An empty race track, a 600BHP purpose-built machine and a professional drift racer; these were the only things needed to keep us car guys occupied on Friday while everyone else was probably stuck at the office, wrapping up unfinished business before the weekend.
We were privileged enough to visit Dream Chaser Malaysia's pits last weekend for the first round of the Malaysia Championship Series 2017. It was a hot weekend for the crew as they were busy prepping their cars for the harrowing 1-hour race that would pit their team against some of the best drivers of the series. The practice session consisted of a combination of wet/dry weather, causing the teams to scramble between both types of setups.
It was a blistering hot weekend as track temperatures were a scorching 56 degrees Celsius. The qualifying practice on Friday saw a good mix of rain and sun causing the race teams to scramble between wet and dry setups to tackle both track conditions.
What we have today is a prime example of this particular conversion. Xiao Hong got his Inspira five years ago, and had no intention of modding it whatsoever. But car guys being car guys, when you get that itch, you're gonna be scratching it for as long as you can.
Jimmy saw the need to start fresh and clean, which is to tuck and shave the engine bay. The process of tucking and shaving an engine bay is to conceal, or to outright remove all wiring, piping, nuts and bolts which are normally exposed and in plain sight when you open the engine bay.
The drive was divided into two groups; the slower, first-timers joined the first group, and the faster more experienced ones joined the second group. The destination was the Chin Swee Temple Car Park, right below the top of Genting Highlands. The drive up was wet, which resulted in a few incidents along the way. Due to the hazardous road conditions, all participants were reminded to be safe and drive responsibly prior to the drive.