Yes, you read the title right but no it’s not what you’re used to. Set to debut first quarter of 2015, after the Malaysian F1 GP, the Malaysia Super GT is a 5 weekend series of what event founders, IRIS calls, Malaysia’s first “corporate motorsports competition”.
What we are really interested in is the star car of the event. The new RenaultSport Megane RS265. Yet to be officially launched, this new, albeit, stripped-out, race converted RS265 made its debut at the Malaysia Super GT last Thursday.
IRIS Corporation, the people who brought you MyKad, plans to provide a platform for corporate entities and only Malaysian-registered entities to use motorsports as a tool to develop corporate team spirit, at the same time for brand exposure.
24 corporate teams will make up the grid in a series of sprint races, endurance racing and one-make cups with a total cash prize of RM500,000.00 up for grabs. Currently, 6 or more cars have been snapped up by corporate entities such as IRIS, TC Euro Cars (Renault Malaysia), AirAsia, Baker Tilly, Orchid Inn and Cypark at a price of RM390,000.00 per car (Megane RS265) which includes driver coaching and entry fees.
Each team, that consists of staffers from a particular company may take on a different role in a certain race. These individuals shall be trained for anything from a race driver, race engineer, technician and so forth to form a team.
As with details of the Megane RS265 seen here, IRIS corporation will be fielding a unit in the upcoming MMER / Sepang 12 Hour Race happening in less than 2 weeks. Other than crucial race safety aspects such as the roll cage, fire extinguishers, safety harness and such, this race ready RS265 has been stripped out and with tyres replaced with slicks, that makes up most of the homologation process.
Stay tuned as we bring you more updates on the Malaysia Super GT!