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Swift Like A Samurai

Like a Samurai’s blade, this Swift cuts through the track at unfathomable speeds thanks to proper engineering and precise driver skills.

Ahh, Suzuki. A moment of silence for the discontinued sale of the Swift in Malaysia. As much as the plucky Japanese company has been unable to maintain sales figures, the Swift has a strong following among petrol heads. We love em for their simplistic design, neat engineering, superb handling and cheap running cost! The little thing comes with a 1.6L engine with a healthy 130hp and a 6 speed manual driving the front wheels. In a car that’s just over a tonne, it’s more than enough to chuck about on a track and to fizz you up. The chassis magic Suzuki embodied into the Swift very quickly got the attention of most passionate drivers who turned it into track cars, such as this one.

Riyoz racing aren’t newbies in the racing scene. They have many years of experience in the Malaysian and global race tracks primarily taking part in time attacks. They even co-manage the BSEM Aston Martin Racing GT4 for a China GT team. Converting JDM cars to race ready machines seems to be a pattern with the wizards at Riyoz Racing. Toyota Celica ZZT231, MRS ZZW30, Altezza, Fit RS GK5 are just some of the soldiers they have in their army. The Swift you see here is a ZC32S Sport version. It is the last generation of naturally aspirated Swifts before the current 1.4L Turbo range. This very car has already seen battle and victory at the 2018 Sepang 1000km endurance race where it bagged first place. The drivers consists of William Chong, the founder himself, and a handful of Japanese seasoned drivers, Takashi Ito and Takashi Oi.

In its current spec, the car is built to meet the Malaysian Championship Series (MCS) regulations, so the rules are pretty stringent on how much modifications can be done to the engine and transmission. The internals of the M16A engine is untouched apart from a Tonnka extractor, custom exhaust & muffler. The fluids are a special in house blend by SpeedMaster. The stated engine oil they’re running now is SuperRacing 0W30 which keeps the engine alive and healthy. The gearbox has the same affair with untouched ratios but the addition of an LSD, exedy clutch and running 85W110 fluids. The car’s brain run a unique Riyox Racing reflash custom made for their driving style.

On the handling front, FKTEC racing suspension sits at each corner ensuring maximum contact to the tarmac. Also playing a role in grip are lightweight 15 inch TE37 wheels wrapped in plenty of sticky rubber. The interior is stripped to a bare minimum aside from racing essentials like the 6 point harness, driver cool suit box and OMP extinguisher.
It’s lovely to distinguish the difference between a race built car and a street/sport built car. Most of us street guys rarely venture into this world but once you do, be ready. There is no turning back.


Suzuki swift sport zc32s

Engine: M16A 6 speed, Extractor tonnka, Custom Exhaust, muffler, Sparco bonnet pin, Engine oil speed master super racing 0w30, Coolant speedmaster racing h2o

Transmission: Lsd , Clutch exedy, Gearbox oil 85w110

Brakes: Caliper stock, Brake fluid Motul rbf660

Suspension: Fktec racing suspension

Wheels & Tyres: Rim 15×7.5 te37, Arp wheel stud, J’s racing nut

Electronics: Riyoz Racing in-house reflash

Interior: Omp extinguisher, Sparco rev grptech seat, 6 point silverstone harness, Nardi steering, Silverstone driver cool suit box

Exterior: Tow strap silverstone

Photos: Kenny Yeoh

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