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Wolfsburg plant tour and Autostadt – k3v’s travel logs part 5

Trying to keep things simple and easy. I don’t think anyone wants to read grandmother stories so I will keep it brief and upload more photos instead but its difficult to cramp everything into one post.

Wolfsburg, the home of Volkswagen where you will find Autostadt (Auto City) and a 6.5km2 is the largest production plant is Germany and even the world (if I heard correctly).  The plant is even bigger Monaco (which is around 2.02km2) houses approximately 70,000 employees working on 3 shifts to produce up to 3,800 vehicles daily.

Wolfsburg population is around 120,000 so your neighbour will likely be your colleague – the joke someone made, the other 50,000 are actually the staff’s family members.

The plant produces Tiguan, Touran, SportVan, Golf variant (included Golf R) and each vehicles takes 16 hours to complete. Standing in front of the majestic factory, the landmark of Wolfsburg ,you can’t help but to be in awe, this, since 1938? Insane awesome.

The factory tour is a must! Autostadt on the hand, contains information on all the brands under Volkswagen group, new and old and also activities. To be honest, i would have spend a day chilling here, the ambient here is awesome, tranquility in the midst of all the technological advancement.

You must not miss the Autostadt Tower tour.

Autostadt tower at night

Brings me back to the Mission Impossible scene of Tom Cruise falling from the carrier. I have a live video uploaded in the group and you can check it out here.

At Autostadt, you can also sign up for the safety driving, tiguan, touareg experience, please bear in mind you will need to book everything in advance, its not expensive but you can expect to spend something like 70-80 euros but since you are there, what’s 80 euro right?

We went for the safety experience, had a chance to drive the E-Golf. It feels like a Golf 1.4tsi to be honest, good low end torque but lacking a bit of “soul” to the engine – sorry I am not an electric car guy, but the digital display is welcoming 🙂

We have to thank you Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia for the special privilege that we received during our visit, needless to say our entry passes were taken care off too and we highly appreciates it.

The city itself, I would say there’s nothing much to do in the evening. We drove around in the evening and its quiet which brings us to the conclusion that everyone is either home sleeping or at the factory doing their shifts.

OK, enough of words, here are the pictures (in no particular order)

Germany / Austria 2018 budget – k3v’s travel logs part 4

We earlier did announced that the trip will cost RM 15,000.00 without flights in the prior announcement of the trip which I acknowledged that may have scared many away. 🙂

Frankly, it was a ballpark figure that we estimated based on a few assumptions;

  1. Nurburgring is a mandatory package for everyone;
  2. Travelling by plane to Wolfsburg and etc vs driving;
  3. Staying at Ritz Carlton Wolfsburg which cost around 500-800 per pax per night;
  4. Meals and packages.

Anyway its done and dusted now but since some of you asked me how much we paid for everything, here is breakdown of cost;

Please note

  1. Costing fluctuates based on exchange rate;
  2. Round up to nearest figures;
  3. Cash expenditure is subjective, depending what you eat/drink;
  4. Hotels are 2-3 stars and no luxury;
  5. Nurburgring package is also subjective to change according to the car selection;
  6. There are other cost like “vignette” which is Austrian toll stickers are not here but its only 10 euros, I lazy to print screen again 😛
  7. Parking cost also not included;
  8. VIP passes to events and etc not included but thanks VPCM for getting us the passes;
  9. Museum passes also not included but they are only 10 euro or less.

Next up, more pictures on Autostadt / Ingolstadt / Munich (blahh… probably skip this one) / Stuttgart and Nurburging plus some post-mortem thoughts on the trip.

Worthersee 2018 finally! – k3v’s travel log part 3

Having planned this trip for more than 6 months, flew more than 10,000km, drove 4 hours from Munich and we are finally here!! Exhausted from the flight but the atmosphere here is uplifting. Volkswagen fans all around Europe and some say the world (that includes us) are in this small little space of Reifnitz; so much passion, I regret immediately that we are to leave on the 12th whereas the finale of the event is on the 13th.

