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Female racer Leona Chin is Malaysia’s Sony Xperia C3 #PROselfie advocate

Leona Chin and the Xperia C3

A selfie before she smokes you on the circuit

I admit I still have reservations about a purpose-built ‘selfie’ smartphone, but Sony seems to think it’s a good idea. With the Sony Xperia C3 launched last month, Sony took it a step further by posing a challenge to top personalities from six different countries. These personalities took selfie-taking to extreme, and the result of their endeavours? The #PROselfie collection.

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All-New BMW 1 Series M Coupe Launched in Malaysia

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BMW Group Malaysia introduced the all-new BMW 1 Series M Coupe for the first time in Malaysia, in conjunction with BMW M Track Experience Asia 2012 at the Sepang International Circuit.

The new 1 Series M Coupe features the venerable 3.0-litre, in-line six-cylinder lump with BMW M TwinTurbo technology which outputs a eyeball-popping 250kW / 340bhp, with a maximum torque of 450Nm, from as low as 1,500rpm. The engine recently won the best-in-class award at the 2012 International Engine of the Year Awards. The all-new BMW 1 Series M Coupe is the hallmark a M Division product – aggressive and equally at home on the road and on race tracks. It does the century sprint in an astonishing 4.9 seconds.

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[quote]“With the all-new BMW 1 Series M Coupé, the fascinating driving experience offered by a high-performance sports car is brought to the premium compact segment in Malaysia for the very first time. We are confident that the new car will deliver a whole new dimension of sports-style driving pleasure to our customers as it combines BMW M GmbH’s innovative technology and outstanding power delivery with the premium day-to-day practicality and luxurious quality of a BMW,” said Mr. Sashi Ambi, Corporate Communications Manager, BMW Group Malaysia.[/quote]

BMW 1 Series M Coupe

The sports compact 2-door model isn’t just about high performance. It’s direct petrol injection engine coupled with BMW EfficientDynamics will make the environmental-conscious happy with low COemissions of just 224 grams per kilometer. When not breaking speed barriers, its average fuel consumption is a frugal 9.6 litres per 100 kilometers. Impressive.

BMW 1 Series M Coupe

What’s power without control? True to its ‘M’ roots, the all-new BMW 1 Series M Coupe comes with an M-specific chassis with weight-optimised components bringing high torsion resistance, reduced weight, steering precision and direct feedback for both track driving and on the road.

Other goodies include the variable M differential lock for torque-on-demand, optimum traction on all road surfaces. Coupled with Driving Stability Control (DSC) system includes an Antilock Brake System (ABS), an anti-slip control function, Dynamic Brake Control, a drive-off assistant, Cornering Brake Control, an anti-fading function and a dry brake function; it ensures stability under extreme stress.

The sporty coupe has received awards such as the 2011 Good Design Award, the 2012 Red Dot Award as well as the 2012 iF Product Design Award for its athletic demeanour and M-specific interior design.

The retail price (on the road, without insurance) for the all-new BMW 1 Series M Coupé is RM508, 800.00.

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The all-new BMW 1 Series M Coupé arrives in Malaysia for the first time in conjunction with BMW M Track Experience Asia 2012

The hottest BMW 1 Series offers a whole new dimension of sports-style driving pleasure to the premium compact segment in Malaysia with its outstanding power delivery.

Sepang, 19th June 2012 – BMW Group Malaysia today introduced the all-new highly anticipated BMW 1 Series M Coupé for the first time in Malaysia in conjunction with the BMW M Track Experience Asia 2012 at the Sepang International Circuit.

Featuring an in-line six-cylinder engine with BMW M TwinTurbo technology which only recently received the best-in-class award at the 2012 International Engine of the Year Awards, the 3.0-litre power unit combines hallmark BMW M performance characteristics with contemporary efficiency, resulting in a power output of 250kW / 340bhp and a maximum torque of 450Nm from revolutions as low as 1500rpm. The all-new BMW 1 Series M Coupé’s sports aggressiveness devours roads and racetracks alike and handles the 0 – 100km/h sprint in an astonishing 4.9 seconds.

