Brit TV showcases Kia Stinger GT and the torturous test track it came from
Posted on September 24, 2018
I watch all sorts of motoring TV and one of my favourites has to be British show Fifth Gear. Unlike its similarly named counterpart, this is presented by people who know what they are talking about, three accomplished racers and supporting crew. As the new series began the team did a long sequence highlighting the Kia test track in the Mojave desert and what all Kia cars go through before they hit dealerships.
Hint. There’s a good reason your Kia will start every time you need it to!
Train hard drive easy
The secret track is somewhere near Edwards Air Force Base in California and is 4,300 acres of torture tests, heat tests, bump roads, dirt tracks, saltwater showers and all manner of situations that put every single Kia car through its paces. The show had the Kia Stinger GT and ran it through most of these test to explain what every Kia and Hyundai goes through before it is approved for production.
Each design is put through thousands of miles at over 40C, sprayed with saltwater, run through harsh rumble zones to test suspension and cabin fittings and run over speed tracks to see how engines cope with mile upon mile of driving at high revs, with AC on full or just with the engine at full speed.
Some roads on the track have been designed to duplicate some of the world’s worst roads in infinite detail, including an LA freeway notorious for having a terrible surface. There is even a section where individual components are left to bake in the heat to make sure they don’t crack, deform or break down in the heat. This is as well as a $2 million weather station that subjects cars to all kinds of weather from hot to cold, extreme wet to extreme dry.
We had an idea that Kia had put a serious testing facility in place that it shared with Hyundai but had no idea it was this involved. The automaker puts their cars through hell to make sure they are as reliable and as durable as it is possible to be. No wonder they are confident offering such long warranties!
Kia Stinger GT
The Fifth Gear presenter drover his Kia Stinger GT through most of the facility’s tests and survived. The car still looked great in blue and showed off its capabilities well for the camera.
The Kia Stinger GT is an awesome car and if I didn’t need to carry dogs, bikes and outdoor gear wherever I went, I would have one. Four wheel drive, better performance than an Audi S5 at a much lower cost, 365 hp on tap and looks that ensure we don’t see the end of traditional car design.
Some automakers may be waving goodbye to the sedan but Kia seems determined to make them look as pretty as ever and make us want one. Visit Georgetown Kia
, 199 and 314 Guelph Street, Georgetown, Ontario to learn more about the Kia Stinger GT.