The new national car project (NNCP) continues to progress quietly in the background, with new names continuing to pop up in the picture, but something more exotic is being eyed as a possible future development – sports cars and supercars. Prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has pictured the possibility of Malaysia producing its own supercars to further enhance the capability of the nation’s automotive industry, the New Straits Times reports.

He said this following his recent official visit to Turkey, adding that technical cooperation could come from a Turkish supercar maker Onuk. Dr Mahathir was shown the Onuk Sazan and Onuk S56/G models, and said that the company had indicated its willingness to cooperate with Malaysia to produce its own supercar.

The prime minister said he had long been aware of Turkish companies’ capabilities, but now saw it first-hand. “I was aware of their capability. But there was no follow-up at the time as I was not the prime minister then, so making progress would have been difficult. And now they are ready to collaborate, not only with that type of car (super car) but also with other cars,” he said.

Collaboration with Turkey might turn out to be a two-way street – the news report added that during a dialogue session with Turkish captains of industry, Dr Mahathir had offered them Malaysian expertise to produce their own national car, based on the success achieved by Proton and Perodua.