Proton's stylish Satria Neo will lead the field in a range of racing categories this year as the Official Safety Car for the growing Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS).
Proton Cars has signed on as the official safety car supplier for the AMRS providing the Satria Neo for the season in a move that will highlight the new three door's safety credentials, including its Lotus handling, standard ABS anti lock brakes and twin SRS airbags.
The Proton Satria safety car made its debut at the opening round of the AMRS at Wakefield Park recently making an impression with its stylish good looks and inspired handling.
The Australian Motor Racing Series was born in 2005 from the desire for an exciting national series and was put together by competitors, for competitors, with value for money as its priority.
The nine round series continues to gain momentum into 2007, with an outstanding list of categories, circuits and events on offer.
The AMRS will visit New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland between March and November with rounds at Wakefield Park, Winton, Calder, Adelaide International Raceway, Queensland Raceway and Oran Park.
The series plays host to 13 race categories including the Production Touring Car Championship, The Australian Touring Car Challenge, V8 Giants, OzBoss and the new X Challenge powered by Lotus.
According to Proton Cars Australia managing director John Startari, the opportunity to become involved as safety car supplier was a perfect fit for the company and its latest Satria Neo.
"The Satria Neo has impressive safety credentials and what better way to demonstrate its prowess than on the track as the Safety Car," said Mr Startari.
"When AMRS approached us it was clear that the opportunity offered a terrific platform from which to promote the Satria Neo and its safety capabilities," he added.
"Proton is very proud to be a part of the AMRS and we look forward to a long and fruitful association with this very professional series," Mr Startari concluded.
Satria Neo is powered by the latest version of Proton's own CamPro 1.6 litre twin-cam multivalve engine with a five-speed manual transmission as standard.
The free revving 1.6litre engine delivers 82kW of power and 148 Nm of torque and uses the latest Step4 engine management profile which when coupled with a kerb weight of 1159kgs, provides strong performance and impressive fuel economy.
With a true sporting character, the Satria Neo also carries a strong Lotus DNA and is very clearly linked to the famous sports car maker, whose very ethos is performance through lightweight.
Satria Neo uses MacPherson strut front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension with stabiliser bars front and rear along with four wheel disc brakes and rack and pinion steering to ensure a total dynamic handling package.
With fresh European influenced styling, Satria Neo was launched in Australian in early February with a recommended retail price starting from $18,990 driveaway.
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