“With the all-new BMW 1 Series M Coupé, the fascinating driving experience offered by a high-performance sports car is brought to the premium compact segment in Malaysia for the very first time. We are confident that the new car will deliver a whole new dimension of sports-style driving pleasure to our customers as it combines BMW M GmbH’s innovative technology and outstanding power delivery with the premium day-to-day practicality and luxurious quality of a BMW,” said Mr. Sashi Ambi, Corporate Communications Manager, BMW Group Malaysia.

He further added that the BMW 1 Series M Coupe would further extend the company’s model range, paving the way for younger target groups to be able to access the hallmark driving experience offered by an M car. “With only a very limited number of units of the BMW 1 Series M Coupes being made available in Malaysia, the car will be one of the most exclusive vehicles available, offering potential BMW customers the option of owning one of the most dynamic, luxurious and individual sports coupé’s in the country.”

The compact 2-door model is fitted with direct petrol injection which allows high precision fuel supply through the piezo injectors that are placed centrally between the valves. The all-new BMW 1 Series M Coupé is also designed with additional BMW EfficientDynamics measures such as brake energy regeneration and needs-based control of auxiliary units to ensure the average fuel consumption is limited to 9.6 litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions to 224 grams per kilometre.

Staying true to the BMW M GmbH philosophy of “Less is more”, this topflight athlete comes with an M-specific chassis with weight-optimised components to ensure complete control as well as maximum levels of agility and dynamics even under the most extreme driving conditions. Its intelligent light weight construction guarantees high torsion resistance with reduced weight, giving drivers the lightness of handling, steering precision fit for the racetrack and direct feedback from the road for an even more intense driving experience.

The all-new BMW 1 Series M Coupé is also fitted with a variable M differential lock, which generates lock-up torque on-demand and supports the dynamic qualities of rear-wheel drive on slippery surfaces or when accelerating out of bends. It provides optimum traction on all road surfaces, ensures stability under extreme stress and guarantees excellent deceleration with significantly reduced heat sensitivity. In addition, the vehicle’s Driving Stability Control (DSC) system includes an Antilock Brake System (ABS), an anti-slip control function, Dynamic Brake Control, a drive-off assistant, Cornering Brake Control, an anti-fading function and a dry brake function.

Like all contemporary BMW vehicles, the all-new BMW 1 Series M Coupé allows customers to fully benefit from the latest innovations in information technology through BMW ConnectedDrive. The car is fitted with BMW’s iDrive which enables convenient and instinctive control of infotainment, navigation and communication functions which are viewed on an 8.8-inch Control Display. The range of features available from the BMW ConnectedDrive development bureau also includes Park Distance Control with sensors at the rear, Bluetooth audio streaming as well as on-board internet. 

The powerfully efficient sports car has also received awards such as the 2011 Good Design Award, the 2012 Red Dot Award as well as the 2012 iF Product Design Award for its athletic demeanour and M-specific interior design, which expresses concept, features essential for outstanding driving dynamics. With is long bonnet, short front overhang, rear-seat passenger cell, long wheelbase and flowing transition of the roof line into a flat rear, the BMW 1 Series M Coupé has all the typical features of a BMW Coupé, which are further accentuated by the characteristic M cockpit and a model-specific colour and materials concept to create a style which perfectly exudes sports car aggression. 

The standard sports seats in Boston leather offer both driver and front passenger excellent lateral hold even when taking bends in dynamic fashion. The design, created exclusively for the BMW 1 Series M Coupé, includes orange contrast stitching on the black surfaces of the seats and backrests as well as the M logo embossed in the front of the headrests. The M leather steering wheel, which also comes as standard, has multifunction keys for operating the audio and telephone systems. In addition, the characteristic M button on the right steering wheel spoke enables the driver to switch spontaneously to a sports-style vehicle set-up.

The retail price (on the road, without insurance) for the all-new BMW 1 Series M Coupé is RM508, 800.00.

About BMW EfficientDynamics
BMW EfficientDynamics was coined by BMW more than a decade ago to define the company’s long term sustainable strategy to produce fuel-saving and alternative vehicle concepts through clean production processes. It is an array of technologies that are already fitted as standard across practically the whole model range. As the manufacturer with the most comprehensive programme for reducing fuel consumption and emissions, BMW EfficientDynamics are designed to enhance the performance and driving pleasure of the vehicles at the same time. In 2007, BMW was awarded a “Green Steering Wheel” for outstanding environmental innovation for its BMW EfficientDynamics technology. 

