Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Happenings: RENAULT DRIVING EXPERIENCE EVENT is added to the most recent RENAULT TRACK DAY at Sepang
TC Euro Cars (TCEC), the sole franchise holder of Renault vehicles in Malaysia, had once again organised the Renault Track Day for its customers recently. This time, instead of the faster Renaults having fun, i.e the likes of the Megane RS and the Clio RS owners going round Sepang very fast they added something called the ‘Renault Driving Experience’ event for Renault owners (and prospective customers too).
Held at the Sepang International Circuit, the ‘Renault Driving Experience’ event is an extension of the Renault Track Day, which has been held a few times a year since 2010. This latest addition aims to promote road safety while offering enhanced ownership experience to Renault owners in Malaysia.
The event was organised in order to help raise awareness of and impart practical skills necessary for safe driving for Renault owners. This is basically the first time TCEC had organised a defensive driving course for Renault Captur and Fluence owners here in Malaysia.
Well, I like it because this time the regular Joes get to play around with their Renault Fluence and Capturs as well as learn some useful driving skills especially how their cars react at their limits. Not as intense as the RenaultSport fellas who get to wring their cars over at the track. But at least they get to do fun things too.
Learning the basics...
Avoiding cones in a Renault Fluence
Stomping on the brake pedal hard in a Renault Captur results in a stance like this...
Track Day scenes
RENAULT DRIVING EXPERIENCE EVENT – ENHANCING OWNERSHIP EXPERIENCE WHILE RAISING ROAD SAFETY AWARENESS
Kuala Lumpur, – TC Euro Cars (TCEC), the sole franchise holder of Renault vehicles in Malaysia, recently organised the ‘Renault Driving Experience’ event, which aims to promote road safety while offering enhanced ownership experience to Renault owners in Malaysia
Held at the Sepang International Circuit, the ‘Renault Driving Experience’ event is an extension of the Renault Track Day, which has been held a few times a year since 2010. Designed to offer enhanced ownership experience for Renault Sport owners, the high-speed track sessions provide these motorsports fans with an opportunity to hone their driving skills in a safe environment while building camaraderie amongst fellow car enthusiasts.
To raise awareness of and impart practical skills necessary for safe driving, TCEC has for the first time, organised a defensive driving course for Renault Captur and Fluence owners.
“We wanted to better equip our customers with some key defensive driving skills, as many traffic collisions can be avoided if drivers are better prepared to react to various scenarios and conditions on the road,” said Kuan Kim Luen, CEO, TC Euro Cars. “The Track Day sessions have been well received by Renault Sport owners. Now with an expanding line-up of mainstream Renault vehicles, we wanted to engage with customers of these models as well and enhance their ownership experience.
According to a 2015 World Health Organisation (WHO) report, while the worldwide number of road traffic deaths have plateaued at 1.25 million, road traffic injuries are now the leading cause of death among young people aged 15-29 years.
“Road safety is a very serious matter and highly relevant to our business. The aim of the defensive driving course is to help raise awareness of safe driving practices and techniques, especially among the increasing number of young drivers in the country, to help reduce fatalities and injuries caused by traffic accidents,” said Kuan.
The Renault Defensive Driving Experience started off with a theory lesson about the importance of having clear vision by studying the road ahead, understanding oversteering and understeering, the importance of using indicators and all occupants fastening safety belts, tips on highway driving, driving in the rain including not using hazard lights while driving in heavy rain, as well as other general dos and don’ts.
Participants were also taught the correct seat and driving positioning, which is essential for having complete control over the car. They were shown how they should sit close enough to the steering wheel to be able to place their wrists on top of it with arms outstretch while being able to depress the brake pedal fully, which puts them in a better position to react should an emergency happen.
The course also covered Renault safety features such as Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
During the practical session, participants experienced the full benefits of skid and stability control with the ESC in handling understeer or oversteer situations. At the same time, they were educated on the correct hand positioning on the steering wheel (at three and positions), which enables quicker and more direct inputs, in addition to how to properly execute a cross steer to make quick sharp turns, useful for situations such as quick obstacle avoidance.
The participants also experienced the capabilities of ABS first hand to demonstrate the effectiveness of the system which allows them to retain control even while slamming hard on the brakes. This exercise then evolved to simulate an emergency lane-change manoeuvre where participants had to steer left and right before braking to a complete stop. Last but not least is the typically eventful slalom exercise, which allowed participants to combine and practise all the defensive driving techniques they had learned throughout the course.
A total of 30 Renault owners participated in the defensive driving course, which was divided into two sessions – one in the morning and the second in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, 25 Renault Sport owners attended the track session to put their skills and vehicle performance to the test in as many adrenaline-pumping laps around the track as they could complete within the allocated four-hour session in the morning.
Throughout the session, these track enthusiasts, with their Megane R.S., Clio R.S. and even a couple of limited-edition Megane R.S. 275 Trophy R, eagerly checked their lap times often, not only to see how they performed against other vehicles, but also to beat their personal records.
In the end, the best recorded lap times among the owners were 2:33.527. Their achievement underscores how Renault Sport’s expertise and technologies deliver on high performance that showcases true racing DNA.
For first-time drivers, instructors were also available to provide guidance on driving and handling while tackling the track.
Meanwhile, several prospective buyers had the opportunity to experience the performance and handling of Renault Sport cars when they were taken on ‘taxi rides’ around the circuit by professional drivers.
TCEC intends to hold the Renault Driving Experience on a yearly basis to offer track day sessions as well as the defensive driving course for Renault Sport and Renault owners in Malaysia.
For more information about Renault in Malaysia, please visit www.renault.com.my or www.facebook.com/RenaultMalays