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CONTENTS[08]COVER CARCONTENTS04 NEWS - Updates & New Happenings06 EVENTS - Down With Sticky Valves And Dirty Sludge!12 MODS - Go Faster, Stop Quicker, Turn Better16 PARTS - New Gadgets & Gizmos21 ICE SPECIAL - Cool Sounds On The MovePhotographer Bryan Law / Metamorphosis ProductionCover Girl Karen BordadorMake Up & Hair Alex Ho23 ICE REVIEW - Pushing Boundaries30 SHOP - BH Auto29 REVIEWS - Mods Up Close34 TUNE-UP - A Guide To Performance Upgrades38 UNCLE AGONY - Answering Your Questions40 OVERSEAS - Gumball 3000: The Cars42 SPORTS - Driven By Passion44 LIFE - Alternative Content For Your Reading PleasureFEATURE CAR14 Legally Quick 18FEATURE CARPure S4tisfaction26ICE COVER CAROf Thunders & JackhammersThe Perfect 10Despite not being an overnight runawaysuccess, I humbly believe thatthroughout the past months, REV hasmanaged to get people talking, andothers imitating. Some say, imitationis the best form of flattery. Well thankyou then! Of course, REV wouldn’tbe where we are now without thecontinuous support of our valuedclients and the unwavering support ofour readers. But before this turns intoan obligatory thank you speech oftenseen at awards ceremony, let meproceed on with the rest of my note.Perfect 10. Why ten, you may ask?Besides often being associated witha flawless score, this also happens tobe our tenth issue. Hold your horsesthough, no way am I trying to implywe’re perfect. Truth is, we are hardlyeven close to being so. However,from how I see it, imperfection, issimply perfect. Let me explain further.Let’s be honest. Perfection is prettymuch unattainable. Despite being so,it is not uncommon for us to witnesssuch a chase for perfection even ineveryday situations.The chase to get the perfect mixof syrup and tea at Carl’s Jr drinksstation, the chase to nail that perfectlaunch down the drag strip, the chaseto get that perfectly styled hair thathas every strand in its correct place.You get it, don’t you?Many of them however, often endup as futile attempts to defy nature.But look at it this way, without erring,would you have realised too muchsyrup makes you want to regurgitate?That launching without an aftermarketclutch set is akin to attempting toslice through your steak with a butterknife? Or that gel and wax doesn’twork hand in hand, no matter howhard you try? My point being, onlyby failing, only by getting rebutted bymore experienced peers, then you willknow what truly went wrong.Imperfections serve as a catalyst forchange and the endless pursuit of itensures one will never be content,and will never stop trying.Being the editor, even silly spellingor grammatical errors pop up oncein a while. Certain content may nothave gone down well with you andopinions not received with a nod ofapproval. We are aware of that, andwe strive to change.REV is not perfect, and I’m gladabout that.Cheers,Samuel KangMagazine is published in association withCarBuyer Magazine. The Magazine is outevery 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month. 20,000copies are circulated free around the island.Big Bang Media Pte Ltd220 Tagore Lane #04-01Singapore 787600Tel: 6455 8575 Fax: 6554 2725Email: rev@bigbang.com.sgPublisherAlan TanAsst. EditorSamuel KangFeature WriterMelissa ChengContributorsCheryl Tay, James Wong, Melvin TangAccount ManagersAndrew Ting9101 8406andrew@bigbang.com.sgIvan Ong8188 1825ivan@bigbang.com.sgTechnical AdvisorJoey LimCreativeArt DirectorEdroos AlsagoffSenior Designer& Art DirectionEmily NgDesignerCai LishanPhotographyBryan LawMake-Up ArtistAlex HoCirculation &ProductionP.PanirSales & AdminCoordinatorChristine LeeSpecial Thanks to theCarBuyer TeamPrinted by Times Printers Pte LtdDistributed by Mediacorp Pte LtdAll rights reserved. No portion of this publication maybe reproduced in any form without the written consentof the publisher. Opinions expressed in REV bycontributors and advertisers are not necessarily thoseof editors and publisher. Publication of an article oradvertisement does not imply that the service or productis endorsed by REV Magazine, unless specificallystated. While all efforts are made to ensure that thepublication’s content is correct, Big Bang Media Pte Ltdcannot be held responsible for any error or omissions.AUGUST 2011 01


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NEWSCS-II GLASS COATINGUnique (Since 1995) Pte Ltd, which nowboasts several branches in Singaporeand a newly opened enterprise in theUnited States, first incorporated in 1995with just a capital of $4500. Focusingon interior and exterior grooming, thefirst few years of the company were farfrom smooth-sailing. However, throughthe hard work and perseverance of theteam, Unique has come a long waysince their humble beginnings.A new innovative product offered byUnique is the CS-II Glass Coating.With state-of-the-art nanotechnology,Nanotechnology “products” can meandifferent things to different people.However, new technology should dothings other products can’t do. Thisspray-on product works by repellingwater and preventing adherence ofcontaminants on any surfaces.Should you find dirt, tree sap or birddroppings on your ride’s surface, simplywash it off with water and you’re goodto go. Unlike sealants that merely forma protective coat over the surface, CS-AKRAPOVIČ LAUNCHESNEW TITANIUM EXHAUSTSYSTEM FOR AUDI R8Akrapovič announced the furtherexpansion of its aftermarket range ofpremium performance car exhaustsystems and exhaust parts with a newtitanium Slip-On exhaust system fittedwith carbon tail pipes.Specially designed for the mid enginedAudi R8 V10 Coupe and Spyder, thisexhaust system delivers significantpower gains, weight reduction and thedeep resonant sound which Akrapovič isknown for. The drone-free exhaust noteis compatible with an optional wirelesskit which allows the driver to control thesound for street or track.Fitting perfectly to OEM mountingpoints, this titanium offering lowers backpressure and you can expect gains of upto 11HP and 16Nm. Expect to shave off16kg with this Akrapovič system whichalso serves as a perfect base for futuremodifications.II Glass Coating modifies the surfacechemistry to provide a permanentprotective and easy to clean surface.Just last year, Unique opened their firstoverseas branch in the sunny state ofCalifornia. Packaging and exportingof CS-II products are being done inthis 3000 sq ft factory by a team of 4staffs. This technology has proved to beimmensely popular in America as welland two more branches in Chicago andNew York are expected to be up by theend of the year.BUSINESS AS USUAL ATSUNG BENG AUTOCircuit Link is currently closed dueto road works that are being carriedout. Should you wish to head toSung Beng Auto, kindly enter via LorBengkok (along Paya Lebar Road)before turning left. You would thenbe able to see Swee Hong IndustrialBuilding where Sung Beng Auto(340 & 342 Circuit Road, Singapore379494) is located in.For further directions or information,you can contact Sung Beng Autoat 9272 4879.04 AUGUST 2011


THE WORLD’S FASTESTGT CAR UNVEILEDIN SINGAPOREFerrari’s latest GT car, the FF, wasofficially launched in Singapore atOne°15 Marina Club on Sunday, 3rdJuly 2011. It was truly an eveningof the Prancing Horse as the club’sdriveway was lined with the guests’own Ferraris.The event kicked off as the FF wasceremoniously unveiled by Ital Auto’smanaging director, Mr Teo Hock Sengand HRH Tunku Idris from Malaysia.Perched on a pontoon by Boater’s Barat the marina club, the FF was the starof the evening in its Rosso Maranellocoat, a colour unique to the FF.Named for its four-wheel drive, fourseaterversatility, the FF presents anentirely new GT sports car concept. Itis a revolutionary milestone for Ferrarias the world’s fastest, most powerfulV12 GT car. This new innovation has aprice tag of S$1,175,000 and comeswith an optional set of bespokeluggage that fits neatly into its boot.Ferrari’s VIP guests mingled amidcocktails and canapés such as roastduck summer rolls, salmon tulips withcaviar and crème brulée. The guestseach took turns for a close look atthe FF as Ital Auto representativeshighlighted the car’s key features andfunctions. The evening continued infull swing to the tune of live jazz playedby a saxophonist.SPARK CAR CARE’S NEWLY RENOVATEDLOYANG BRANCH WELCOMES CUSTOMERSWITH JAW-DROPPING PROMOTIONSLOWER YOUR KOUPWITH THE NEW TANABE GFLOWERING SPRINGSLower your ride without sacrificingon comfort with this latest productfrom Tanabe.21st July 2011 was the official openingof the newly renovated Loyang Car CareCentre. To mark this memorable day,SPARK Car Care offered a jaw droppingpromotion for the first 15 customers- Premium Servicing Package at only$22.80 (U.P. $228) or SPARK CoolNano-Ceramic Solar Film at only $499(U.P. $699).On the day of the event, the 15 ServicingPackages were snapped up almostinstantly from the momentthe doors were opened forbusiness. In order not to missout on this great offer, the firstcustomer in the queue actuallyarrived at the doorstep of thecar care centre at 5am on thatvery morning.All the 15 lucky customersgot to service their cars onthe spot after purchasing thepromotional package. Whilewaiting for their vehicles, thecustomers were presented with somelight refreshments and they got to enjoytheir breakfast in the now spacious andcomfortable visitor lounge.With this new facelift, customers willnot only be receiving top-notch servicefrom the SPARK Car Care CustomerCare Specialists, but also a comfortableambience to accentuate the premierquality they would like to bring across.Specially designed for the KiaCerato Forte & Koup, the TanabeGF lowering spring will give youa 35mm drop in ride height. Notonly would your ride look muchbetter with its meaner stance, youcan also expect better handlingcharacteristics from it.ELIG BRAKE PADSNOW AVAILABLE FORMOTORCYCLES!If you’re someone who enjoysyour 2-wheelers as much as yourcar, you will be glad to know thatElig high performance brake padsare now available for motorcycleapplications as well!Depending on your brakingneeds, two materials (ceramic orsintered) and three different grades(standard, sports and racing)are available for you to choosefrom. Possessing the same highperformance characteristics as theircar counterparts, these new padshave received overwhelming positivefeedback from the lucky few whoDue to the lower centre of gravity,large amounts of body-roll will be athing of the past. Available exclusivelyat Jeep Chee Trading, this is a perfecthandling, as well as aesthetic upgradefor your beloved Koup.sampledt h e m .Expect reliablebraking performance even afterrepeated hard usage as well as ahigh temperature resistance.CO3 Enterprise has been namedthe authorised sole distributor of Eligmotorcycle brake pads in Singaporeand Malaysia. Available from endAugust, do drop them a line at 68422515 should you have any furtherenquires.AUGUST 2011 05


EVENTAsiaAutoSalon2011Cars, Babes and Parts. What else could we ask for?Text Samuel Kang Photos Samuel Kang06 AUGUST 2011


