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What cars do rally legends buy? A WRC rally car of course

Do you ever wonder, what kind of cars do racing legends contend themselves with? More often than not, you'd think that they will buy cars they used to race in. And you'd be correct. Take for example, one Nicky Grist who purchased a racer he had fond memories of, the Toyota Celica GT-Four ST185. No, not a replica, an actual car that participated in the World Rally Championship (WRC) in 1992. By now you'd be asking, Nicky who? Nicky Grist's CV includes co-driving for rallying gods such as Juha Kan


Jul 12, 2020

This rare Proton Satria Neo rally car is yours for a reasonable RM 450k

A very rare English Proton Satria Neo rally car is for sale on Motorsports Auction for 85,000 GBP. Unlike the Satria Neo S2000 rally car, this Satria Neo runs a British-made engine – the 2,500 Millington Diamond Engine. Specifically, the 2,500 cc Millington Diamond series 2+. The history of the Millington Engines dates all the way back to 1971 with Roy Millington working on diesel engines of the family farm. The first diamond engines are based on the 4-cylinder Cosworth YB engine. Roy Millington


Jun 23, 2020

You can buy a WRC specs VW Polo rally car, but not a Golf. Here’s why.

There is a WRC spec Volkswagen Polo on sale for rally fans! The Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 is a product of Volkswagen Motorsport as they prepared for their return to rallying in the WRC2 category. If you’re wondering if the car is road legal, yes, it is legal to be driven on the road. The Polo GTI R5 is a rally car built to attract buyers rather than a championship winning car. Developing a car under the strict restrictions of WRC is tough enough, but to create a car fit for both WRC but has the eas


Dec 19, 2019

Comparison: Proton Iriz R5 vs Satria Neo S2000, which local rally car would you take back?

The Proton Iriz R5 is a little rally-machine that was built to fit under FIA homologation rally specifications. It made waves at the infamous Goodwood Hillclimb a few years back and competed in a few British rallies last year. But if you ever wanted to own one, Mellors Elliot Motorsport (MEM) has released a sales brochure for the Iriz R5. That means you can now own one of these cool Malaysian rally cars and it only starts from 140,000. British pound sterling. If we convert that to Malaysian ring

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Aug 20, 2020

Proton was doing the right thing in disposing its old rally and concept cars, here’s why

Earlier this week, Proton received a lot of flak for auctioning off its prototypes, concept cars including the ItalDesign Giugiaro’s Emas concept, and even Karamjit Singh’s former PERT rally car. Critics say that Proton’s new Chinese owners from Geely were being disrespectful of Proton’s heritage, and that many of these cars deserve a spot in a museum. But I digress. Rewind for a moment the timelines. These cars have been locked away and left to rot by its Malaysian owners long before Geely came


Jul 26, 2020

Goldmine: A rally car you can daily - 1999 Subaru Impreza GC up for sale!

Once in a while, something really hot pops up in the used car markets that we just can't ignore. Partly because we are petrolheads, and partly because we like to live vicariously and look at pictures of cars we cannot afford yet. This is one such example - a 1999 Subaru Impreza (GC) sedan that looks like it just drove off a Subaru dealership a couple of hours ago. It’s obvious that it’s been lovingly restored (read: thousands of Ringgit poured into it), so let’s see what you will get for the ask


Aug 19, 2020

The evolution of extreme Proton rally cars – Does rallying have a future in Malaysia?

Malaysia is home to the Sepang international Circuit, Pasir Gudang circuit, and Dato’ Sagor circuit. We even used to have a racing circuit in Batu Tiga that was once used to film the Jackie Chan film, “Thunderbolt”. We love motorsports and have gone to great lengths to make it more accessible. While track racing may be a little more popular, one motorsport that we absolutely love is rallying. We may not have winter stages and tall pine trees, but that hasn’t stopped us from enjoying the sport. T


Nov 2, 2020

Proton Putra WRC - The Malaysian rally prince with lots of potential

Before you cry out to Proton for yet another sad state of historic concepts and rally legends, let me just say that the Proton Putra WRC is under capable hands. So, please put down your keyboard gently and stop preparing a rant to Geely in the comments section. Let me tell you a tale of the wild Malaysian rally car that could’ve fought with the likes of Colin McRae and Tommi Makinen in their Imprezas and Lancer Evos. We’ve written an article featuring Proton’s PERT cars a while back and just to

