Thursday, July 30, 2009

5th leg of Magnolia Karting Series, Rally Extreme slated at Enchanted Kingdom

Buckle up as Enchanted Kingdom (EK), the country’s first and only world-class theme park, sets off for Speed Month ’09 this August 1 and 2 with two exciting races: the 5th leg of the 2009 Magnolia Karting Series and 2009 Rally Extreme by Roadwise Motoring Foundation.

Karters from the Formula SL Novice, Expert, Heavy, Cadet 60CC and Mini-Rok divisions will vie for the plum positions in this exciting action-packed series. Prizes at stake are cash prizes and gift certificates.

Mario O. Mamon, President & Chairman of EK, Boy Ochoa, Motorsports Consultant of San Miguel Corporation and Managing Director Johnny Tan of the Carmona Race Track will be there during the affair. 

The Speed Month ’09 will also hold underbone, slalom and autocross competitions plus a display of old school and customized cars on all weekends of August.  

Licensed drivers can avail of EK’s Regular Day Pass at P350 by simply presenting their valid local or international driver’s license the whole month of August! 

Come to Enchanted Kingdom where the magic stays with you! From now until August 28, 2009 we are open Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00AM to 9:00Pm with Fireworks Display at 8:00PM. Enchanted Kingdom is located at the City of Santa Rosa, Laguna. For more information you may visit or call 843-6074 to 76 or 830-2111 to 16.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

It's a good thing that Richard Gutierrez owned a Nissan GT-R...

...because if he was driving a Bugatti Veyron at the insane speed he was doing in the GT-R while going down a dark, two-lane "highway" in the middle of the night, I'd feel sorry for his family, for his dead passenger and his family AND for the totaled Veyron. As it is, I already feel sorry for his dead passenger and his family AND for the wrecked GT-R. Because let's admit it, just because you own a Nissan GT-R doesn't mean you're already THE SHIT on the road.

But as for Gutierrez, all I can say is that money talks, especially when one starts wondering why no civil AND criminal suits were filed against him.

Car crash images taken from Earthsangel.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Motolite supports 400cc champion Aries Padiernos

MOTOLITE Motorcycle Batteries has announced its support for champion biker Aries Padiernos, who currently holds an unbroken chain of 18 straight victories in the 400cc class. A veteran in his field, the 35-year old Padiernos has won numerous titles in the course of his racing career, most notably the 2008 BRC National Formula 400cc Open Class Champion, 2006 Motorcycle Grand Prix Formula 400cc Champion, 2005 Motorcycle Grand Prix 400cc Unlimited Champion, and the 2004 Casino Filipino Grand Prix Superbike Novice Racer Champion.
An intense competitor, Padiernos hopes his victories could serve as stepping stones for international motorcycle competitions that will bring pride and glory to the Philippines. With only one more race to go in the 2009 season, he expects to finish as the 2009 Champion for the National Formula 400cc Race.

Padiernos is an avid biker and is active as president of the Wacky Riders Motorcycle Club, a group of reputable businessmen who are motorcycle enthusiasts. He is also a ride commander with the AMDG Motorcycle Club and a chief instructor at the BMW Riding Clinic.

MOTOLITE is the leading brand in the local automotive battery market. Boasting the latest advances in battery technology, Motolite motorcycle batteries provide motorcyclists with safe, reliable and long-lasting batteries. Motolite’s new 12-volt motorcycle batteries have been infused with Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) Technology for greater fluid retention and longer life. AGM technology also makes the batteries more versatile, as they can now be installed at any angle required by the make and model of the motorcycle – even upside down if needed.  
Motolite batteries are manufactured by Philippine Batteries, Inc. (PBI), the largest manufacturer, exporter and distributor of automotive, motorcycle and industrial battery products and solutions in the Philippines. Its 18-hectare fully integrated facility in Sta. Maria, Bulacan, is one of the largest and most modern battery manufacturing facilities in Southeast Asia. It also has the country’s only ISO 14001-certified, environmentally-compliant recycling facility, the second biggest in Asia.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Roadside Ass-sistance: another PG Porn installment

Sasha Grey's car is jacked up and James Gunn is the only guy who can help her.

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines introduces the 2010 Galant SE

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines (MMPC) further adds excitement to its vehicle line-up as it introduces the new 2010 Mitsubishi Galant SE. Exuding class and sophistication, the all new Galant is loaded with stylish and high tech features that best suits an executive car. MMPC’s President and CEO, Mr. Masahiko Ueki said that “The intro of the all new Galant reinforces MMPC’s passenger car line up and gives us the opportunity to improve further our total passenger car market share”.

