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2010 Kia Soul: The Official Pace Car Of The U.S. Touring Car Championship?

Posted in Bizarre, General, Kia, Racing by Kurt Ernst | March 29th, 2010 | 2 Responses |
2010 Kia Soul Pace Car

A pace car with the aerodynamics of a housing complex

I’ll bet you didn’t see this one coming: a “highly modified” Kia Soul will be used as a safety / pace car for the 2010 U.S. Touring Car Championship. The Soul made its debut at the March 21 race, at California’s Infineon Speedway.

Built by GoGoGear, the Soul pace car features an upgraded suspension, new tires on Konig wheels, a Borla exhaust, a Takeda short ram intake and strobe lighting plus the required light bar.

The purpose of a pace car is to collect the field and maintain a moderate speed to ensure track safety (while retaining some heat in the tires). I’m not sure a Kia Soul, even a “highly modified” one, would be my first choice to pace anything other than a cycling event. Still, Renault did build one kick-ass press van (the Espace F1 – Google it), so I suppose anything is possible.

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2 Responses

  1. AC Tony says:

    Big fan of the Soul. My 69-year old mother just bought one!

  2. Kurt says:

    Tony, don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing wrong with the Soul as a practical form of transportation. It’s just that the Soul isn’t exactly pace car material for a racing series. Any racing series.