THE SICKEST KE70 IN PENANG!!!

Awesome KE70

One of my friends was in the market to buy a “new” car recently so when he found one that he liked he asked a couple of mates to come out and have a look at it with him.

When I saw this KE70, I was shocked/stunned/gobsmacked coz it was just so immaculate!

Awesome KE70

The exterior of the car was perfect, and we couldn’t find a trace of rust anywhere (VERY RARE on KE70s)

Awesome KE70

But the biggest surprise to all of us was when the bonnet was popped.

Awesome KE70

Holy shit! Look at that engine! It looks brand new!

The car was running a 4A-GE transplant and even had quad throttle bodies. The sound it made was quite heavenly and none of us could get enough of it.

Awesome KE70

The interior was also spotless and sported a full dashboard conversion from an AE86 as well.

Awesome KE70

I really could not find anything wrong with this car and it was perfect from every angle.

Awesome KE70

Here’s another shot of the engine just because it was so awesome.

Awesome KE70

The rims kicked ass too! O.G. JDM goodness.

Awesome KE70

This is really the most beautiful KE70 I have EVER seen in Penang.

I’m happy that my friend bought it so I can see the car regularly.

And if you wanna see this car too, make sure you drop by Conemasters X Mean Machines @ Auto City on the 15th and 16th of October because my friend bought this car to compete in the event!

Congratulations to Justin, take good care of this beauty!

P.S. Click on each picture to see a bigger version so you can really appreciate all the details!

CONEMASTERS GYMKHANA CHALLENGE RECAP

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

I’m exhausted, sunburnt and totally thrashed, but it was all worth it.

The Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge was the first time I’ve organized a motorsports event but it was definitely one of the funnest events I have ever managed.

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

The venue for the event was the P SIC carpark at Sepang International Circuit, which is right next to the main entrance so everyone who was coming to watch Super GT stopped by to check out our race.

There were huge crowds in the afternoon as more and more people arrived at Sepang and I think the crowd motivated the drivers to push themselves harder and harder.

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

This is one of the first cars I saw arriving in the paddock early in the morning – Leona Chin’s brand new 2011 drift car.

Leona’s Nissan Silvia was definitely one of the most striking cars at Conemasters!

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

As I was walking around our paddock I spotted another Silvia, but this was a S15 and it belonged to veteran gymkhana racer Mike Ng.

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

After Mike’s Silvia, the next car I saw was this Hamann-kitted BMW M3 cabriolet and I was like, “Wow! People are bringing some serious machines to compete!”

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

The start of free practice was delayed because some assholes came to Sepang really early parked their cars on the course (even though JPM Motorsport had helped us to completely seal off P SIC the night before)

I don’t understand why some people would see a totally barricaded place and think that it would be okay to remove the barricades by themselves and park inside.

Oh well – when you are an idiot your car gets towed away. Hohoho

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

Do you see the red car hidden behind my Impreza? That’s Mike’s OTHER car – a race-prepped, fully stripped Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 7.

It is the most awesome Evo I have seen in Malaysia and I was so busy running the event that I didn’t have time to take any photos of it.

I definitely have to get Mike to bring his Evo out the next time I’m in KL so I can shoot some photos of it.

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

This is Jackson’s “new” Toyota Corolla KE70. By new I mean he just finished building it 2 days before Conemasters.

Jackson and I had been talking about him switching platforms from front wheel drive to rear wheel drive for a long time since I didn’t think there was anything else he could learn from continuing to drive his Satria. Hence this top-secret KE70 build.

I love classic JDM cars!

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

Here’s a look at P SIC, a good-sized carpark with a decent surface for all our shenanigans.

Jackson and I only saw P SIC a day before the event and had to design a course that suited all 3 different categories of cars and looking at the times that people were posting, I think we managed to do it.

One thing I wanted to do with Conemasters was to create an even platform for cars to compete. I’ve observed many gymkhanas where course layouts are biased towards small cars and very disadvantageous for bigger cars so from the outset our aim was to design a course where front wheel drive, rear wheel drive and all wheel drive cars would be evenly matched.

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

Having said that, the fastest car of the day was this tiny old-school Toyota Starlet that came all the way from Thailand!

Watching P. Kai drive was like watching magic and everyone was amazed at his car control. He won the front wheel drive category and it was very well-deserved.