You can see everything from Polo / Golf / Passat / Beetle / Jetta / Kombi / Karmann Ghia / Audis / Porsches, you name it! Its all here.

30 Euros is what you need to drive into Reifnitz

I don’t want to go too much into texts, I took many pictures so I am going to just post them here for your viewing pleasure. Will go back to the “experience” later on with a post trip summary- still fighting the jet lag and upset cause my luggage is missing.

The Polo GTI R5

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The Golf GTI TCR concept

The TCR

Random Walkabout

Worthersee 2018 – k3v’s travel log part 2

First leg of the journey is Munich to Worthersee! Don’t you just love Google? I remember those days that my dad drove to Phuket from Ipoh with my mom relying on a piece of map and half of the time, trying to figure out if you should turn left or right.

Now you can turn on the GPS even to the market – to avoid jam and “other” information that is. Well, it works to our advantage, driving in foreign country made easy.

Don’t ask me who’s that dude. I don’t even recognise him anymore

First of all, before you embark on a trip when you will be driving, please get yourself an international driving license. You do not need to take any examination, all you need is to go to the JPJ with the required documentation and your photograph, pay RM 150 for a year and its done.

For more information, please refer to JPJ website here

Since GPS is going to be the primary assistance while travelling, I would recommend getting a global roaming simcard . Actually this is my first time using this service, I reckon you can obtain a better deal of simcard in destination countries but I couldn’t find any SIM service information on the web for Europe, so its better be safe than sorry.

While I was travelling around in Taiwan, I bought an unlimited data simcard, it was insane value deal. I can’t remember exact but it should be RM60 or RM 70 for 5 days. I used the card for my GPS and spotify all trip long.

It will be useful also bring along car charger and a car phone holder and for this trip, I am bringing my Iphone 6 for navigation and Iphone X for photo / video. You can rent GPS from the car rental company but I prefer to use my Google maps for updated information.

In a summary, these are the items that you should have with you when travelling abroad

  1. international driver license;
  2. Simcard or if you are don’t mind paying for roaming data, can skip this one;
  3. Phone or GPS
  4. Car phone holder and charger

Till next update.

 

Worthersee 2018 – k3v’s travel log part 1

Its T-3 days and we will be heading to Worthersee, Austria for the biggest and most celebrated Veedub event in Europe, some say the world. Despite the excitement, I can’t help but to feel a little disappointed with drop out of headcounts.

We received high interest for the trip initially which lead us to kick-start the plan but eventually, met a stumbling block when we found out that Nurburgring was not available during our travelling dates because of Nurburgring 24 hours which is a mega annual event at the ring.

So, we moved the travelling dates earlier so we can do a “one-stone kill two birds” Worthersee and Nurburgring together and then PRU14 election announcement came and wreck the entire itinerary – if we leave for Nurburgring on the 4th (we will be at the RING on the 5th, which is the only day available for public so we were told). That means we will not make it back for PRU14 because Worthersee starts 9th of May.

I guess it was the sequence of events that is inevitable and eventually, our only option is to fly on the 9th after we have done our voting and even that, we will only arrive on the 10th. That means we will miss the opening program.

Nevertheless, the show must go on and like they say, better be late than never. However, my prayers will be with Malaysia! and be blessed with the best outcome during this PRU14.

For this trip, I will be travelling this time with only 2 other mates to Worthersee and I am glad we managed to secure an introductory program on the 18th to the ring. Much to learn from this trip and hopefully we can make this an annual event for the club.

For the benefit of those new to Volkswagen, here’s a good video by Format 67 to get a sense of what all this is about and why many people travel across Europe to Worthersee. The passion of GTI comes to life every year at Worthersee!

I am super excited that we are going to spend 10 days in Germnay covering places like Worthersee, Wolfsburg. Autostadt, Ingolstadt, Stuttgart, Nurburgring and finally Frankfurt before we depart for KL.