Held over the first weekend atSingapore EXPO Hall 5, AsiaAutoSalon 2011 certainlybrought in the crowd with itsmouth-watering showcaseof cars, babes and parts.The 3-day trade andexhibition event featurednumerous renownedautomotive and performancebrand names from all overAsia and even as far as theUnited Kingdom. Despitethe horrific disaster earlierthis year, exhibitors fromthe Land of the Rising Sun showedup in full force and brought alongtheir latest wares. Vendors fromneighbouring countries like Malaysiaand Thailand impressed the crowdas well. From a dedicated racinginstitute, Thailand’s Singha RacingSchool, to racing alternatives fromJasma, there was something instore for every car enthusiast.UK-based BW Chip Tune hadtheir knowledgeable staff onhand to educate the masseson the unique features of theirtuning software. It was not just afeast for the eyes, but one for themind as well.There was no lack of localpresence as well. ST Poweredproudly displayed their trackmachines, much to the delight ofmany. It is not everyday that onegets the chance to get up-close withthese fully-prepped rides and it wasnot one to be missed. Jeep CheeTrading’s wide range of exhaustsystems also caught the attentionof many. Not only do such systemsbring about a meaner exhaust note,they also improve the performanceof your ride. Moving on to exteriorenhancements, Aeimpex’s range ofCarbonRevo carbon fibre productsdidn’t disappoint. Reasonablepricing coupled with top-notchquality sure made them stand outfrom the competition. Over at Odeto Studio, many were wowed bythe creative composition abilities oftheir photographers as well as theconvenience of their drive-in studio.What can be better than to captureyour precious ride in print?The wide selection of products andservices was not the only thing toshout about. Purchasing straightfrom the manufacturers also meantgreater savings and who would bebetter to answer your queries thanthe manufacturers themselves!Automotive publications also madetheir presence felt at the 3-dayevent. Of course, we were alsopresent along with a track-readyAudi S4 in tow (check out our featureof the car on pg 18!) With our sveltemodels flashing their pearly whitesand gamely posing with the car, theysure attracted loads of attentionfrom shutterbugs and fans alike.Readers could also pick up currentand past issues of REV while copiesTop Gear Singapore were availablefor purchase. With the help of thegood people over at Canon, fanswere able to have their photos takenand printed instantly as a keepsake.Without a doubt, babes and carsgo together like peanut butter andjelly. Gorgeous race queens werepresent at almost every other boothand photographers were constantlykept busy, snapping away at everyopportunity they could lay theirlenses on. Stage performances andoverseas race queens also keptthe crowd entertained and over atthe outdoor carpark, professionaldrifters kept many at the edge oftheir seats with their daring live driftdemos throughout the day.We look forward to seeing what elseMPT Group has up their sleeves inthe months to come!AUGUST 2011 07


COVER CARPhotographer Bryan Law / Metamorphosis ProductionTASTEFULLYLyonel’s Mk5 gets our stamp of approvalPresent a bone-stock to an avid petrolhead and he can go on for hoursabout his plans for the car. You may,or may not agree with him, as stylingand power goals are issues whichI consider pretty personal. Dynoqueenrides may wow the crowd withtheir 800HP and 1000Nm figures,but try unleashing all that power ontight circuits and you’ll more oftenthan not find yourself sliding all overthe place. Likewise, chrome-trimmeddoor handles and window visors mayturn you on, but clean sleek lineswith touches of carbon fibre whetsmy appetite. In a nutshell, one man’smeat may be another man’s poison.Mk5But the question beckons, whatdo you do when presented withVolkswagen’s best selling model,the Golf? With over 27 million unitssold, one would find it hard to faultespecially since it has numerous bestcar of the year awards under its belt.Lyonel was faced with a similarquestion upon purchasing his GolfGTI Mk5. With looks and performanceeven in stock trim, it was an extremelywell-balanced ride. One wrong turndown Tuning Ave and it would bedeemed disastrous in the eyes of Golfpurists.Should you attempt to comb theWorld Wide Web for reviews on theGolf, you’ll probably have to spenda day going through every singleone of them. Here though, we bringto you Lyonel’s uncut and uneditedresponse which pretty much sums itall up. “I chose the Golf GTI because08 AUGUST 2011


Carbon is always love!Finely crafted GruppeM ram-air intakeit is an extremely well-built car. I havea cousin and aunt who are driving theGTI and they have nothing but praisesfor it. I decided to test drive it at theshowroom and I felt that no othernormal street car could come close toits power, handling and looks.”The stars eventually did align (notthat it happens very often nowadays)and the papers were signed. “I wasfortunate that COE prices were lowback when I got my GTI. It cost meless than $100,000 inclusive of a year’sroadtax.” We then started reminiscingabout the good old days were COEpremiums were reasonably-priced,unlike the astronomical asking priceof a piece of paper these days. Iprobably could go on talking aboutit… but let’s not steal the spotlightfrom Lyonel’s car.Getting StartedKeeping in line with the fundamentalsof performance tuning, the car got itsshare of intake and exhaust upgrades.A hybrid intake system consisting of amix-and-match of a GruppeM carbonfibre ram air system and a NeuspeedP-Flo air intake kit feeds the enginewith cooler, oxygen-rich atmosphericair. At the front, a larger S3 intercoolerfurther lowers the intake temperaturebefore entry to the combustionchambers.Once combustion is complete,exhaust gases are taken care by afull 3” turbo-back exhaust systemfrom Eurojet that was personallybrought in by Lyonel himself. Stylingcue taken from the Golf R32 exhaustsystem sees the exhaust gasesexiting beneath the center of theAUGUST 2011 09


COVER CARFast Facts: VolkswagenGolf GTI 2.0A (Mk5)rear bumper via twin polished tips,instead of the conventional left sidedexit point.Rather than allow engine movementto make off with precious amountsof torque, a Neuspeed torque mountwas employed to ensure all is heldtightly in place. To fully extract theperformance his car was capable of,Lyonel handed the keys over to thecompetent tuners at Horizon AutoTuners (HAT). Upon completion ofthe stage 2 in-house tuning, the carnow has an output of 282bhp and410Nm of torque, as measured on arolling road.Now, let me first admit that I’ve athing for aftermarket brake kits henceit was of little wonder that what Ifirst noticed when I laid my eyes onthe car was its Brembo brake kit.Housed within 18” Advan RS rims,a set of Brembo RS5 8-pot calliperspaired with 365mm cross-drilleddiscs provides all the stopping powerLyonel will ever need. A customsilver top coat was applied to thecalipers, matching it perfectly withthe black rims and white body of theGTI. Elsewhere, HAT undercarriagemagic bars mated with a EibachPro System suspension kit workedtheir wonders in stiffening up thechassis and provided Lyonel with asharper steering response as well asimproved handling.Now that performance and ridecharacteristics have been improvedon, Lyonel then decided that it wastime to spruce up the interior andexterior of his ride. OSIR productswere chosen for most of theaesthetic enhancements. Theseinclude a front lip with a carbondiffuser, side skirts with carboninserts, carbon mirror covers and acarbon dashboard trim. Wrappingit all up (literally) are decals speciallycustomised by JJ Decalhub whichgives the car a stealthy black andwhite theme.Sprinting down the streetsWith the intention of building a dailydriven car that provides occasionalshort bursts of fun, the power curveof Lyonel’s GTI fits the plan like aglove. In my humble opinion, thisGTI, though not gut-wrenching quick,is the epitome of what a fun streetride should be like. 410Nm of torquefrom a quick spooling turbo, bits ofcarbon adorning the right pieces andextremely well mannered handlingcharacteristics; what else can wepossibly ask for?ENGINECustom HAT In-House Stage 2 Tuning,Hybrid Air Intake System (GruppeM Ram-Air Intake & Neuspeed P-Flo Air IntakeSystem), S3 intercooler, AGIP Racing Oil,Neuspeed Torque mountDRIVETRAIN6 speed DSGUNDERCARRIAGE18” Advan RS Rims, Michelin Pilot Sport3 Tyres, Brembo RS5 8-pot Front BBKw/365mm Rotors, HAT UndercarriageMagic Bars, HEL Stainless Steel BrakeHoses, Eibach Pro System Suspension KitCABINOSIR Carbon Side Door Panel Stripes,OSIR Alloy Replacement Paddle Shifters,OSIR Carbon Dash Board TrimEXTERIOROSIR Carbon Front Grille with OSIR Badge,OSIR Front Lip with Carbon Diffuser,OSIR Fog Light Covers, OSIR Side Skirtswith Carbon Inserts, OSIR Carbon RearRoof Spoiler, OSIR Carbon Mirror Covers,Black LED Tail Lamp, Custom Decal by JJDecalhubEXHAUSTEurojet R32-Style Full 3” Turbo-backExhaust SystemOSIR carbon mirror cover3” turbo-back system for unrestricted exhaust flow10 AUGUST 20118 pistons worth of stopping power


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MODS1. Unichip Q+A sophisticated supplemental computer, Unichip Q+ canbe seamlessly integrated into your vehicle’s existingengine management system and gives your tunerthe power to fine-tune the engine accordingto your needs. This universal tuning solutionwill enables control over timing, fuelling andeven boost if necessary. It can also controladditional fuel injectors and nitrous/waterinjection and is available for a wide range ofvehicles.Dynotechnica – 6841 13043. S90 70mm Throttle BodyDesigned specifically for the Mitsubishi Lancer CS3, thisS90 throttle body kit gives you the ability to supply moreair to the intake manifold. Rather than boring out you’reyour factory throttle body, invest in this 70mm offeringand you will never look back. Made from high qualityAL6061 aluminum, the S90 features a specialbillet throttle blade and shaft that will increasethrottle response as well as acceleration.Fabulous-X – 6841 76972. Aero-MeshThe soft and flexible construction of the Aero-Mesh will fitcomfortably in most modern day airboxes. When intake airpasses through the Aero-Mesh, it will harness the energyfrom two common electromagnetic waves that cometogether from two different converging vectorsor angles and create Scalar Energy. Instantlyimprove your low-end torque and increase yourengine’s power with this simple but extremelyuseful piece of technology.LHN Trading – 9001 10864. Tanabe Lowering SpringIncrease the handling capabilities of your carand give it a drop in ride height with Tanabe’sDF210 lowering springs. Despite offering a35-40mm drop, you will still experience acomfortable ride. Your lowered ride will alsohave a lower center of gravity which results inless body roll. Swap out those factory springsand you’ll certainly enjoy the benefits that theseTanabe springs bring.Jeep Chee – 6745 4700MODIFICATIONS 101Go Faster, Stop Quicker, Turn Better& Enjoy a Better Performance overall with these Products5. AMSOIL Signature Series 0W-30AMSOIL Signature Series 0W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil istruly the industry benchmark in lubrication solution.Engineered with the world’s finest synthetic base oilsand high performance additives, this fully syntheticmotor oil is designed for those who demand theabsolute best from their engine oil. The exclusive“extended drain” formulation delivers superiorengine protection and maximum fuel economy.BH Auto – 6559 89449. Akrapovic Exhaust System forVolkswagen Scirocco RThis slip-on exhaust system from Akrapovic gives the most powerfulvariant of the Scirocco line-up what it truly deserves. Weighingless and being more powerful that the factory unit, this exhaustsystem also adds a sportier exhaust note to the hot hatch fromVolkswagen. Expect an increase of 4HPand 4Nm of torque overt h estock exhaust.Works Performances – 6842 45667. SPARK Turbo Ester Syn 10W50SPARK Turbo Ester Syn 10W50 is an Ester-basedfully synthetic motor oil formulated to give maximumprotection even during periods of fast road orcompetitive driving. The excellent overall performanceof this motor oil exceeds the requirements of manyengine manufacturers and is suitable for use in bothpetrol and diesel engines. It is highly recommendedfor performance vehicles where wear and hightemperature protection is critical.SPARK Car Care – 6746 06666. Hage Power ECUDespite only being a piggyback ECU, the Hage PowerECU boasts of features that would make others palein comparison. It is a fully programmable enginemanagement system which allows control overnumerous fuel and ignition parameters through thevehicle’s factory ECU. Suitable for most EFI carsregardless if it is running a NA, turbo-charged orsuper-charged setup, installation is also a breezewith the plug and play harness.Hage Distribution – 8488 69988. Bardahl Syn Pulsar-N 5W40A top-tier fully synthetic engine oil from Bardahl, theSyn Pulsar-N proves its worth by being specificallyapproved by Daimler AG for use in MercedesBenz’s engines. Not only does it meet, but it alsoexceeds many industry and OEM standards withits exceptional protection against sludge, varnishdeposits and frictional wear. Recommended for usein modern gasoline and diesel engines includingturbocharged units.10. Rotora 6-pot Big Brake KitStopping in the blink of an eye is now possiblewith this Rotora 6-pot big brake kit. Consistingof high quality calipers, rotors, brackets andpads, this set of Rotora brakes will make agreat difference to the stopping capabilities ofyour ride. Hailing from a new breed of brakes,this offering from Rotora exceeds most otheraftermarket systems in terms of both qualityand performance.Motec – 6265 3558Bardahl – 6634 060012 AUGUST 2011


