Below is a copy of the press release that they sent me yesterday:
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PETRONAS UNVEILS MALAYSIA'S FIRST SUPERBIKE
World-class road version of race-proven machine is another success story
PETRONAS today unveiled the much anticipated road version of its PETRONAS
FP1 motorcycle, Malaysia's very own first superbike. The launch of the machine was
held at PETRONAS' fine art gallery, the GALERI PETRONAS, in Kuala Lumpur and
was officiated by Malaysia's Minister of Youth and Sports Dato' Hishammuddin Tun
Hussein. The event was also graced by the presence of PETRONAS' Chairman Tan
Sri Dato' Seri Azizan Zainul Abidin.
Also present at the launch was Mr. Carl Fogarty, Principal of the Foggy PETRONAS
Racing Team that has been charting up considerable success with the race version
of the bike in the World Superbike Championship race circuits.
The launch of the PETRONAS FP1 marks another important milestone for
PETRONAS in its pursuit for excellence in the field of advanced engineering and
technology. It also reflects PETRONAS' success and ability in harnessing the
technology and expertise acquired through its involvement in the various fields of
motor sports while developing and nurturing the capability of Malaysia's human
A total of 150 units of the road version of the FP1 have been manufactured to meet
the condition set by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) before it
could allow the Foggy PETRONAS Racing Team to compete in the World Superbike
Championship. The first batch of 75 units of the bikes was manufactured in the
United Kingdom and had passed inspection in March of this year. The second batch
of the bikes was assembled in Malaysia by PETRONAS using the resources and
facilities of motorcycle manufacturer, MODENAS, in Gurun, Kedah. This batch
passed FIM's inspection in July.
Of the 150 units, PETRONAS will make available to interested superbike enthusiasts
100 units of this limited edition of the PETRONAS FP1.
The FP1 began as a prototype engine undertaken by SAUBER PETRONAS
Engineering AG (SPE), a joint venture formed in 1996 between Sauber Holdings and
PETRONAS to further add value to their relationship forged a year earlier in the
Formula One arena. SPE has since progressed from just meeting the engineering
needs of the SAUBER PETRONAS Formula One Team to embarking on several
projects, the most notable of which are the EO1 two-litre car engine and the GP1, the
prelude to the FP1, using cutting-edge Formula One technology. Other initiatives
included R&D in the areas of fuel and lubricant technology.
Speaking at the launch, PETRONAS' Chairman Tan Sri Dato' Seri Azizan Zainul
Abidin said the FP1 represented the coming of age of a new breed of Malaysian
engineers who had proven their ability in the hi-tech automotive industry. "They have
triumphed through various trials associated with Formula One to become specialists
in fuel, lubricants, engines, electronics, chassis, aerodynamics, component and
"Indeed, PETRONAS takes pride that we have played a vital role in nation building by
helping to develop technical skills and expertise.
"Of great significance is also the fact that we have successfully commercialised the
technology and expertise we acquired through our involvement in motor sports."
Tan Sri Azizan added that the knowledge base acquired in advanced technologies
would not only go a long way in contributing to Malaysia's aspiration to become fully
industrialised by the year 2020 but would also help in PETRONAS' strive to maintain
the competitive edge needed to grow and sustain its businesses.
The PETRONAS FP1 will be on display at GALERI PETRONAS, Level 3, Suria
KLCC, until 5 November 2003.
PETRONAS (Petroliam Nasional Berhad), Malaysia's national petroleum corporation,
was established as a business entity on 17 August 1974. Wholly owned by the
Government of Malaysia, PETRONAS has evolved into an integrated oil and gas
corporation engaged in the full spectrum of the oil and gas business and other value-
adding related activities. Since the mid 1990s, PETRONAS has aggressively
embarked on a globalisation drive and has established strategic presence in more
than 30 countries.
PETRONAS is a Global 500 company and has consistently been ranked as one of
the most profitable companies among the grouping by the Fortune magazine. For the
financial year ended 31 March 2003, PETRONAS recorded a turnover of US$21.4
billion, with a pre-tax profit of US$7.1 billion.
Media Relations & Information Department
23 October 2003
For images of the PETRONAS FP1 please go to: www.fp-1.com
For more information, please contact:
Cameron Kelleher / David Wylie
Office: +44 (0) 207 611 6788 / +44 (0) 1277 245 750
Mobile: +44 (0) 7787 152 536 / +44 (0) 7787 152 530
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