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Showing posts with label Track Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Track Day. Show all posts

Monday, March 6, 2023

First Drive: 2023 Honda Civic Type R

I made a mistake as I was doing my third lap around the Clark International Speedway. For the first two, I concentrated on following the proper racing line (indicated by a series of cones) and minding my shift points. This time, however, as I passed the 150-meter brake marker board at the start-finish straight, I glanced down at my speedometer: 160 km/h. Holy crap. My balls were literally in my throat, as I scrubbed off some off that speed into turn one. With just a nudge of the steering wheel (no sawing necessary), the Honda Civic Type R swung in without drama; not a hint of tire screech nor hesitation. This, I thought, is what real stuff is made of.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

We Drove the 2020 Mazda3 1.5 Elite Back-to-Back with the Honda Civic 1.8 E

Mazda isn’t hiding the fact that they think majority of Mazda3 buyers will go straight for the 2.0 Premium models. With that, it comes as no surprise that the entry-level 1.5 Elite doesn’t see as much coverage as its sexier top-trim sibling. But leave it to the guys at Mazda Philippines to bring a base 1.5 Elite sedan along for this road trip; and they even brought some good company: the Honda Civic 1.8 E.

Friday, March 15, 2019

2019 Motul 300V Superfast a Success; Reveals Fastest Cars During the Event

The second staging of the Motul 300V Superfast event was a resounding success as the country’s fastest supercars and tuner cars took to the Clark International Speedway in a flurry of speed.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Ducati Open Trackday Brings in World Superbike Champion Carlos Checa

Ducati Philippines has announced that Ducati MotoGP rider and World Superbike Champion Carlos Checa will be in the Philippines for the Panigale V4 Experience which will be held at the Clark International Speedway this November 21 to 23, 2018.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

3 Simple Tips to Help Novice Drivers Get Accustomed to the Race Track

Since 2003, MINI drivers around the world have been learning more about their cars’ famed go-kart handling at the MINI Driving Experience.  Whatever the location, whatever the track, the underlying principle is the same: by learning how to handle their car at the extreme, drivers will ultimately become better and safer drivers in everyday traffic.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Motul Philippines Holds Super Fast Track Day

An estimated 80 supercars and more than 110 tuned cars took to the track to celebrate the first Motul 300V Super Fast Track Day.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

First Drive: Honda Civic Type R

There are two schools of thought surrounding the Civic Type R. On one hand, there are those who believe it’s the pinnacle of Honda’s engineering achievement—a technical tour-de-force built with the very best that carmaker could offer. On the other, there are the skeptics who think it can’t be better than an all-wheel drive sports sedan with a bright blue paint job. Heading into this track experience, I belonged squarely to the latter. But an afternoon at the Clark International Speedway was enough to sway my convictions—the hype is most definitely real.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Aston Martin Owner's Club Holds First Track Day

True to the ethos of delivering unrivaled quality service and expertise, Aston Martin Manila organized the inaugural Aston Martin Track Day for the Aston Martin Owners Club – Manila (AMOC-Manila) members at the Clark International Speedway.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Volkswagen Philippines Holds Track Day for Golf GTI Owners; Introduces Oettinger Kit and ABT Package

Volkswagen Philippines recently held the “Volkswagen Driving Experience” for its Golf GTI owners and potential customers at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

MINI Philippines Holds Track Day Event for All-New Clubman

Recently, MINI Philippines put the all-new Clubman through its paces at a track day event held at the Clark International Speedway in Angeles, Pampanga. Inviting over a hundred participants from the MINI Car Club to prospective buyers, the Clubman was undoubtedly the center of attention during the whole day event.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Masterpiece: 2016 Mazda MX-5 2.0 Skyactiv on the Race Track

Photos by Ulysses Ang
The Mona Lisa is something you admire for the way it looks. Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony is something you admire for the way it sounds. Robuchon’s food is something you admire for the way it tastes. Although these things can move you, the experience is rarely encompassing. In truth, any of these engage just one of the five senses. This is what makes cars special. They are, by nature, a multisensory experience.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Good Stuff: Porsche World Road Show 2015

Photos by Ulysses Ang and Porsche Philippines Press
Porsche is a name now eponymous with style and speed. Throughout the decades, the dream makers in Stuttgart have come up with objects of desire. But for all the talk about their design and brevity, there’s one thing that ties all of them together: engineering. At the core of every 911, every Cayenne, every Panamera lies precision work making them feel like they’ve been cut from the same piece of cloth—a cloth dipped in both heritage and tradition, in ingenuity and cleverness.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Beyond the Limit: Porsche Tracks the 911 Turbo S and 911 GT3

Photos by Ulysses Ang and Porsche Press
On the moon. At the north pole. In the deepest jungle. There isn’t a place where someone hasn’t already been and opened up new territory, raised the flag, and written history. You can follow their example or leave your own tracks. For Porsche, the answer has always been obvious: it’s in the company DNA to take new routes which question what was once cast in stone. Where others give up, that’s where their engineers begin. The all-new 911 Turbo S and 911 GT3 are testaments to engineering a tradition, a tradition of leaving the beaten path.

