I am estatic. My first podium finish. And what better way to achieve this than at the inaugural GrassRacing Autosports (GRA) Autocross Round 1 at KLCC on Sunday. I came in 2nd in class, and was awarded the fastest Novice in Class C (1601cc – 1900cc cars). Read all about it on The R3gister!
Words cannot describe how much I desire this car. The specs is enough to make me cream. And the styling. Ah… top class.
The new Lexus IS250 features an all-new direct injection 2.5-litre V6 lump, which is aided by Dual VVT-i – variable air-fuel intake and exhaust valve timing system. All this contributes to a power output of 204bhp at 6,400rpm and 252Nm of torque at 4,800rpm. This may not seem impressive as compared to the 210bhp IS200 Altezza, but being a 6-cylinder in-vee engine, performance should be progressive and silky smooth.
Some specs to dabble with:
Engine specifications Engine type: 4GR-FSE No. of cylinders and arrangement: V6 Valve mechanism: 24-valve DOHC with VVT-i Bore x stroke: 83.0mm x 77.0mm Displacement: 2499cc Max. output (SAE-NET) kW/rpm (bhp / DIN HP@rpm): 150 kW(204 DIN hp) @ 6400 Max. torque (SAE-NET) Nm/rpm (lb-ft@rpm): 252 Nm @ 4800 Automatic transmission: Optional
Safety Systems Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist (BAS) Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) Traction Control (TRC) LED rear lamp and stop lamp Driver & passenger front airbags and side airbags Driver & passenger knee airbags Passenger airbag cut-off switch Curtain airbags Electrical Power Steering (EPS) Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
Impressive? Sure is! BMW 3-series, eat your heart out!
Bash. Figurative – criticise severely. Believed to have originated in the 17th Century, perhaps a blend of bang and smash, and dash. Today seemed to me like bang everything and everyone Monday. Or has it always been bang everything and everyone, everyday day?
Hard to say. It’s always amusing to be in a car forum, and a self-proclaimed ‘car enthusiast’ forum at that, to witness bashing after bashing, especially threads which contain keywords “Proton” and “Alex Yoong”. It’s quite sad, not because of the actual debate (which is healthy to say the least), but the amount of blatant bashing based on rumours, uneducated guesses, presumptions and baseless accusations.
The jubilant Proton R3 Amprex Racing Team. Pic courtesy of Autoworld
After taking pole position at the 2005 Merdeka Millenium Race, the Proton R3 Amprex Racing Team took the chequered flag convincingly.
Malaysia’s top driver Tengku Djan ended a long personal five-year wait to claim the Merdeka Millennium Endurance (MME) crown; which he described as a bigger victory for the modified Lotus Exige 300RR than his personal glory.
Proton R3 Amprex Racing made amends of their disastrous debut in the recent Malaysian round of the Super GT series by taking control of qualifying for the 2005 Merdeka Millennium Endurance (MME) race at Sepang Circuit today
The partnership of Tony Riccirdello, Tengku Djan Ley and Japan’s Genji Hashimoto all tops their respective qualifying sessions with the Australian V-8 driver clocking the fastest time of 2 minutes 13.970 seconds to take pole position in tomorrow’s sixth edition of the MME
After qualifying yesterday, the grid had been reduced from 93 to the 77 cars in line with the race regulations that allowed a maximum of 77 cars for the 12-hour endurance race, which would be flagged off by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy at 11am tomorrow.
Full report available from Sepang International Circuit site. [ad#Google Adsense]
An all-new Satria R3 specific blog has been set up by me and prozac, with contributing writer Andrew a.k.a Jakuzzeeman. We’ve christened it The R3gister – The unofficial resource site for everything Satria R3.
Was scrummaging the net looking for info on MIVEC gearboxes and stumbled on a wealth of information, thanks to the NZ-based MIVEC site, one with quite a bit of Malaysian presence. I found info on the MIVEC RS and some detailed specs. Impressive to say the least.
From the start, the performance-bred, track day special Satria R3 developed exclusively by Proton Motorsports a.k.a Race Rally Research or R3 for short, had always promised and delivered an engaging ride – a no-frills, no nonsense driving experience. With its reinforced, rally-style spot-welded chassis and finely tuned suspension, the SR3 oozed confidence in and out of corners, being absolutely at home on twisty, windy roads.
The communicative chassis was always eager to please, to be pushed to the limit. So much so in fact, that it almost needed that extra torque and horsepower to realise its true potential.
Over. My Street ShootOut campaign at Batu Kawan, Penang over the weekend came to an end early Sunday afternoon. With much fanfare, tire-screeching and sideways action, the 3dot5 campaign mimicked the previous one – i.e. fun, challenging but no podium finish, no Top 5 position, not even points (nope, not even one Minardi-esque one!). Grrr.
The Street ShootOut series continues with 3dot5 all the way up north in Batu Kawan, Penang. The SSO, as usual will feature the popular Drift and Time Attack events. What a way to celebrate Merdeka – tyre smoke, petrol fumes and R3 Speed Chicks! The SSO 3dot5 will also be held together with a Putera Drag Battle on the same weekend, so triple yay for grassroots motorsports this weekend!