Launched just minutes ago, the Proton Satria Neo R3 Lotus Edition is the latest variant to roll out of the carmakers tuning arm, R3. Based on the Satria Neo, the car come with the CPS engine, tweaked to
produce 145hp, 20hp more than the normal CPS variant.
True to Lotuss principals, the cars weight have been reduced to aid performance, FRP side panels with carbon fiber hood and other lightened parts makes the car 100kg lighter then the CPS variant also.
Suspension upgrade was done with the installation of Ohlin suspension set and the front brake system have been replaced with four pot calipers and a bigger and slotted disc from AP Racing.
Only 25 will be produced in conjunction with Proton's 25th anniversary. We had a sneak preview of the car at the Proton test track; so get your copy of CBT this weekend for more details.
Proton Satria Neo S2000 Rally car being tested at French Alps
MEM was originally formed in 1982 as an outlet for its owner, Chris
Mellors, to compete in British Champion Rallying but soon developed into a
successful preparation company winning events and more than 10
championships all over the world since it was formed in 1983. Highlights
include MEM winning the British Championship twice, the FIA Production
World Championship with the Proton Wira in 2002, the US Pro-Rally
Championship in 2003 for Mitsubishi USA and the 2004 FIA Asia-Pacific
Championship, again for Proton. Building on this successful partnership
between MEM and Proton in Malaysia, MEM was authorised to transform the
road going version of Protons Satria Neo model and produce a
ground-breaking conversion of the Satria into the full specification Super
2000 car that you see today.
Designed by Mellors Elliott Motorsport, (MEM), the new Proton Satria Neo
Super 2000 rally car has just raised the performance bar for the rapidly
expanding FIA Super 2000 rally series.
The concept was developed by using a combination of innovative engineering
designs, the 25 years of experience of the teams technical staff but,
crucially, also the input from the teams owner and extremely successful
driver, Chris Mellors. The result is an astonishingly small and agile car
which from the very outset was designed for the driver.
With an attractive and aerodynamic package for the front bumper, wings,
rear bumper and rear spoiler complimenting the eye-catching Satria design,
the Proton S2000 can achieve in full rally trim the smallest frontal area
and the lowest roof height in its class even at rally ride height settings.
Driver and Co-driver seat positions are fixed at the rearmost possible
mounting points to maximise the cars weight distribution but with the pedal
box and steering column both adjustable to suit different pilots. The MEM
rollcage design uses 35 metres of lightweight Chrome Moly tube together
with strategic body strengthening resulting in vastly improved torsional
bodyshell stiffness and a no-compromise safety cell for the crew. The
cleverly designed side crash protection bars are uniquely shaped to aid
driver and co-driver access into and out of the car.
The 2 litre Proton Super 2000 engine is derived from the 1.8 litre engine
fitted to Protons Waja model and has been further developed by MEMs
engineers to produce a reliable 278 bhp @ 7600rpm with a usable power band
from 5,500 to 8,500rpm. Combined with the best 6-speed sequential 4WD Super
2000 transmission currently available, (the 532 version from market leaders
Xtrac), the car sets new standards for engine performance and driveability.
The fuel system innovates too with a quick-change fuel control cassette,
(which includes all the fuel pumps, filters and valves), attached to the
MEM-designed FIA FT3 safety fuel cell to aid rapid maintenance.
Alcon provides the braking power with their latest Super 2000 alloy 4-pot
calipers and ventilated discs which combined with the Neos low overall
weight of 1150kg gives astoundingly short braking distances. The ventilated
disc sizes are independently maximised for both Gravel, (15 rims), and
Tarmac, (18 rims), but for both simplicity and cost the brake calipers are
common to both setups thanks to a simple mounting arrangement.
MEMs engineers have designed the suspension with a relatively conventional
layout of wishbone and MacPherson strut, which means it will be easy and
relatively cheap to maintain whilst remaining super-reliable. However, the
design has cleverly maximised damper travel to such an extent that the bump
stops are the only part that stops the body sills hitting the ground on
full bump travel! This translates into achieving both an ultra-low tarmac
setup with go-kart levels of body roll and a long-travel gravel setup with
enormous ability to soak up the biggest bumps. With various anti-roll bars
available for both front and rear and with MEMs 25 years of rally
experience, the suspension setup can be easily fine-tuned for any rally
surface or type.
