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Become a racer with the Cerato(Forte) Koup September 18th, 2009
By Myung, SeHwan
Domestics Marketing Team
The ear-piercing roar, checkered flags and thrilling cornering…
If you’re a lover of cars, then you’ve probably harbored a dream of racing down a track at full speed. Unfortunately, it’s a dream that many of us will find difficult to turn into reality.
Unless you live in Korea and have a Cerato (Forte) Koup, that is.
Anyone who possesses a valid driver’s license and a Cerato (Forte) Koup can enter the Speed Festival, Korea’s premier one-make race event for amateur drivers.
Like the name suggests, all of the participating cars are of the same model, performance level and tuning modifications. In essence, this is a race whose outcome depends on the driver’s skills. It’s also an event that promotes car racing as a sport that anyone can enjoy.
Speed Festival is now in its seventh year. It’s not difficult for an amateur driver to participate. All you need is a valid driving license and then select your race class. This year, the class is Kia’s Cerato (Forte) Koup. So anyone who possesses a Cerato (Forte) Koup under their own name can take part in the race.
You need to make a few other preparations. The car must be tuned for racing purposes: a process which could cost more than USD 2,000 for a Cerato (Forte) Koup. The number of tunings required for a Cerato (Forte) Koup is 39. The car body needs to be lowered to improve cornering safety and other safety specifications like high-performance tires and brake pads have to be added. Currently Kia Motors is holding a promotional event to provide some of the tuning costs for customers who want to try their hand at racing in the domestic market.
Once you have the necessary gear, you need to get some training. The Korea Motor Sports Association (KMSA) runs the Speed Festival Driving School three to four times a year. Lessons are free. All you have to do is bring your own ride. Once you’ve completed the necessary courses, you’re awarded with a Speed Festival License, proving you are now a “certified” racer.
So you want to become a racer? Then the key to fulfilling your dream is with Cerato (Forte) Koup!
※ Editor’s note: Ms. SeoYun Yang, a 23-year-old university student, took part in the Speed Festival as her first ever competition after receiving training by JungWon Choi from the Korea Motor Sports Association. Although she came across the finish line in last place, she is determined to win in next season’s race.