Kia has entered the fully electric EV6 GT into the 2023 running of the 1,000 Miglia Green regularity race.
The all-electric Kia will compete against other performance focused and premium EVs from various manufacturers, entered by official partners and sponsors of the race, in the famous 1,000-mile lap of Italy, starting and finishing in Brescia.
A landmark occasion for Kia, entry into the 1,000 Miglia Green marks the first time that a Korean car will compete in the footsteps of some of motorsport’s most legendary cars and racers along a similar route taken by the 1,000 Miglia.
Kia will compete in the event for the first time and is an official sponsor of this year’s Green race.
The 1,000 Miglia Green is run across five days, in a clockwise route around Italy. Originally the 1,000 miles race was driven over a single day and as fast as possible; Now, the race covers a more than 2,000-kilometre route split into five legs. The brand-new format 1000 Miglia Green includes racing and free transfer sectors, allowing crews to organise recharging on the way to the beginning of the next stage.
Professional rally driving duo and married couple Jade Paveley and Ross Leach will take to the wheel of the EV6 GT for the race.
Both rally professionals have impressive driving pedigree: Jade has competed in various motorsports since the age of 15 and is the end-of-stage reporter for the World Rally Championship and Junior Presenter for the European World Rally Championship. She became the 2021 British Rally Cross Country Championship (BXCC) Class T2 Champion and 2018 Junior Welsh Tarmac Rally Champion. She was also the driver of the EV6 GT when it made its dynamic debut at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Ross is a previous national single-make rally championship winner. After this, he competed at national level for a number of years with class wins and top-10 rally results to his name. He recently mentored and trained British rally drivers through to world-level events. He has stunt driven for TV shows including BBC Top Gear and helped major manufacturers with product development driving. He also finished third at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed Rally Stage, while also finding time to watch Jade driving the EV6 GT up the hill.