There are a lot of things going on my mind, especially the driving part which is a total of 2600km distance to complete the entire trip. The thing that bugs me is that 9 hours drive from Worthersee to Wolfsburg which should take a toll – no pun intended and hopefully the autobahn will be nice to us.

If anything, I reckoned that the route should have been Munich – Worthersee – Ingolstadt and then Wolfsburg -> Dortmund and then Nurburgring as opposed to the current route, which we are back tracking to Ingolstadt after Wolfsburg.

Well, like I said, a lot of trial and errors and next year will definitely be a better one – so those of you keen of joining me next year, time to start saving.

Those would like to follow our adventures, watch this space! Follow our instagram @vwclubmalaysia or my personal instagram @k3v_7r and also VWClubMalaysia Facebook Group.

VWClubMalaysia Annual Trip – Road to Wörthersee / Wolfsburg

For Volkswagen fans around the world, the name Wörthersee is no stranger. It is one the biggest Volkswagen gathering in Europe and to many Volkswagen die-hard fans in Europe, its a pilgrimage journey to the “holy” grounds.

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Credit Google Image

Coming May 2018, VWClubMalaysia will be making its way to the largest Volkswagen gathering at Wörthersee for 3 nights, 1000km drive to the Wolfsburg plant for the ultimate Volkswagen experience.

Costing and Itinerary for the trip is as follows:

Public Release Itinerary and Cost V2

If you are interested to join us, please email us at info@vwclubmalaysia.com for participation form. We have limited space available and we will do our best to fit everyone in.

However, if you are one of the lucky winners of Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia’s WIN A TRIP TO WORTHERSEE GTI FEST 2018, we will see you there!! Interested in participating in the contest? Read on!

For the first time ever, and in conjunction with the upcoming launch of the new Golf family, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) is offering fans in Malaysia the chance to win the trip of a lifetime to the annual Wörthersee GTI Festival in Austria.

The contest is divided into two rounds. In Round One, participants are required to answer 10 Golf-related questions in the fastest time, and the top three fastest participant will advance to the Grand Finale. The Grand Finale promises to be a nail-biting experience, as the three finalists will be battling it out in a Live Quiz finale at the Volkswagen Tour happening in 1 Utama Shopping Centre on the 31st of March 2018.

The grand prize? An all-expense paid trip for two to join the thousands of GTI fans around the world in Austria!

So rev up, and take on the ultimate Golf challenge!

Additional details are as below:

ROUND 1:

  • Participants are required to register and complete their personal details on Volkswagen Malaysia’s website (https://www.volkswagen.com.my/GTIWorthersee)
  • The contest will run from 20th March till 27th March, at 11:59pm
  • Participants may take part in a practice round to familiarize themselves with the mechanics as many times, before they begin the Quiz.
  • Participants are required to answer a set of 10 multiple choice questions in the fastest amount of time.
  • Each participant may submit multiple entries during the contest period.
  •  Three (3) finalists will be selected to compete in the Grand Finale.

ROUND 2 (GRAND FINALE):
(Live Quiz Round, 1Utama Shopping Centre)

  • Three finalists will compete head-to-head in a live quiz hosted at the Volkswagen Tour in 1Utama Shopping Centre on the 31st March 2018.
  • The Winner will be selected based on the fastest time, the most number of correct answers, subject to the decision by the panel of judges and announced at the event.

See you at Wörthersee!

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 Experience

Originally named as a “review” post but I guess, its a little bit too serious when you say its a review. Experience seems more appropriate, after all, I don’t have any equipment to scientifically quantify my findings.

I have used a few sets of tyres across price range, I personally can’t tell which is better in terms of rating – actually, i think that’s BS coming from someone like me,  rating a set of tyre 1-10 if its not measured scientifically.

Which is why, I have left this post in “draft” since 2017; I couldn’t finish this posting because I find it difficult to rate something that I can’t quantify, so instead, let talk about my 2017 experience with Goodyear Asymmetric 3.

