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KIA Rio Motorsport 2012 developed for SCCA, NASA, Grand-Am, and World Challenge race series!

Kia announced that it will build a racing version of the 2012 Rio hatchback to join the new B-Spec racing series.

KIA Rio Motorsport 2012 developed for SCCA, NASA, Grand-Am, and World Challenge race series!
The B-Spec series was originally launched by Mazda and Honda as a low-cost way for enthusiasts to enter the world of spec racing.

The aforementioned Japanese manufacturers already offer race-ready versions of the Mazda 2 and Honda Fit hatchbacks, which come with modifications roll cages, racing seats, and harnesses.

The cars’ engines, however, remain close to stock. The B-Spec series is designed to allow cars to compete in SCCA, NASA, Grand-Am, and World Challenge race series.

“With the rapid development of the Kia Racing program and the launch of the 2012 Rio five-door, we have a unique opportunity to introduce Kia to a new and passionate racing community,” Kia vice president of marketing and communications Michael Sprague said in a statement.

Kia will reveal more about its Rio B-Spec cars at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturer Association show in Las Vegas on Tuesday, November 1.

Based on the rules, we expect the Rio B-Spec will keep its stock 1.6-liter, direct-injected inline-four engine, which produces 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque.

Kia will work with Kinetic Motorsports to provide buyers with the necessary tools




Author: AL
Source: Autolatest

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