Monday, December 21, 2009
Brawn plus Schumacher = Petronas sponsorship of the Mercedes F1 project. LotusF1 must look elsewhere.
Petronas obviously see the Ross Brawn outfit with Michael Shumacher as a better marketing tool globally than LotusF1 the 'Local Malaysian team'.
I'm sure Tony, Alex and Riad will not view this as a positive.
Petronas have obviously made a business decision, which they are entitled to do. Petronas are Malaysian government owned.
For those who are not aware, Petronas sponsors the Malaysian (SepangF1) GP has input into the Shanghai GP and sponsors Valentino and the Yamaha MotoGP team.
This development does not affect the MUM project.
Petronas have an educational arm. They are not tied to one partner. I have had talks with their educational people, among others. As I have said many times, all the Universities I have approached were keen on Motorsport University Malaysia.
As LotusF1 have been given priority for resources at Sepang, and UTP (Petronas) and UTM (University Technlogy Malaysia) are already partners, they obviously have Petronas involvement of sorts.
UTM have recently signed a preliminary agreement with Proton for Engineering courses... Taken from the Malaysian SUN newspaper.
Speaking after the signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Business Advance Technology Centre and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia last Tuesday, Proton’s managing director Datuk Syed Zainal Abidin said the programme is important to upgrade technical skills of its staff.
I was interested to see Tengku Djan won the recent Drift competition in Malaysia. I hope his brother and friends enjoyed it. I would hope Djan can see the educational benefits of MUM.
I borrowed this pic form Paul Tan
Tengku Djan wins the Malaysian Drift competition
I am talking to my colleagues in Malaysia, and I am contemplating a return in the new year.
It has been close to eight years since I started on the MUM project. Sadly all of it has been spent promoting the project!
Next year, I hope some of the big players see the potential and actually make a commitment!
A slight aside... The UK newspapers are full of Simon Cowells reaction to a Facebook campaign to support a No1 spot for group named Rage against the Machine.
The Internet is a powerful tool!
Once again I have added my journey via slideshare.
A prosperous and healthy new year to you all!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Here is a Mall extract (He has written a long blog...)
Main Objective (for universities involve in this project)
> To help Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and other local Malaysia universities that related to engineering field enhance their operations (hopefully there will be Motorsports University Malaysia), students intake and students/expertise exchange with whole world.. Proposed universities collaboration
> Norfolk, England (in relationship with LOTUS Norfolk, Norfolk State University and Cranfield University)
RACINGengine has obviously spent a lot of time setting out his arguement. It makes interesting reading.Well done RACINGengine
It's nice to know that the message is getting out.
Once again A VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Lotus have announced their driver selection. The Malaysian PM (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) was represented by the local Youth and Sports Minister (Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek) who made the announcement.
I borrowed this pic from the Sun article... (From left) Lotus F1 Racing 2010 drivers Heikki Kovalainen, Fairuz Fauzy and Jarno Trulli.
I left a presentation of my proposal with the previous Youth and Sports minister's office a year or two ago. It was accepted by her PA. I heard no more!
Interestingly, Proton had representatives there also:
Also present during the announcement were AirAsia CEO Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes, Proton Holdings Berhad Group managing director Datuk Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir and Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Wee Jeck Seng. - thesundaily.com
Additionally, the report goes on to say.
Ahmad Shabery said the 1Malaysia F1 team project was a good example of private and government sectors coming together.
He said collaborations with local universities such as University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM),Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) and Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd (CTRM) for research and development signifies the "Malaysian flavour" of the team.
It was also interesting to note that TeamLotus have brought the Local Universities onboard. This all looks very familiar to me!
Group Lotus appeared to have no representation at the event whatsoever. Maybe if Proton buys them a share of LotusF1 they will have some input. Obviously, Proton Holdings Berhad Group managing director Datuk Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir is keeping a close eye on all this. I spoke to him briefly at the ASLI Automotive conference (26-27 May 2009). He had not heard of MUM at that time. I'm sure he has now.
It is highly likely that Dany (CEO Group Lotus) and Claudio (Group Lotus Motorsport) would like to have some tangeable connection to this.
Finally, I notice in the Cars Bike and Truck site, that a certain brother of a Malaysian Drift Champion has won a ticket to next weekends Formula Drift championship.
I won't be attending as I am in the UK. Good luck to Tengku Djan. I hope your brother enjoys the race!
A Prosperous and successful New Year to everyone!
Friday, December 11, 2009
“I thought I’d seen it all in the airline and music business. but its another level here,” he smiled. “Everyone shakes your hand and smiles and a knife goes in your back as you walk out.” — Reuters
Toughen up Tony. Get down the gym and broaden those shoulders! (How did this wimp ever get into the 'Auto business?')
For those of you interested I have embedded my slideshare presentation showing the MUM journey so far. Thanks to Tilo for his help with this.
Sofie and Siti deserve a mention for putting up with me whilst I made it!
Happily, I can rely on these guys to watch my back and not stab it!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I used to work for GM as a contract designer. In the early 1990's Mark worked as an engineer on the Oldsmobile Aurora. I worked on the tube. My GM boss Ron Wojcik, was one of the nicest people I have ever met, as was Gary Gannt(my other GM boss). Mark,then an engineer, was present at many meetings I attended.