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Aug 8, 2020

Mitsubishi UK auctioning off 14 heritage models including Evo VI TME, Evo IX MR, and 3000GT

Even though Mitsubishi Motors announced that it will not pull out of the European market after all, that does not mean it is completely smooth sailing for the Three Diamonds brand. Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) United Kingdom is liquidating its heritage fleet and as a result, 14 vehicles from their collection are up for grabs at an auction. Also read: Mitsubishi will save their European presence by rebadging Renaults According to the listing, the Mitsubishi Heritage Fleet auction will begin on 1-April

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Mar 18, 2021

V8-powered Toyota Hilux is ready to challenge 2021 Dakar Rally

Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) will be attempting to conquer the tough and challenging Dakar Rally for the tenth time since 2012 with a team consisting of 4 units of the Toyota Hilux. That’s right, everyone’s favourite default pick-up truck is selected as the vehicle of choice by the rally team. The team will be spearheaded by 2019 winners Nasser Al-Attiyah and his navigator, Mathieu Baumel. Al-Attiyah and Baumel won the 2019 Dakar Rally with TGR. The team will be competing in the latest version of t

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Nov 14, 2020

Mitsubishi's Xpander Rally Team (XRT) ready to test its challenger

The Covid-19 Pandemic has caused several national racing schedules in Indonesia to be delayed, one of which was the Indonesian Rally National Championship. The Sprint National Championship and Speed Rally should've started in March. Predictably, all motorsport activities in Indonesia in 2020 has been canceled. This was decided considering the Covid-19 pandemic in Indonesia shows no signs of abating. However, the Indonesian Motoring Association (IMI) has started to allow Provincial Championships,


Jul 11, 2020

BSH lancar Honda CRF250 Rally 2021 di Malaysia, harga RM 27,599!

Motosikal yang diinspirasi daripada rekaan jentera yang bersaing di Rali Dakar, HRC CRF450 RALLY iaitu Honda CRF250 Rally 2021 akhirnya dilancarkan di pasaran Malaysia, hari ini. Seperti HRC CRF450 RALLY yang bersaing pentas perlumbaan dunia, CRF250 RALLY 2021 didakwa Honda lebih ringan, lincah dan lengkap berbanding versi sebelumnya. Ia hadir pada tanda harga RM 27,599 oleh pengedar sahnya di Malaysia, Boon Siew Honda (BSH). Harga berkenaan tidak termasuk yuran pendaftaran, insuran dan cukai ja


Mar 12, 2021

Toyota GR Yaris crowned 2021 UK Car of the Year

The Toyota GR Yaris is a hoot to drive. Well, that’s what we obtained from reviews especially in the UK where it won multiple awards just three weeks into its launch there. Also read: Toyota GR Yaris awarded Top Gear Magazine Hot Hatch of the Year and it's coming to Malaysia! Now, Toyota has another trophy to add to its awards collection with the GR Yaris picking up two awards in the 2021 UK Car of the Year (UK-COTY). One was the Best Performance award and the other being the top prize itself, t

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Mar 10, 2021

Subaru to fight the Toyota GR Yaris with a hot rally-bred, ‘super-AWD’ hatch!

The Toyota GR Yaris has been hogging the limelight recently and it's only fair - it reminds us of the classic Japanese sports car recipe of common cars made to go like a bat out of hell. Which is precisely what this as-yet-unnamed Subaru is. Japanese sources have reported that Subaru is planning a return to the World Rally Championship (WRC), and an all-new, rally-bred model is part of that plan. Due to regulations, it has to be smaller than the current Impreza, which makes it roughly the size o


Sep 9, 2020

Audi, Mercedes-Benz and more helps with babysitting duties by introducing colouring books!

With more and more countries announcing the need for a lockdown to combat the coronavirus, car manufacturers like Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover and more have come up with a colouring book strategy to help make the babysitting duties easier. The colouring books all feature cars either moving or stationary in various settings. Automakers declared that these free colouring pages are not just a distraction for the children but welcomes adults of all ages to flex their creative minds as well. Land


Mar 31, 2020

Proton ambil langkah bijak dengan melelong kereta konsep dan rally lama mereka. Ini sebabnya.