This Euro inspired styled sedan measures 4,885 mm in length, 1,840 mm in width and 1,480 mm in height. Cabin room length is 1,997 mm, translating to more legroom for its passengers. The front grille features a new design chrome radiator with the striking three-diamond mark. High Intensity Discharge (HID) main lamps with user selectable level adjustment provide a brilliant view of the road during night time driving. Electronically controlled side mirrors (with power folding functions) were integrated with side turning lamps. Each side of the car is caressed by protective door mouldings with chrome insert. Other distinct touch to the all new Galant SE inherent to European cars is its fin-type antenna mounted on the rear edge of the roof.
Inside, the new Galant radiates comfort and luxury. Seats were wrapped in glove-soft black leather. An 8-way power-adjust with lumbar support is standard for the driver seat while passenger seat has a 4-way power-adjust. Seats are ergonomically designed to make even long journeys comfortable. Other comfort touches include a fully automatic climate control system, automatic retractable rear glass sunshade, separate rear aircon vents, map lamps & rear seat reading lamps and a host of compartments on the center console, instrument panel and rear seat armrest.

Powering the Galant SE is a 2.4-liter MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing and Electronic Control System) engine. It can adjust the valve timing for optimal performance for all driving conditions. This enables it to produce higher torque at low rpm ranges for quick, clean starts and higher output in the high ranges for better passing ability. The 4G69 MIVEC engine provides numerous advantages over its predecessors. Throughout its construction, Mitsubishi engineers have found ways to increase efficiency and durability while simultaneously reducing weight and emissions. The power and efficiency of this 4G69 MIVEC is harnessed by Mitsubishi’s fully advanced and intelligent INVECS-II 4-speed automatic transmission with sportronic feature. This transmission studies the driver’s driving habits under a variety of conditions and uses two shift control programs to determine the best balance of power, control and efficiency. For spirited driving, a tiptronic shifter is available and can be controlled on the shift lever or thru the steering wheel.
Smooth ride and stable handling is provided by an all-wheel independent suspension system. McPherson struts with stabilizer bars up front and multi-link with stabilizer bars at the rear assures quick response to the driver’s commands, even when road conditions turn tricky, reducing understeer and improving cornering stability when powering through turns yet providing a refined luxury. New design 10-spoke 17-inch wheels complemented with 215/55 R17 93V provides excellent grip on the road.

The new Mitsubishi Galant SE is equipped with a fully functional Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) Navigation system which is first in its class. The dealer option GPS Navigation system complements the Galant multi-information and entertainment function. The navigation system can direct you to your selected destination visually through Galant’s 7-inch in-dash monitor located in the center of the dashboard. The system is also capable of providing other helpful information such as streets, major buildings and establishment names, speed limit of certain street etc.

The new Mitsubishi Galant SE is also equipped with a full entertainment system which features an original equipment DVD/CD/MP3 FM & AM band audio system with Dolby Digital 5.1 feature. This Dolby Digital feature of the audio system is complemented by the 12-way speakers with 10-inch subwoofer and a center speaker.
Further adding to the list of high tech features is its keyless entry security system with engine immobilizer. The original set of keys included in the car has a built-in transponder that sends a unique verification code to the ignition switch to protect itself from unauthorized duplicated keys. The remote transmitter can also be used for opening the trunk. Opening the trunk as well as the engine hood is now effortless with the assistance of gas struts.

On its safety aspect, the all new Galant SE is equipped with dual stage SRS airbags. A rearview camera plus front and reverse parking sensors makes parking maneuvers effortless and safer. The central door locks also has an auto lock feature once the vehicle moves to 5 km/hr. As an additional safety feature, the Galant SE audio and video system has Bluetooth connectivity function with mobile phones. Taking calls while driving has been made easier and safer with this feature. Once the mobile phone is paired via Bluetooth, access through the phone’s directory as well as making phone calls can be made through the steering wheel mounted controls.

The 2010 Galant SE is now available in three colors: Merlin Black, Excalibur Silver and Nicolei Grey. Suggested introductory price is P 1,588,000.

Enchanted Kingdom to hold 2nd annual Speed Month

After last year’s successful run of “Speedweek @ EK”, Enchanted Kingdom, the country’s premier theme park, brings this August a more exciting “Speed Month @ EK”, a month-long event filled with races and activities geared to pump the gas and adrenaline of all Park goers and race enthusiasts of all ages.

“Motor sports enjoy a natural affinity with the City of Santa Rosa, known as the ‘Detroit of the Philippines’, and home of the assembly plants of Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi. Races like theme parks are top crowd-drawers and Enchanted Kingdom is proud to showcase both at the same time,” said Mr. Mario O. Mamon, Enchanted Kingdom’s President and Chairman.