Monday, August 18, 2014

From Track to Street: Michelin Pilot Sport Experience 2014

Photos by Ulysses Ang and Michelin Press
Michelin has always believed that the best test bed for its tires is motorsports. For more than a century, Michelin has been committed to bring exceptional performance through tires in every racing principle it participates in from Formula One to the 24 Hours of Le Mans to the World Rally Championship. Through the spirit of competition, the French tire brand has developed ‘Michelin Total Performance’, a philosophy that combines seemingly conflicting virtues into one cohesive ideology that dictates each and every tire that they produce. Through its research and development, including grueling tests on the world’s most demanding race tracks, Michelin has managed to combine exceptional grip without compromises to longevity and fuel economy.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

First Drive: 2014 Nissan Sylphy and Nissan Altima

Nissan is back in the Philippines and back big time. This seems to be the unequivocal message as the revitalized Nissan Philippines brought its two newest offerings, the Sylphy and Altima to the Clark International Speedway for the company’s first major event: the Nissan Spin.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

First Drive: 2014 Subaru WRX and WRX STI

Photos by Ulysses Ang
UPDATE 1: Full review of Subaru WRX CVT and WRX MT.

UPDATE 2: Full review of Subaru WRX STI Premium.

It’s not every day you get excited about a car even before it was officially launched. In my case, the anticipation for the all-new 2014 Subaru WRX and WRX STI was so high, I was literally begging on my knees to be one of the first to get my hands behind one. Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru in the Philippines, literally whetted my appetite to the point where I was salivating like a rabid dog thanks to all the carefully planned teasers including bringing over the WRX Concept to Manila. Everything turned full circle as they held the regional launch of the WRX and WRX STI in Manila—the first time the country played host to our 9 Asian neighbors for quite some time. (For the complete specs, click here).

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Motorsports in Their Blood: PGA Cars Holds Driving Experience, Inaugurates the Audi-Porsche Motorsports Lounge

PGA Cars, the exclusive distributor of Audi and Porsche, among other luxury marques, treated some customers to try out their precision machines in the safety of a racetrack. For a day, the Clark International Speedway became a high-speed playground as it hosted the PGA Cars Driving Experience—the first of many according to PGA Cars Sales Director Mr. Lito Jose.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Black is the New Green: Bridgestone Launches New Generation Ecopia Tires

Photos by Ulysses Ang
BANGKOK, THAILAND—Today, every carmaker has weighed in on technology which aims to make their automobiles greener. Almost every aspect of a vehicle—from its aerodynamics to its engine, transmission, and even suspension have all been meticulously engineered to extract a couple more extra kilometers out of every drop of fuel. Now, one of the most important, yet neglected parts in a vehicle, the tires, is getting a “green” makeover courtesy of the new-generation Ecopia tires from Bridgestone.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

First Drive: 2013 Lexus IS 350 and IS 350 F Sport

Photos by Ulysses Ang and Lexus Press
It takes balls to launch an all-new car on the race track, much less drive it before it’s unveiled to the public. Why? Well, for one, it’s easier for enthusiasts to pass judgment on the car based solely on their experience flogging it on the track. And second, track driving typically magnifies a car’s weakness and can even reduce a perceived strength. In short, it’s a tight rope walk—toeing the fine line between expectation and reality. And where 99 percent of cars fail, the all-new Lexus IS 350 succeeds, managing to exceed expectations by a whole quarter mile.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The BMW Driving Experience 2013: The Video

Just a couple of weeks back, Asian Carmakers Corporation, the Philippines's exclusive distributor of BMW automobiles and motorcycles in the country took a select number of journalists on a high horsepower ride in the BMW Driving Experience at the Clark International Speedway. Though words and photos are okay, only a video will do the event justice.

So without further adieu, here's what happened during this exhilarating ride. Until next year!