The latest technology is used in the electrical systems with a
state-of-the-art Multiplexed wiring system capable of managing the entire
cars electronics from a central unit ideally placed in the centre of the
car in-between the driver and co-driver. Apart from the weight saving
reduction that this achieves, it is simple to operate and, with
automatically resetting circuit breakers, this is technology and
reliability at its best.
The result of all this is a car which not only has well-proven technical
advances and novel design but also has simplicity where appropriate to
ensure the best possible combination of performance and reliability.
Proton Satria Neo CPS test drive edited.wmv
The Proton Satria Neo CPS is the interim successor of the original,
Lotus-tuned Satria GTI. It is the only proper hot hatch priced below
RM100,000. It may not be perfect but it is certainly an entertaining car to
drive. We can't wait for Proton's new turbocharged engines to find its way into the
In the meantime we will just have to enjoy the Neo CPS. Watch the video to
find out if it is a credible replacement to the highly respected Satri GTI
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Proton Satria Neo R3 Lotus Racing Edition
Proton Satria Neo R3 Lotus Racing edition with Tuned 1.6 Campro CPS engine
by Race Rally Research (R3) Protons tuning division uncovered. With
upgrades about RM60,000 of equipments and tuning from a standard Proton
Satria Neo CPS, this mean machine receive a 145 bhp and 168 Nm of torque
from a 1.6 engine. Judging by this figure, it is impressive.
Proton Satria Neo s2000 The Stig & Car Performance test (before Top Gear Episode)
Unmasked Stig driver before The Ashes Rally Race episode.
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The existing Satria Neo bodyshell is extensively modified to accept the
S2000 components including the 4 wheel drive system. It is then
strengthened considerably to comply with FIA regulations by fitting a
safety roll cage using 35 metres of ChroMo Steel Tube.
The engine is based on the Waja 1.8 engine with racing internals and
increasing the capacity to 1998cc NA, which is positioned transversely and
producing a power output of 278bhp (280hp) at 7600 rpm.redline 8500 rpm.
The transmission is a 4-wheel drive system specifically developed by Xtrac
for S2000, using a 6 speed sequential gearbox with 3 plated limited slip
differentials, and handbrake release system.
The Brake callipers are Alcon 4 piston calipers front and rear. The front
discs are 350mm for the tarmac version and 300mm for the gravel version.
The rear discs are identical for both specifications.
Featuring the GEMS integral engine ECU and power management system with
data logging and glass dash display.
The suspension is MacPherson strut and wishbone design by MEM using
Dynamics dampers. Anti Roll bars front and rear.
Fitted with 8 x 18 inch alloy wheels for tarmac and 6.5 X 15 inch alloy
wheels for gravel
1150 Kg for the tarmac version and 1200 Kg for the gravel version
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Proton Satria Neo video road test
This is a sporty little hatchback with a lot going for it, not least its
looks and Lotus-tuned chassis which make it good fun to drive. Itâs well
equipped and the 1.6 litre engine has enough go in it to please the sort of
buyer it will attract
As you may know, Proton bought Lotus in 2003 which gave it access to some
of the worldâs finest chassis tuning engineers and the results shine
through in the Satria Neo. Show it a series of twisty bends and it will put
a grin on your face like few other hatchbacks. It handles very well indeed
yet also rides well, firm but nicely composed over bumps. Certainly the
chassis is the carâs strongest suit.
As the `neoâ part of the name suggests, this is a revised version of the
car and among the improvements has been a programme to make is more refined
and quieter on the road.
There is a choice of two engines, a 1.3 or 1.6 with the bigger one also
being available with the option of an automatic gearbox. I had the 1.6 and
itâs reasonably potent with 111 bhp
Still and all I did like the Proton. The styling works for me and it seems
for others too. At the front there is a distinctive headlamp shape which
Proton refers to as `tiger eyeâ projector lamps, the alloy wheels sit
under flared arches and at the back the Exhaust tailpipe pokes out in the middle of the
Quite a few people asked me what it was and seemed surprised when I said
The cabin is a little bit small and I found headroom to be quite restricted
but the car is well equipped. There is blue backlighting on the dials, an
MP3 compatible radio/CD and Bluetooth for hands-free mobiles. Air
conditioning comes as standard so it is not a bad package.
I spent a week with the car and couldnât help but like it, even while
wishing for a slightly nicer engine. The chassis and the handling are
excellent, it looks sporty and the equipment level is generous.
Proton Satria Neo
Car tested 1.6 GSX Â£9,595
0 to 60 11.5 seconds
Top speed 118 mph
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
CO2 157 g/km
Insurance Group 7
Service intervals 12 months/9,000 miles.
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