GT Tech Talk - Perodua Alza EZi Super GT LMS-R

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19 May 2017 00:19 - 19 May 2017 09:58 #6895 by StueyB83
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Recently in my travels, I had the rare opportunity to get a rare, up-close look at the Perodua Customer Racing Effort over in Malaysia.

For those who don't know, Perodua is a specialist Auto brand from Malaysia that specialises in radical design focusing on compact size and light weight, yet offering superior roominess and industry leading performance. The Alza is the benchmark of these parameters. It may look like a tame, mini sized people mover but under the skin theres much more to it than that.

I had a look at their 2012 development vehicle that may or may not be appearing on a famous race track near you - they have kept the car's planned activities a secret so I can only speculate from the build where we may end up seeing it terrorise the establishment, such as Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes etc.

As no powertrain photos were allowed, the teams spanners claimed that a 1495000 cubic millimetre N/A engine with DVVT and 10:1 compression sits just ahead of the driver, producing 76000 Watts of power. This is all pre-BoP, of course.

This is mated to a 5 speed gearbox with a special hand-on-sidestick shifting mechanism, with some influence from TRD technology from the 80's.

While the interior can fit 10 people on a good day - and more if you include infants on laps - Perodua worked hard to reduce seating capacity to a more sane 8, which reduces weight and strain. Again, the special tinting made looking into the bespoke racing interior difficult.

I could just make out a light weight plastic and vinyl composite racing steering wheel, with a plethora of controls at the drivers fingertips such as rain wipers and passing lights. Also present were miniature storage bins for the ashes of cigarette - a throw back to James Hunt and the good old days of racing.

What I can cover in great detail was the exterior. And let me tell you - this is full blown race tuned. The words "Fully hectic" don't even touch the sides when probing for a phrase to cover the intensity of development;



As you can see, this is not a program to be taken lightly.

Front:



Perodua's aerodynamicists spent thousands of man hours honing the front of the car to scythe through the air cleanly. The add-on front fenders feature two small lip splitters at either end to optimise front end grip. Stalled air on top of these are fed to cool the high intensity discharge LED race lights.

To further reduce drag, Perodua engineers removed the badge plate. This saves a whopping 0.0001 Cd of drag over the road model. To keep the driver protected, and to save weight, only the front windscreen has UV protection.

The rear view mirrors too, while appearing very large are actually very aero whilst providing the driver an ample view of his pursuing rivals.

The headlights however, are one of the biggest tell tales of the cars potential racing program. While they might appear to be aged by the sun, they are actually special light weight plastic items, custom UV stained in yellow.

Wheels and Brakes;



The Alza is clearly on transport tyres, so the rubber details are not known aside from they are Michelins, but the rims are light weight, race special Enkei items. The lack of a lock-nut allows for fast removal of the wheel during pit stops.

As for the brakes - I'm not sure if they are rusty old sh*t, but to me it looks Perodua has taken the innovative approach of carbon ceramic rear drum brakes - look at the size of those things! I can imagine the water in the drivers eyes ends up on the inside of his visor when he puts on the stoppers.

Another notable item are the rear "flicks" on the rear bumper corners. Again, this is another Perodua Racing innovation - and may change the current trends of putting them on the front corners. I can only assume that they help keep the Alza planted to the ground in off-yaw situations like cornering when the rear wing is at a compromised angle of attack to the wind.

These are mated to colour matched side skirts with a double leading edge profile. The central channel funnels air within its "Valley" and pushes it away from the car just before the rear tyre.

Also evident is further weight reduction by partial removal of the plating on the door handles. This removes 5 grams either side.

Rear;



Here's were it gets interesting.

Perodua focused more effort into weight reduction here - the rear door having an unpainted section in a carbon finish indicating it may well be full carbon on all panels - I cant tell because of factories trademark colour "Long Forgotten Mayonaise White" covers most of the car. In fact, the rear door panel carbon is so thin, it creates the illusion of it appearing to be a sticker that has rippled in sections around the licence plate.

