If we weren’t looking at this car with our very own eyes, we would have never believed that a Kia Optima Hybridcould look this good! Kia has pulled out all of the stops at this year’s SEMA Show with two very impressive update packages based on the hybrid sedan. First, was the Optima Hybrid Griffin and now, the USTCC Kia Optima Hybrid Pace Car.

The new USTCC Optima Hybrid Pace Car will replace the current Kia Soul as the official Safety Car of the USTCC. The car was developed in cooperation with GoGoGear.com and includes a free-flow air intake system, a Magnaflow exhaust system, a coil-over suspension kit to lower the ride height, a front splitter and rear wing, and lightweight wheels wrapped around performance tires.

All of those accessories are amazing in their own right, but the first thing we noticed on the car was the stunning custom color scheme, series graphics, and array of lighting. The Optima now benefits from a crisp black exterior with neon green graphics and a plethora of lighting, including LED auxiliary lights and HID headlight. The Optima Pace Car also has strobe lights and an LED light bar on the roof to help direct traffic while on duty.

The interior was also transformed to make the job easier with a 2,400-watt audio and video system and a DVD system with dual seven-inch monitors in the front-seat headrests and wireless headphones. The Optima was also given custom leather seats with green stitching to match the exterior trim color.

The USTCC Kia Optima Hybrid Pace Car will make its first USTCC appearance in March 2012.

Updated 11/09/2011: We have added real life images of the Kia Optima Hybrid USTCC Pace Car from its official debut on the SEMA floor. Find them in the picture gallery.


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  (677) posted on 01.31.2012

Without stickers, it wouldn’t look like a race car to me. Maybe due to lack of air inlets in the exterior of this car. Oops, it’s hybrid. Good thing Kia has a Hybrid car. The headlamp was not that amazing, but the wheels are pretty good.

  (466) posted on 11.21.2011

It maybe looks so fabulous on its exterior detailing, but I hope that being a hybrid car. It could have an impressive speed performance and an awesome interior feature either. smiley

  (434) posted on 11.17.2011

The green lines on its side and even around on its wheels is truly looking so cool for this hybrid vehicle and also its headlight is really very striking in this one. Anyway, when will be the debut of it?

  (429) posted on 11.17.2011

Kia Optima is really looking so spectacular on its stunning custom color scheme, and it can truly get lots of attention on that! However, I don’t like the fact that it is a hybrid car.

  (600) posted on 11.16.2011

It maybe looks so perfect on its exterior detailing, and it looks very attractive on that. However, I don’t like the fact that it is a hybrid car. I just find it unreliable.

  (382) posted on 11.14.2011

Yeah! I have to agree on you guys, that this Kia Optima Hybrid is looks so perfect on its exterior detailing. The style that they use on it, is very appealing and striking that everyone could surely be noticed.

  (526) posted on 11.10.2011

Its green graphics is really look so cool on this race car most especially on its wheels, but I wonder if what’s the purpose of its gull wing? And I am hoping that it can deliver an impressive speed performance either.

  (428) posted on 11.9.2011

Optima is one of the most impressive hybrid race cars that I saw today! Well, the aesthetic look that it had, and even the graphic design is absolutely looking so awesome on this one.

  (374) posted on 11.9.2011

This Optima is one of the most good looking hybrid race car that I saw today. smiley No doubt, if lots of race-car drivers fell in love on this one, for it also had an impressive engine specification.

  (449) posted on 11.7.2011

Kia must really be improving on their cars! This hybrid car of them is absolutely very striking on its stunning custom color scheme and with its array of lighting. The HID headlights are also very cool!

  (762) posted on 11.3.2011

Wow! This Kia Optima is definitely a good-looking race car! I love the cool sleek black body paint on it, that had a green lines touch it is so striking on that. I hope only that it could performed well, for the fact that it is a hybrid car.

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