I’ll bet you didn’t see this one coming: a “highly modified” Kia Soul will be used as a safety / pace car for the 2010 U.S. Touring Car Championship. The Soul made its debut at the March 21 race, at California’s Infineon Speedway.
Built by GoGoGear, the Soul pace car features an upgraded suspension, new tires on Konig wheels, a Borla exhaust, a Takeda short ram intake and strobe lighting plus the required light bar.
The purpose of a pace car is to collect the field and maintain a moderate speed to ensure track safety (while retaining some heat in the tires). I’m not sure a Kia Soul, even a “highly modified” one, would be my first choice to pace anything other than a cycling event. Still, Renault did build one kick-ass press van (the Espace F1 – Google it), so I suppose anything is possible.