The BMW Group
The BMW Group is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI, Husqvarna Motorcycles and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 29 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2011, the BMW Group sold about 1.67 million cars and more than 113,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2011 was euro 7.38 billion on revenues amounting to euro 68.82 billion. At 31 December 2011, the BMW Group had a workforce of approximately 100,000 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy. As a result of its efforts, the BMW Group has been ranked industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the last seven years.

About BMW Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.
BMW Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. is a joint venture between Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) AG and Sime Darby Berhad. BMW Malaysia activities cover the wholesale of BMW cars, spare parts and accessories, as well as the overall planning of sales, marketing, after-sales, and other related activities in Malaysia.  Its dealership network covers 16 outlets in various cities in Malaysia.

Website:   www.bmwgroup.com 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BMWGroup

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BMWGroup

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/BMWGroupview

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GoPro® Celebrates Launch of Wi-Fi BacPac™ and Wi-Fi Remote with Short Film: “New York City”

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GoPro, maker of professional quality sports-based cameras, released its much-anticipated Wi-Fi BacPac + Wi-Fi Remote Combo Kit, allowing people to control multiple GoPro cameras at a time using either a smartphone, tablet, or the included waterproof Wi-Fi Remote. Video footage can be streamed live from GoPro cameras to smartphones, tablets and directly to the web via a soon-to-be-released software update.

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The nifty Wi-Fi BackPac attaches to the back of GoPro cameras and Wi-Fi-enables them. The waterproof and wearable Wi-Fi Remote can control up to 50 GoPro cameras at a time from a range of 180m.

To celebrate its new product launch, GoPro asked its team of sponsored athletes for their idea of a dream video production that would involve them controlling all of the cameras on the shoot. GoPro brought in the likes of world-renowned skateboarder, Ryan Sheckler who had the idea to skate an area of New York City that he’d always dreamt about, and capturing his entire experience using the new Wi-Fi Remote to control 50 GoPro cameras positioned along his path.

The resulting short film is “New York City”, which documents a “day-in-the-life” skate from the top of the Manhattan Bridge through Chinatown, finishing at the entrance to the storied Lower East Side skate park – considered by many to be the mecca of street skating. The film was shot entirely on GoPro cameras.

“New York City” can be seen at GoPro’s websiteGoPro’s Facebook Page as well as on The GoPro Network.

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Personally, I’d love a whole bunch of GoPro cameras in my motorsports exploits and I’m sure my team at The Car Guys Malaysia, and friends at Ignition.my would love to have these plus the Wi-Fi BacPac too!

How about you, petrolheads?

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World Renowned Skateboarder, Ryan Sheckler, Captures Personal “Streets of New York” Experience with 50 Wi-Fi Enabled GoPro Cameras.

HALF MOON BAY, CA (June 4, 2012) – GoPro, maker of the world’s most versatile cameras and producer of some of today’s most engaging online programming, has just made it easier for people to capture professional quality content during any activity. The company officially released its much-anticipated Wi-Fi BacPac™ + Wi-Fi Remote Combo Kit, allowing people to control multiple GoPro cameras at a time using either a smartphone, tablet, or the included waterproof Wi-Fi Remote.

Additional features include live streaming video from GoPro cameras to smartphones, tablets and directly to the web via a soon-to-be-released software update. The Wi-Fi BacPac attaches to the back of GoPro cameras to Wi-Fi enable them. The waterproof and wearable Wi-Fi Remote can control up to 50 GoPro cameras at a time from a range of 600’ (180m).

“GoPro makes it easy for people to capture immersive and engaging footage of themselves during their favorite activities,” said Nicholas Woodman, GoPro’s founder and CEO. “The professional quality content our customers are capturing is inspiring them to use several GoPros at a time to document their experiences from multiple perspectives…something you’d normally see only on professional production shoots. A new era of ‘personal production’ has begun and Wi-Fi-enabling our cameras gives GoPro customers even more creative control to capture some of the most meaningful content in the world: their lives. Plus, live streaming video from your GoPro to your smartphone or the web is extremely cool and opens up so many new ways to use a GoPro.”