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FEATURE CAREGALLY QUICKThis Lancer proves that performance doesn’t necessarily involve illegal modificationsPhotographer Bryan Law / Metamorphosis ProductionThe first Lancer model rolled offMitsubishi’s production line backin the early 70s, 1973 to be exact.Back then, it served to fill the gapbetween the Minica kei car and thelarger Galant. This family car builtmy Mitsubishi Motors has since seenover six million units sold.Due to high taxes imposed on localcar buyers, those who are lookingfor a basic mode of transportationwould be attracted to no-frills andreliable autos such as this offeringfrom Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Motors.It is hence of no great surprise thatthe 4-door sedan model is constantlyracking up decent sales figures overhere.Staying On the Right Side of the LawWhat initially started life as a bonestockMitsubishi Lancer CS3, in thehands of Jeremy soon became onehell of a naturally aspirated monster.High performance vehicles are nostrangers to him having previouslyowned the iconic and still ever-popular1992 Honda Civic, Jeremy knewin-and-outs of performance tuninglike the back of his hand. Due to thenature of his job, Jeremy comes intocontact with highly modified vehicleson a daily basis and the temptation todo up his ride soon kicked in.Well aware of the strict localregulations governing the modificationof vehicles, Jeremy decided to stick toa fully legal approach for his build. Noone likes to restrict themselves whenit comes to driving their precious ridejust to escape the eagle eyes of lawenforcers. Jeremy further emphasisedhis point, “One should enjoy his ridewhenever he wants to and not haveto play a game of hide-and-seek withour men in white. With my ride beingcompliant with LTA regulations, I canhave a peace of mind whenever I’mon the road.”Jeremy’s job at Fabulous-X gavehim the luxury of being able to selectfrom a wide range of products. Thewide network of Fabulous-X alsoallowed him to obtain parts fromaround the world as well as performcustomisation works.Let’s BeginThe outlook of this 8th generationLancer was kept relatively stock.This was no Lancerlution build henceyou will not find mismatched frontbumpers that look extremely out ofplace. Touches like a front grille froma turbo-charged sibling that sits inplace of the factory piece and a pairof Aero Mirror gives the car a sportieroutlook without going over the top.Fabulous-X’s signature front v-lip wasbolted onto the front bar and a weightsavingCF bonnet held in place bysturdy bonnet pins completes the listcosmetic enhancements at the front.At the rear, clear tail lamps with tintedsignals and a roof-mounted diffusereasily distinguishes this car from therest.Beneath the CF bonnet fromFabulous-X lies the pride and joyof Jeremy. Careful planning andpreparation went into this buildand each component was carefullypieced together with top-notchprecision. A Hurricane air filter takesin cold, denser atmospheric air viathe custom CAI attached to a Billionfront-mounted air funnel and beforesending it to the large 70mm Super 90throttle body. D1Spec products suchas a fuel pressure regulator, oil coolerand crank pulley all work in harmonyin producing the linear torque curveof this ride. To ensure that the ridepasses the strict LTA requirements, afully-legal Drift Racing exhaust systemis picked instead of illegal aftermarketones. When extracting more horsesfrom an engine, you will inevitablysubject it to more abuse than what itwas originally designed for. To copewith the additional stress, Jeremy hadhis engine rebuilt and blueprinted tohis desired specifications. Ignition andfuel mapping is handled by a GreddyE-Manage Ultimate ECU and you’ll bepleasantly surprised at the number ofhorses it is currently putting down.Straight line speed wasn’t the onlyconcern that Jeremy had. The car hadto handle well through the corners andstop in a heartbeat as well. For that, aset of D1Spec Coilover, avariety of chassis stiffeningbars and a 6-pot brake kitfrom D1Spec were boltedonto the car. Sticky blackrubbers in the form ofToyo R1R aid in improvingtraction when riding on thetarmac.Cabin upgrades werealso introduced during thebuild. Rare pieces suchas a Ralliart handbrakeconsole and a white-facespeedometer cluster setsthis car apart from theothers. Defi Advance CRgauges display all theinformation Jeremy needs14 AUGUST 2011


Perfectly legal NA goodnessto ensure the engine is running inoptimal condition while seated in hisbody-hugging Sparco seat.ConclusionHaving covered almost all the bases(legal ones that is), Jeremy is satisfiedwith what he has managed to extractfrom the Lancer’s 1.6L engine.Despite his hunger for more power,the consequences that come alongwith that are not worth the potentialgains. We would say that’s a prettywise decision, as the chase for morepower is never-ending, much less tomention the huge costs involved.Tastefully but not overly dressedFast Facts: MitsubishiLancer 1.6M (CS3)ENGINEFabulous-X Custom CAI with HurricaneAir Filter, Billion Air Funnel, Super90 70mm Throttle Body, D1SpecOil Cooler, D1Spec Fuel PressureRegulator, D1Spec Voltage Stabiliser,D1Spec Super Earth, D1Spec RadiatorCap, D1Spec Crank Pulley, CustomCamshafts, Blueprinted Engine, CustomCylinder Head Porting, Fabulous-XAluminum Radiator, Greddy E-ManageUltimateDRIVETRAINCustom 4.9 Final Drive, Exedy 3-puckRacing Clutch, Custom Short ShifterUNDERCARRIAGED1Spec Fully-Adjustable Coilover,D1Spec 6-pot Big Brake Kit, CustomBrake Stopper, Alutec Front Strut Bar,Alutec Lower Tie Bar, Summit RearStrut Bar, D1Spec 22mm Rear Anti-rollBar, D1Spec Room Bar, D1Spec FrontBrace, Toyo Proxes R1REXTERIORFabulous-X Front V-Lip, Fabulous-XAero Mirror, Fabulous-X Carbon FibreBonnet, D1Spec Bonnet Pins, CarbonFibre Door Pillars, CS5 Front GrilleCABINSparco Steering Wheel, D1Spec CarbonFibre Gear Knob, Evo 9 Center Console,Ralliart Handbrake Console, D1SpecShift Lamp, 2.4L Mitsubishi LancerWhite-Face Cluster, HUD, Defi AdvanceCR Gauges (Water Temperature, OilTemperature & Oil Pressure), SparcoPro 2000 Driver Seat, Evo 7 RecaroPassenger SeatEXHAUSTDrift Racing 4-2-1 Extractor & Cat-BackExhaust System (LTA-approved)Jeremy’s office while on the roadAUGUST 2011 15


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FEATURE CARPURE S4TISFACTCaged, supercharged and tearing down Sepang’s straights – This S4 is set to impressSitting quietly in a warehouse locatedoff the western shores of our island,this Audi S4, albeit its Quattro-inspiredcolours, might not exactly strike youas a full race-bred model fresh outof the Ingolstadt production line.However, should you venture furtherand attempt to take a closer look atits interior, you’ll come to realise thisis no run-off-the-mill S-badged Audi.Tracing Its RootsStarting life as a test mule at Audi’sIngolstadt factory in Germany, thisLHD model of the S4 was initiallydestined for doom. With plans ofscrapping the car in the pipeline, AudiSingapore wasted no time in offeringto purchase the car. And like they say,the rest is history.The original intention was never tobuild an all-out race car which iscapable of generating huge amountsof lateral Gs. What Audi Singaporehad in mind though, was a car thatreflects Audi’s sporting pedigree. Thecar in mind has to be docile enough tobe driven by the first-time track-goer,reliable even after countless hot laps,yet sufficiently nimble and quick so asto chase down the competition.You can’t really tell this V6 puts out 435PS, can you?As tough and capable road-goingAudis may be, circuit driving presentswhole new levels of accelerated wearand stress on the vehicle. The luxuryof a dedicated track machine wouldallow them to outfit the car with thenecessary equipment to perform aswell as withstand such abuse. Ofcourse, safety was also an issue thathad to be addressed as well.Pursuit of BalanceInternationally-celebrated precisionGerman engineering was employedthroughout the S4’s build. Forstarters, accommodation for the rearpassengers were thrown out and acustom, hand-welded roll cage wasbolted in.Due to the complexity of the cage,multiple panels and cladding had tobe removed. Besides ensuring thesafety of the occupants, the roll cagealso serves to increase the rigidityand reduce flexing of the chassis.Upfront, contour hugging Recarobuckets will hold you firmly as youconcentrate on clipping the apexes.Safety of the driver and his passengeris further enhanced through the use ofmatching Raemco 4-point harnesses.With 333 PS and 440Nm of torquefrom the factory, the S4 packs a decentpunch even in stock form. The centurysprint takes a mere 5.3 seconds andgoes till 250km/h, electronically limitedof course. Despite a smaller 3.0LV6 as compared to its predecessor,the implementation of a Roots-styleEaton mechanical supercharger gaveStaring into the eye of the S4Photographer Bryan Law / Metamorphosis Production18 AUGUST 2011Complex, but extremely vital.


IONABT rims with matching brakesmost cars in its class a good runfor their money.Audi Singapore wasn’t satisfiedwith factory figures though.Roping in the expertise ofABT Sportsline, champions ofnumerous DTM series, an ABThigh-flowing exhaust systemwas installed to allow exhaustgases to exit quickly. Next upwas a remap of the ECU to fullyunleash the hidden potential ofthe car. The end result was a 102PS gain, one that left the guysgrinning from ear to ear.A set of ABT 6-pot caliperspaired with 380mm rotors nowresides behind the 19” ABTforged rims that are wrappedwith performance orientated MichelinPilot Sport Cup tyres. These handlingenhancements allow the driver tofurther push the car to its limits andexperience the pure joy of driving theAudi S4.There’s More to ComeMembers of the media and VIPswere invited to take the car throughits paces over at Sepang on twoseparate occasions. Based on thefeedback of the participants, changessuch as thicker anti-roll bars anda louder, more aggressive exhaustsystem were performed.When it comes to pursuing perfection,procrastination is certainly not inAudi Singapore’s dictionary. “We’llcontinue to do minor developmentwork with this car to see how muchmore we can extract from it. So in asense, the car will remain in the R&Dstage for a bit longer. However, wedo not wish to stray from the originalplans we had for the car, which wasto build a reliable track machine thatmost drivers could easily handle.”Committed to showcasing the finesseof Audi’s performance marques, AudiSingapore has lined up a series ofevents such as the coveted AudiSportscar Experience. Participantswill get a chance to learn from a teamof professional drivers the finer pointsof driving spiritedly in Audi’s top-ofthe-lineperformance models. Expectto see this track-prepped S4 in fullswingaction on the tarmac in theupcoming months!Fast Facts: Audi S4 3.0 TFSIQuattro S-tronic (Typ 8K)ENGINEECU Remap to 435 PS (Up from 333 PS)UNDERCARRIAGEFully-adjustable Race Suspension, ThickerStrut & Anti-roll Bars, 19” ABT Forged AlloyRims, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Tyres, ABT6-pot Big Brake KitCABINCustom Full Roll-Cage, 2 x Recaro BucketSeat, 2 x Raemco 4-point Racing Harness,Hand-operated Fire ExtinguisherEXHAUSTABT Stainless Steel Exhaust SystemAUGUST 2011 19


