We’ve returned to Proton’s ‘mystical’ motoring master class quite frequently these days have we not? And rightly so it seems. Throughout Proton’s relatively new history as a fledgling car maker the Satria GTi has been about the only model to have been considered as on an even playing field with the top purveyors of hot hatches of the time (this was way back in early 2000 yes?). We need to remember here people that the GTi has remained even now as the only cult status car in Proton’s dossier over the years. Come on, how many other ten year old hatches with genuine Lotus credibility and an evo magazine four-star rating can you pick up for what’s considered as ‘pretty darn cheap’? That’s right, none, so make sure the Satria GTi is at the very least, thought of with some fondness alright?
And that GTi be the production model without so much as the tire’s being inflated differently yeah? To have one with the near total makeover that the speed demons of Millennium have done right here would make the appeal of the GTi on the levels of young nubile teenage girls going all gaga when Justin Bieber start belching out his lunch directly at their swooning faces. No matter what the kiddo had for lunch or how much his mouth stinks they’d love him anyway. So let us steer the hell away from JB’s intestines or whatever and go on a little bit about why those who have had the experience of driving or owning the fine Proton hatch would always consider it as a genuine testament to what the GTi is capable of.
Proton purchased Lotus Cars in 1997 and for a while the world looked forward to the wizards of Hethel breathing some magic into the range of Malaysian budget brand cars. At the time Proton was offering a 3-door hatchback in the form of the Satria, essentially a mildly reworked fourth generation Mitsubishi Colt. In fact, aside from a few cosmetic changes and an interior from the Proton Wira, very little was changed. At best the car could be described as average, but the Mitsubishi running gear meant that it was ultra-reliable. Average and reliable aren’t two words that immediately spring to mind when conjuring up images of a hot hatch. But average in this instant is quite misleading as the GTi is anything but average, which made the stock Satria’s transformation into the Satria GTi all the more remarkable. It was a remastering project that exploits the tip of the iceberg of the time honored prowess of Lotus the sort that would put a wry smile on the late and truly great Sir Colin Chapman’s face, had he still be alive.
The Millennium GTi is one amongst the numerous converted road racers that ran recently in Sepang that was reworked by the magical hands of Millennium engineers within the allocated rules and regulation. Without going into details in that regard we’ll get right to it. The head work features Millennium port & polish and 5 angle valve job, Crane 274 degree cams and valve springs & retainers, Ferrea titanium valves, Felpro 0.4mm MLS gasket, L19 head studs.
Mahle 81mm 13.5:1 CR pistons, GPP Aluminum Conrods ,King bearings, T625 main studs can all be found in the engine block while on the outside of the power plant there are Tonka headers, 390cc injectors, 70mm throttle body, with the stock Proton gearbox given trinity clutch as well as 1.5 way Cusco LSD. Engine management system – the handiwork of Millennium’s Joshua features the stand alone Microtech LT9C ECU with Microtech logger dash tuned to exploit the benefits of RON97 fuel. Suspension’s custom with high low soft & hard settings.
This pearl orange GTi which is the Millennium Racing Team’s official color is the 2014/2015 Proton 1800 Overall Champ, as well 1st place 2016 MSF Round 1 winner same category , with 2: 37 personal best SIC lap.
Head: Millennium port & polish, 5 angle valve job, Crane 274 degree cams and valve springs & retainers, Ferrea titanium valves, Felpro 0.4mm MLS gasket, L19 head studs.
Block: Mahle 81mm 13.5:1 CR pistons, GPP Aluminum Conrods , King bearings, T625 main studs
External: Tonka headers, 390cc injectors, 70mm throttle body
Transmission: stock Proton gearbox,Trinity clutch, 1.5 way Cusco LSD.
Engine management system: Microtech LT9C ECU with Microtech logger dash
Suspension: custom with high low soft & hard settings.