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ADIAN YEIN (adian@ignition.my) Adian was one of the start-up members that initiated the Proton Motorsports Division back in 2003, together with Tengku Djan Ley and Khaidi Kamaruddin, running under the brand name R3 – Race Rally Research. Projects that he led include the Proton Satria R3, Lotus Europa, and all the R3 special edition vehicles up to 2007, where he then transferred to Proton Edar for an 1-year stint as Manager for Marketing Development. He has over 20 years of motorsports experience, both as driver and team manager, culminating in two back-to-back wins of the Merdeka Millennium Endurance race as the Team Manager of the Proton-R3 team. Highlights in his motorsports career include being a D1GP Judge opposite Drift King, Keiichi Tsuchiya, kicking off the malaysian autocross and drifting scene with the Proton SSO, and managing Team Proton-R3’s participation in the Japan Super GT in 2005. Adian was also the host of the car test drive and review television program “Get A Car” that aired on NTV7 in 2009. He currently a professional driving instructor and automotive events operator with Driven Communications, and co-host of the Driven Web Series. He has recently found joy door-to-door racing again at MSF!

VIDEO: Brilliant and authentic Lancia Stratos footage with pure engine sounds

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The Lancia Stratos was the first ever pure-breed Rally Car, a car designed from the ground up specifically to win Rallies. And it did. And to steal a line from Agent J of Men In Black, the Stratos “made it look good”, with it’s incredibly minute dimensions, wedge-shape, and one-of-a-kind wrap-around windscreen. Suffice to say, as a 70s kid, there were 3 legendary cars all of us had in our toy/model collection: the Countach, the Porsche Turbo, and the Stratos!

It was designed by Marcello Gandini, who at that time worked for Bertone and is the designer of such classics like the DeTomaso Pantera and a whole bunch of the Lamborghini family including the Miura, Countach, and Diablo. It ran the highly-loved Ferrari Dino 2.4L engine, a V6 of 190hp and mid-mounted. It was first presented to public in 1971, and the Group 4 minimum production run of 400 cars began in 1973. In the end, a total of 492 cars were produced, making the Stratos impossibly rare!

For Group 4 rally competition, the car had 280hp, and with a single KKK turbocharger they had a special 560hp Group 5 ‘silhouette’ circuit monster which looked more like an alien-spaceship with all the aerodynamic addendum!

The Stratos won the 1974, 1975 and 1976 championship titles in the hands of Sandro Munari and Björn Waldegård, and might have gone on to win more had not internal politics within the Fiat group placed rallying responsibility on the Fiat 131 Abarths. As well as victories on the 1975, 1976 and 1977 Monte Carlo Rally, all courtesy of Munari, the Stratos won the event with the private Chardonnet Team as late as 1979.

To quote team boss Cesare Fiorio: “With the Stratos we had made a tremendous car, frightening other manufacturers so that some dropped out.”

Two Group 5 turbocharged Stratos racers were also built for closed-track endurance racing. These cars failed against the Porsche 935s on the circuits, but proved successful in hybrid events open-road racing type events, where one of these cars won the 1976 Giro d’Italia Automobilistico.

Enough comment. Just watch the video, and revel in the wondrous sound of that V6 Ferrari engine, and the classic shots of the Stratos that you may never see anywhere else. The video is top-notch stuff, and seriously worth 7 minutes of your life.

VIDEO REVIEW: Honda Civic Type-R vs Renault Megane R26

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Yeahh it’s been done before, done to death actually, the top FWD cars shootout: Renault Megane R26 vs Honda Civic FD2 Type-R JDM-version. We’ve read about it in magazines and seen the photos, but at Ignition.My we’re doing it a bit differently, bringing them to you head-to-head on video!

So we’re reviewing them in their natural environment: twisty, point-and-squirt roads that you can’t take for granted. And the King Of The Hill is….

VIDEO: Honda S2000 and 400hp Evo IX flying lap at Sepang Circuit

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It’s not often that you get to wring a heavily tuned car on the circuit, make it the Sepang F1 Circuit at that. Admittedly many of the tuned cars that you find in the magazines and tuning website wax-lyrical on the modifications but don’t actually get to drive the car nor able to provide an in-depth review to share with the audience what they’re like to drive.

So we like to consider ourselves honoured to have been present at the Race Craft Academy track day held at Sepang F1 Circuit on the 16 of January 2010, as there’s always a great spread of highly-tuned cars at the RCA track days, with 60 cars from both Malaysia and Singapore sharing tarmac for a good 3 1/2 hours.

More importantly, these cars aren’t just tuned for power, and given that the owners and drivers are track day addicts (or “trackies” as they’re known in Singapore) who take their “tracking” seriously, they’re usually honed tools of lap-time destruction. Semi-slick tyres, big brakes with racing brake pad material, and a generous lathering of torque rather than outright power are the norm.

And thanks to two wonderful, highly-zealous and spirited women that are regular RCA track day goers, we were able to mount the cams in their cars for a single, flat out lap. Yes, unfortunately we did not have the luxury of taking a few pot-shot laps to get familiar with the car, it was Out-Lap, 2 Flying Laps, and In-Lap; therefore ease of driving was going to be very important, making it easier to get right onto the limit from the Go.

The lovely Michelle Yow owns and runs the Honda S2000 you see here, which is almost (‘almost…’) stock, featuring a very light state of tune. But the Mitsubishi Evo IX belonging to the ever-bubbly Amanda Chan was something else! Take a look at the list of modifications inflicted upon her baby. 400hp, with the stock turbo. 18inch Toyo R888 tyres and stock suspension. Amanda has some suspension order an promised another run when that is installed, but for now, it was surprisingly adaptable other than quite a bit of body-roll.

