ATCC: New team, new car for new season

Proton Hints at 2002 ATCC Challenge The 2002 Asian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) could see a brand new team featuring the Lotus-tuned Proton Satria GTi. The 3-door hatch is a hit in the local Malaysian market, and has made waves both in the...

Proton Hints at 2002 ATCC Challenge

The 2002 Asian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) could see a brand new team featuring the Lotus-tuned Proton Satria GTi.

The 3-door hatch is a hit in the local Malaysian market, and has made waves both in the UK and Australia, which are major export markets for Proton cars.

The car already sports deep fender and bumpers (pic), and with it's Lotus Cars UK - derived handling, the Satria GTi could provide a strong challenge in the ATCC.

"Nothing is confirmed yet, but an ATCC drive is already on the drawing board," according to a source familiar with the project. "If it happens, the car will make it's ATCC debut during the Malaysian rounds of the ATCC, and if things go well, we may complete the whole season."

It is also understood that an R&D team formed for this project is extremely pleased with the car's performance, and is confident the car will do well against the venerable VTEC Hondas, Toyotas and the dominating Peugeots in the ATCC.

The Proton Satria GTi is already a popular racing machine in local Malaysian races. Of this, the FIA-Sanctioned Proton Satria GTi Championship is the most prominent one with the country's top racers competing for the coveted title.

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