are battling to hold off a mysterious alien race that plans to threaten Earth. Dark Void, developed by Airtight Games and published by Capcom, will be shipping on January 12, 2010 for Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3 and PC.

To enter the sweepstakes, visit the official site Dark Void site at http://www.darkvoidgame.com/tesla/ to sign up for a chance to win. Five lucky winners will get a free trip to Las Vegas this January during the Consumer Electronics Show to test drive the Tesla Roadster with the Dark Void development team. In February, one very lucky winner will win the grand prize -- their very own Tesla Roadster. Gamers who enter before Dec. 7 are eligible for the Test Drive Event and the grand prize. Those who enter after Dec. 7 will be eligible for the grand prize only. By signing up for the sweepstakes, fans will also be entered into the Dark Void community to stay up to date with game news, new assets and announcements. The winner of the Tesla Roadster will be announced in February 2010.

"Nikola Tesla obsessed over building the perfect machine -- just like Tesla Motors. Until the parallel-universe jet pack becomes a reality, there's always the Roadster," said Ricardo Reyes, vice president, communications, Tesla Motors. "It's only fitting that we partner with Capcom, another cutting-edge company, to honor a revolutionary genius."

ABOUT CAPCOM

Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment for game consoles, PCs, handheld and wireless devices. Founded in 1983, the company has created hundreds of games, including best-selling franchises Resident Evil®, Street Fighter®, Mega Man® and Devil May Cry®. Capcom maintains operations in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Tokyo and Hong Kong, with corporate headquarters located in Osaka, Japan. More information about Capcom can be found on the company web site, www.capcom.com.

Dark Void is a trademark of Capcom Entertainment Inc. Street Fighter is a registered trademark of Capcom U.S.A., Inc. Capcom, Resident Evil, Mega Man and Devil May Cry are registered trademarks of Capcom Co., Ltd. Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and the Xbox logos are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies and are used under license from Microsoft. "PlayStation" and "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All other marks are the property of their respective holders.

ABOUT TESLA MOTORS

Tesla Motors is the only automaker producing and selling highway-capable electric vehicles. It sells cars online and at showrooms in California's Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, London and Munich. Tesla has delivered more than 700 cars to customers in North America and Europe.

The Tesla Roadster is faster than a Porsche 911 Turbo or an Audi R8 but greener than a Toyota Prius. Teslas consume no gasoline, never need routine oil changes, and require far less maintenance than internal combustion engine vehicles, including hybrids. They qualify for numerous incentives, including a $7,500 US federal tax credit, sales tax waivers and credits in several states, and incentives throughout Europe. The Roadster has a dramatically lower total cost of ownership than conventional sports cars.

ABOUT AIRTIGHT GAMES

Formed in 2004, by core team members from the award winning Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge and based in Redmond, WA, Airtight Games currently develops titles for all major platforms
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