The Malaysia Speed Festival (MSF) will return to the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) for Round 3 on May 21, but the festivities will kick off the day before with Round 1 of the MSF MegaLap Time Attack Series. Spectators will be able to watch some of the quickest tuned street cars take to the track in order to set the fastest time over one flying lap.

One of the top contenders will be the Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG prepared by AHM Technik and driven by Alif Hamdan, who will be gunning for a lap time of under 2 minutes 30 seconds. “We were able to do a 2 minute 34 second lap during MSF Round 2 racing last month on street tyres, and looking at the data our target of 2 minute 29 seconds should be achievable on semi-slick tyres,” he said.

However, the planned debut of Alif’s highly-modified Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI, nicknamed Blue Arrow, has been scuppered as large changes were required after its last test session at SIC last month. The car was famous for setting the second fastest time in the Open Class at the 2012 World Time Attack Challenge.

“We’re disappointed not to be able to make it this round as we’re hoping to set a new Sepang Circuit lap record for street-based saloon cars, but we’ll definitely be there for the final in December!” Alif said.

Aside from top-level track monsters, MegaLap Time Attack will also cater to less powerful machines, with classes for engine capacities not exceeding 1,600 cc (with lap times expected to dip below 2 minutes 40 seconds) as well as for automatic and CVT-equipped vehicles with engines smaller than 2,000 cc.

The day will also play host a Retro Havoc vehicle gathering and barbecue – one of Malaysia’s largest custom car shows, it will showcase retro and custom vehicles from Malaysia as well as around the region. The gathering will run from afternoon until nighttime.

Participants can register for the MegaLap Time Attack by going onto MSF Racing’s official website. Pricing for spectator access runs at RM20, with the Retro Havoc gathering and barbecue priced from RM30 per person. More details can be found on the MegaLap Time Attack website.