Motorsport enthusiasts who visited the 2023 International Automodified (IAM) exhibition recently witnessed the official unveiling of the new 2023 Myvi S1K race car with its new race livery, along with the introduction of a new race team which will be participating at this year’s Sepang 1000KM endurance race.
Officially unveiled by Ts. Nizmar bin Mohd Nazar, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO) of Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii), the Myvi S1K new race livery combines a dynamic and stylish design.
The livery, inspired by the brand’s iconic heritage, features bold fusion colours of a striking Ocean Green and strokes of Red True Blood along the aerodynamic shape of the car, further exemplifying the Myvi S1K team’s commitment to pushing boundaries.
With the Myvi S1K becoming the first and only Perodua Myvi to compete in the Sepang 1,000km Race last year, it solidified the Myvi S1K position as a force to be reckoned with in the motorsport arena.
This sole Perodua Myvi, however, defied the odds as not only it managed to finish the race in its first attempt, it also took an outstanding P10 class finish in the SP2V category.
Making a comeback for the 2nd year with new name DMM 204 Speedster, the team gathered around its resources and prepared themselves for another Sepang 1000km outing, this year with new faces and new sponsors.
Filling in the seat will be Faiz Sulaiman, Ashraff Dewal, and Aiman Haziq who came on top of the driver search program, defeating all the other candidates to secure the third and last seat in the Myvi S1K.
Coming in as the title sponsor for the team will be DMM Performance, a sub-brand of DMM Sales, the largest Perodua authorized dealer in Malaysia. Also showering the team with support are names like Vort-X Malaysia, EXN, Wrap Autowerks, Raxer Wheels, Max Racing, AES, 4 Qul, Fawster, Recaro Malaysia, RnR Autosport, 204 Autoworks, and MS Racing.
The team is proud to carry these names as most of the sponsors are local companies, further reinforcing the national spirit that is already incorporated in the team since its inception.
The decision to go with a Perodua Myvi for such a tough race did raise some eyebrows, but the fact that it finished the race after 181 laps around Sepang was a testament of its capabilities. With this daring concept now proven, the team is aiming to introduce some upgrades to the car which with hopes in giving it an extra edge for this year’s endurance race.
It is said that developing the car has been an uphill struggle given with limitation of data about how the car will run in an endurance race, and not to forget, getting performance parts for the car is far harder than the existing, proven race cars like the Honda Jazz or Suzuki Swift.
That being said, the DMM 204 Speedster team is gearing up for an unforgettable season filled with excitement and passion. The official unveiling of the Myvi S1K 2023 today marks the return of the ‘King’, set to conquer the Sepang track again and hearts of local motorsport enthusiasts. The 2023 Sepang 1000KM endurance race will take place next month on 23-26 November.