Wet Performance

Long ago, I have had the Goodyear Asymmetric 2 as well and also a big fan of it. I love it because of its wet and dry grip. I think we all can agree that most incidents happen when its wet or when there is insufficient contact to the ground and rarely when its dry.

Prior to having the Asymmetric 3 (A3), I have had cheaper tyres on – I have nothing against cheap tyres but it rains and you are travelling around 110km/h, hydroplaning is not something you want to happen.

I am not saying expensive tyres doesn’t hydroplane but in my experience, it happens less and I believe in what you pay, is what you get. No offense, just my personal opinion.

Anyway, AWD or Quattro, once you start hydroplaning, there is a high chance it wouldn’t end pretty. Fortunately for me, I managed to escaped unscathed previously and since then I have always preferred bigger names in the industry.

I managed to get a set of 235/35/19 Goodyear Asymmetric 3 and after installation,  the boys and I went for a damp night drive. I was impressed, it felt more consistent vs. prior set of tyres in damp conditions which definitely fuels my confidence. Those of you who have heard about the story of a Golf R down karak at high speed that evening in the damp is probably true.

Honestly, if you ask me how this performs vs. similar category of tyres, I can’t give you an answer but I can say this set of tyres, grips well not only damp but also in the wet.

Dry Performance

So about 6000 km ownership, on a very last minute decision , we brought the Golf 7R in as a “taxi” (some say fake taxi) for VWClubMalaysia October 2017 track day – because my GTI wasn’t ready in time and the Golf 7R is already running on A3, it was the perfect choice.

What started as a fun ride, ended up being a time trial with Jay Choong on the wheel. Jay Choong is no stranger to the motorsport scene and often regarded as a fast driver.

He was skeptical that the 300 treadwear A3 is capable of dipping under 2.34s, not with stock brakes, street coilovers, full interior with no camber settings done.

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His mission of the day was to taxi participants but clocking 2.36s on his first lap, with a passenger, things escalated quickly and he ditched his taxi riders for a well deserved 2.32s solo hot lap.

For some of you who are not into motorsport, the same Golf 7R has gone through many time trials, which we have managed to clock 2.27s best using an ultra high performance (UHP) 180 treadwear tyres with a track coilovers, big brake kit setup and slight interior lightening.

Comfort and Noise

To be honest, when you run 235/35/19, you wouldn’t expect much comfort from it and its hard to put a notch on the scale for this. I am not going to BS anyone, half of the community knows I have a loud exhaust setup, the blow off valve that sounds like a whale breathing, so what noise?

On the other hand, I do appreciate at times when you put on “jazz” mode on Spotify and it does not have that humming note like those 180 UHP tyres.

Conclusions

I like the A3 for its all rounder performance, in fact, I was going to get another set of tyres for my 18″ setup, but haven’t got to it because I am trying to gear up for my trip to Wolfsburg (next post, I will talk about this).

Tyres usage / feedback can vary by individual but what I feel makes the A3 a good contender in the comfort / performance segment is wet condition performance over 180UHP rivals and the fact is hums less is a bonus to me.

If you have read all the way to here, thank you! Today’s generation of youth wouldn’t have made this far, apparently, a video with anything more than 3 minutes is too long 😛

Take care and drive safe folks. Till the next blog post. We are heading to Worthersee!! Yay!

Edit : The Goodyear Asymmetric 3 is 300, not 200 as I mentioned earlier.

Newbies Guide to Ulu Yam

The name Ulu Yam is no stranger to Klang Valley’s motoring enthusiasts; some calls it the Nurburgring of Malaysia. From the petrol station, Petronas that we normally gather till Genting Skyway is a 42km of one of the best b-road Malaysia has to offer.

The short drive from the city centre and neighboring satellite towns  makes it an even more attractive destination among motoring fans. However, as many of us are often “highway” drivers, so I have decided to pen down a simple guide and also to set some convoy rules.

The thing that I liked about Ulu Yam (actually its Jalan Hulu Yam – Batang kali – Genting) morning drive, is you can go home by 9am and no one will miss you but before I go on, please read this part with care.

