Slovakian racer Jaroslav Baranek entered a race-prepped diesel-powered Kia cee’d in the Slovak Motor Sport Association’s diesel-only hill-climb championship and managed win the championship clinching the first place in 6 out of 13 total races.
The Kia cee’d had most of its interior removed and a roll cage was fitted to make the car more rigid to help it deal with the high cornering forces of a high speed hill climb. It weighs 1,130kg. The car uses a Proflex suspension, AP Racing brakes, a Sprintfilter air filter system and an OMP fire extinguisher. The build was completed in under 12 months. Under the hood is a tuned up version of Kia’s 2.0 litre CRDi engine producing 200 horsepower and a peak torque of 400Nm.
“We managed to win with the car produced and modified in the Slovak Republic. I am very pleased that it was Kia cee’d and that we were able to win the Slovak championship with it,” said the winning driver.