When considering how to celebrate its new product launch, GoPro asked its team of sponsored athletes for their idea of a dream video production that would involve them controlling all of the cameras on the shoot. World-renowned skateboarder, Ryan Sheckler, had the idea to skate an area of New York City that he’d always dreamt about, documenting his experience using the new Wi-Fi Remote to control 50 GoPro cameras positioned along his path.

The resulting short film, “New York City”, documents a “day-in-the-life” skate from the top of the Manhattan Bridge through Chinatown, finishing at the entrance to the storied Lower East Side skate park – considered by many to be the mecca of street skating. Along the way Sheckler captures not only his inspired skating but also the sites, sounds and color that are NYC. As with all GoPro releases, the film was shot entirely on GoPro cameras:

“This is something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Ryan Scheckler. “To skate through a part of New York City that thousands of people ride through every week, feeling the energy of one of the original stomping grounds of street skating. That I finally got to do it and document it with the support of GoPro is awesome. I’m already thinking of my next project and hopefully this inspires other people to realize and document their own creative ideas.”

The Wi-Fi BacPac + Wi-Fi Remote Combo Kit is now available for $99.99 on GoPro.com and at retailers across the U.S. and Europe with availability expanding globally. A future software update will enable live video streaming to the web directly from a GoPro camera. Additionally, a free, soon-to-be-released GoPro App will enable GoPro cameras to live video stream to – as well as be controlled by – iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

“New York City” debuts today on GoPro’s websiteGoPro’s Facebook Page as well as on The GoPro Network. The GoPro Network features some of today’s most engaging programming, showcasing the world’s top professional and consumer generated GoPro-captured content.

About GoPro

GoPro makes the world’s most versatile cameras, enabling people to capture immersive and engaging photos and videos of themselves during their favorite activities. GoPro’s HD HERO line of wearable and gear mountable cameras are used collectively by more consumers, professional athletes, and video production professionals than any other camera in the world. Based in Half Moon Bay, California, GoPro’s products are sold in over 80 countries worldwide and at GoPro.com.

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[Interview] Tengku Djan Ley: Spearheading Malaysia’s Challenge at Archilles Formula Drift Malaysia 2012

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Excerpt of an interview with champion Malaysian drifter, Tengku Djan Ley of Drive M7 Bridgestone team who will be spearheading Malaysia’s challenge at this year’s Archilles Formula Drift Malaysia 2012 presented by Canon. Courtesy of espnstar.com

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Source: Tengku Djan Ley

Source: Tengku Djan Ley

You are widely acknowledged as Malaysia’s Hero on wheels, what sort of responsibility does the ‘National Champion’ tag carry?
Well I wouldn’t exactly call it a responsibility. The thing is there is a lot of pressure from a lot of parties expecting you to win; the general public expects you to win. That added a lot of pressure from the time I started drifting till about 2010. And my performance in 2010 wasn’t great, so we went back to the drawing board, see what the issues were and how to improve myself. Everyone expects me to do well, if not win, from my previous credentials, but I’m coming to this season very fresh and with a new approach – which consists of a lot of mental things like the mental preparation before an event, to make sure I’m calm, relaxed and focus in what I want to achieve. I think I’ll do well; I don’t know whether I’m going to win or not, but I’ll give it my best shot and fight to the finish.

It has been 7 years since your first big win in 2005, how has the Malaysian drift scene changed since then?
The drifting scene in South East Asia is growing very huge. Thailand is very big now; Indonesia is growing in the last 2 years and has developed in leaps and bounds. Malaysia is kind of stagnated at this point, but then again there are parties who are trying to revive the sport. Getting new blood in is very important, at this point in time, since the first day it’s been more or less the same faces, year in year out. So the key is to develop this sport and get new faces in.

As for the current drivers, we are doing our part. Whenever we are out competing, we are basically promoting the sport. Now with Speed City Kuala Lumpur, there are more opportunities for the general public to actually get involved with the sport. I think we will see a growth in the next couple of years, new blood especially, I personally am trying to get more circuit orientated drivers into the sport, as they come from a motoring background, so they have the basics in place and then we can turn them into world class drifters.