  1. Safety is no 1 priority, there are no exceptions to this rule;
  2. I urge all participants to consider wearing appropriate wear such as shoes;
  3. Wearing shoes for driving, ensures that your sandals wouldn’t get in the way when you need to brake;
  4. Make sure your car and brakes are good conditions;
  5. No overtaking within the convoy;
  6. We are not racing, no prizes given for first to arrive;
  7. Any misconduct will be banned from future drives.

A safety briefing will also be done prior to departure so that we can repeat the above. If you have multi-frequency walkie talkies, please bring it.

I normally break the drive into 3 sections, my friends call them stages so we have stage 1 / 2 / 3 but in no reference to difficulty or whatsoever. From the map below, you can see that I have created 3 sections between point A to B and C.

Starting from point A, each red marker denotes the beginning of a section and subsequently Points starting from 1 in each section. Click on them and check out the description. I suggest you enlarge the map for easier overview.

If you are a smartphone map user – some people can’t drive without maps, not a bad thing but in case you are, set your destination to Genting Skyway and guarantee you wouldn’t lose your way unless your smart phone screws up.

Section 1 (all point below are in reference to the map above)

  1. The first part of the drive is a bit tricky because it comprises of a few tight bends and overtaking is limited due to blind corners. Please be patience when overtaking and always overtake one at a time!
  2. In section 1 there are a few long straights which allow you to overtake, please make full use of it;
  3. When you reach the point where you see people collecting “sky water”, you will start descending to a sweeping bend. The roads are wide here but you will descending on higher than normal speed so you need to be careful;
  4. After the bend, you will come to another long straight which will put a smile to any speed junkies but again, I caution you to watch your speed;
  5. Right after the long straight, you will come to long right hook, please see Section 1 Point 5 on map, please be careful;
  6. Hulu Yam town entry, please do not speed in town and please do not show off your exhaust inside the town;
  7. Check Point, please do not miss this turning. Its right after 7-11 on the right. Follow the road and you will come to a traffic light, you will need to turn right.

Note : Might have road blocks near the town and after check point.

Section 2 

  1. After right turn, there’s a long straight coming to a sharp right turn. Watch your speed;
  2. Watch out for double apex;
  3. This small corner looks harmless but the corners are a rather tight, watch your speed. Our car tends to under-steer and at tight corners, you may find yourself crossing to the other side;
  4. If you are caught behind traffic, this is a good place to overtake as there are two long straights back to back;
  5. Right after you cross a small bridge, you will enter into Section 3

Section 3

Congratulations, you have made it this far but the drive is not over.

  1. After you cross the bridge, you will begin to ascend in dual lane. The dual lane is approximately 1km length and if you are caught behind traffic, this is the best time to overtake. Watch out for incoming traffic, they may lose control and crash into you.

After the lane merges, you will have less opportunity to overtake but its ok, you will be reaching the final check point at Genting Skyway. While section 3 looks easy enough, accidents most likely happen around here because drivers going in to corners too fast and lose control.

We will stop under the bridge for a break before deciding which mamak we are heading to.

Again, I urge drivers to mind their speed, we are not racing! Drive safe is more fun than not arriving safe.

I hope the above is sufficient information for those new to the Ulu Yam drive.  Thank you for your cooperation and making our drive safe and I am looking forward to see you.

A New Beginning

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It was a devastating weekend for the committee members.

On Friday, 27 Oct 2017, we lost our facebook group which has clocked close to 17,000 members for no apparent reason. No warning was given to us or any explanation from Facebook thus far on why the group just gone missing. We thought we were hacked, our pockets did the delete and even a conspiracy theory but Google tells us, this is a common issue.

Your groups could be next! but this certainly, not new to me. In the past 6 years of existence, we had our forum database wiped our twice and thinking that we will be safe from this disaster by putting our trust on Facebook, seems to be yet another disaster.

From what I read from Google and etc, this is not reversible, none of the reported case have managed to recover their group; there is basically nothing we can do except to build the group again.

