Ex­cel­lence in mo­tor­sports

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOTORING -

RACE, Rally and Re­search, also known as R3, is the mo­tor­sports arm of the Malaysian Na­tional car maker Pro­ton. Over the last decade, Team Pro­ton R3 has par­tic­i­pated in rac­ing and ral­ly­ing events across the world and in some of the tough­est con­di­tions.

In the lo­cal mo­tor­sports scene, Pro­ton has dom­i­nated cir­cuit rac­ing in re­cent years, win­ning three Malaysian Su­per Se­ries Cham­pi­onships con­sec­u­tively. It also bagged the Sepang 1000 KM Chal­lenge Tro­phy in 2012.

As a rac­ing brand, Pro­ton’s made its pres­ence felt in­ter­na­tion­ally when the team won the Asia Pa­cific Rally Cham­pi­onship in 2011 and took sec­ond place in the Su­per 2000 cat­e­gory of the World Rally Cham­pi­onship.

The team also won the Rally of Swe­den and the Rally of Fin­land – two of the most iconic events in the world of ral­ly­ing.

The vast ex­pe­ri­ence gained by Pro­ton from com­pet­ing and win­ning in the global arena is shared with Pro­ton own­ers through a range of R3 per­for­mance tun­ing parts and sporty styling ac­ces­sories.

Mo­tor­sports par­tic­i­pa­tion is a key brand driver for Pro­ton.

The tough and fast-paced world of mo­tor­sports is an ideal plat­form to phys­i­cally demon­strate the per­for­mance, strength, dura­bil­ity and tech­nol­ogy of its cars.

Mo­tor­sports has been a key part of the brand since its in­cep­tion with the com­pany ac­tively par­tic­i­pat­ing in cir­cuit rac­ing since 1987.

This year, Team Pro­ton R3 par­tic­i­pated in both the Malaysian Su­per Se­ries Cham­pi­onship and the Malaysian Rally Cham­pi­onship. Both events are pre­miere na­tional mo­tor­sports cham­pi­onship events for cir­cuit rac­ing and ral­ly­ing. Ad­di­tion­ally, the team also par­tic­i­pated in the pres­ti­gious and gru­elling Sepang 1000KM En­durance Race.

Pro­ton Sa­tria Neo

The Sa­tria Neo is the back­bone of Pro­ton’s mo­tor­sports suc­cess.

Its Lo­tus-de­signed chas­sis, com­pact di­men­sions and han­dling dy­nam­ics have proven to be a win­ning com­bi­na­tion on the road as well as on race tracks and rally cir­cuits across the world.

This lat­est in­ter­pre­ta­tion of a cham­pion, the Sa­tria Neo R3 is the mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the iconic Sa­tria Gti that was launched in the late 90s.

It has a stun­ning sporty and stylish look in its R3 race-in­spired body-kit and rims, CAM­PRO CPS en­gine and Lo­tus Ride and Han­dling – all el­e­ments to give the driver a thrilling driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Th­ese same el­e­ments also con­trib­ute to very high lev­els of safety, with a strong rigid chas­sis for im­proved crash pro­tec­tion.

Mo­tor­sports achieve­ments:

2008 Class B Cham­pion –

Merdeka Mil­len­nium En­durance Race.

Three-time Malaysian Su­per Se­ries Cham­pion - 2011, 2012, 2013 –

Over­all Cham­pion, 2012 Sepang 1000KM En­durance Race –

Malaysian Tour­ing Car Class.

Malaysian Tour­ing Car Class.

Two-time Asia Pa­cific Rally Cham­pi­onship 2WD win­ner –

2011, 2012 – Group N Sa­tria Neo.

Win­ner of Rally Malaysia 2013, 2012, 2011, 2WD Cat­e­gory –

N Sa­tria Neo.

Group

2011 Asia Pa­cific Rally Over­all Cham­pion –

car.

Sa­tria Neo S2000 rally

Sec­ond place at the 2012 Su­per 2000 World Rally Cham­pi­onship –

Sa­tria Neo S2000 rally car

Pro­ton Prevé R3

The Pro­ton Prevé R3 race car is the lat­est com­pe­ti­tion ve­hi­cle built by Team Pro­ton R3.

Mak­ing its race de­but in the gru­el­ing Sepang 1000KM En­durance race in De­cem­ber 2012, the Prevé com­pleted the race in sec­ond place over­all be­hind the Sa­tria Neo R3 Race Car giv­ing Pro­ton a one-two fin­ish in a field of more than 50 com­peti­tors in­clud­ing ve­hi­cles from Honda, Suzuki, Toy­ota and Mazda.

The Prevé has proven to be an ex­cep­tional race car de­spite its large size.

It has shown amaz­ing sta­bil­ity and speed through the cor­ners and great strength and dura­bil­ity in the harsh­est of rac­ing con­di­tions.

Mo­tor­sports achieve­ments:

Sec­ond place over­all –

201 Sepang 1000KM En­durance Race

Malaysian Su­per Se­ries 2013 Cham­pi­onship – Malaysian Tour­ing Car Class

Sec­ond place –

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