Despite foregoing the glamorous, money-laden, headline-grabbing speed fest known the world over as ‘Formula One’ the grandiose setting of the epic 5.543km racetrack, with its distinctive canopy-derived grandstand, continues to be the focal point of motor racing for Malaysia as well as the entire South East Asia region.
Despite the glaring absence of F1 and its dazzling array of celebs and superstars be it motor racing or sports or outright Hollywood types, Sepang International Circuit is alive and well thank you very much, and it is all due to the intensity and hard-charging passion of pure-blooded racers and their relentless quest for that juicy extracts of dopamine – that feel good natural chemical, extracted via the only available source for lead-footed speed-deprived sorts, not all that far removed from the forever speed hungry dudes behind these zany ZC31 Swift – currently among the 2018 MCS season frontrunners.
When all things are said and done, the ongoing Malaysian Championship Series is more than just a motorsport competition, it is the most fitting playground slash arena for the most genuine most pure blooded, absolutely passionate racing enthusiast to have at it, finding the nether reaches of borderline ecstasy cum Fantasia-type speed nirvana. Only thing, for such regular MCS casts like Danny Chin & Ken Yap along with Hugo Chai & Alex Wong – the two partnerships piloting the Team Philips 66 Lubricants ZC31 Swift.
Competing under the Malaysian Touring Car Category the two Suzuki Swifts ZC31 #99 and #150 have been going at it wheel to wheel, nose to tail, front to rear fenders at the sharp end of the MTC class throughout the five mega competitive rounds of this year’s MCS. As you’d guess it already, these ZC31 (near) identical twin Swifts adheres to the predetermined MTC (Malaysia Touring Car) FIA-sanctioned rules and regulations; thus what we’re putting up as our special one-off double feature revolves around its moderately modified inner works – power and drive trains, chassis and dynamics therein.
To begin with the 1.6 liter DOHC 16 valve inline-4 engine receives for the most part ‘remedial’ mods – port & polish head, custom headers by Tonnka, a double ‘dabble’ package from Monster Sport (camshaft & valve springs), and providing considerably higher levels of processing power and cutting edge performance optimizations comes the Link ECU. The Swift 1.6 liter inline 4 motor retains its OEM 5-speed manual gearbox albeit with an aftermarket LSD from Cusco.
Chassis slash handling tweaks consist of RRP adjustable dampers, with perked up chassis strengths made possible via a SuperCircuit chassis bar. Enhanced stopping power comes via EK9 calipers shod with Project Mu 999 brake pads.
Now it goes without saying that being a purpose-built race car, there’d be one key aspect that is paramount above everything else – the issue of Safety. In this regard the Team Phillips 66 Lubricants Swift has an FIA certified 6-point roll cage affixed within the whittled down cockpit, while its Sparco racing seats has a Beltenick harness astride at the racer’s behest. Other race-specific additions include Sparco steering wheel, as well as Works Engineering gauges and its feel-enhanced gear knob.
The racing team helming these Swifts are partners with the following: Phillips 66 Lubricants, WrapXpert, Toms Stickers, Dot Eye Wear, KSJ Garage, 5灵HotHatchEnthusiasts, MCClubz, Works Engineering, SuperCircuit, Weng Foo Workshop, HEL Performance Malaysia, Power House Racing, Tonnka, Lifestyle Motorsport, SOAPP, Senira Motorsports, 4 Tuned Motorsport, W Design & Motorsports
Suzuki Swift ZC31
1.6 liter DOHC 16 valve inline-4
port & polish head, Link ECU, Monster Camshaft, Monster Valve Spring, Custom Tonnka Header
standard gearbox with Cusco LSD
RRP adjustable absorber kit, SuperCircuit Chassis Bar
EK9 calipers with Project-Mu 999 Brake Pad
6 Point rollcage, Beltenick Harness, Works Engineering gauges & gear knob, Sparco racing seat + steering wheel
Phillips 66 Lubricants, WrapXpert, Toms Stickers, Dot Eye Wear, KSJ Garage, 5灵HotHatchEnthusiasts, MCClubz, Works Engineering, SuperCircuit, Weng Foo Workshop, HEL Performance Malaysia, Power House Racing, Tonnka, Lifestyle Motorsport, SOAPP, Senira Motorsports, 4 Tuned Motorsport, W Design & Motorsports
Car #99 Drivers
Danny Chin & Ken Yap
Car #150 Drivers
Hugo Chai & Alex Wong