Ironically, while I spent Friday night watching Thor: Ragnarok (spoiler alert!) with despair; thank you to VPCM for the tickets, I took home a message. “Asgard was never about the place, anywhere can be Asgard but without its people, Asgard is nothing.”

Thank you Marvel / Thor / Odin /Hulk / Loki / Stan Lee / whoever that was trying to send the message over, for the enlightenment (LOL), we will rebuild VWClubMalaysia. We have lost our home  and but we are not without the people!

I think this sounds better over the stage than on a blog, “macam yes” and if you think I am crazy, you are wrong! I am just trying to stay positive.

Come join us at www.vwclubmalaysia.com to rebuild the community and share your passion for brand!

Pre-Detonation, Knocking and RON Rating

First of all, I am not thermodynamics engineer and I am not in the oil and gas industry but I read a lot online and I have seen many people posting on our Facebook Group about the usage of RON95 and RON97 and its effect on Volkswagen cars – some even compared it to Naturally Aspirated (N.A) cars they previously own.

Trying to put everything as layman as possible  so that we don’t need a degree to understand the relationship between Pre-Detonation and Ron Rating.

If you are up for it, the internet is really an awesome place to find answer, you can literally find everything online and that makes illustration and explanation so much easier.

Let’s have a look this particular illustration of how engine works;

Source : https://animagraffs.com/how-a-car-engine-works/

Take note of the process of 2/3 – This is where octane rating matters and the debate of “knocking”comes into play.

Octane rating is a measure of fuel performance; the higher number, the more compression (and heat) the fuel can take before it auto-ignite / pre-detonation, a detonation other than ignition spark. When fuel auto-ignites, it creates ping/knocking to pistons and on a long term basis will damage piston rings and in some severe cases melt pistons.

Power is produced during power stroke, the further a piston can travel in its compression stroke, the more power it produces. All these processes are controlled within ECU’s parameter; fuel-air mixture (air fuel ratio), boost and ignition timing. The higher timing means the pistons will travel further in its compression stroke but this is irrelevant because we are talking about a stock car and not a tuned car. Any turbo car with chiptuning on it will benefit from higher RON (community service reminder that chiptuning will void your warranty blah blah blah…. ).

Ok before I get carried away, so what does all these means?

  1. Higher Ron rating lowers chances of pre-detonation means less chances of knocking but if you car engine is designed for lower RON, then you should not have issue;
  2. Does using higher RON means more power? Theoretically no, unless you have advanced ignition timing but we have seen dyno results of GTI running on higher RON 97 better off than a RON95;
  3. Does using higher RON means better fuel consumption? Theoretically, higher octane fuel running on engine designed for lower octane can result in incomplete combustion and worse off fuel consumption.

The million dollar question, is your Volkswagen car safe with RON 95? A stock car tuned for RON 95 usage obviously means acceptable ignition timing, proper AFR which allows spark ignition before any pre-detonation. If so, why do we hear stock cars having blown pistons?

  • Could it be a pistons design flaw or;
  • Wrong Fuel Air mixture (too lean) for our fuel and climate or;
  • Climate too hot causing too much pre-detonation for a turbo car or;
  • Maybe owners are not educated about misfiring (causing knocking) and they continue to drive causing damage to pistons.

I leave you to connect the dot but I can tell you from experience, a number of 1.4tsi on RON 95 with extensive timing retard (knocking) but runs perfectly fine after changing spark plugs and coilpacks.

I can tell you there are owners continue to push their car despite misfiring and blew their piston (stock cars).

I can tell you too that a stock 1.4tsi AFR is quite lean – possibly to get the desired fuel consumption from the numerous dyno session we used to have.

I can tell you that CAVE/CAVD engines have piston revisions but what I can’t tell you is how to spend your money. The difference in savings between 95 and 97 is quite substantial over time but more importantly, if you have misfiring symptom, please do not take it lightly.

Throttle off, pull over and take out your phone and dial 1-800-88-2389. Stay safe and happy motoring.