Proton Satria S2000 makes stunning WRC debut

Some of the spectators are saying it was like a Formula 1 car the way it went through the corners without moving, it was as though they weren’t there.

That and the very steeply raked bonnet gives it good aerodynamics and the combination of those give it that go-kart-like handling.

The engine’s already very strong: it’s a long stroke and a small bore, which gives it a lot of torque compared with the other Super 2000 cars. If you watch the in-car, you can leave it in gear for a lot longer, it doesn’t have such a small power band. We’ve got a 1,500rpm to 2,000rpm power band rather than the 500rpm which is normal. You can drive this thing along the main road at 3,000rpm – that’s how flexible the engine is.

It’s just the right size. It’s only five millimetres higher than it needs to be [for homologation] which makes it just the right length and it’s very low. The car’s only 1.3 metres high.