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Kia Wins Manufacturer's Championship

Race-bred Kia Optima.

Just six years of racing has resulted in Kia becoming the first Korean car company to win a manufacturer's championship and believe it's paying off. 

Russell Smith, co-owner of Kinetic Racing, the company in oartnership with Kia in motorsport said “at Pirelli World Challenge races you get 150,000, 200,000 people at every track, plenty of eyeballs. So the series is good, it's growing, it's good TV. But it's the chance to get people to say, 'whoa, that's a Kia!' That's job done at that point. Doing well is obviously further reinforcement for that." 

Kia gives Smith and company just one stipulation: "Don't be parked on the side of the track, broken down," he said. "That's the only stipulation we've ever had from Kia. Don't damage the brand if you have unreliable cars."  

With north of 360 horsepower channeled through the front tires, the Optima is "tricky," said Wilkins. "Try waiting a little longer before hitting the gas." 

Initially, the Optima performed well on longer tracks. But by this third year, weight and tyre wear have been managed to competitiveness. 

Horsepower has increased to 368, fed through a sequential six-speed transmission by Xtrac. Kinetic has an engine subsidiary, Sunbelt Engines, which has two engine dynos and builds powerplants for the Kia program as well as ALMS, BMW club racing, and SCCA.

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