8 November 2011: Proton, which has a franchise portfolio of 75 dealerships throughout the UK, has become the first car manufacturer to win all eight major titles in the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), having emerged victorious at the recent China Rally where Proton’s rally team was awarded both the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) driver’s and manufacturer titles for the 2011 season.
The fourth victory of the six-round season, Proton’s Satria Neo S2000 was driven into pole position by Alister McRae, who won the driver’s title. Meanwhile, team mate Chris Atkinson finished third to make it a Proton 1-2 in the APRC driver’s championship.
Dominating the course, the Satria Neo S2000 showcased both power and tenacity – Proton cemented the coveted APRC manufacturer’s championship having beaten off competition from Mitsubishi and Subaru.
Talking about the prestigious results from the team in China, Simon Park, Proton UK’s General Manager, Sales and Marketing for Proton Cars, commented: “We extend our congratulations to the Proton rally team in this fantastic achievement – it is testament not only to the team’s skill, but also demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to investing in the latest technology and design of our vehicles.”
UK rally fans of the Proton R2 Malaysia Rally team can get their hands on a piece of the action first-hand with the Lotus inspired Satria Neo and Satria Neo Sport.
With its sporty exterior coupled with its Lotus ride and handling, the Satria Neo delivers both excitement and economy in one car with a thrilling CamPro 16v engine; plus 16” alloy wheels (GSX models), electric windows, reverse parking sensors and rear spoiler all as standard and topped off with prominent wheel arches, a centre mounted exhaust and race-inspired bucket seats.
Retailing from £8,495 OTR, the Satria Neo has been tuned for precise steering response, and also comes with ABS, EBD and twin airbags as standard.