Kia Sportage to Participate in The ‘Devil’s Rally’
- Two Sportage vehicles to enter the Paris-Dakar-Cairo 2000 Rally
- A total of 850 teams to participate... A grueling 18-day journey from January 6th
- A good opportunity to enhance company image and prove its outstanding technology
Kia Motors Corp. sent Sportage, its sport-utility vehicle, to participate in the 22nd Paris-Dakar-Cairo 2000 Rally, one of the largest and the most prominent car rally event to be held from the 6th through the 23rd, which was the first among Korean carmakers to participate in the rally. Riding along the desert route of 10,000 km, the race is infamous for testing the limit of mankind and cars, and all participants gathered in Paris on December 28th to get a final technical inspection. The rally starts from Dakar, Senegal on the 6th, passing through barren areas of Mali, Burkina Paso, Niger, and Libya, and ends at Cairo, Egypt, for a grand finale on January 23rd.
With groups divided into T1-class, T2-class, and T3-class, an overall of 850 teams will be entering the event, and two Sportage SUVs with 2,000cc DOHC engine installed will challenge in the T3-class rally. One Sportage will be driven by two-time SCORE Class 3 desert racing champion Darren Skilton(31 years old, American, with 8 years of professional experience), who will be accompanied by co-driver Sue Mead. The company hopes to improve its image and promote its accumulated technologies by competing in this world-renowned motor rally event in the beginning of the new millennium. Moreover, the company hopes to prove how the popular Sportage SUVs have good quality and durability as well. In the past, Kia Motors attended the Paris-Dakar Rally twice in 1988(10th Rally) and in 1993(15th Rally) with one Rocksta and two Sportage, respectively, and one Sportage SUV had informally completed the whole rally.