Proton’s newest model, the R3 Suprima S will make its racing debut at the opening round of the nations domestic 2014 Touring Car Championship, at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Having won multiple Touring Car Championships, which forms part of the Malaysian Super Series; Team Proton R3 is aiming to continue its outstanding record and will run the Proton R3 Prevé and Proton R3 Satria Neo alongside the all-new Proton R3 Suprima S.
According to PROTON's Deputy Chief Executive Dato' Lukman Ibrahim, PROTON's participation in motorsports continues to be a significant thrust in the development of high performance technology for Proton cars. "PROTON is committed towards creating a strong brand, so our involvement in the MSS gives us a platform to demonstrate our capabilities, especially in a technical and engineering perspective. Another strong showing at the MSS would set a new standard of excellence for us, and we aim to keep going in that direction," he added.
Remarking on the new car and the upcoming MSS season, Team Proton R3 Principal Tengku Djan Tengku Mahaleel said, "The Proton R3 Suprima S race car is a culmination of development work carried out over the course of the 2013 season. Our commitment has always been to excel and build on what we have achieved in the past, we want to continue with that winning mentality. The team has worked hard at identifying the relevant aspects of the cars that will enhance our race performance, and hopefully this coming season the team will be able to prove themselves yet again."
The MSS commences March 28th as a support event to the Malaysian leg of the F1 Grand Prix and concludes with the Sepang 1000 KM endurance race specially catered for the “Touring Car” category.
Proton R3 Suprima S Malaysian Touring Car Specifications
Engine R3 Campro CPS 1597cc 16 valves
Power 132kW Torque 224Nm
Transmission F2 MT Close Ratio Gearbox
Bodyshell R3 Lightweight Bodyshell + 6 Point Rollcage
Bodykit R3 Front Splitter & Side Skirt R3
Custom Brake Cooling Ducts Wheels
R3 Lightweight 15 x 7 ET25 5H PCD 114.3
Tyres Hankook Ventus Z221 195 / 55R15 Semi Slick
Proton Suprima S
Launched in Australia in January 2014 the sporty five-door Proton Suprima S GX and GXR are the Malaysian company’s most comprehensively equipped model introduced to the Australian market.
World famous sport car brand LOTUS, (wholly owned by PROTON) developed the suspension for the Suprima S, giving it exceptional dynamics, ride and handling.
The Proton Suprima S GX with a CVT transmission is available from $21,790 Drive Away, with the GXR CVT $26,590 Drive Away.
PROTON, established in 1983, is a wholly owned subsidiary of DRB-HICOM Berhad and Malaysia's largest manufacturer of automobiles, and the only full-fledged OEM car manufacturer in South-East Asia. With operations from the UK to the Middle East, and across South-East Asia and Australasia, PROTON produces cars to suit a range of consumer demands and preferences.
Its offerings include versatile and reliable four-door family vehicles such as the Saga and Persona, the Satria Neo three-door hatchback for the young-at-heart, stylish executive sedans such as the Prevé and Inspira, the spacious and affordable multi-purpose vehicle, the Exora, and the dynamic hatchback the Suprima S, as well as world-renowned sports cars from LOTUS.
Most importantly, PROTON models are developed with LOTUS Engineering, offering customers superior ride and handling experience in every drive.
PROTON’s inception as a key driver of national development has seen the brand accelerate its learning curve through technology transfer with strategic partnerships and technical collaborations. By listening to the needs of customers, PROTON cars are now steadily on track to achieve the mission for the future, with PROTON set to become a marque, which builds quality and safe cars with passion and soul - cars that are a delight to drive - and a pleasure to own.