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

One of the things that sets Conemasters apart from other gymkhana events is that we have commentary.

Commentating is one of the most important aspects of ANY sport (can you imagine watching F1, tennis or football without commentary?) and I wanted to create a live commentating experience for spectators at Conemasters and I think that this was a crucial part of what made the event such a fun one.

Commentating duties were handled by me and Jackson and I have to say I really enjoyed doing it!

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

Here’s Ramon’s M3 lining up at the starting line.

His car looked so majestic out there and I think most of the spectators had never seen anyone driving a BMW like that!

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

The M3 is kind of a heavy car and hard to get the tail out but Ramon handled his car perfectly and I got so excited every time he went round the course.

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

Here’s me lining up at the start. That’s right, I had to run the event, commentate, keep everyone happy AND drive.

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

After a couple of runs, this is what my tyres looked like.

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

The Impreza weighs 1400kg, so pressure/stress on tyres is pretty serious, especially when you are trying to make them do something they are not supposed to do (like drift)

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

Thankfully Ku Shahriel and Xian were on hand to help me make a quick tyre change.

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

I was also super lucky coz my tyres were sponsored by Soon Tyres in Kepala Batas.

Ah Soon and his boys worked until really late the night before I came down to Kuala Lumpur to help sort my tyres out so I am super grateful to them for their time and effort!

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

This is P. Tu, who came all the way from Bangkok to compete in Conemasters.

He shared a car with P. Kai (hence the 2 competition numbers on their car)

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

Leona striking a cute pose early on the morning. I was happy that she came to compete in the event and I was pretty sure she would walk away with one of the trophies until a little prick (Jackson) pulled off a crazy run late in the day and nudged her out of 3rd place.

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

Leona’s crew brought their own gas and lots of spare tyres. Me is jealous!

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

Fans were lining up to take photos with Malaysia’s best girl drifter after the race – me included!

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

This is P. Kai – fastest man of the day and the ultimate Conemaster.

That prize hamper from Würth has like RM1000 worth of good shit in there!

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

Despite only driving his KE70 for 2 days, Jackson managed to reign in his car and finish 3rd in the event.

If only you could see how close he got to the cones then you would understand why he was so fast in his 30 yr-old car. Haha

Presenting the prizes are Nurul and C.S. Ng from Würth Malaysia.

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

Here’s a line up of some of the cars … some guys had already left coz we ran until 7pm … The crowd just kept getting bigger and bigger and the guys (and girl) all wanted to drive more so we just kept going.

I think if we didn’t cut off at 7pm some of them would have kept driving all night!

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

Finally back at the hotel at 11pm … damn I was tired … C.S. was staying with us and he crashed straight away in the hotel lobby. He didn’t sleep for 3 days!

C.S. was one of the people who helped out most for Conemasters – I am super grateful for all his time and effort. Thanks bro!

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

Würth Malaysia also supported us heavily and brought out a treasure trove of goodies to give away as prizes for winners.

One of the competitors came up to me and said that we gave away the best prizes of any gymkhana he had competed in so far (and he had competed in a LOT)

He also said that our event was the best value for money and he really enjoyed himself so it was heartwarming to hear that from someone who is a gymkhana veteran.

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

Here’s the Conemasters posse! The event wouldn’t have been possible without you guys – thank you so much!

I need to thank Mr. Ho, Steve & Tracy from SES Sound & Light – the sound system was KICK ASS and was another reason the event was so successful.

I was told so many times during the day that we had really good sound so another job well done for SES!

Oh you see those super cool Conemasters t-shirts we are wearing in the photo? They were sponsored by Olim Souvenirs so I am also grateful to them for their support!

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

Remus from Motorsport Playground managed to take time out of his SUPER busy schedule to make out competition numbers for us so I thank him very much. I hate those events where people just paint the number on your window coz it leaves a nasty stain that takes ages to get out so I wanted proper competition numbers for Conemasters and Remus delivered (as usual)

Remus is a good friend and very supportive of the motorsports scene in Malaysia. Thanks buddy!

Lastly I need to thank TJ Chin from JPM Motorsport for his valuable support. Even though he was so busy running the main event he still made time to come and check on us and make sure everything was ok. He even got the tow truck to come and tow away those parked cars for us. Thank you TJ!

