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Pro_cee’d wins famous Nürburgring race
The Kia pro_cee’d has made its mark on the world famous Nürburgring 24-hour race by driving from Milan to the German race track, competing and winning its class and then driving back to Milan.
Not only that, but the Kia Italy/Continental Tyres entered car suffered zero mechanical issues throughout the race and was exceptionally light on its feet, only using six 225/35 18-inch ContiSportContact production tyres for the whole event.
The pro_cee’d started the race on the same road tyres which had already completed around 900km on the trip from Milan.
The pro_cee’d was one of 217 cars to start the race. A total of 67 cars dropped out through accidents and mechanical failures, but the pro_cee’d ploughed on to make-up over 100 places from its starting position to finish 104th out of 150 survivors.
The near-standard pro_cee’d 2.0-litre CRDi SPORT completed 111-laps of the 25 km circuit often referred to as the ‘Green Hell’. The track for the 24-hour race is made up of the Grand Prix circuit linked to the world famous ‘Nordschleife’ test track which was used during the development of the Kia cee’d family. The race car had only the minimum amount of safety modifications, which included a roll-cage, fire extinguisher and six-point safety harness as well as some mildly tuned suspension and brakes.
Entered in the VLN Diesel ‘production’ class, the pro_cee’d saw off all comers to take the victory and then drive the 900 km back home to Milan.
The pro_cee’d managed to make use of a fuel advantage from its frugal and efficient 2.0L diesel engine by topping the event’s unofficial consumption championship averaging 20.03 mpg across the 24-hours. [Source: Kia UK]