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I.C.E. REVIEW1. Pioneer GM-6500F 2. Viper 3901TAlarm SystemStylishly designed to perfectlycompliment Pioneer’s line-upof subwoofers, the GM-6500Falso boasts of features whichwould make it a perfect match forPioneer’s range of speakers.This improved GM-Seriesamplifier allows ICE enthusiaststo add a piece of cutting-edgetechnology and more power totheir setup without breaking thebank. This 4-channel bridgeableamplifier puts out a whopping760W max – plenty of juice topower your speakers. When setto bridge mode, all that powercan be used to drive a singlesubwoofer and the large toroidaltransformer, driven using a highspeedswitching MOSFET, allowsfor an enhanced power supplyand ensures stable playback of alltypes of music.With its built-in low-pass/highpasscrossovers, speaker levelinputs for easy connection toan OEM headunit and oversizedpower terminals, integrating thisamplifier into your current setup isa fuss-free process and it will turnyour ICE experience into one thatyou’ve always been yearning for.www.pioneer.com.sgViper’s CANBUS technology makesupgrading your factory alarm awalk in the park. The CANBUSallows communication between thealarm system and your vehicle viaa high speed digital data transfertechnology. This connectionrequires minimal wiring yet allowsit to communicate with most ofthe electronic and conveniencesystems throughout the vehicle.The 3901T is the most advancedand sophisticated CANBUSupgrade alarm on the market.The fruit of years of research anddevelopment, this alarm allowsflawless communication with thevehicle’s electronics and operationof individual features of the vehicle.Despite retaining the factory keylessentry system, it provides additionalsecurity functions such as door,hood, trunk and ignition protection,a built-in shock sensor and theFailsafe® Starter Kill. Speciallydesigned for continental makes, it isonly right to arm your beloved ridewith the best alarm system moneycan get.Far East Auto – 9626 9092PUSHINGBOUNDARIESPush the tempo and take your party on the roadwith these aurally powerful systems3. Vision Head-unitfor Honda Civic FDSpecially customised for theHonda Civic FD range, this Visionhead-unit from Autoform willeasily replace the car’s factorybuilt-in unit.Equipped with an 8” touchscreen, it is capable ofsupporting numerous mediaformats such as MP3, MPEG5,WMA, and JPEG. You can alsoread from various media sourcesincluding DVD, VCD, CD, USBdrives and SD-card. Apart fromproviding you countless hourson entertainment on-the-go, youcan also expect precise,voice-guided navigationassistance from the inbuiltGPS software.A2DP Bluetoothconnectivity allowsyou to make calls with ease andlast, but certainly not least, iPodand iPhone connections aresupported as well.In addition, expect hassle-freeinstallation that doesn’t involveany splicing or cutting of yourcar’s existing wiring with Vision’smodel-specific plug-and-playharness. Steering wheel controlsare also retained despite thenumerous additional features thishead-unit provides.Autoform – 6294 55004. MTX Audio JH300This 300W monoblock offeringfrom MTX Audio is designedto deliver all the power youcould ever want to run yourJackHammer subwoofers orJackHammer enclosure.THE JH300 incorporates ActiveFan Cooling technology whichcontrols fan speed based onvolume level; the louder youcrank it, the faster the fan spinsto deliver cool air to the interiorof the amplifier where it’s needed.It also has a sexy, stylish designwith the gloss black finishing andlarge JackHammer badge. Byincorporating a new design thatallows them to be stacked, youcan rest assured you will havesufficient boot space for yoursubwoofers. Using the included“JackStands,” you can stack upto three amplifiers on top of eachother with a simple push andtwist, no hassle required.Xquisitew@rks – 6363 3505AUGUST 2011 23


• Increase engine power• Increase engine torque• Improve throttle response• Remove low-end lethargy• Remove high-end breathlessness• Remove engine flat-spot• Reduce engine noise• Reduce engine vibration• Reduce turbo lagEstablished since 2002TestimonialsLoving every minute of the driveWe will change the way you drive!The ONLY one of its kind in the worldSpecial Promotion!$230Free Installation,Free Trial, Money Back-guarantee" More than two thousand vehicles in Singapore have alreadygone through the e-power transformation. "• Enhanced overtaking power Suitable for all petrol, diesel and CNG engines.Had used the E-Power System for my humble 1.4L K12 Nissan March since 2007 and have never looked back!!Initially I was very skeptical that a few small devices could improve performance (even braking power, noise level and ‘feel’)! But once I got Mr. Lim to keep adding over a period of time, my little March could flyon the N-S highway to KL loaded with 4 big sized adults. My March used to have difficulty accelerating from 80 km/h. E-Power System has brought me much Joy and a small “set-back” (cost of the E-Power systemInstallation). I love to have my car roaring when I accelerate. E-Power System has silenced and smoothen that roar from my humble March.The same system was later transferred to my 2007 Forester and subsequently to my current 2009 2.5 Forestor XT. I no longer feel the turbo lag in my car anymore. Its like driving a powerful normal aspirated car.I am still Loving it every minute of my drive every time I drive my car!!Thank you E-Power System and Thank you, Mr. Lim!Marcus ChanWorking its wonders on CNG enginesI am a newly converted adopter of the E-Power System. I came across the system while picking up a copy of REV magazine. All this while I was looking out for a power system that could ramp up the speed of myCNG powered Honda Stream. Looking through the testimonials and the promise of a free trial, I decided to give it a shot. I met up with Mr Lim at my place and he just stuck a few pieces of “rubber” and meshingonto my engine. “Let’s go for a test drive” he says. I was sceptical. What can a few pieces of “rubber” do? Boy was I wrong! The engine seems to breathe new life. My ride was exhilarating! The acceleration wasawesome! My foot on the gas pedal was light and I was ahead of the likes of petrol powered cars, good makes at that and of course, even the taxis. Now even climbing hill on CNG is a breeze. Best of all, my fuelconsumption has also improve on running on CNG by at least 30km! Truly, the amazing “rubber” does what it claims! Thank you so much Mr Lim. I will be saving to purchase the next set on my petrol engine! Iwill gladly recommend your wonderful system to my friends! Keep it coming!K.L Tham / Honda Stream - CNGBringing new life back into your old carI want to thank you personally for bringing new life into my old dame’ Betsy. My old mercedes benz 1989 W124 200E now has a better pick-up. The E-Power System works wonders. I was in the beginning specticalcause mine was an old car and was wondering whether the product would work. I am currently in Stage I and am already itching for Stage II. Thank you and God bless!Regards,Sunil KumarContinental goodnessI have been looking into improving the low end torque of my car for several years now since I got my Volvo S40. It is so frustrating when my car lacks the power whenever I try to overtake. I have installed almostevery product available in the market that claims to improve the horsepower and torque of cars. Devices that look sophisticated and “hi-tech” but sadly none of them works, wasting much of my hard-earned moneyand time. I wanted to give myself a last try before I give up all hope of trying to improve my car. I met Mr. Lim after reading the many testimonials advertised on the E-Power System in the Rev magazine. I wasskeptical at first but after the first installation, I could feel the instant power and response that my car display.The car feels lighter and accelerates much faster. It is simply incredible. I am also surprise that my engine is quieter, smoother, so much more responsive and the gear change quicker and smoother. I never expectedso many positive changes to my car. Picking up speed and overtaking is a breeze. Its a dream come true. For all new owners of the E-Power System, please be light on your throttle and get used to the power andresponse first before you start to “wack”. Allow yourself time to adapt to the new behavior of your car, I almost bang into the vehicle in front of me after the traffic light turns green with my usual pressure applied onthe accelerator. The E-Power System has made my drive more enjoyable and the urge to ram my car at every opportunity is almost uncontrollable. It’s like a drug addict craving for more drugs. I am not sure if thisis the only one of its kind in the world but I can assure you that no other products that I know which is available locally can give you similar results like the E-Power System. You will be amazed.Steven Lee / Channel Sales Executive M1 Limited (Singapore)Money well spent!I am a newly converted adopter of the E-PowerSystem as advertised in REV magazine. There are so many raving testimonials and there is a free trial ongoing now so why not give it a go. This is one of the bestdecision I have ever made. Met Mr Lim and he installed the Intermediate System to get me initiated. The instant change is incredible as the car became smoother just with 2 devices installed. I went to the main road


Close-up of Ultrasonic Airchargerin a Lamborghini Gallardoand he encouraged me to floor my throttle. The car is much quicker to accelerate and I am grinning ear to ear. But this is just the beginning. Next, he let me try the stage 1 with around 10 items installed. He warnedme to be light on the throttle and get used to the power. This might sound exaggerated but his advise is very sound. My car seems to have a new life breathed into it. You will feel the same excitement as though youjust received a brand new car. At the same stretch of road where I floored my throttle, my car surged on with gusto like a raging bull. Normally, the RPM will hit 3000 and changed gear slowly as it is programmed tobe a comfortable ride. Now it pulled to 4500 and changed gears and swiftly moved to 4500 again. In the end of the test, my adrenaline is rushing and hands trembling. Sounds like I just went through the BattlestarGalactica but even better.Stage 1 price is pretty steep for me and I was hesitating to commit my hard earned dough. Mr Lim is very patient and he gave me 2 more tests with and without 5 items of Stage 1. The sheer increase in excitementand passion in driving my car has mercilessly kicked my logic away and I am a proud owner of E-PowerSystem Stage 1. Many people will be skeptical about this unconventional technology and I was too. But onceyou try it out, you will never turn back. And the amazing part is that Mr Lim invented this system and the current 3G generation is one of his finest. What won me over is that it doesn’t require major changes toyour engines and the enhancements are barely noticeable. Best of all, you can transfer them to your next ride easily so your money is well utilized. Icing on the cake will be when you stop at the next traffic light andaccelerate past all the “fierce cars” with your seemingly innocent family car. (FYI my ride is a 2008 1.6L Toyota Corolla Altis)Wesley Sum / Assistant V.P Barclay BankPower with economyIn early 2008, before I knew about E-Power System, for many months I’ve been looking for petrol saving devices for my old Kia Rio 1.4L MT. It is well known that this Kia model is reputed to have high consumptionof petrol. I’m glad that I came across E-Power System advertisement. I called Mr. Lim for an appointment and from that day on when Mr. Lim fixed the devices I’ve never looked back! I like the response and powerof my car. My most excited experience is that I’m able to beat all the Hyundai Sonata taxi in friendly drag at the traffic lights and that the taxis are always way behind me.Driving my Kia Rio 1.4L MT at stage II is just like driving a 2L car. Smooth, responsive, powerful, reduction in engine noise and of course lots of improvement in my fuel consumption and drastic savings in petrol.Being a E-Power System user for 3 years, I’m still calling Mr. Lim to fix devices on my new car Honda Fit 1.3L AT and with his new 3G devices I must say ‘WOW!’ Together with the 2G devices these new ones areeven more powerful hence petrol consumption on my Fit is so much improved on my already economical Fit. The other thing I like about the E-Power System is that it allows me to upgrade the System when mybudget permits. So what are you waiting for? The trial is free! Give Mr. Lim a call and like me, I’m still smiling, you won’t regret it for sure! Thank You Mr.Lim for showing me the E-Power System!Mr. Burhan Bin Saleh - Auxiliary Police Officer / Email: ubi_dude@yahoo.com.sgHappy FamilyMy wife was complaining about her car due to lack or power and response. She always gets ”horned” at by other motorists because her car lacks the response and acceleration to get her out of those embarrassingsituations. On seeing the E-Power advertisement, I decided to give it a try on my wife’s car and hopefully get the “nagging’ out of the way. When the E-Power System was installed on my wife’s car, I could see the smileand joy on her face and I was thinking to myself, if it can do so much for my wife, will it be able to improve my already powerful and economical car. I was really surprised at the improvement to the acceleration andresponse to my car after installing the E-Power System. I have since enjoy driving my car even more and take every opportunity to “wack” my car. What came to my surprise is that despite the constant “wacking” Ido not experience any increase in fuel consumption. You do not know what you are missing till you give it a try.Mr. Hasnul HezryInitially, I had difficulty picking up speed, and experienced jerky gear changes. But after installing the E-Power System devices, my car’s journey has become smoother, more comfortable and definitely moreenjoyable. And surprise surprise, my fuel consumption improved significantly!! My car used to travel about 150km at the half-tank mark before I refill the tank. I am now constantly travelling about 200 odd km atthe half-tank mark. I didn’t expect the latter to happen by so much, so soon!! From actually dreading to have passengers in my car, I now love zipping around with my loved ones and friends in my newly improvedpeugeot-1007 :) Thanks so very much Mr Lim and E-Power System for making this happen! It has changed the way I drive.Mrs. Hasnul HezrySharing is caringA very happy customer I am indeed since Sept 2010. How selfish we humans are by keeping the good things to ourselves. Not me. Please be informed that I am a happy customer who wishes to share informationabout my new joy ride everyday. It all began when I was browsing the net and saw E-Power. What? Driving a 7.5 seconds 0-100km/hr MRS 2007, I called and had an appointment that took several minutes to installthe first set and.... Wow Wow! 6.5 seconds! I was shocked! I decided to add on some magic stage II discovery by this man called Mr Lim. Now my car is flying smoothly! Kinda exaggerated but that’s how I feel. Itake the long route home because this system does save your petrol too.Mash Sarpowan Director of Precision Golf Academy.E-Power System as installedin a Lamborghini GallardoScalar Ionic Charger Scalar Wrap Aero-MeshUltrasonic AirchargerFor enquiry, appointments and on-site installation at your convenience:E-mail: enquiry@epowersystem.com • Website : http://epowersystem.comTelephone: 65-63001911 • Mobile Phone Number: 65-90011086