This is what one day under the Malaysian sun will do to you:

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

I’d like to thank all our event partners again, all the drivers who came to compete and all the spectators who came to support us.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

P.S. Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge video coming soon!

P.P.S. For results and updates on future Conemasters events, please visit Conemasters on Facebook!

B.T.W. Planning is already under way for Conemasters Gymkhana Challenge 2.

🙂

WÜRTH TRIATHLON ENGINE OIL

Würth Triathlon Engine Oil

I just received 8 litres of Würth’s highly-acclaimed Triathlon “super” synthetic engine oil from my good friend C.S. Ng from Würth Malaysia so I took my Impreza for an oil change straight away.

Würth is a German company that has been around for more than 60 years and they make more than 400 different types of products for various industries.

For cars they make engine oil, gear oil, brake fluid, octane boosters and many more.

Würth Triathlon Engine Oil

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Würth products, but they aren’t widely available in Malaysia so I’m glad I’m getting the chance to try their engine oil out. Take their semi-synthetic engine oil for example – the amount of synthetic material in your average semi-synthetic oil is about 50% but in Würth’s engine oil it is 75%!

That’s why 4 liters of their semi-synthetic engine oil will last well past 10,000 kms without any noticeable loss in power on regular cars (tried and tested on vehicles like Toyota Vios’ and Honda Jazz’s by existing Würth customers)

What's Good? Subaru Impreza STi Version 8

The first impression that I got after putting the Triathlon in my car was that the engine was a LOT quieter and smoother. I haven’t pushed the car yet so I don’t know what the response is like yet, but I love the smoothness that Triathlon delivers and I’m looking forward to pushing the car a bit over the next few days.

What's Good? Subaru Impreza STi Version 8

I’ll let you know my feedback once I’ve had a chance to properly test the engine oil out.

Thanks very much to C.S. from Würth Malaysia for hooking me up!

TIME TO ATTACK 2010 FINAL: RACE DAY!

Lotus X BadBoyBen @ Zerotohundred.com's Time To Attack 2010 Final

12 December 2010 … the first time I was taking the Exige to the track … up to that point everything had happened so quickly that the magnitude of what was going on hadn’t really sunk in yet.

I took delivery of the car less than 2 weeks before the 12th and here I was prepped and ready to hit the track in Malaysia’s most prestigious time attack event – Zerotohundred’s Time To Attack.

Lotus X BadBoyBen @ Zerotohundred.com's Time To Attack 2010 Final

I think there was about RM50 million worth of cars at Sepang that day – and a good chunk of that was 20-odd R35 GTRS … someone remarked to me that they had never seen so many GTRs in one place at a time but I told them that GTRs were everywhere in Kuala Lumpur!

There was a “GTR Drag Battle” taking place after the main Time To Attack event but I assure you, it sounds a lot more exciting than it was.

20 automatic cars going down Sepang’s main straight in pairs – NOT a very breathtaking sight.

Lotus X BadBoyBen @ Zerotohundred.com's Time To Attack 2010 Final

Here we are at the driver’s briefing … Kah Beng on the left telling the Lotus posse how it’s all gonna go down.

Kah Beng really takes good care of the Lotus community at all trackday events and you should know that there is no other car club in Malaysia that is anywhere as cool as the Lotus Cars Club.

Lotus X BadBoyBen @ Zerotohundred.com's Time To Attack 2010 Final

This is Wingz, who takes awesome car photos.

He took some great shots of my Impreza at the last event so I was happy to meet him and get to thank him in person.

Wingz drives a Toyota Celica, which incidentally has the same 2ZZ-GE engine as my Exige

Lotus X BadBoyBen @ Zerotohundred.com's Time To Attack 2010 Final

Here are George and Phil from Lotus UK. They were in town to make sure nothing happened to the new Lotus Esprit that was being displayed at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show but I managed to convince them that hanging out with us at the track would be 100x more fun than babysitting a dummy car.

Lotus X BadBoyBen @ Zerotohundred.com's Time To Attack 2010 Final

It was great to finally get to drive the Exige in anger on the track and push it to its limits (or slightly over, as I did hehe)

The car was fantastic and I was super lucky that Kah Beng gave me some hands on instruction. I think everyone should bow down to him every time he walks past coz his car control is just awe inspiring.

