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Leonard Nimoy races Zachary Quinto in new car ad

Somebody on Audi’s ad team has a great sense of humor: The new spot for the car maker features the actors racing to see who’s going to buy lunch.

Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto

It’s the rare Star Trek fan who wouldn’t want to see a battle between Old Spock and New Spock. What’s really strange about the TV showdown between Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy: It makes for a car commercial that’s actually fun to watch.

Quinto and Nimoy both star in the next Star Trek film, Star Trek Into Darkness, set to bow on May 17, and a new commercial from Audi, which purports that the two are friends and rivals in real life.

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In the spot, when Nimoy beats Quinto in a chess game, the latter lays down a challenge: Meet you at the club for golf, whoever gets there last buys lunch.

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Quinto, of course, is driving a stylish new Audi tricked out with a trunk giant enough to hold his clubs and a GPS system that speeds him on his way. Nimoy, in his not-Audi, is forced to laboriously buckle his clubs into the front passenger seat and poke along slowly, singing his 1960s bizarre non-hit song, “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.”

Naturally, Quinto wins, and he taunts Nimoy: “I can practice my swing if you need to pull over and take a nap.”

“Smarta**,” snaps Nimoy, who complains that he feels like he’s stuck in a black hole. Hey, just like Planet Vulcan was pawned by a black hole in the last Star Trek! Hey, we get it!

See for yourself.

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