I.C.E. CAROF THUNDERSANDJACKHAMMERSWith names like these, you can be sure this Legend will blow you awayChoices are something that wedeal with on a daily basis. From thesimplest of things such as pickingan item off the lunch menu, tocontemplating if you should takethat long-awaited Europe trip.The same can be said whenshopping for a car. Japanese,Korean or European; sedan, coupeor hatchback; inline-four, V6 or flatfour.The choices are pretty muchnever-ending. Most would often gofor one that’s the friendliest on thewallet and drinks the least fuel.But what if you wanted an AWD3.5L V6 ride that encapsulates brutepower and superb handling all inone Japanese-made luxury sedanpackage? Well, there’s the HondaLegend.A Rare GemOur first encounter with the car sawus scratching our heads and tryingto figure out what model it was. Itfinally dawned upon us as we gotround the back. The sheer size ofthe car was unlike most Japanesesedans and rumour has it that thereis only a handful roaming our streets.Of course, a premium level modelwould weigh considerably morethan most other sedans. To makeup for its increased weight, a 3.5Ltransverse-mounted V6 sends290HP to all four wheels.The Super Handling-All Wheel Drive(SH-AWD) was first introducedto the Legend back in 2004 andas Honda puts it, “SH-AWD is asystem that provides corneringperformance that responds faithfullyto driver input, and outstandingvehicle stability”.So with power and handling alltaken care of by the guys at Honda,what else is there to improve on?That’s right, make your journey amore enjoyable one by sprucing upthe ICE system!Getting Down to WorkWith that in mind, the car wasentrusted to the good people atRobin Audio Technik. Plans weremade and it was eventually decidedthat the car would be built to enterSQ competitions. After carefulthought, MTX Audio productswere chosen for their high qualityand accurate sound reproduction.Known as one of the pioneers of thecar audio industry, you can be wellassured that the eventual results willcertainly be more than satisfactory.A Bit One digital signal processorwas selected for fine-tuningpurposes. Easy access to controlsof inputs and various other functionscan be to via the convenient DRC(digital remote control) which ismounted just beside the steeringcolumn.Reproduction of the sweetest tuneswas then left to the set of MTXThunder Axe TXC 6.1 componentspeakers. Part of the high-endrange of component speakers fromMTX Audio, it promises the ultimatein sound quality and accurateimaging. Of course, no matter howgood a set of speakers may be, itwill be deemed useless without aproper amplifier. For that, a pair ofX-Thunder amplifiers was picked.Besides their visually attractiveexterior design, within the uniquealuminum construction lies hugeheat sinks and easily accessiblecontrols for reliability and ease ofusage.Competition DebutDuring the recent IASCA Car AudioCarnival 2011, the Legend provedits worth by taking 1st place in theMTX in-house category and 3rd inthe below $6000 category. Despitethis being its virgin entry in SQcompetitions, a well-balanced setupthanks to the expertise of RobinAudio Technik and MTX Audioallowed the Legend to blow awayits competition.With two trophies from its first outingalready under its belt, you can beassured that this wouldn’t be thelast you’ll see of it.AWD 3.5L V6-powered Honda. Not a common sight I must sayPhotographer Bryan Law / Metamorphosis Production26 AUGUST 2011


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BMW F10 535 Series ExhaustBMW 5 Series / M5 ExhaustBMW 6 Series ExhaustBMW 3 Series ExhaustAudi A4 / A5 1.8/2.0/3.2T Quattro ExhaustVolkswagen Golf 5 / 6 / Scirocco ExhaustMini R56 1.6 TurboFiat Bravo Exhaust$1200Subaru 1.5 ExhaustCoil Spring From $300! Coilover From $1550 and above!Available forSUBARU 1.5 HB,STREAM RN6Lancer CS3 ExhaustAvailable forCIVIC FD, EVO 10,SUBARU GRB,HONDA FITKia Cerato ExhaustKOUP EXHAUST 1.6 COMING SOON!! LTA COMPLIANT!!Available forHONDA FIT &HONDA STREAMKia Koup 1.6 ExhaustUnderbraceThe damping force of this shockabsorber is non-adjustable.Spring for this NF Kit is barrelform type as shown in thecatalogue. By Using this spring,we achieved much comfortabledriving quality.Height AdjustableDress-up From lowers car by35-40mm but still provides acomfortable ridewith its increased spring rate.The shock absorber which itis exclusively designed on thebasis of the height, spring ratedata which is calculated inevery model. It gives a stifferfeeling to the car.Height AdjustableThe damping force ofthis shock absorber isadjustable. You canchoose its strengthamong 12 steps, soft,medium and hard forthe front & rear.Retaining good ridecharacteristics identical to stockwhile offering almost 20-30mmlowering capabilityCF-S can adjust theride height remains theadoption of certain lengthadjustment system. Alsodesigned for each vehicleto the position of thebracket.Available forKIA CERATO /KOUPSlightly firmer design forimproved cornering stabilitywhile offering 25-30mmlowered look.Damping Adjustable ByElectronic Control Unit(T Damping Adjustable ByElectronic Control Unit(TEAS)LTA COMPLIANTCivic FDHondaStreamADVANCE RACING DEVELOPMENT PRODUCTSPACKAGE AFROM $65032 Stage Adjustable Damping Force EnablesVarious Settings Suitable For Your Liking.Shorter Piston for Lowering Spring ToPrevent From Hitting The Bumpstops.Twin Tube From Japan Reacts Quickly AndCorrectly Against Sudden Shock ReactionGas Filled To Keep The Shock PressurizedAnd Helps To Stop Oil Leak In ExtremeUsagePACKAGE BTANABELOWERINGSPRINGPACKAGE CFROM$950+FROM$395ADVANCE SUSPENSION +TANABE LOWERING SPRING+ ALIGNMENTLTA Compliant Exhaust From $650!Advance Suspension is a direct replacement for OEM Monotube Shock.Ideal as an upgrade from OEM Shock Absorber as it is dampingadjustable, therefore making it more responsive and easier to adjust to suitdifferent driving styles. Made from Steel and power coated damper body.Models Available: Honda Civic FD, EG/EK, EU1 05 onwards, Fit GE6 08,Airwave, Suzuki Swift, Toyota Vios, Altis, Allion, Camry, Mazda 3 06, 5,Mitsubishi Lancer CS3, EX, Nissan Sunny N16, Latio, Sylphy.Honda Fit GE6Stainless Steel mufflerTITANIUM TipMandrelBendingServiceAvailable!$650AdvanceCoiloverAP RacingBrake Kit4 Pot BigBrake KitAdvance SteelBraided HoseExtractorJEEP CHEE TRADING PTE LTD (EXHAUST SPECIALIST)Add: Blk 3007 Ubi Road 1 #01-426 Singapore 408701 Tel: 6745 4700 / 6749 4260 Fax: 6743 2059Blk 3015 Ubi Road 1 #01-232 Singapore 408704We have revamped our website, please visit: WWW.JEEPCHEE.COM.SG E-MAIL: SALES@JEEPCHEE.COM.SGTAIL PIPES* AMEX/DINERS/OCBC/MAYBANK/UOB/CITIBANK Credit CardInstallment Available


REVIEWThe Koup GetsSupersprint-edWith strict rules governing the modificationof cars, it has always been difficult for carenthusiasts to soup up their cars withoutgetting on the wrong side of the law.With strict rules governing themodification of cars, it has alwaysbeen very difficult for car enthusiaststo soup up their cars without gettingon the wrong side of the law. Forthe more popular Japanese makes,LTA approved performance partsare generally available from mostworkshops. The same can’t be saidfor Korean rides though. However dueto their fast-growing popularity, mainlydue to their bespoke interior finishingas well as flowing, sexy bodylines,manufacturers have since starteddeveloping LTA-friendly performancealternatives.One particular model that has been fastcatching on with the Singapore crowdis the Kia Cerato Forte Koup. For astart, the coupe body style of the Koupnaturally gives it a sporty vibe. Interiorwise,commonly found tacky plasticbits are a thing of the past.What started off merely on paper, turnedout to be a lengthy journey for oneparticular Koup. Being the authorisedlocal distributor for SupersprintExhausts, Jeep Chee decided to makethe owner’s dream come true.For over 55 years, Supersprint hasbeen the worldwide market referencepoint for its real performance and highquality exhaust systems. A customer’sKoup was sent to Italy, where engineersdesigned from scratch a custom-madeexhaust system. They had to ensurethe exhaust complied with Singapore’shigh emission standards, yet notcompromising on performance at thesame time. The entire process tooksome time, but finally when the car wasback in Singapore, the satisfaction feltby the owner was simply priceless.When fellow Koup owners heardabout the good news, they flocked toJeep Chee to enquire more about theSupersprint exhaust. It is not hard tofigure out why. Being a renowned brandin the industry for over 50 years, theSupersprint brand is synonymous withtop-notch exhaust systems.Installation is a simple, fuss free process.Jeep Chee’s well trained mechanicsfirst removed the original exhaust fromthe vehicle. Next, the spanking newSupersprint exhaust gets bolted onwithout any modifications or additionalwelding required. Exhaust hangerswere then inspected for wear and tearand gaskets checked to ensure thereis no leakage of poisonous exhaustfumes. A pair of stylish, polished mufflertips with Supersprint engraved on themadorns the rear of the muffler box.For the Koup owners who feel left outwhen it comes to legal aftermarketexhausts, fret not. You can now getyour LTA-approved Supersprint mufflerover at Jeep Chee!For more information, please contactJeep Chee at 6745 4700.!"#$%&'()%*%+',,'-.%+#/0126-%."1,%()1%3#$12,$2'-(Lining it up:*,,91;/211%