I can’t stress enough how fortunate I am to have a great racer like Oh Kah Beng teaching me how to drive!

Lotus X BadBoyBen @ Zerotohundred.com's Time To Attack 2010 Final

The car was good enough to clinch 3rd place in the Lotus Fast & Furious category, which was very encouraging since our car was running stock suspension and tyres.

1st place went to Aylezo’s Exige GT4 Cup Car (running on slicks) and 2nd place went to Dr. Bruce Lee (yes that is really his name) who was driving a well modified 111S Elise that was ALSO tuned by my buddy Dean.

Lotus X BadBoyBen @ Zerotohundred.com's Time To Attack 2010 Final

And here is the trophy in Kah Beng’s office.

I feel that this is where it belongs since he was the one who did all the work and pulled everyone together to get the car where it is. He always tries to shy away from taking any credit whatsoever but this time he can’t!

A lot of credit must also go to Tom, Angeline, Keshy and everyone at Zerotohundred.com for putting on another awesome time attack event. You guys have successfully made a lot of people take their track days a LOT more seriously (including yours truly) and I know that everyone is going to step up their game in 2011. I’m psyched and excited to what tricks people are gonna pull out of their bags next year, but the 2.19.785 set by Mohammed Farriz Fauzy is going to be pretty hard to beat!

There are some people I have to thank, because without them, none of this would have been possible:

Lotus Cars Malaysia
DC Shoes
Auto Racing Technik
Aylezo Motorsports
Motorsport Playground
Ceramico
Dean Ong
Remus Chang
Angeline Lee
Jackson Foo
Hen Xian

and Oh Kah Beng

Thank you all for your support!

LOTUS GIVES ENGINE BACK TO TOYOTA

Lotus Gives Elise To Toyota

PRESS RELEASE (17 September 2010)

Lotus to take relationship with Toyota to new level / Gift of Special Elise Marks Lotus-Toyota Ties

Lotus commemorated their successful relationship with Toyota today (17th September) at a celebration at the British Embassy in Tokyo where Lotus CEO Dany Bahar presented Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda with a specially equipped Lotus Elise powered by the last ever Toyota 2ZZ-GE VVTL-i engine. The occasion marked the end of an era and the start of an even stronger relationship between the two companies.

Lotus Gives Elise To Toyota

As part of the celebration, Lotus CEO Dany Bahar said: “The presentation of Toyota’s last 2ZZ engine in the Elise is a symbolic gesture of our continued respect and deep appreciation for our partner not only acknowledging our past but also looking forward to our future together.”

Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda responded: “A Toyota engine in a Lotus car creates a completely unique drive feeling – a special blend featuring the best of Lotus and Toyota that we hope many car lovers continue to experience and enjoy.”

Based on the successful cooperation with Toyota so far, Lotus has decided to take the relationship with Toyota to a new level that will enable Lotus to create tailor-made powertrain solutions for future Lotus cars.

Lotus Gives Elise To Toyota

For more details on exactly how Lotus will be partnering with Toyota in the future, simply look to the Lotus global unveiling at the Paris Motor Show on September 30th where Lotus will showcase their new line up to the world’s media. The eagerly anticipated event marks the dawn of a new era for Lotus and will highlight exactly why both companies are so proud of their relationship.

I can’t wait to see Lotus’ line-up at the Paris Motor Show … hmm … I wonder what would happen if they put the V10 from the LFA into the back of a Lotus? Maybe the new Esprit? Hmmmmmmm

INSIDE LOOK AT THE LOTUS 2-ELEVEN

While I was at R3, as well as getting Tengku Djan Ley and Suriaya Kumaran to talk to me about the Proton Satria Neo R3 Lotus Racing Edition, I managed to get Lotus GM Oh Kah Beng to talk a little bit about a Lotus 2-Eleven that was being prepped for the Merdeka Millenium Endurance Race.

In case you didn’t know, the 2-Eleven is a purpose built track weapon and has killed circuits around the world with it’s devastating power. Weighing only 700KGs and packing a 252hp 2ZZ-GE supercharged Toyota engine under the hood, the 2-Eleven is a fucking rocket.

Check out what Kah Beng has to say about the car!

(Oh yeah and we also go for a drive in the brand new RM500,000 Lotus Evora)