To augment its championship-winning Forte Koup racing program, Kia entered into the Pirelli World Challenge with a specially-modified Kia Optima race car, which it showed off at the SEMA Show wearing a new livery for the 2015 racing season.
Kia Racing won the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge Grand Touring Sport (GTS) Class Manufacturer Championship in only its third season of competition, defeating rivals Ford, Chevrolet, Porsche, Aston Martin and Nissan to become the first Korean car manufacturer to win the coveted championship.
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Impressively, the team wrapped up the season with 13 podium finishes, including 5 race wins, with their turbocharged Optima race cars leading more on-track miles than any other manufacturer in the class .
The No. 38 B.R.A.K.E.S. Optima turbo displayed at SEMA was actually the car driven by Mark Wilkins throughout the 2014 season. It is powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder GDI engine under the hood of the stock Kia Optima SX and SXL, but tuned to produce around 368 horsepower instead of the standard 274 HP.
All that power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed sequential transmission, allowing the 2,950-pound (1,338 kg) race car to hit a top speed of 160 mph (257 km/h).
Wilkins finished the season third in the Driver Championship, clinching two wins and six podium finishes. Teammate Nic Jönsson finished seventh with three wins and seven podiums.
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Kia Racing competes not only to win, but also to support and increase awareness for two important charitable organizations: B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) and . The former provides free advanced driver’s education to teenage drivers with the goal of preventing injuries and saving lives, while the latter is devoted to helping public school students in need of learning materials.
With the Kia Optima race car, Kia Racing has a winner both on and off the race track. Do you follow the Pirelli World Challenge?
New, 2020 Kia Soul EV Has 243 Mile (391 Km) Driving Range
Kia’s quirky crossover joins the high-range electric vehicle group.
The EPA has given the 2020 Kia Soul EV a driving range of up to 243 miles (391 km) on a single charge, placing it in the same class as the Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model 3, Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia Niro EV and Nissan LEAF e+, all of which get over 200 miles (322 km).
In fact, the Soul EV uses the same 64 kWh battery pack as the Kona Electric and Niro. Power is provided by an electric motor that generates 201-horsepower and 291 lb-ft. of torque and can be modulated with four driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Eco+, which automatically adjust power output, regenerative braking, climate control settings, and set speed limits to help manage overall efficiency.
Similar to the Niro and Kona EVs, it will charge at around 100kW for at least the first 50 percent of charge. A DC Fast Charge port comes standard.
The 2020 Kia Soul EV goes on sale in the second half of 2019.
Kia’s New Telluride SUV Is Big Enough For Your Whole Family
Kia’s biggest-ever SUV has enough room to accommodate eight occupants in relative comfort.
The Kia Telluride has finally seen the light of day, giving Kia a spacious modern SUV for the whole family.
Designed in California specifically for the North American market, particularly the United States, the Telluride stands out with a boxy shape, a blunt hood, and a wide grille flanked by a pair of blunt vertical headlights. It’s distinctive, attractive and should turn some heads in the rather soft and puffy-looking full-size SUV segment.
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Power is provided by a 3.8L V6 that produces 291 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, good enough for a 5,000-pound tow rating. An 8-speed automatic transmission drives the wheels.
The Telluride also features four-wheel independent suspension with an optional self-leveling system and all-wheel drive. ‘Comfort’ and ‘snow’ odes distribute just 20 percent of torque to the rear wheels, while ‘sport’ has a 65-35 front-back split and ‘lock’ divides power equally between all corners.
Inside, the clean, BMW-esque dashboard is fitted with a 10.25-inch touchscreen that’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibile, while a 10-speaker, 630-watt Harman Kardon sound system makes it easy to blast you favorite tunes throughout the cavernous interior. There’s also a wireless charging pad and a total of six USB charging ports.
Buyers looking for a more premium look and feel can splurge on a number of luxury interior appointments, ranging from quilted Nappa leather to matte-finish wood.
On the safety front, Kia’s big SUV is available with tons of safety tech, including forward collision warning, forward collision-avoidance assist, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, a blind spot monitor, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera, and a head-up display.
The all-new, 2020 Kia Telluride goes on sale in the second half of 2019 in LX, EX, S, and SX trims. Would you consider it as your next family-hauler?
Hyundai, Kia Show Off Wireless EV Charging, Automated Valet Parking
After essentially charging itself, the vehicle automatically reparks itself in an empty spot.
Hyundai and Kia have revealed a new Automated Valet Parking System that makes it easier for electric car owners to charge and park their EVs.
The innovative feature informs the driver of the vehicle’s remaining battery charge and automatically finds wireless charging stations. When instructed, the vehicle then proceeds to drive on its own to an available charging station and charges wirelessly via magnetic induction, before navigating to another vacant parking spot so that other EVs have access to the charging station.
Once the driver is ready to go, the car autonomously returns to his / her location. Watch it in action…
Hyundai and Kia hope that their new Automated Valet Parking System will alleviate crowding at charging stations once electric cars gain prominence. But despite combining several technologies that are already under development, it isn’t expected to be ready until 2025.