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2015 Kia Pirelli World Challenge GTS Optima news, pictures, specifications, and information
First shown at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, when Kia Motors America announced that it would augment its championship-winning Forte Koup racing program wîth an entry into the Pirelli World Challenge, this championship winning Kia Racing Optima features an exciting new livery for the 2015 racing season.

Kia Racing clinched the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge Grand Touring Sport (GTS) Class Manufacturer Championship in only its third season of competition. Kia defeated rivals Ford, Chevrolet, Porsche, Aston Martin and Nissan to become the first Korean auto manufacturer to win the coveted championship. Kia Racing finished the stellar season wîth 13 podium finishes, including 5 race wins. Meanwhile, the turbocharged Optima race cars led more on-track miles than any other manufacturer in the class this season, a testimony to the speed and reliability of the Kia Optima.

The No. 38 B.R.A.K.E.S. Optima turbo on display at SEMA was driven by Mark Wilkins throughout the 2014 season and utilizes the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder GDI engine found in the Kia Optima SX and SXL. The engine block, head and crank shaft are stock Kia parts. Power output has been increased from the stock 274 HP to about 368 HP and is routed to the front wheels via a six-speed sequential transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) The Kia Racing Optima weighs 2,950 pounds and has a top speed of 160 mph.

Wilkins finished the season third in the Driver Championship, scoring two wins and six podiums. Teammate Nic Jönsson, in the No. 36 DonorsChoose.org Optima turbo (not shown at the SEMA Show), finished the season seventh in the Driver Championship wîth three wins and seven podiums.

Not only do Kia Racing's performances reinforce the quality and dependability of Kia's vehicles against the very best under the most extreme conditions, they support and increase awareness for two important charitable organizations. B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) provides free advanced driver's education to teenage drivers wîth the goal of preventing injuries and saving lives. DonorsChoose.org is an online charity devoted to helping public school students in need of learning materials. Teachers post classroom project requests, and donors give to the projects that most inspire them.

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KIA RACING ANNOUNCES DRIVER LINEUP FOR 2015 PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE SEASON
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KIA RACING LOOKS TO REPEAT PODIUM PERFORMANCE IN MOTOR CITY FOR ROUNDS FIVE AND SIX OF PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE
Kia Currently First in the Grand Touring Sport (GTS) class Manufacturer Championship after Four Rounds; Leads Porsche, Ford, Chevrolet and Aston Martin ◾Mark Wilkins in the No. 38 B.R.A.K.E.S. Optima turbo leads the Driver Championship points with teammate Nic Jönsson in the No. 36 DonorsChoose.org Optima turbo second ◾Kia simultaneously leads two Manufacturer Championships as upstart privateer Forte Koup program earns top spot for Touring Car A (TC-A) class ranking irvine, Calif., May 2...[Read more...]
KIA RACING SCORES WIN AND SECOND PLACE FINISH AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK
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Kia Racing Scores Victory And Podium Finish In Pirelli World Challenge Doubleheader At The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
◾Wilkins successfully maneuvered around a late-race incident in Round Seven on Sunday to secure a solid second place finish, and third-straight podium as season hits midway point ◾Kia Racing jumps to second place in the Manufacturer point standings DETROIT, June 3, 2013 – Kia Racing made history in the Motor City last weekend as the first Korean brand to capture the checkered flag at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, Round Six of the 2013 Pirelli World Challenge (PWC). The win also m...[Read more...]
Kia Racing Eyes Pirelli World Challenge Gts Points Lead Heading Into Rounds Six And Seven At Detroit Belle Isle
 Driver of the No. 38 Optima turbo, Mark Wilkins, Currently Third in Championship Standings after Podium Finish at Circuit of the Americas ◾Nic Jönsson, No. 36, currently ninth in Championship standings, looks to bounce back after promising run in Austin was cut short by late-race incident ◾Kia Racing returns to Detroit's Belle Isle after making history in 2012, becoming the first Korean manufacturer to race on the historic island road course Irvine, Calif., May 30, 2013 – Kia Raci...[Read more...]

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