The Kia Track’ster Concept was revealed today at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show showing a new interpretation of the Soul. As you can see from the photos, the car features a lower intake grille, new LED driving lights with billet aluminium surrounds and new headlights with LED technology. The car also comes in a white and orange paint scheme.
Moreover, the lower valance, trimmed in carbon fibre and accented with Inferno Orange, rides just inches off the ground. The design of the car is completed by the custom HRE-K1 monoblock billet performance wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 high-performance tyres.
Behind these wheels we find 14-inch Brembo vented and cross-drilled disc brakes embraced by six-piston callipers up front and 13.6-inch discs apaired with four-piston calipers at the rear. The wheelbase on the concept is stretched to 101.2-inches, almost an inch longer than the production Soul. The Kia Track’ster Concept is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged in-line-four engine delivering 250 hp.
As expected, the power is routed to all four wheels via an electronically controlled four-wheel-drive system. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The Track’ster rides on a lowered sport suspension tuned for track performance.
The interior features deeply bolstered Inferno Orange suede-covered racing seats, Granite Grey leather-wrapped steering wheel and door panels, new auxiliary vehicle information such as oil temperature and battery voltage. Behind the front seats we find a fully integrated equipment tray and spare-tyre well.
Kia had developed big plans when it began work on the Trackster, a concept car built with performance in mind and a 2-litre engine. Packing a turbocharged inline engine with 250 hp, the design team had gotten their wish and developed a vehicle with a 66% increase in power in comparison with the Soul.
This is possible in no small part to the build-up of power through to the electronic four-wheel drive system. It comes with a manual six-speed transmission which enjoys a spherical shift lever and a shorter range between gears for increased efficiency. The Trackster's sport suspension has been lowered and especially designed for track times.
The vehicle gets suede covered racing seats in the new Inferno Orange colours, Granite grey is the other colour at work. Its strong presence is detected throughout the interior including the sports steering wheel and door panels. With such simple contrasting colours, the dashboard has been lit up with red nacelles. The rest of the instrument display is atop the dash. Furthermore, the oil temperature and battery voltage, the remainder of the displays as well as “entertainment, ventilation and navigation controls are all accessible via the touchscreen panel next to the engine Start/Stop push button.
Where the Trackster differs from its design twin, the Soul, is found behind the front seats. With the removal of the rear-seats, we see instead the spare tyre and tool kit.
Trackster has been labelled a concept performance car. It is built for the road but performs well on the track. Kearns said that subsequently, the brand felt that it will serve its customers better by having a fully kitted out equipment tray available so that their Trackster can meet their individual drive expectations.
The rest of the rear of the Trackster includes containers for a driver’s racing gear with plenty of room for helmets and suits. Inferno Orange is used on these storage bins so they’re easy to find. A quick release handle has been fitted to allow for fast wheel changes.