Track’ster is intended to be the ultimate sporting representation of Kia’s Soul B- segment SUV. California studio Chief Designer Tom Kearns and his team have designed the Track’ster concept car in keeping with the Soul’s rebellious, individual and urban character. Since the Nissan’s Juke-R the idea is not so new, in the case of the unveiled concept, car enthusiasts still begin to salivate.
The wheelbase on the concept is stretched to 101.2-inches, almost an inch longer than the production Soul. The rear hatch incorporates a horizontal “backpack” panel that accentuates the Track’ster’s 75.5-inch width, which is more than 5-inches wider than a production one.
Closer inspection reveals this concept, while Soul inspired, is missing the production car’s rear doors. Opening the driver’s door reveals a light and airy interior highlighted with deeply bolstered racing seats. Granite Grey leather envelopes the interior landscape as well the sport steering wheel and door panels. Located deep within red-glowing nacelles, the primary instruments are large and easily readable. Auxiliary vehicle information such as oil temperature and battery voltage is found atop the dash panel while navigation, entertainment and ventilation controls are accessed through a large touch-screen panel located just above the engine Start/Stop push-button.
The rear seats have been removed and replaced with a fully integrated equipment tray and spare-tyre well. Large panelled bins stow racing gear such as helmets, suits, gloves and tools while emergency supplies are housed within a separate and highly visible orange container. A custom rear strut brace incorporates a quick-release handle to allow for fast wheel changes.
With performance as the top priority, the Track’ster rolls into Chicago with a concept drivetrain sure to kick start any driving enthusiast’s heart. A 2.0-litre turbocharged in-line-four engine puts 250 horsepower to the road via an electronically controlled four-wheel-drive system. The short-throw six-speed manual transmission is capped with a stubby spherical shift lever. The Track’ster rides on a lowered sport suspension tuned for track performance.
Tucked beneath the Track’ster’s hips are custom HRE-K1 monoblock billet performance wheels, wrapped in 245/40-19-inch front and massive 285/35-19-inch rear Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 high-performance tyres. As expected on a car with the Track’ster’s performance intentions, large 14-inch Brembo vented and cross-drilled disc brakes are embraced by six-piston callipers up front and 13.6-inch discs are paired with four-piston callipers at the rear.