SHOPA ONE-STOP SOLUTION FOR THEDISCERNING CUSTOMERWe take a look at what makes BH Auto the number one choice for manyCommitted and driven, BH AutoServices Pte Ltd promises to deliverthe best they have to offer to theircustomers.Established in 2009, this youngand fast growing company is fullycommitted to making a namefor themselves in the automobilebusiness. Helmed by an experiencedmanagement team, providing valueadded services to their customers sitsat the top of a long list of must-dos.With their shareholders and directorssitting in the board of a public listedcompany, the years of experiencethey possess allow them to constantlybring BH Auto to greater heights.Their vision is simple – they aim to bethe market leader in the automotiveindustry, providing one-stop solutionsand services to their clients. Toachieve this, constant commitment ischannelled towards providing higheststandard of services and integrity tovalued customers so as to ensure thegrowth and success of the companyin this highly competitive automotiveindustry.30 AUGUST 2011The sprawling 16,000 sq ft workshoplocated at 213 Kranji Road comesfully equipped to meet the demandingneeds of customers. Systematicallydivided into various bays, skilledtechnicians with years of experiencewill tend to your car and give it theattention it requires.Over at the servicing bay, selectfrom their wide range of servicingpackages and let the staff do the rest.Maintenance works are carried outat the general repair bay where thecompetent mechanics are able to dealwith all kinds of repair work includingengine and transmission overhaul, airconservicing and engine diagnosticand troubleshooting. The techniciansat the alignment bay will take care ofyour undercarriage woes with theircomputerised 4-wheel alignmentmachine. Say no to oil smudges andfingerprints on your ride as there isa dedicated washing bay where theshine is restored to your ride.Polishing services can be arranged aswell should you wish to give your car awell-deserved grooming session. Fora complete exterior makeover, spraypainting services are available and aredone in a clean and dust-free spraypainting booth to ensure the perfectfinish. While you car is being workedon, take a break at the cosy, airconditionedcustomer lounge whereyou can catch a wink or two.Accident claims and insurancepolicies renewals are also availableat BH Auto, saving you the trouble ofrunning about to get all the paperworkdone. Shopping for new shoes andparts for your ride has never beeneasier as BH Auto also stocks acomprehensive selection of tyres,sports rims and accessories for youto choose from.Well equipped and led by aprofessional and experienced team,you can rest assured all your motoringneeds will be met, to the tee.BH Auto Services Pte Ltd is locatedat 213 Kranji Road, Singapore739485. Call 6559 8944 or visithttp://www.bhauto.com.sg for moreinformation.


Auto Works & ServicesCompany Company Profile ProfileBH Auto is an integrated corporation, providing one stopsolutions for all auto works, repairs and services. Wehave a team of experienced and efficient technicians toensure highest level of customers satisfaction. We areoperating on a 16,000ft 2 workshop with state of the artof facilities, including a German origin spray paintingbooth to provide the best coating to your precious vehicles.BH Auto is your trusted partner in auto works and services.SERVICES• 24 HOURSTOWING SERVICES• AIR-CONSERVICING• COURTESY CARFOR SERVICINGVEHICLE• ENGINEDIAGNOSTICS &TROUBLESHOOTING• ENGINE OVERHAUL• INSURANCE CLAIMS• MAJOR &MINOR REPAIRS• PANEL BEATING• PARTS &ACCESSORIES• POLISHING &GROOMING• SCHEDULED &MAINTENANCESERVICING• SPRAY PAINTING• WHEEL ALIGNMENTSpray Painting Booth (Water Paint)Our Our vision vision“We aim to be the market leader in the automotive industry, providng the onestop solutions and services to our clients”Our Our mission Mision“To be a consistent and established one stop solutions provider in theautomotive industry, Delivering best values and Customer satisfactionthrough best business practices”Our Core Values zvaules“Care”• Customer Satisfaction• Availability & Reliability• Responsibility & Integrity• Efficiency & Excellent ServiceDiagnostic & Trouble ShootingBusiness Business OpportunitiesOpportunities• Corporate arrangements with established clients for long term contracts.• Accident Claims (Third party and own damage claims).• Maintenance Contract for Service Vehicles.• Specialized Spray painting - Water based.• Authorised Workshop.Our Out Contact ContactNo : 213 Kranji Road, Singapore - 739485Tel: +65 6559 8944 Fax: +65 6515 3144Email : info@bhauto.com.sgWebpage : www.bhauto.com.sgFor 24 Hours Car Breakdown Service, Please Call : 9101 3232


REVIEWFLUIDSWe give you the low-down on&DOTSwhat they are all aboutDOT 3, DOT 4, DOT 5, DOT 5.1 –what exactly do all these mean andwhere do you most commonly seethem at? For the well-informed crowdout there, you guys will probablyalready know the answer. But are theyreally as simple as they seem?In modern day automotives, thewidespread use of the disc brakesystem is highly favoured due toits better stopping performanceas compared to brake fade-pronedrum brakes. However, periodicmaintenance and inspection of brakecomponents are extremely vital inensuring consistent performancefrom your brakes, regardless if they’redrum or disc systems.The caliper design of a disc brakesystem may consist of one, four, or upto twelve pistons that are hydraulicallyactuated to clamp onto a brake discand slow the vehicle down. As withany hydraulic system, a hydraulic fluidwhich aids in transferring force intopressure is required. This is wherebrake fluid comes into play.Back to my first question, so whatdo the various DOTs actually mean?Unknown to many, DOT is actuallyan abbreviation for the United State’sDepartment of Transportation.This agency classifies brake fluidsaccording their own ratings such asDOT 3, DOT 4, and so on. This formof classification, though derived inNorth America, broadly conforms tothe technical requirements by SAE, astandards development organisationfor the engineering of poweredvehicles of all kinds.The classification of brake fluidquality standards is based on itswet and dry boiling point. Sincesuch fluid is commonly exposed tohigh temperatures during braking,a high boiling point is required toprevent it from vaporising. Should itvaporise, the fluid will then becomecompressible, resulting in a severecompromise of braking performance.Most manufacturers recommendthat brake fluid should be flushed orchanged every 1 – 2 years. Due tothe fact that most brake fluids aresusceptible to absorbing moisturefrom the atmosphere, the moisturewhich is absorbed by the fluid willlower its boiling point and cause itto be corrosive. You wouldn’t wanta non-responsive brake pedal or adamaged ABS pump, would you?We recently had the chance to dropby BCC’s new Toh Tuck workshopto get a firsthand look at how properflushing of brake fluid should bedone. We had the honour of havingYuri from OWS, dressed in shirt,pants and tie, no less, performing thedemonstration.Firstly, the needed tools – a not-youreverydaypressurised bleeder, a brakefluid safety meter (more on that later),a container to store the contaminatedbrake fluid, OWS Uber Power RacingBrake Fluid and last but not least,white latex gloves.Next, we tested the boiling point ofthe vehicle’s old and dirty brake fluidusing the OWS brake fluid safetymeter. What it actually does is byusing a probe, it is able to analysethe boiling point of the brake fluid andtherefore letting you know if it hasbeen compromised. Results weresoon out, and they didn’t look toogood. The murky brake fluid failed thetest, registering a miserable 183°Cboiling point.So it was now time to purge out theold fluid, and replace it with OWSUber Power Racing Brake Fluid.This task was left in the experiencedhands of Yuri and his trusty and blingedout bleeder pump. New brake fluidwas poured into the bleeder and capswere tightened and checked beforepressurisation took place. Thereafter,the pump was attached to the mastercylinder and a Contaminated BrakeFluid catch “can” was attached tothe brake caliper bleeder valve. Thepressurised pump then forced outair bubbles as well as the old fluidwhile filling the lines and cylinderswith fresh ones. The old fluid wascollected via the bleeder valve andthe entire process took approximatelyten minutes.The same procedures were repeatedfor all four brakes and then it was timeto put the new fluid to the test. Onceagain, the brake fluid safety meterwas employed and the results wereextremely satisfactory. Surpassing thecommon dry boiling point of 230°Cfor DOT 4 fluids, the OWS UberPower Racing Brake Fluid registereda 245°C reading on the print out.Who knew something as simpleas brake fluid could make such adifference in the braking performanceof one’s ride? However, should youfind that you require more out ofyour brakes, flip to our REV Tune-Up section on page 34 where acomprehensive guide to brakeupgrades awaits you.For more information, please contactOWS-Germany at 6452 3209.32 AUGUST 2011


TUNE-UPA HaltStopIf you’ve been following our Tune-Upseries, you would have noticed thatthe past 4 installments were aboutextracting more power from your ride.With the basics in place and a quicktune of the air-fuel ratio, you shouldbe experiencing a sharper throttleresponse as well as a more enjoyabledriving experience.With basic power goals fulfilled, let’sturn out attention to the safety aspectof things. After squeezing out thoseextra horses, there’s no doubt you willbe tempted to do some spirited drivingto fully enjoy your ride. But before youembark on that, some simple brakeupgrades would ensure you’ll be muchmore confident when doing so.Unless you’re driving a performancevariant, most cars from the factory areequipped with a single hydraulicallyactuated piston caliper design. Thiscommon design is frequently preferredBRINGING YOU TObetter with these simple brake upgradesswapping in a set of performance brake feel. Steel braided brake lines are thepads. The higher frictional coefficient solution for such an issue and not onlyfound in such pads improves friction do they offer consistent response evenbetween pad and disc. You can expect under severe operating conditions,due to its reliability and low productioncosts. Most drivers would find sucha caliper design, albeit its plain looks,more than sufficient for their rides. Witha few simple upgrades, one would beable to further maximise the potential ofsuch a caliper design without breakingthe bank.Commonly known as a single-potcaliper, with pots being the numberof pistons within the caliper, there areseveral ways one can go about toimprove its performance. First though,we’ve to understand the basics of a discbrake design. When the brake pedalis depressed, the force is transmittedhydraulically to the brake pads whichare housed within the caliper. The brakepads will then clamp onto the brakedisc and the friction between them willslow the disc, and the car down.Should you require better stoppingpower, you can first look towardsa better initial bite and consistent andimproved braking performance even athigh operating temperatures. However,should you be into hard circuit driving,brake fade may creep in when repeatedhard braking causes a buildup of heat inthe braking surfaces.In order to prevent such an occurrencefrom happening, brake discs, otherwiseknown as brake rotors, can be upgradedto ones that aid heat dissipation. Factorydiscs are often blank discs that thoughserve their purposes, doesn’t dissipateheat very well. Performance discsdesign includes having holes drilledinto the discs. These holes improveheat dissipation and provide consistentbraking performance even under severeoperating conditions. Slots may also bemachined onto the disc to help removedust and gas and this allows the brakepads to “bite” better.Under hard braking, rubber factorybrake hoses often experience swellingwhich translates to a mushy pedalthey are also less prone to corrosion ascompared to their rubber counterparts.If you wish to take your ride’s brakingperformance to a whole new level, youwill be pleased to know that reasonablypricedaftermarket brake kits are easilyavailable these days. Upgrade yoursingle pot caliper to a 2, 4, 6, mini-6or even an 8-pot one and stomping onthe brake pedal will be a thing of thepast. Accompanying such brake kitsare larger discs which comes factoryslotted/drilled,performance pads, steelbraided brake hoses and bracketsspecially designed for your vehicle.Consider it an all-in-one solution for allyour braking needs.Last but not least, always rememberthat proper bleeding of your brakes isvital as air bubbles within the brake lineswill result in unsatisfactory performancefrom them. Thereafter, remember to topup the master cylinder reservoir withan appropriate amount of Dot 3, 4 or 5brake fluid and you’re good to go!34 AUGUST 2011