Awal minggu lepas, Proton menerima pelbagai cacian kerana mereka melelong kereta-kereta prototaip dan konsep mereka termasuklah kereta konsep Emas ItalDesign Giugiaro dan juga kereta rally PERT Karamjit Singh. Pengkritik berkata yang pemilik Proton baru dari China iaitu Geely tidak menghormati legasi Proton, dan banyak kereta-kereta ini patut disimpan di dalam muzium. Tapi, kami rasa ini tidak benar. Jom kita imbas semula garis masanya. Kereta-kereta ini disimpan dan dibiarkan mereput oleh pemil


Jul 27, 2020

Dakar Rally legend Hiroshi Masuoka was in this Mitsubishi Triton commercial for Malaysia

The latest video commercial for the Mitsubishi Triton is probably among the better Malaysia-produced ads for a pick-up truck, if not the best. Produced by Five55 Production, the ad left a lasting impression in our minds mainly because of its driving scenes, which was done by two-time Dakar Rally champion Hiroshi Masuoka. Recall that Masuoka-san, who is also an ambassador for the tri-diamond brand, was in Malaysia earlier in March for Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia’s 4SureThrill event at Setia Alam.


Sep 19, 2019

The first Mitsubishi Pajero - from Paris Dakar Rally champ to progenitor of family SUVs

There was a time when SUVs weren’t a big thing and were more of a utilitarian 4x4 than a trending crossover. None matches the bulletproof and macho 4x4 quite like the Mitsubishi Pajero, Isuzu Trooper, and the Toyota Land Cruiser. Out of those three, only the Land Cruiser managed to survive today with the Trooper being trooped out many years ago and the Pajero being discontinued in 2020. We’ve done a sort of eulogy for the Pajero but today, we’re celebrating the very first Pajero and how it came

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Dec 17, 2020

2004 Proton Satria R3 1.8, Race Rally Research’s first-ever star

Established in 2003, Race Rally Research, better known as R3, is Proton’s official performance and motorsports division. Headquartered in Proton’s Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Shah Alam, R3 does more than just cosmetic accessories or sport rims, as they have the desire to achieve the same status like what NISMO is for Nissan and STI for Subaru. Because of that, the team at Proton R3 felt that they needed to come out with a complete tuned-up car with a factory warranty to prove that R3 can be se


Jun 11, 2020

New Batmobile coming in 2021! Do you like the muscle car vibes?

Another Batman movie is set to hit theatres in 2021, so that means, yet another new Batmobile is coming to add to the collection. We’ve seen a teaser of the car on director Matt Reeves’ Twitter, now we get to see the full car. The pictures of the Batmobile uploaded on movie concept designer, Jeff Frost’s, website is actually a scale model. The pictures were later shared onto the movie’s official Twitter profile. Overall, the car looks like a mish mash of a number of American muscle cars. The new


Jun 4, 2020

Feeling artsy? Here’s some car-themed arts and crafts

Are you and/or your kids are bored during this Movement Control Order (MCO)? Why not unleash your inner creativity and get yourself and/or the kids busy with a selection of car-themed arts and crafts? We’ve gone thru car manufacturers’ social media and found which brands are offering the chance to design or colour your dream car. Get your Photoshop or Illustrator ready, or print these up and start grinding! Nissan’s #DrawDrawDraw Nissan is offering over 24 visual from their company history, from

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Apr 26, 2020

Malaysians pay over RM 10 billion in car taxes every year. How did we end up like this?

Malaysia is known for having one of the world’s highest taxes on cars. Sales of new cars and spare parts for motor vehicles are the single largest contributor in import and excise duties collection, eclipsing tobacco and alcohol products. How much taxes do car sales contribute to the Malaysian government? The government doesn’t provide a breakdown of its tax collection by industry, but it is safe to estimate that the automotive sector contributes well over RM 10 billion in taxes every year. So i


Jan 30, 2020

Volvo Car Malaysia opens new 3S centre in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

There’s a new Volvo 3S centre in Malaysia and this time it is located in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The latest 3S centre will add to their list of 14 dealerships nationwide and will be run by their new dealer partner Sebangga Mitsinbo Sdn Bhd. The new 2-storey 3S centre spans 5,432 square-foot and is built to adhere to Volvo Car’s retail standard known as the Volvo Retail Experience (VRE). The facility is prepared to put the Volvo Car Lifestyle Collection and Accessories on show and ready to facilita


Jul 30, 2020

Sultan of Johor spotted driving Toyota GR Yaris - likely first unit sold in Malaysia!