Unfortunately (and this is common) boosted cars never really do too well in the scorching noon heat at Sepang, and we only managed 1 flyer before the in-car buzzer sounded as the oil temp soared past 120C. Considering that she still had to drive it all the way back to SG after, we wisely slowed down and peeled into the pitlane.

The S2000 was a laugh! For me, that is: so chuckable, so thoroughly entertaining! With a VTEC engine that’s been brought up on S&M, it just wants to be punished, screaming and kicking all the way to it’s 9,000rpm redline again and again and again!

Enough prattle. Click on the video, and watch the Review. Below is the speed comparison chart from both cars, and below the video the official Sepang lap-timing readout. Click on all pics for larger size.


Toyota FT86 G Sports Concept unveiled at Tokyo Auto Salon 2010 (with video)

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Toyota sure is building up a lot of hype for the up-coming FT86. This time at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2010 show at Makuhari Messe they put on display a hotted-up concept version, known as the FT86 G Sports.

Toyota has announced its plans to roll out a new series of modified cars under the “G Sports” name for the Japanese market, with the special variants being developed in cooperation with Toyota’s tuning and racing partner, GAZOO. You may famously remember them as the team that ran the pre-production Lexus LFA at the Nurburgring 24-hours last year.

Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

Taking centre-stage of all the G Sports models on display was, obviously, one of the most anticipated vehicles of contemporary time: the FT86, their upcoming rear-wheel coupe, which stole the show.

The FT-86 G-Sports Concept boasts an array of performance tweaks, the most notable being the turbocharging of the Subaru-sourced, 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine. Pay attention the to pics and you’ll spot a enormous intercooler peeking out from inside the new front bumper. Good. I mean, if Toyota didn’t do it, I’d bet a my left kidney that someone else would anyway!

Unfortunately neither Toyota or Gazoo disclosed any further details on the mechanical improvements or performance figures. But a 200+hp RWD 1200kg coupe should do 0-100km/h in less than 6 seconds, easy.

That's a lot of rear downforce!

That's a lot of rear downforce!

From what is visible in the pictures, the FT-86 G Sports Concept features a wide-body aero kit with blistered wheel arches, a carbon-fiber hood with air-vents, redesigned front end and a rear wing and diffuser in carbon-fiber. In fact, look carefully you’ll spot quite a few carbon-fiber accents.The rear diffuser looks like a lot of fun tho. Renault when on-and-on about how the piddly little rear-diffuser on the Clio RS added 40-70kg of downforce, so I wonder what something this intricate would do? And with that gargantuan rear-wing probably adding another forty-twelve hundred kilos of downforce… Will this car REALLY be a drift king??

Completing the ‘rice-boy’ picture is a new-design 19-inch alloy wheel quartet wrapped in Potenza RE050 tires size 245/40 R19 front and 275/35 R19 rear. Too much grip from too little power which wouldn’t make it very chuckable if you ask me, but hey it’s a concept so we’ll let them get away with this!

Toyota is hoping this model will be a hit with enthusiasts, tuners and help get a younger demographic into its showrooms.

What I found equally impressive is that a video has been released showing the FT86 G Sports Concept being blasted around a circuit… in GT5!! Awesome. I just love how manufacturers can now turn to games and virtual-reality to launch a car!

What I wanna see next is someone throw in the 2.5L engine with the turbos and… whoaaahh!!!!

A few more photos taken from other blogs that were at the show:

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Akrapovic Exhausts for Cars launched in Malaysia

Akrapovic exhausts for cars are now available in Malaysia, brought in by High N Lubricant Sdn Bhd.

While Akrapovic (pronounced “Ack-rap’-o-vich”) has enjoyed a dominant reputation in the motorbike world, their name in the car tuning market is unheard of by many. Akrapovic are usually synonymous with light weight, awesome power, and just one of the horniest exhaust soundtracks you’ll ever hear!

nissan_gt_r_exha2aAkrapovic exhausts have won more than 29 world championship titles in the motorcycle racing scene. Their first success in car racing came at the prestigious 2006 ADAC 24 Hours race at Nurburgring. The same team, Manthey Racing running the Porsche 911 GT3-RSR won it in again 2007 and 2008. Cars running Akrapovic exhaust have also won numerous races in Porsche Sports Cup Series with the 911 GT3-RS. The difference with other vehicles in this series was in the Akrapovic titanium exhaust system with a 21 kg weight advantage and increasing the engine output by 8.4 HP and 16 Nm of torque. They have also produced exhaust systems for Formula 1 teams.

Apparently Akrapovic spend a lot of time in the dynocell fine-tuning that melodious exhaust bellow, which they have turned in to a USP.

And another, main benefit of Akrapovic exhausts are that they’re made using titanium and TIG welding. This means: ultra-light weight. For example, Akrapovic Evolution Exhaust System fitted to the BMW 335i will have an engine output increase of 12.4 HP and 16.4 NM of torque, tested on a dyno with a completely standard car. It weighs in at 14.37 kg while the standard exhaust weighs in at 34.22 kg which is a massive savings of 19.85 kg. This will definitely improve the acceleration, handling and also the braking performance of the car on top of the horsepower and torque gained. It is made entirely from titanium and will give the car a sporty sound that will reflect the formidable nature of the powerful six-pot engine.

Chart showing power and torque gains for GTR system

Chart showing power and torque gains for GTR system

Currently Akrapovic exhaust systems are available for several Porsches and BMWs, the awesome Nissan GT-R, and there’s a system for the Mini Cooper S coming soon.

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