The Alza also has dual rear distance sensors - something Corvette pioneered a few years back on their C7-R's. It also appears to have the Corvette full system as a rear view camera appears to be poking out just above the rear window.

The Rear bumper is awash with aero tech too; Between the imposing exhaust outlets is what Perodua technical staff tell me is a FAUX, single tunnel rear diffuser. I can only guess that FAUX stands for; Fully Aerodynamic Underside Xtremity. Again this is crafted in the paper thin carbon fibre. I don't know if this car has a flat floor. I can only assume so. The gravel was far too rough to have me willingly put the side of my face on it and try peer underneath.

Rear Wing;



Truly the masterpiece of the car, the 3 way adjustable, Unidirectional carbon fibre (though it looks like matte black finished fibreglass) full width rear wing appears to be a tour-de-force of Aerodynamics. It turns laminar flow from the Alza's flat roof into high downforce, giving it grip in high speed turns.

Its deep single chord and scalloped profile indicate many hours spent in the wind tunnel, with the cars radio antennae placed strategically to reduce influence on the flow. The Multiple weathered long-slot phillips head screws allow pit crew to quickly make adjustments in the pits using either a conventional Phillips head screwdriver OR a Flat head item - depending what comes to hand first. Innovative stuff.

Conclusion:

Given the amount of tech in play here I can hazard a rough guess as to where the Alza EZi Super GT LMS-R may choose to dominate;

Yellow tinted headlights?
Additional LED lighting?
Michelin Tyres?
Carbon Bodywork?
Rear Distance closing sensors?
Full width, Single Chord Rear wing?
Rear Diffuser?

All things a GTE car has. All it needs is duct tape around the rear door gaps to make it look like a 2 door.

I can say with 99% certainty that a Perodua assault at Le Mans 2018 is on the cards. Watch your butts Ford and Ferrari.

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19 May 2017 04:54 #6898 by Ryan Lee
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Wow! This project has come out of no where! Do we have a hit on any factory drivers? Good to see the grid being bolstered by more manufacturers, it shows that giving them a World Championship recognition was a good move for the category

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19 May 2017 05:45 - 19 May 2017 05:55 #6899 by RedZedMikey
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LOL :ohmy: :blink: :lol: If you had managed to get behind the scenes at the Perodua Skunkworks Inc. - Black Obsidian Optimum Super Trucks Engineering Department (aka PSI-BOOSTED), you might have seen their prototype twin cab Super Ute that is under development. To be called the PerdUte, the prototype is basically the same chassis, fitted with a twin cab and tray body, utilises the same 1495000cm engine mid mounted in the tray, but is fitted with a pair of turbos stolen off the Managing Directors Nissan Nismo R35 GT-R GT3 track car. Expected to be super laggy down low, the engineers have utilised a VASC control ECU adapted to the 4 pot, and the rev limiter has been switched from a 7500rpm maximum to a 7500rpm minimum.

Absolutely no-one is allowed into the Black Obsidian Research Pyramid other than the team of psychic healing engineers. However, an FIA mole masquerading as a Hungarian gypsy crystal specialist has leaked that the department's prime objective has been to bring the Brock Polariser into the 21st century. This hoped to ensure that the Super Ute has perfect molecular alignment thus allowing every single ponypower to be utilised to its fullest extent. The latest black obsisidian development was expected to create pre-event extremity warmth, thus heating the tyres early, and by dispersing negativity around the ute's body, it was hoped to run -7ยบ camber front and rear whilst relieving the tyres of all stress.

The prototype was expected to cut some demo laps at last years KL City 400 VASC event, but that was cancelled. Late last year PSI-BOOSTED announced they would miss the Superutes demonstration at Clipsal, and then last month, it came to light that they would not be on the grid at the Superutes first event in Townsville. Notably, VASC subsequently cancelled the Clipsal demo and the Townsville race. We were then told that the PerdUte would be revealed at the 2018 Malaysian GP at Sepang; following which Sepang management announced that they were closing their F1 contract a year early. Persistent rumour has it that neither the PerdUte nor the Superute series it hoped to dominate will ever see the light of day ...