His Majesty the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, has been spotted driving the hot 2021 Toyota GR Yaris around Johor Bahru. The one-minute-long video, uploaded by local dealership chain Mutiara Motors, shows the Sultan driving the rally-car-for-the-road around Jalan Stulang Laut while escorted by several police vehicles. Also Read: The Toyota GR Yaris is a reborn Lancer Evolution, WRC car by Tommi Makinen for the streets Curiously - the video's description also inclu


Feb 26, 2021

6 model ikonik dari divisyen prestasi Proton, Race Rally Research (R3)

Race.Rally.Research atau lebih dikenali sebagai R3 adalah divisyen prestasi Proton yang ditubuhkan pada tahun 2003. Dilahirkan oleh minat untuk kenderaan berprestasi tinggi, Proton R3 mengkhususkan diri dalam penyelidikan, pengembangan dan pengeluaran kereta lumba dan rali, kereta jalan raya R3 edisi terhad dan aksesori & alat ganti R3. Bukan calang-calang Proton R3 ni sebenarnya. Sejak tahun 2003, mereka telah mengambil bahagian dan memenangi beberapa acara sukan permotoran yang paling berprest

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Jun 8, 2020

Are you a fan of BMW, Alfa Romeo or VW fan? Uniqlo has the perfect T-shirt for you!

Even though there is plenty of car merchandise that lets you wear your favourite car brands on your body, let’s face it, they aren’t always nice to look at. Especially the shirts with classic cars. But Uniqlo’s new The Brands Cars T-shirt collection is set to change that! According to Uniqlo’s brief explanation, the collection is “a collaboration project with car brands that continue to appeal to all fans from the world”. From the legendary BMW E30 to the Alfa Romeo Spider and the VW Karman Ghia


Jun 29, 2020

Truck driver who sideswiped another car gets rewarded with free plane tickets for honesty

They say “honesty is the best policy” and it couldn’t be truer when it comes to this incident in Singapore where a truck driver was rewarded for owing up to side-swiping another person’s car. Not only was he rewarded with plane tickets to bring his family over, but many other chain brands also joined in with dishing out rewards. The note says: Driver Wang Yao Wen, I've accidentally hit your car. I'm so sorry, this is my contact number According to AsiaOne, the truck driver is believed to be of C


Nov 6, 2020

Mr Hypercar: The man who turned every car he touched into gold 

Working for Lamborghini, Pagani, Koenigsegg, KTM and Dallara since 1974, Loris Bicocchi has a bigger ambition to do his own car at the age of 61. And the man drives like this: Sometimes, it's better to wait While Football is the most popular sport in Italy, it's not the most popular for Bicocchi. “I was never interested in football, just cars,” he says. Bicocchi shared the hometown of Sant'Agata Bolognese with Lamborghini, in the north of Italy. He used to stand in front of the company gates wai


Sep 9, 2019

Govt considers return of GST to address drop in country’s revenue

Deputy Finance Minister, Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri said that the abolishment of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has affected the country’s revenue to some extent and as such, a reimplementation of the tax is possible, reports The Edge Markets. Datuk Abdul Rahim mentioned that the country faced a revenue shortfall when the GST was replaced with the Sales and Services Tax (SST). "The GST was introduced in 2015 before the then government decided to abolish the tax system in 2018," he said. "Judging


Dec 31, 2020

Honda fans can now wear their love with Honda Malaysia’s TEI merchandise

Honda Malaysia is proud to introduce their new Honda Official Merchandise line, the TEI Series. The line consists of 21 items in four different collections namely Corporate, Lifestyle, Activewear and the newly introduced Travel collection. TEI stands for Honda’s philosophy: Trust, Equality and Individuality. TEI also translates as form or shape in the Japanese language. The designs of the merchandise are heavily influenced by the need to show off an energetic spirit with a focus on style and inn


Mar 5, 2020