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Electric Volkswagen Beetle

It looks like a 1958-1966 Volkswagen Bug on the outside, but under the hood? It's a zero-emission, 100% electric-powered vehicle by San Diego-based Zelectric Motors. Owner David Benardo sources parts from EV West, a shop specializing in selling components for high-performance electric race cars, and then installs two lithium-ion battery packs on the Bugs - one under the front and another behind the backseats, thus replacing the gasoline engine with a Zelectric drivetrain. Continue reading for three more videos and additional information.

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Overhead Computer Control Panel

You could either opt for a programmable keyboard / mouse combo, or build one of these TRON-inspired overhead control panels, like Imgur user "Knillis". Every single one of the buttons and switches is programmable. "The green section turns on the different programs I run most often. The top row triggers Chrome, Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects and iTunes," said Knillis. Continue reading to see the build process from start to finish.

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500HP Turbocharged Super Kart Go-Kart

For auto enthusiasts, there's no better way to wake up in the morning than with a 500-horsepower go-kart. That's right, Speed Kart comes equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. C&D said: "But the thing is, if you have something like this in the garage, you're going to wake up at 3:30 in the morning and you'll already be tearing through the neighborhood with nothing but your boxers and a wide grin between you and the imminent road splatter." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one on how "oldschool" graphics worked.

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Streetfighter Vengeance Camaro

If the Batmobile was a muscle car, this 1967 Vengeance Streetfighter Camaro by Team Speed member Totem is probably what it would look like. Believe it or not, the exterior boasts a flat black paint job completed entirely with spray paint cans. There are also gloss black and carbon fibers accents that contrast with the bright red 14" Willwood brake calipers. Under the hood, you'll find a Vengeance Racing-built Forged 427 LS7 engine. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Best Lightsaber Replica

Photo credit: Todd Johnson via Laughing Squid

Todd Johnson, better known as "Darth Alice" online, is a Waterford, Michigan-based metal artist that specializes in making extremely bright lightsaber replicas, starting with this Redeemer LED Lightsaber from Saberforge. Some of the modifications include: a "precision fit Delrin chassis for more center section strength, an Igniter R5 board with Maxamp (capable of 16 font banks and 32 colors with dual-phase), a custom speaker holder, and much more." While it won't be slicing through anything in the near future, it's definitely a conversation piece nonetheless, even more so come the Force Awakens premier. Continue reading to see another one of his custom Redeemer lightsabers.

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DIY Coil Charging Cable

Always seem to find your charging cables tangled up? Then here's an easy tutorial on how to make them all tangle-proof with a simple coil. Grab any charging cable, a ballpoint pen / pencil / etc. with a cap, wrap the cable around it, secure the cable to cap, use a hairdryer to ensure it stays coiled, and you're ready to charge. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an amazing 3D-printed Stargate.

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Lamborghini Thermochromic Paint Job

Thermochromism is basically the property of substances to change color due to a change in temperature. When when this is applied to paint jobs, some crazy things can happen. Even an appearance by a superhero isn't out of the question, and German artist Rene Turrek has released a video showing his latest project: a heat-sensitive Lamborghini Gallardo that appears purplish at first, but reveals a "cap-tastic" surprise. Continue reading to watch.

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High-Voltage Ejector Bed

Inventor Colin Furze has finally completed his high-voltage ejector bed, which comes complete with flashing lights on top, a high-powered ejector mechanism below and a train horn. As power is increased during various test runs, the bed ejects you further into the room. Fortunately (or unfortunately), you don't get a shock of electricity to go along with it. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the longest jump for a semi-truck.

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NES Cartridge Hard Drive Mod

Photo credit: Cheesey24 / Imgur

Repurposing an old game cartridge isn't something new, but this is one of the first projects we've seen with a custom label. Imgur user "cheesey24" started with an old hard drive and a Championship Bowling cartridge, but gutting the latter wasn't the easiest of tasks. Since Nintendo uses custom screws, he had to make his own tool - using an old runner from a model kit and a lighter to mold it - before cracking open the case. After some dremeling, a custom label from UnconventionalHacker and securing the hard drive, the rest is history. Continue reading to see the project from start to finish.

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Lamborghini Murcielago Replica

At first glance, this appears to be a real Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, but it's actually a replica. That's right, the reason why all the proportions are correct is because rather than use a donor car, everything was built from the ground up, with a tube chassis and fiberglass/carbon fiber body by NAERC. Continue reading for a dyno pull as well as some spirited highway driving.

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