How does the Malaysian motorsport scene stand when compared to its regional counterparts? 
I think we have been overtaken by Thailand, with all their local championships going on. The level of drifting there and the support they receive is crazy. Every competition we go to there has no less that 40 cars, it’s very intense and their drivers are really good. Indonesia has also grown and the level has gone up; the drivers now are a force to be reckoned with. I would say that everyone in the region is now quite on par with each other, it really depends on the track layout now. Everyone also stands a good chance to win now.

What is the difference between this year’s Speed City KL track compared to the previous Dataran Merdeka circuit? 
When I was in Dataran in 2010, the greatest challenge were the interlocking bricks, it’s something we don’t normally drift on. So to actually judge the amount of drift you can have been very difficult for a lot of us. Coming to Speed City KL, is back now to tar, and I think the most interesting thing about the Speed City KL course is that it is not a flat piece of tarmac, there’s a lot of natural undulations, so it will be challenging to everyone, but one aspect is that it is on tar, so you more or less have a similar base to work on as with any other course throughout the season.

Source: Tengku Djan Ley

Source: Tengku Djan Ley

What are the cars your personal garage now?
Well I have a Toyota Aristo as my family car. Its quick, it’s comfortable, and it’s fun to drive. I also have a BMW E36 M3, it’s a streetcar, but we also use it as time attack battles; this is of course, outside of drifting.

I also have three competition cars in the garage which we will use. One is competition ready for Formula Drift Asia, and one is still being built. We still have the championship winning car which we haven’t touched; it doesn’t meet the new regulations, so we keep it as a demo car for now. We also have something called the ‘missile car’. It’s a pure practice car, and it’s really banged up! There’s no love for it, it’s more or less a stock car, and we drive hard with it, trying out new lines, banging walls, banging doors, like I said it’s purely a practice car!

What do you do with your free time off the track?
I spend a lot of time with my wife and newly born son. It’s a good form of relaxation; it just takes you away from all the pressure and issues associated with motorsport racing. I’m very much a family man, and I’m very thankful to have such a great family. My dad is a rally driver, I learnt driving from my dad, and he got me involved with motorsports since I was 5 years old. He doesn’t like to sit in my car because he thinks I drive badly!

Have you chosen a protégé to impart your passion on?
It’s something I’m slowly getting into now, taking somebody under my wing; it’s somebody whom I think has the potential to really grow. I have somebody in mind, a go-karter, who has now built his drift car and we’re going to start drifting after Formula Drift Malaysia. He has a lot of potential, and he really enjoys drifting, but has never been involved with it, he’s still only 17. My brother also has massive potential which we discovered out of the blue; I gave him the car keys one day, just to have a laugh, but after 3 laps he was feeling it, driving really well, and we were all amazed at his driving. He has been involved in motor racing, but never drifted before, and only 2 months ago he actually step foot into a drift car!

What route should an aspiring Malaysian youth take towards his motorsport ambitions?
First of all, don’t take your motorsports down to the streets! It’s very dangerous, whether its two wheels or 4 wheels. And whatever you do on the streets is totally different from doing it on the circuit. If you want to get involved in motorsports, whether its driver training or drifting, come down to Speed City KL as we have training courses on Saturday to teach you the basics of drifting for you to further yourself in the sport.

We have all these opportunities to drive on the track, to drive fast, to drive hard, but the last place we want to do is to take it out onto the streets. It’s not safe, the speeds are low, and it’s not rewarding at all. If I want to do anything like this, I’d just take it down to Speed City over the weekends and just have fun!

Be sure to catch Tengku Djan in action at this weekend’s Achilles Formula Drift Malaysia 2012 presented by Canon

Ticket Details are as below:

Dates: 19 – 20 May 2012
Venue: Speed City KL, Selangor Turf Club, Kuala Lumpur
Time: 10.00am to 6.00pm
Tickets: (Pre-sale) Grandstand: RM $128, Walkabout: RM$28
(Event Day) Grandstand: RM $150, Walkabout: RM$35

Tickets are available from 27th April 2012 via www.ticketpro.com.my or by calling +603 7880 7999

For more information go to www.formuladriftasia.com

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