Now on its second year, “Speed Month @ EK” will present legs of the 2009 Magnolia Karting Series 2009 (August 1 & 2), 2009 Magnolia Health Tea Underbone King Championships (August 8 & 9) by the Carmona Race Trak, 2009 National Slalom Series (August 9) by the Race Motorsports Club, 2009 Philippine Autocross Championship Series by Shago Racing (August 22 & 23) and 2009 Rally Extreme (August 2 and 30) by Roadwise Motoring Foundation.

The 2009 Magnolia Karting Series will have the country's top karters vying for honors in different races and classes.

Riders competing in the 110 sports production, 125 and 150 open class will be featured during the Philippine Underbone King Championships. Racers will also compete in the 110 and 125 super stock and 125 sports production categories.

Cash prizes and gift certificates are at stake for the winners.

Other activities will include: Legendary races, auto club drive-and-show events and spectacular car displays by Honda & Toyota featuring the Prius.

Dates and schedules may change without prior notice.

Licensed drivers are also in for a rare treat! By simply presenting your local or international driver’s license, avail of Enchanted Kingdom's Regular Day Pass for only P350 the whole month of August!

Come to Enchanted Kingdom where the magic stays with you! From now until August 28, 2009, Enchanted Kingdom will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00AM to 9:00Pm with Fireworks Display at 8:00PM. Enchanted Kingdom is located at the City of Santa Rosa, Laguna. For more information you may visit or call 843-6074 to 76 or 830-2111 to 16.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Suzuki Hayabusa, the fastest production bike in the world... now available in the Philippines.

Filipino bike enthusiasts will be blown away by the latest big bike offering from Suzuki Philippines, Inc., one of the country’s premier motorcycle brands, with its recent introduction of the Suzuki Hayabusa, which has the distinction of holding the Guinness record as the “fastest production bike” in the world, achieving a top speed of 317kph.

Classified as the Ultimate Sport bike, the Hayabusa is powered by a 1340cc inline 4-cylinder fuel-injected liquid-cooled DOHC engine built to deliver a broad wave of torque for effortless acceleration. Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) fuel injection results in improved power delivery and more linear response. The system uses engine-computer-operated secondary valves to maintain optimum intake-air velocity for maximum combustion efficiency.

Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS) serves as a back-torque-limiting system for smoother downshifts and also contributes to a lighter clutch pull for the new Suzuki Hayabusa, while Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) enables the rider to choose from three different power characteristics according to personal preference.

Advanced aerodynamics in the new Suzuki Hayabusa offer superb wind protection both for normal and completely tucked-in seating positions. Improved riding comfort is assured by fully adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping for both the front forks and single rear shock absorber. In addition the inverted cartridge front forks feature Diamond-Like Coating (DLC) surface treatment to reduce friction and improve reaction to small surface irregularities.

The new Suzuki Hayabusa features 310mm dual-floating disc front brakes with efficient, race-proven aluminum-piston, radial-mount brake calipers, and 260mm single-disc rear brake with single-piston brake caliper. Instrumentation includes analog gauges including step-motor-driven tachometer and speedometer. The round LCD panel includes a clock, gear position indicator, S-DMS map indicator, odometer and dual trip meters. Its engine-rpm indicator is programmable to blink or stay on between 4,000 and 11,500rpm.

Priced at a surprisingly affordable Php 849,000, the Suzuki Hayabusa is available at premium Suzuki dealers in Metro Manila. Available colors are white and black.

With its commitment to bring mobility to Filipino consumers, Suzuki Philippines is the only integrated automotive company carrying both automobile and motorcycle products under one roof. It hopes to contribute to the country’s progress and industrialization by introducing more dynamic products and programs for the Filipino motoring public harnessing the power of Suzuki’s Way of Life.

Its mother company, Suzuki Motors Corporation is one of only two automotive companies which registered a profit in 2008, posting 30-billion yen in net earnings from its worldwide operations, the largest such earning among automotive companies. It also takes pride in its unbroken track record of consistently profitable operations for the past 30 years, never registering a loss in its annual financial reports.

Globally, Suzuki employs over 45,000 people, has 35 main production facilities in 23 countries, and distributors in 192 countries. Its manufacturing philosophy is grounded on providing value-packed, high-quality products offering both reliability and originality. Suzuki R&D efforts cover a wide range of the latest advances in energy, environment, electronics, communication, information and control applications — all devoted to creating products what will meet the challenges of the next generation.