REVIEW1. D1Spec Coilover 2. OWS 300 RacingBrake Fluid DOT 4A new addition to D1Spec’sgrowing line-up of products is itsfully adjustable coilover. Brought inby Fabulous-X, the sole authorisedlocal distributor of D1Specproducts, not only does it packan impressive list of features, italso comes with a 1-year warrantyagainst manufacturer defects.Utilising a twin-tube designdamper, D1Spec’s coilover willoffer you the best of both worlds.It delivers comfort during regularday-to-day driving, but getsharder as the force increases.Such a design reduces body rolland doesn’t sacrifice ride quality.Comfort and performance isfurthered balanced through theuse of cold-bent springs. 28damping adjustment levels areavailable and height adjustability isfrom 30mm to 90mm.Fabulous-X – 6841 7697When it comes to hard driving, it isan absolute must for your brakesto hold up to the stress and deliverunwavered stopping power each andevery time.OWS 300 Racing Brake Fluid DOT 4has is specially formulated to provideoutstanding performance underracing conditions where brakingsystems must operate at very hightemperatures. With a dry boilingpoint of more than 300°C, this fullysynthetic high performance racingbrake fluid will stand up to the abuseof racing and will satisfy the needs ofeven the most demanding drivers. Forbest results, bleed the system withfresh fluid before each race, especiallyif the brakes are excessively hot and/or the conditions are humid.OWS-Germany – 6452 3209UPCLOSEGet a close up view of these productsthat caught our eye3. P-Max Version 6Version 6 of the P-Max powerenhancer promises tofurther enhance theperformance of yourvehicle.Despite its inconspicuousblack packaging, the P-Maxwill instantly work its magiconce installed on your ride. Enjoythe various benefits of this productwhich also acts as a voltage stabiliser.Launched back in 2004 in Japan, thisproduct is the brainchild of engineersfrom Japan and Korea and is nowsold internationally in more than 10countries.4. Fuel Cat FuelCatalystFuel Cat Fuel Catalyst is a tin alloycatalyst that acts like a permanentoctane booster, a combustionenhancer and combustion chambercarbon deposits cleaner.By inducing chemical reactionsamong fuel molecules at lowtemperatures, the clusteredmolecules are separated so moreof their surface area is exposed tooxygen during combustion. Benefitsinclude improved fuel economyof up to 20%, easier start upsand prolonged engine life. Withthe increasing petrol costs, thisfuel catalyst enables low octanegasoline to feel like premium ones.Performance improvements canalso be felt immediately uponinstallation. This maintenance-freepiece of technology can last upto 400,000km and is definitely aworthy one-time investment oneshould make.Blue Knight – 9021 0902An increase in engine performance inthe form of a more responsive throttleand higher torque figures can beexpected upon installation. Smoothergear changes and improved fuelefficiency are just a few of the manyother benefits.Motec – 6265 3558AUGUST 2011 35


REVIEWEnhance your driving experience throughPhilips’ New Automotive SolutionsMake your drive a safer and more enjoyable one with these new Philips offeringsLocated in Dempsey Hill, TawandangMicrobrewery hosted the launch oftwo new automotive solutions fromPhilips. An abundance of good food,beer (it was at a microbrewery afterall) and live band performances keptthe crowd entertained while theypoured over the new automotivesolutions that Philips had to offer.The launch was in line with thePhilips vision of health and well-beingthat aims to enhance people’s lifethrough innovative solutions to makedriving safer and more enjoyable.Just in case you missed out on it,we were there on hand to learn moreabout what these two innovativesolutions were all about. Read on tofind out more…Philips GoPure Automotive CleanAir SystemWhen it comes to good, clean air,Singapore trumps many of its SoutheastAsian neighbors, but its air qualitystill falls short of world standards.A burgeoning car population,construction boom and growingindustrial hubs potentially churn outplenty of smog.People today are spending more timeon the road and for many motorists,the health and well-being of theirfamily is the top priority when driving.The pollution in a car comes fromgasses such as formaldehyde andbenzene leaking from plastics. Thehigh temperature in the car furthertends to increase the toxic chemicals.To help keep a check on this and inline with its philosophy of health andwell being, Philips has announced itsentry into the all new automotive car airpurification system category with theadvanced Philips GoPure AutomotiveClean Air System.The Philips GoPure incorporates anadvanced filtering technology whichhas been designed to remove harmfulgases, viruses, bacteria, odor and otherfine particles from the car. The cleanair system is equipped with a 3-stagefiltering process which incorporates aHEPA filter and a patented HESA filterto help remove pollutants and furtherreduce odor.For ease of use, it comes with athree-stage air improvement indicatorwith LED signature connected to anintelligent sensor that measures theconcentration of particulates insidethe car and shows how the cabin airimproves.Philips’ new GoPure solution can befitted to all cars – not just new models– and is easy to install wherever youchoose – on top of the dashboard, inthe back of the car, etc. It alsohas night driving modewith light sensorsfor automaticdiming toensure minimaldisturbancethrough glare.Philips LED DaytimeRunning LightsAs a leader of lighting solutionsworldwide, the Philips LED DayLight 4and LED DayLight 8 DRL are the latestadditions to the Philips LED lightingportfolio.A daytime running lamp is anautomotive lighting device on the frontof a road-going motor vehicle, installedin pairs, automatically switched onwhen the vehicle is moving forwardand emitting white light to increasethe conspicuity of the vehicle duringdaylight conditions. The lights aredesigned to substantially increase thevisibility of motor vehicles to other roadusers. This makes road users detect,recognize and identify vehicles betterand earlier.The Philips LED DayLight 4 insureshigh visibility for safer daytime driving,while the innovative LED DayLight 8offers motorists maximum visibility,premium design and style. Moreover,these energy-efficient solutions are theslimmest DRL modules on the marketand very easy to install.Both models incorporate the highpowerPhilips LUXEON® LEDtechnology, with high-efficiencyreflectors. The use of such innovativeLED solutions instead of regularhalogens not only greatly decreasesenergy consumption, but also reducesnight-time lamp failures and frequentreplacements. Designed to last aslong as the lifetime of the car, PhilipsLED DRL eliminates the need forperiodic maintenance.As a testament to the importanceof DRL on the roads, The EuropeanCommission decreed that all new carshave to be fitted with dedicated DRLby 2011.36 AUGUST 2011


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UNCLE AGONYUNCLE AGONYDo you have a car-related question that needs answering?Drop us an email at rev@bigbang.com.sg and we will answer it!Q: I have a very irritating vibration on my steering wheel whenever I stop my car at a traffic light. The vibration willdisappear immediately when I move off. However, the vibration will come again when my car hits 100 km/h anddisappear again at 110 km/h. What is happening?You have 2 problems here. When you arestationary, the engine is idling at a lowRPM of around 650. The lower the rpm,the stronger is the shaking (vibration) of theengine. This vibration should be insulatedfrom the chassis by means of the rubberengine mountings.When these mountings are worn (eitherhardening or cracking), it loses its insulationcapability and thus transmits the vibrationto the chassis. The vibration will be feltat the steering wheel because of itscantilever design. The momentthe engine RPM increases,the shaking frequency willincrease and thus the amplitude (strength)of the vibration will reduce.Your 2nd problem should be an out ofbalance wheel. When a wheel is out ofbalance, it will create a centrifugal forcewhen it rotates. Depending on the offsetweight, it will have a resonance frequencywhich means that the vibration will be thestrongest at a certain rpm range. When outof this RPM range, vibration felt will be less.The solution here is to replace the enginemountings and perform a high speed wheelbalance.Q: I was recommended to remove my catalytic converterby a workshop. They said that it will improve the power bymiles. Is it true and is it good?Q: I intend to change my spark plug to a better grade, what kindsare available and what should I look out for?There are many sizes for sparkplugs: electrode design andmaterial and heat range.The main aim that we wantto achieve when choosinga spark plug is to maintainthe combustion chambertemperature between 500– 850°C. If your engine isnot modified, generally youshould use the heat rangerecommended by the enginemanufacturer. The size ofthe spark plug should not bechanged.For better power, we usuallylook for a higher intensity spark(the duration of the sparkis controlled by the ECU).Generally, the finer the Electrodetip, the higher the intensity. Butthat will also mean a fasterburn out of the spark plug tip.Therefore, the tip material mustbe able to withstand the heatproduced. These materials areiridium, platinum, silver, etc.Hotter plug means slowertransfer of heat out of thecombustion chamber. When thechamber is overheated, seriousconsequences like gasketblowing and bearing fusing mayoccur.Colder plug means fastertransfer of heat out of thecombustion chamber. Whencombustion temperature is toolow, incomplete burning of air/fuel mixture will create soothwhich fouls up the spark plugand combustion chamber easily.It will also cause difficulties instarting your car in the morning.First and foremost, I do not recommendremoving the catalytic converter (CC).The reasons are because firstly, itis illegal and secondly, we need toprotect Mother Earth for our childrenand their children. There are manyother adverse consequences likethe Check Engine Light showing up,higher fuel consumption and bad lowend drive.When the Catalytic Converter isremoved, the exhaust gas will notbe converted to a less harmful gas.The Oxygen level read by the 2ndO2 Sensor (B1S2), which is locatedafter the CC, will be similar to thatof the 1st O2 Sensor (B1S1). Whenthe composition of the exhaustgas detected is similar over a fewcycles, the ECU will deduce that theCC is inefficient and not functioningcorrectly. In order to save the CC,the ECU will then inject more petrolto lower the combustion temperaturetherefore you will experience higherfuel consumption and lower enginepower (low end).38 AUGUST 2011


OVERSEASGUMBALL 3000:THE CARSWhat excites in Gumball apart from the glitz and glamour is of course,the cars themselves. We bring you the full coverage of the hottest,rarest cars which made their appearance in London.When it was time for the cars to roll outof Covent Garden to begin their journey,photographers were already camped inthe best spots to take the cars passingby. Although the search was difficult,I managed to plant myself at a crossjunctionwhere the cars definitely hadto turn from to get to the main road. Iwasn’t disappointed as they startedcoming one by one, although theunpredictable weather meant I wasdrenched by the time the last car spedpast me. Still, it’s something worthsitting in the rain for.The crowds cheered on for the drivers toshow what their cars can do, so someplayed along and showed us someburn outs and brief oversteer moments.In general, the drivers were a prettycivilised bunch, not least because ofthe complaints they received in the pastfor being a rowdy bunch. They seem tohave improved much.I’ve highlighted a few cars which Ithought were worthy of mention butyou can see the rest of the cars in theother photos as well. Enjoy!Aston Martin One-77This limited edition AstonMartin doesn’t come any rarerin this bronze-orange hue.Nissan R35 GTRA lone red GTR made an appearance in theotherwise European-dominated convoy;respect must be given for the driver’sbeach aspirations with a surf board carriermounted on its rooftop.Text & Photos James Wong40 AUGUST 2011


