Racing With The Proton Saga – Car Throttle

22 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Racing With The Proton Saga – Car Throttle
Proton Saga

Racing With The Proton

Now if you#8217;re looking at the picture and started thinking that must be an old 1980s Mitsubishi you are strongly mistaken. This car is a Saga, which is based on the 1980s Mitsubishi Lancer The Lancer was the basis for the Saga, and localised, and was the first car produced in

It had been in production since and was only recently discontinued here in Malaysia ( 1985-2008 amazing right? ). It was sold in the UK the late 1990s and is a favourite for and people who basically have no what driving is all about. young men would rather be than be seen in one of these, if they are trying to impress a

Anyway, the picture above a Saga race car from the but is a car that is being prepared for the season of the Proton Saga or Cup race series. You see, is circuit racing at its cheapest in and it is going strong in Pasir Johor ( about 300km from Kuala Lumpur and to Singapore via the two Causeways that Malaysia and Singapore ). Built in the Johor Circuit is an international motor racing circuit is 3.86km long.

In 1990, just four after the circuit was built, it was to the strict FIM World GP homologation In 1998, it hosted the World Grand Prix Championship later shifted to Sepang and has there ever since). since then, it has been regular local and regional

But for motorheads it is quite well as even Graham Goode, Ford (and now Subaru) and founder of Graham Goode in the UK, had raced competitively in the Malaysian Car Championships in the 1990s. Of course, it is popular with Singaporeans who over regularly for track sprint competitions and other to whet their motorsport as the island nation does not a proper race track at the Even the Formula 1 event there is a street circuit, Monaco but at night.

Anyway the old you see pictured above and the one in the opening is one of five that will their engines prepared at top secret, actually beside major ring road in sight, workshop located in Lumpur. The thing is, this the participation for the Proton Saga is pretty good with at 25 to 30 cars racing at the venue above. The specs for the cars are simple.

The cars must run all stock which means the Sagas run in either steel bumper like those before or like the post-1992 plastic Iswara versions of the Saga and no spoilers, bodykits and aerokits. The must run on 13inch rims on tires with adjustable allowed.

Their 1500 cc must look stock on the meaning cast iron cannot be replaced for an aftermarket one and the SU-Type carburetor must be However, everything on the insides can be

Now this actually means pretty exciting things can be put the engines. Usually the camshafts are ones with some duration, the pistons will be oversized ones and get this, on those WRC rally cars#8230; crankshafts . Both the stock and exhaust manifolds are polished to a degree and the cylinder heads are polished. The good thing is labor costs are pretty low this part of the world.

These cars make between 135 to 155bhp at the wheel to some of the mechanics that on these engines. It does not like much in times some people are running 400bhp at the wheel on their STIs and Lancer Evolutions. But if you do the the cars run a minimum weight of 900 to 950kg with fuel and the roll cage, the power to ratio of these ancient is around 170bhp per ton.

For a stock Subaru Impreza WRX UK) with 222bhp at the engine has a to weight ratio of 166bhp per So they are pretty fast in a line.

I have driven one of track prepared cars a while back and driving it at it is very quick. The whole car as nimble and light on its feet. The feels quick and accurate due to the car being about 60kg (it already was a lightweight 960kgs).

It is noisy as most are run with a pipe set up. With a stripped out you can hear all the small stones and hitting the wheel arches and the noisy straight through system. It heightens the feeling of

With the coil-over shock and harder than usual bushings, it corners extremely Up to a point that is. But, an ancient Proton Saga on an even more ancient Lancer, they are REALLY to drive on the limit.

Their suspension, Macpherson in front and arms (without any lateral to brace the trailing arms a tiny anti roll bar the arms) at the rear, can only do so to contain so many horses and G-forces. Even with coilovers the race prepped is unpredictable.

Proton Saga

On very, very speeds, or driving it ten-tenths, the car a handful. I had the opportunity to hitch a ride in one of these during a session. They seem to where you don#8217;t want to and oversteer when you don#8217;t them to.

It has quite a thin envelope which the drivers to learn when trying to these machines quickly.

Now you may be why I have decided to write these ancient machines. The reason is that the experience of a car modified for the purpose of going a track the fastest is different the constraints of building or owning a road car . There are rules and even for this piece of but even within these it still is a stripped out race car of all creature comforts and therefore an extremely focused car to drive.

Now add price factor to the picture. It costs around US$1,000.00 to buy a decent, very straight free old Saga, another to rebuild the engine with cams and porting and crankshaft another $500-600 for the roll rims and (controlled) tires and $450 for a set of coil-over suspension. going racing for less $3,500.00 with entry

This is what budget (or racing is all about in Malaysia. it is cheap to build and race a it is still prepared to full car standards and not like some derby races. As mentioned everything is honed and tuned.

The fully developed, the chassis has race car shocks and the drivers do when there are track day (both in Sepang F1 circuit and in Gudang) to prep themselves and the

It is budget racing at its best It has become so #8216;cheap#8217; that the race two months ago (the race was posponed due to track work to mid June), five were totaled. I know one of the teams already bought old Saga Iswara as a replacement for the race. You run #8216;em, crash and buy another second hand car and do the again.

And this is why its still strong after all these of the fact that it is a pensioner#8217;s car and it is a car anyone who thinks that he is hip, cool and trendy never, ever want to be in outside of a race track. out the standard car below and see if I#8217;m That folks, is the newer version of the Saga and a base for a cheap race car.

it, or not.

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