Facts quoted in this post may not be actual facts, and the writer may have been affected by a lack of sleep and/or a pot of Baileys. Oh yeah, and it's amazing the crap you find on the net when you get on a roll! Black Obsidian
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19 May 2017 08:22 - 19 May 2017 15:56 #6902 by StueyB83
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Ryan Lee wrote: Wow! This project has come out of no where! Do we have a hit on any factory drivers? Good to see the grid being bolstered by more manufacturers, it shows that giving them a World Championship recognition was a good move for the category


From what I heard, Fairuz Fauzys next door neighbour has been slated as the first pilot - an Uber driver that got 7 members of the Perodua brass to the airport 3 minutes under the arrival time estimated by Google in his regular Alza.

Also rumbings of some style of PlayStation Academy set-up, rumours being the platform will be Nigel Mansell's World Championship Racing on the first gen Nintendo Gameboy.

The last driver is slated to come from our shores - Perodua talent scouts being very, very interested in a Sports Prototype Series racer Adam Cranston, who could potentially provide a strong funding base to get the project really rolling - which they are struggling with at the moment because 3 of the cars 4 wheels bearings are shot.

Alex Yoong also tried out but word is he's just not fast enough.

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19 May 2017 09:34 - 19 May 2017 10:49 #6904 by StueyB83
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RedZedMikey wrote: Absolutely no-one is allowed into the Black Obsidian Research Pyramid other than the team of psychic healing engineers. However, an FIA mole masquerading as a Hungarian gypsy crystal specialist has leaked that the department's prime objective has been to bring the Brock Polariser into the 21st century. This hoped to ensure that the Super Ute has perfect molecular alignment thus allowing every single ponypower to be utilised to its fullest extent.


The Alza project was apparently going to use a Polariser as part of 3 hybrid systems - which are being tested ahead of a LMP1 project slated for 2055.

The first is the polariser, although now in a compact form that hangs from the rear view mirror in the cabin. It may or may not also feature a dream catcher at the end for extra oomph.

The second system diverts the battery energy normally allocated to the road cars AM Radio, a feeds it into the cars air conditioning, called a "Perodua Heating And Refrigeration Terminal". The science behind it says that the more energy and oomph you put into your PHART, the better it fills the entire cabin. The downside is a bit of moisture may quickly form around the blower in some conditions.

One of the Perodua Engineers tried the PHART in his fully loaded Alza, and says that every member of his family could most definitely feel it through out the car.

The last Hybrid system is the real kicker; Perodua Intergrated System Scavenging - Torque And Kinetic Energy Recovery). Details are thin on the ground, but apparently the engineers involved in the PISS-TAKER project are behind schedule and a bit of a black hole for money, much to the frustration of Perodua's Executives who don't want to harbour a negative public image by not spending on Hybrid Technologies, but at the same time are unsure how so many empty tiger lager bottles could possibly be required for melting down to build the systems fragile crystalline core.

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19 May 2017 17:19 #6910 by Miguel
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Everyone, I think Stu's taking the piss at us.

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19 May 2017 18:07 #6911 by Ryan Lee
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Miguel wrote: Everyone, I think Stu's taking the piss at us.


Im calling BS!

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19 May 2017 20:28 #6912 by chatswood47
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Ryan Lee wrote:

Miguel wrote: Everyone, I think Stu's taking the piss at us.


Im calling BS!


I'm not!

One of the parent companies is actually Toyota so this could actually be a new manufacturer joining Virgin Supercars .
Well just about every other manufacturer has been touted as a red hot bet to join Supercars so why not Malaysia's second biggest car manufacture after Proton. :P

Too old for women so it's cars and truffles from now on.
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