Bugatti VeyronEven though it has been a few years sincethe Veyron has been revealed to the world,its allure as the world fastest productionsupercar has never faded.SL65 AMG Black SeriesThe Black Series is also known as the lightened, morefocused AMGs that can take the fight against BMW M moreconvincingly. The SL65 Black Series is rightfully the swansongof the current-generation SL due for replacement soon.A Maybach built for the off-roadAs if a Maybach isn’t enough comfort for a epic journey toIstanbul, the rear suspension on this particular Maybach hasbeen given a bit of an elevation to make sure it can crossanything that it comes its way. Not quite sure how it would scalean incline with its long wheelbase, though.Mercedes SLR McLarenThe Arabian favourite supercar, the fact that theSLR made a few appearances in the convoys wasno surprise. However, there is a particular one thathas a very tastefully designed bodykit and interiorthat looked customised straight off the factoryfrom McLaren. That takes my vote as theprettiest SLR I’ve ever seen.Yellow ‘taxi’ E60 M5The M5 is commonly known as theNurburgring taxi, which might go some wayto explaining why this M5 is clad in whatcan only be described as ‘taxi yellow’.Nissan R34 GTRThe other Japanese representativesports a subtly modded exterior,which seems to be a minimum code ofconduct for any GTR.AUGUST 2011 41


SPORTSPETETHONGCHUA:CELEBRITY DRIVERHe was once the top actor in Bangkokand graces magazine covers till today,even though he was never reallyinterested in the entertainment scene.Pete Thongchua, now 43 years oldwith three children in tow, still holds hisevery bit of his boyish charm and cooldemeanour. Although he is no longer atthe peak of his acting career, he has noqualms about it as he has been and stillis living his motorsports dream.His father was a rally car driver andhas businesses directly related tomotorsports, but sadly, Pete neverreceived a single cent or even an ounceof support from his dad for his motorracing involvements. Undeterred,Pete went on to pursue his passion inmotorsports, driving for various worksteams and today, drives for the MazdaMotor Sport Team and PTT MotorsportsTeam.Presently, Pete is working on a newtelevision programme called “Test It?with Pete” where he goes around tryingout anything with wheels from cars totrucks to tractors and even trains.Getting the opportunity to meet himduring the filming of the third episodeof this series at the Bangkok RacingCircuit, I spent some time understandinghis story of how he never wanted to bea celebrity and preferred to race, butended up becoming one of Thailand’sfamous superstars to remember…Text & Photos Cheryl TayHe sure doesn’t look 43 years old!Sideways we go...42 AUGUST 2011


Always a big fan of engines!Pete’s lucky number is #17.Q: What was your first motorsportsencounter?A: I was born in the United States, but Imoved back to Thailand with my familyat the age of six and a half. When I wasseven, I watched my dad race and Iwas very curious about it. However, myfather never approved of me being inmotorsports and till today he has neverbought me a car or even given me anymoney for racing.Q: So how did you get yourself intomotorsports?A: This is quite a long story: When Icame back to Thailand, I was pickedout to be a child actor and model and Imanaged to save up enough money tosend myself back to the States when Iwas 13. I went to an academy of arts inSan Francisco to study graphic designand I used to go street racing duringhigh school days!Later, my father’s friend planned toopen a bar there so I went to take upa degree in bartending, but in the endhe set up a restaurant instead. I didn’twant to waste my bartending degree soI went to find a job at a bar operated bya young Thai couple.My boss was a fan of racing and oneday he took me to a track, tossing methe key to his souped-up Mazda RX-7. I was only 17 years old then, andhave never driven his car before but hesigned me up for a race anyway. I wasthe only Japanese car entry and I spunat the start as I was overwhelmed bythe power, but I managed to come infourth.Time for a joyride with Pete!Q: What a nice boss you had! He gaveyou your first taste of real racing at thetrack! What happened next?A: He continued to lend me his car torace but there came a point to go on tothe next level and that meant a need toupgrade the performance of the car. Hecouldn’t finance that as his partner wasagainst racing, but anyway I decided toreturn to Thailand at 22 years old.In 1994, I took part in a formula carrace without any sponsors and I wonmy second race. I caught the attentionof TOTAL Lubricants and they said ifI win the series they will sponsor meand move me to touring cars. IndeedI won the series and they kept theirword, so I drove for the Singha NationalPanasonic Team for two years beforeI switched teams to Spoon Sports forthe next three years.Then the Toyota factory team pickedme up and I drove for them for eightyears in one-make races, GT races,touring car races and even supertrucks. Thereafter I started my ownteam and Mazda came in to back meup. It’s been six years since I’ve beenworking with Mazda. With the team Itake part in Super Cars Thailand, theAll-Thailand Cross-Country Rally (whichI won in 2008 and 2009) and other GTcar races.Q: What about drifting?A: I actually learnt drifting way back in1997 when I was still driving for SpoonSports. I was sent to Ebisu, Japan fora month to learn drifting from TeamOrange drifters Nobushige Kumakubo(who later became 2006 D1GPchampion) and Kokushi. However, Inever competed in drifting until lastyear when I joined the local drift seriesM-Max Speed Party and All StarProfessional Drift Thailand. This year Iam competing in the same series again.Q: Between motorsports and acting,which do you prefer?A: My whole life has always revolvedaround cars and I’ve always preferredmotorsports to the entertainment scene– like 80-20. I started acting in TVcommercials at the age of seven whenI first returned to Thailand. When I wentto the States again I thought that wasit for my little acting career. But whenI returned, the scene still wanted meand I actually became quite a hardcoreactor. I like cars better and there weretimes when I wanted to quit the scenebut they wouldn’t let me!Q: Do you still act these days?A: I stopped acting full-time nine yearsago but have made the occasionalguest appearances. I got marriedabout 10 years ago, then I quit actingand headed to Los Angeles in 2002with my wife to produce a Thai movie“Province 77” which is about Thai subcultureand hip hop. I haven’t acted ina long time, until last year when I tookon a comeback role in a TV series as afavour to my friend, and now there’s myown show.Q: What do you do when you are notfilming, drifting or racing?A: I have a workshop RZ Racing anda company that does road shows andevents for the automotive industry andwe also help to produce prototypes.Pete learned drifting from Japanese pro Kumakubo.Q: For someone your age, you reallyknow how to keep fit. What are yoursecrets?A: I’ve never been to the gym in my life!I do a lot of BMX biking and go-karting,but I think it is my work and my threeprecious ones who keep me fit. I havethree children – my daughters Seya andMeya who are six and four years oldrespectively, and my son Rotor who’stwo and a half years old. Yes I namedhim Rotor as in rotary engines becauseI love them!Q: Will you let your son get intomotorsports or do you share the samethoughts as your dad?A: For sure I will let my kids go racing;already the three of them have beenfollowing me to my races. One thing –my kids must know how to drive fasterand better than other kids. Whetherthey want to go racing or not, I let thempick what they want to do with theirlives.Q: What’s the toughest challenge in life?A: Life is unpredictable and we neverknow what’s going to happen, somaking every moment of every day thebest moment is something that I try todo, but it’s not easy to maintain the bestevery single day. Move into here andnow and just make the most out of it!Wicked!AUGUST 2011 43


LIFELIFE’S APIQUE NIQUE!All-American comfort meals with a touch ofNew York-Central Park nostalgia, just the way we like it!From a distance,the unique decorcatches youreyes immediatelyand you findyourself wanderingover to take a seat.Set in a backdrop of New YorkCity Central Park meet SOHO, PiqueNique has ‘trees’ growing from floorto ceiling, mimicking the experience ofthe beautiful outdoors while you’re incosily tucked indoors instead. Brightlylit, airy and welcoming, Pique Nique isa casual, laid back American diner andbakery that stands out in the bustle ofOrchard Road.On the menu is our favorite all-daybreakfast and the original Pique Niquetake on the affordable Americanclassics; thick and juicy cheeseburgers(from $9.50) that come in 12innovative flavour combinations andthe famed mac & cheese (from $12)but made special with the addition ofaccompaniments uncannily tuckedunder its glorious warm cheesygoodness.Reckon you can take the heat? TheHOTTEST dogg ($10), one of the7 types of Hot Doggs featured onthe menu, is to be bewared! Onlydaredevils need apply.People with a sweet tooth can rejoiceas Pique Nique is going to be yourlittle slice of heaven! Featuring anextensive display showcase packedof all kinds of American-styled sweetofferings that are baked fresh from theoven daily, right in front of your eyes.Offerings include pretty cupcakes,classic American cakes such as ourdecadent chocolate blackout cakeand the luscious red velvet.Pique Nique also offers colorfulwhoopie pies that we say are goingto be the next big thing! Give yourtastebuds a thrill as you pull backthe cupcake paper in anticipation ofsinking your teeth into the lusciouscreamy frosting only to find yourselfintrigued as a surprise filling breaksforth through the cake. Indulge in thenostalgia of yesteryears as you pickout some of our home-made cookiesand enjoy it with a tall glass of coldorganic milk!Pique Nique is a pride of the SugarDaddy Group; Chef Pang Kok Keong’sfirst business venture after an illustriouscareer working for top hotels and theLes Amis group. Thiswill be the perfectdestination forcomfort staplesor a greatafternoon pickme-up!Pique Nique391A Orchard Road #B1-01/02Takashimaya Departmental StoreNgee Ann City Tower ASingapore 238873Tel: 6238 6705www.piquenique.com.sgOperation Hours:Open all days 10am to 9:30pm (8:30pmlast order)Breakfast served all dayText Melissa Cheng Photos Sugar Daddy Group44 AUGUST 2011


LIFESLIDING WITHOUTSMOKINGLive out your wildest drifting fantasies with RC drifting!Radio-controlled car “Drifting” is apassionate sport that has came to ourattention in recent years. Owning a RCdrifting car has now become easier asan initial investment of three hundreddollars will get you a factory-built car kitwith controller, charger and batteries,everything you need to get startedwith.Drifting is not about speed, but moreon the precision and control of thecar, along with the drift angle andsmoothness of drift flow.In fact, this hobby has gone on the risesharply as RC drifting communities havebeen organising regular weekly driftingsessions. To further promote and developthe sport, dedicated RC drift storeslike Autodrift Pte Ltd hold monthly Driftcompetitions. The most recent one beingthe one held at Asia AutoSalon 2011 atSingapore Expo Hall 5 on 3rd July 2011.When you lay hands on a RC car, youwill realise that it is just like its real-sizecar counterpart. You are able to modifyits exterior, performance as well ashandling characteristics to your liking.Such modification talk may causebystanders to mistake it as thosedone on actual cars due to their similarterms. Wheel camber, caster degree,grade of suspension oil, gear ratios,car ride height and strut bars are justa few of the many components thatcan be swapped to your liking.Autodrift Pte Ltd is Singapore’s officialdistributor of Yokomo RC equipment,which is the most popular namein RC Drifting in Japan. AutoDriftPte Ltd was established for thepurpose of guiding and assistingRadio-Controlled (RC) enthusiasts, bothbeginners and seasoned players alike getinto this ever rewarding hobby. They arelocated at Blk 465, #01-06, Crawford Lane,Singapore 190465. For more information,please contact them at 6299 5695 or visithttp://www.autodriftrc.com/.Text & Photos AutoDrift Pte Ltd46 AUGUST 2011


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