2012 Kia Rio B-Spec race carEnlarge Photo
Kia, racing? It's nothing new--the brand has been racing its Forte Koup for two seasons. The new B-Spec car will be based on the all-new Rio, and unveiled at the 2011 SEMA show.
That means it'll likely inherit the same mechanical underpinnings as its stock counterpart, including a 138-horsepower 1.6-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine (though it'll likely be tweaked for as much power as possible within the rules), and a MacPherson strut front suspension and torsion beam rear axle.
Like the racing Forte Koup, the Rio B-Spec on display was prepared by Kinetic Motorsports, complete with a roll cage, new suspension, additional safety equipment, and a full racing livery. It will be fully unveiled November 1.