Honda Malaysia has been participating in the Merdeka Millennium Endurance (MME) race since the year 2002 and held the Overall Title for 5 consecutive years. The MME is a 12-hour endurance race and will happen on the Saturday of the 30th of August 2008, 1130am to 1130pm at the Sepang International Circuit.
This year’s Honda Malaysia Racing Team consists of 34 team members (up 4 from last year’s 30), with 5 carried over from last year’s team. The rest – all 29 members – are new to HMRT this year.
VIDEO: HMRT MME 2008 and MME Civic Type R
[ Source: Honda Malaysia’s HMRT microsite ]
HMRT veteran Irwan Abdul Hamid is a technician in Honda Malaysia’s Manufacturing Division. As part of last year’s HMRT team he was sent to Japan for training in the field of chassis works. Veterans such as Irwan will be essential to guide this year’s HMRT newbies as the team will receive minimum supervision from outsiders such as Mugen.
HMRT newbie Mohd Faizul Mohd Ghazali comes from the CV Joints division (which Honda makes in Malaysia for local usage and export) and has applied to join the HMRT team three times in the past. He is very excited to be able to finally join the team this year.
The MME-prepared Civic Type R will be used this year. It’s 2.0 litre high revving i-VTEC engine with a 12.5:1 compression ratio has its power tuned up to 250 PS at 8,300rpm, and 225Nm of torque at 6,250rpm. The car has been equipped with a 6-speed synchro manual, a Mugen clutch-type LSD, Brembo 4-pot aluminium calipers, and Mugen telescopic shock absorbers for the front and rear. The front suspension uses a MacPherson strut design while the rear is of a double wishbone design.
The cars will be driven by Rueben Wong, Faisal Asri, Fahrizal Hasan, Eddie Lew, Victor Cheong and Aaron Lim. Reuben has years of experience racing the MME with various teams using Hondas. Faisal was previously from the Proton R3 MME team in 2007. Eddie Lew has several MME Class A 1st place positions under his belt. Victor Cheong has extensive go-kart racing experience. Aaron Lim was a Formula BMW Asia driver and was also with HMRT last year, scoring 2nd place in the MME Class A.
Have a look at Honda Malaysia’s HMRT MME microsite and go to the Highlights section for updates on the team’s Shakedown tests in preparation for the race at the end of this month. More photos available after the jump.