One of the astounding characteristics of European cars is that they have this “sleeper” look that somehow suggests that it is more sedate than it really is, designed to transport occupants in comfort and luxury. While those facts are true, it is a known fact since the days of our fathers, that these well-built euro machines are not to be trifled with. Even more so now with the manufacturers re-embracing the turbo trend, plus the accessibility of new aftermarket tuning options available, the euros have gained ever more muscle and finesse throughout the years to rule the cardom. Then again, not till a GTR drops by to say hello and bye-bye.
And to demonstrate this point, here we have an orange BMW M5. To the untrained eye, this might only look like an executive sedan for the white collars. But to the enthusiasts, the “M” badge empowers the E60 with 507 bhp on tap, in a race-engineered V10, mated to a 7 speed sequential SMG. Amazing vital stats for a factory stock executive super sedan. Now, to the real enthusiasts’ in the know, this Orange M5 has not one, but twin G-Power superchargers strapped on to each banks of the V10 feeding it to a bespoke intake plenum boosting the M5 to 720bhp!. Now that’s Jalapeno pepper in a Sunkist clothing.
Here is Tengku Djan, an internationally renowned drift and driving talent we Malaysians are proud of. That is his homebrew M3 CSL in an E36 chassis, converted to left hand drive for greater balance.
Some other Bimmers that had also showed up during the event was like this sixth-generation F30…
Relatively untouched E92 M3
A Frozen-grey E92 M3
…a 1-series coupe…
This E60 5 series no longer resides in the euro community. Transformed into a part-drift, part-race machine, this yellow monster is caged, pumped and winged to match its new Japanese 1UZ V8 power!
One of our TIMETOATTACK mascots is Jwan Heah’s C..
…And Andrew Khoo’s CLS
Here is Audi’s version of the super-sedan with its previous-gen RS4.
But making a surprise appearance to the circuit is something that we do not see much on our roads, let alone participating in events such as the TIMETOATTACK, is a blue Skoda Octavia RS.
Having a ball is this “Gumball” Polo that had been prowling the streets of KL recently
Hot hatchbacks are now a popular choice among the performance enthusiasts, Today’s hatches feature stylish looks coupled with a punch that was unknown up till the recent years. A regular MKVI Golf GTI now makes about 200 odd bhp as standard. A quick 10 minute ecu flash and some plumbing can bump it close to 300bhp!
This Turquoise GTI VI by Exotic Mods now makes 400bhp with much assistance from a GT28 turbine, uprated cooling, exhaust and engine mapping. Revozport body kit completes its look and managed a 2:38ish at the TIMETOATTACK
And although Volkswagen had set a strong ground over here for quite some time with their range of Polos, Sciroccos and Golf GTIs, Renault Sport hatches are gaining pace with their flagship model, the Megane RS 250.
With almost 250bhp as standard, ready to launch the French hatchback into action, it had set an impressive record of 2:43.02 on Sepang International Circuit in its stock form with help from just 2 pairs of Toyo semi slicks!
Some Lotuses were also present in the fight against time, and you could never properly picture how low this car is until you meet it up first hand. It is almost like a go-kart, only with the nice trimmings you get on a road-going car.
To wrap up this Euro special, here are the top spots of the Exotic Mods Euro category. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our Euro-specialist Shedden Ee in conquering the Exotic Mods Euro category with an impressive time of 2:38.559 in a Volkswagen Golf MK6 GTI, a job well done!
EXOTIC MODS EURO
- Shedden Ee – VW GOLF MK6 GTI – 2:38.559
- Gary Tan – VW SCIROCCO – 2:41.650
- Kenny Low – VW GOLF MK6 GTI – 2:43.556