2012 Kia Optima SX World Challenge GTS Race Car

The debuts are coming fast and furious at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show so we’re going to be on our toes to stay on top of the action as more cars are unveiled.

One that got our attention was the Kia Optima SX World Challenge GTS Race Car. Given the fact that Kia is a relative neophyte in the world of auto racing, we’ve been pleasantly surprised in the company’s aggressive stance in building race cars. Last month at SEMA , they even introduced their new Rio B-Spec Racer and an Optima USTCC Pace Car . Now, it’s the Optima ’s turn to be tuned to racing specifications, this time for the Pirelli World Challenge Championships.

One possible explanation behind Kia’s sudden enthusiasm in auto racing was born out of the success they’ve had in the sport, despite only being active in competitive racing for the past two years.

"As a brand with no previous racing experience in America, for Kia to win two motorsports championships in just its second year is an incredible accomplishment, and expanding our motorsports footprint with the turbocharged Optima entering World Challenge will continue to build passion and enthusiasm for the brand with an entirely new fan base at different race tracks across the country," said Michael Sprague, vice president, marketing & communications, KMA.

The cars were built as a collaborative project between Kia Motors America and Kinetic Motorsports where they will be competing in a racing series that features race-prepped versions of production vehicles from many of the world’s most popular manufacturers. The pair of Optimas that were unveiled at the LA Auto Show have been tuned with aerodynamic styling and outstanding driving dynamics that should make them well suited to handle the high-octane, steel-scraping world of World Challenge racing.


8 comments:

Great for Kia, for achieving another milestone in creating cars for racing. Kia’s GTS car is impressively designed with almost perfection. I’m looking forward in seeing more from Kia most especially in creating the fastest cars in the industry.

It is really looking so great and fabulous with its graphic design. I just do hope that it can also offer lots of safety features, which are necessary with this kind of vehicle. It is really looking so cool .

For this one, it is really looking so great and fabulous with its graphic design. But I’m not so impressed with its engine. I do hope that it can also offer lots of safety features, which are necessary with this kind of vehicle.

For a race car, I don’t think that 274 horsepower could already deliver a nice speed on it. I think Kia should boost it more. Anyway, as for its exterior, I must say that I’m already satisfied with its sporty graphic design.

This Optima race car is really looking so great and fabulous with its graphic design. However, I don’t think that its 274 horsepower could truly give a nice speed performance for this race car.

274 horsepower? Is it already enough for a race car? Well, I don’t think that it could have a great speed performance on that. Anyway, I have to agree that it looks so cool with its graphic design.

The graphic design of this Optima only adds more appeal and gives the aggressive looks of it. However, I’m not so impressed with its engine. I don’t think that it would be good enough for this race car.

Optima SX is really looking so cool on its graphic design! However, I hope that it can also offer lots of safety features, which are necessary with this kind of vehicle.

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