• Feb 10, 2011
Kia Optima Turbo SX Kinetic Race Car – Click above for high-res image gallery

Is Kia considering following the lead set by Toyota in crafting an entry into NASCAR? No – at least not that we know of. But the Korean automaker is proving it has an interest in racing nonetheless, as you can see from the 2011 Kia Optima Turbo SX built by Kinetic Motorsports seen above.

According to Kia, this race car was built as a prototype to showcase the performance and racing capabilites of the Optima. Performance aside, this machine, which is being shown off at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, certainly looks the part of a credible racer.

It's worth noting that the Kia Forte race car, also built by Kia racing partner Kinetic, finished second in the Grand-Am race at Daytona a few weeks ago. Will the Optima be following suit? It certainly wouldn't be a complete surprise...




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      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn you KIA for making me say this....
      That looks friggin' awesome!

      This will for sure give some cred to those who still thinks KIA's are still glorified golf carts. Admit it when they first came out we all thought that. They keep this up I might be looking for their current offerings on the used market in a few years.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good looking paint scheme
      • 3 Years Ago
      Im here to say its not real carbon fiber OR vinyl. Its hydro dipped.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does anyone notice the Toyota-sponsored reports for recent Hyundai/Kia sections?
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a 2011 Sonata owner, I find this intriguing since mechanically, the two cars are pretty much identical. I'd love to hear what it sounds like and find out what the specs are, i.e. what's the motor putting out and what did they do to it, etc. Lastly, when will they start offering these performance parts aftermarket? Keep up the great work Kia/Hyundai.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I believe it's pretty much identical to the Sonata turbo.
      • 3 Years Ago
      At least there's one Optima Turbo in the world with a manual.... Let's hope it won't be the only one
      • 3 Years Ago
      No way to british Touring. The Koreans have discover America, its the land of oportunity.
      Honda, Nissan, Toyota are waiting for Hyundai/ Kia at the Japan super GT series, just to see
      how good are these Koreans engines and chasis.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've never said this about a Kia, but DAMN that looks nice.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I AGREE!! turn it back into something we can all get excited about again....not just the same cars with different cardboard grill facias....
      Wm Holden
      http://www.turbochargedkia.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      NASCAR should be reset, and turned into a touring car championship. The speeds would be slower, but the excitement would be much higher. This Kia would be perfect for that...
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is most likely racing in the Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge as an ST entry to replace the Forte they were running last year.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is what Nascars should look like today. None of them fins and gizmos that all other sports car racers put on them. Just stock cars with roll cages.

      Ahh the good ol' days
        • 3 Years Ago
        A guy can dream right?


        Gosh this car looks good. I just wish they would do something about that KIA logo...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Let's see those stock cars go over 200mph and have the driver survive the crash...

        No matter how many safety features you throw at a car, it will NOT be safe for a 200+mph crash into a wall like the cars in NASCAR are. The cars aren't just built for performance, they're built AROUND the driver.
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