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Kia Optima’s UVO System Is Pretty Nifty

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This post is sponsored by Kia.

I’ve had my eye on the Kia Optima for a while now. Let me tell you why. I’m a 32 year old guy, and I’ve reached a point in my life where I’m starting to think about changing priorities. Well, I’m not so much thinking about it consciously as I’m realizing it’s happening. Yeah… the life of parties and sports cars just doesn’t have quite the same appeal it once did. And so the time has come to look for a vehicle more appropriate for me. That’s where the Optima comes in.

For one, that car’s a looker. The lines are strong, flowing, elegant and balanced, and I noticed it on the road before I even started doing any research on it. And once I did start digging, I was pleased. Take the engine for example: it comes in 200hp and 274hp configurations, which is plenty. I’m not going to lie, changing priorities doesn’t mean I don’t want to have some fun now and then! And the other thing that stood out to me, being a gadget geek, was the UVO infotainment system. This is what I want to take some time to talk to you guys about.

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This Lawnmower Tops Out At 130mph

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What’s one of the perks of being Honda, a multi billion dollar global corporation? That it can make vehicles like the one above at whim. They took the body of one of their HF2620 Lawn Tractors and stuffed it with the 1000cc engine from a VTR Firestorm motorcycle. Add in a few mods for suspension and wheels and whatnot, and you’ve got yourself a 109bhp lawnmower that’s capable (theoretically) to top out at 130mph. In testing they’ve pushed it up to 100mph, though we’re assured it can do better. The best part? It still cuts grass, thanks to two electric motors.

Wanna see The Stig take it for a spin? We have that video, along with another promotional one featuring British touring champion Gordon ‘Flash’ Shedden, after the jump.

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What’s The Most Desired In-Car Tech?

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Trunk Dividers Stop Stuff From Sloshing Around In Your Trunk

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Some of us drive around with trunks that aren’t full to the brim with useless crap, so when we go to the store to buy a gallon of milk (because someone forgot to mention we were out before the groceries were done) and put it in there, it tends to roll around for the entire drive home. It’s a first world problem, clearly, but for $13 you can fix it if it bothers you that much. The Stayhold dividers stick to the carpet that lines most car trunks, and can be placed any way you like. Create compartments where you can put only a few items, or remove them altogether when it’s time to fit the large suitcase and mozy on over to the airport for that vacation you’ve been dreaming of all year.

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The nGroove Snap Uses Your Car’s CD Slot To Mount Your Smartphone At An Optimal Position

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The worst place for your smartphone to be while you’re driving, is in your hands. But let’s face it: very few of us keep it in our pockets. It’s usually lying around in the center console, where you can glance at it if you get a text or a call. The nGage Snap is a mount specially designed to place your phone in the middle of the dashboard, right where you can comfortably see it. It has a specially designed

“microblade, small enough to fit into the slot of your CD player, narrow enough to hide behind your phone, and sturdy enough to withstand the rockiest of roads.

The way we designed the blade is such that it does not go far enough into your CD slot to activate the CD player mechanism, so that means you can still have a CD in your player while the mount is installed.”

Like you, we’re a little skeptical that this would actually work and not break anything, but we’re willing to suspend our disbelief when we consider that we’ve never actually tried it, while the nGage’s designers probably have tested it extensively and found it to be possible. If it works, it’s pretty slick. It does require you to stick a 0.55mm thin, removable, non-permanent adhesive backing on your device, which will snap to the magnets on the mount. If you can stomach that, in the name of convenience, you can head over to the IndieGogo campaign and pledge $25 for yours. It’s fully funded so you should be getting it in July.

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Lamborghini Egoista Concept Is Only Missing Jet Engine, Wings

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It’s true that when you’re designing a concept, you’re only restrained by your imagination and not any of the real-world limitations that are imposed on road-worthy cars. That can partly help explain why the above Lamborghini Egoista looks as outlandishly awesome as it does: it’s never going to be sold to anyone, and there’s only one like it. It was created to commemorate the company’s 50th anniversary, and was on display in Italy last Saturday.

So why Egoista? This means “selfish” in Italian, and that’s because the car seats one. Its looks were inspired by an Apache attack helicopter, and is powered by a 600hp V10 engine. But that’s just scratching the surface:

This unique concept is centered around a single-person, carbon fiber and aluminum cockpit that’s actually removable, and is designed around the driver, with a racing seat, four-point restraints, and a heads-up display. LED clearance lights replace traditional headlights, hidden xenon headlamps provide distance lighting, and flaps on the bodywork help increase stability and airflow to the 600hp, 5.2L V10 engine. If that wasn’t enough, the body and wheels are made from anti-radar material.

This is what unrestrained automotive exuberance looks like when Lamborghini is the one partying it up. But again, it’s more of a fancy anniversary trophy and demonstration of technical ability, than it is anything that anyone will ever be able to buy. Sadly.

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Batman Booster Seat Will Keep The Youngins Happy, At Least For A Little While

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The only thing better than a fictional superhero, is a completely real car booster seat for kids fashioned after that hero’s image. The Batman seat you see above will make your child sit just a little higher, see the road better and most importantly, feel super safe in the embrace of Gotham’s savior. He might even smile for a bit and be all excited to be sitting in it, at least until he gets distracted by something else 20 minutes later. But what do we know about kids?

It costs $150, and appears to even have two cupholders, of which, as we know, there can never be too many in a car. So hit the jump for links and a bunch more pictures.

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You Could Buy An Exotic Car With Some Track Time, Or This Fancy F1 Simulator For About The Same Amount

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Only this simulator doesn’t go anywhere. It’s a glorified game. And yes, it’s as expensive as some exotic cars, clocking in at an astounding £90,000 (roughly $140,000). So what do you get for the same price as a slightly used 2006 Ferrarri F430 Spider?

This Formula 1 Full Size Racing Simulator houses a custom racing simulator, complete with three 23-inch screens, a 5.1 surround sound system, and a custom computer powered by an Intel Core i7 processor. The details continue with a full set of pedals, an F1-type quick-release steering wheel with force feedback, your choice of a silver, red, or black paint job, magnesium alloy wheels, and Pirelli F1 show tires.

Pirelli F1 tires… for a vehicle that doesn’t move? Three screens? Please… There is an art in separating people from their money, and this particular gimmick includes sending a team over to your house to install this thing and “make sure it fits”. This, sadly, is probably a selling point for some.

Oh… we should mention it’s being sold at Costco. Yeah…

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What Does Driving At 265.7mph Look Like?

On April 2nd of this year, the Hennessy Venom GT may have stripped the ‘World’s Fastest Production Car’ title from Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. The Guinness Book of World Records recently announced that it was taking the title away from the Bugatti because an investigation into its 2010, 267.856mph run revealed that the speed limiter had been deactivated, going against the GBWR’s rules and making the Super Sport no longer qualify as a ‘production vehicle’. This opens the door for the Hennessy Venom GT to take its place as the new speed king, with a VBox-certified run of 265.7mph. However… this was done on a 2 mile runway; the car was still accelerating when they ran out of room, meaning a higher top speed is likely. Considering the Veyron takes 4 miles to achieve its 267mph record, the Venom GT’s achievement is very impressive. The figure hasn’t been officially recognized by the GBWR, but you can see the 413.2kph run in the video above.

If you want a 1,200HP Hennessy Venom GT, you can get your hands on one for the cool sum of $1,000,000,

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