Mark's father at that time was a vice president of GM.
Mark went onto run GM's motorsport division. Lotus was no longer part of GM at this point. Mark might be able to get into an Elise, I could not guarantee he would be able to get out!
Recently,he headed 'Holden', the Australian based division of GM.
Here he is talking with his dad about Buick. The way his father is describing Buick, sounds very much like the now defunct Saturn division operated.
The Buick brand is now very big in China. Saturn will soon cease to exist.
Here is the father and son interview.
Good luck to Mark in his new post.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Q. What about the business opportunities that you see in Formula 1?
TF. I'm not so sure that the traditional form of just sticking the name on car just for branding purposes will be enough going forward. I think Formula 1 teams have to look at other revenue streams as well and over the next three or four years we have many ideas.
Q. Can you explain the ownership structure of your team and how the Lotus brand fits in?
TF: Lotus is a complicated brand. Obviously Proton in Malaysia owns Lotus, and we have a licensing agreement with them. I think over time that relationship will solidify more and more, and Group Lotus will probably buy into the team at some stage. More and more technology from our side will go into Lotus cars, we will promote Lotus Cars closely, and I see it in time being no different from how Ferrari works.
Group Lotus and Lotus F1 were always seperate. They used to both come under Colin Chapman.
Perhaps Tony has a bit more of Colin's DNA than the recent Group Lotus management team.
It will be interesting to see how this relationship develops...
I know for a fact that several senior members of Tony's team are well aware of my proposal.
Due to the fact that SepangF1 circuit was not interested in partnering my proposal, I shifted focus to Johor. Should Tony make a similar proposal to the SepangF1 management he may get a more welcoming response.
In fairness to SepangF1 they were keen to participate when I represented Lotus. It was only when (Group) Lotus showed absolutely no interest that the negativity set in.
I still feel that Johor has a lot to gain from this project.
Once again I have embedded the TV interview I had when SepangF1 was still my main focus.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Good luck to you Alex!
Alex joined me for two days as my guest at the ASLI automotive seminar. He also agreed to endorse MUM. No fee involved.
It looks like Alex is going to be based in Sepang. LotusF1 have (I believe) educational agreements with UTM and Petronas university. So it looks like they have moved quickly to get some good local talent onboard.
Group Lotus are still in the early stages of making plans for the future. Dany Bahar will announce his plans in the near future.
I really hope that Group Lotus can show the same entreprenuerial spirit that Lotus F1 have shown.
They can't say I haven't bugged them enough... Dany Bahar is the 3rd Group Lotus CEO I have contacted about MUM... Plus I used to work for them in Malaysia, and formally proposed MUM at that time. To give you a timeline, I remember the draw for 2002 World Cup was doing the rounds in the Lotus office!
I certainly hope it is 3rd time lucky with Dany and Claudio.
I any event, I would like to wish Alex and his team all the very best in their venture! Let me know if you want any support from me!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Lotus are now on google maps. You can go around the circuit virtually.
Click here to see the Pistonheads article.
I have embedded an old Kingston University clip of Msc students driving round the real circuit.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Here is a small quote:
Q Taking a step back, what was the appeal of coming here?
A I had the good luck to work for one of the biggest brands in the world and I enjoyed every minute of it. But I'm the sort of person that likes challenges and I was attracted by the opportunity to change a reality and help a company take the next step. The biggest trigger was the brand name, Lotus. I had a safe future at Ferrari, but the Lotus brand attracted me - and if it can attract me, hopefully it can attract hundreds of thousands - maybe millions - of other people. That's the opportunity I see.
I am glad Dany appears to think the same as me!
I am going to embed my Slideshare version of my webpage. Look at the 'Revenue stream' page...(page 5)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
In an earlier blog I noted that 6000 people had applied in Malaysia.
The Lotus name is still strong.
I sincerely hope they have the foresight to get involved in MUM!
Below I have embedded my TV interview with Bernama. At the time my focus was on SepangF1 as a probable site for the 'Facility'.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Congatulations on winning the EVO car of the year award for the Evora.
I hope the upcoming Esprit will be in line for the same award in the not too distant future.
It is my hope that Dany puts his new found influence into promoting the Motorsport University Malaysia within both 'group' Lotus and it's sphere of influence.
Dany, obviously wants to raise the Motorsport profile of the company. This would do it. I see synergy, one can only hope the new CEO can also!
Once again I have embedded the slideshare version of the vision!
I look forward to reading Dany's 7 year plan in a few weeks time!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The Opel/Vauxhall support will come from Hans Demant.
I wish them all the best.
I enjoyed my time working for GM Europe. Hans Demant was head of Body Engineering at that time. I liased with Dieter Bratke (GM Opel) during this period. He was very knowledgeable, and in my case very helpful. In fact I found most of the people in the Opel tech centre went out of their way to move forward with our project (I was part of the 'American' contingent).
The project was a joint GM America/Europe effort to produce a car for the Saturn division.
Part of my job was to keep data flowing between the two entities,and ensure lines of communication remained open between the two sets of engineers.
I'm sure the new management team will have to ensure that both sides of the Atlantic remain on speaking terms...
Good Luck to them!
I have embedded a video of Hans Demant talking at the 2008 Geneva show.He is talking about powertrain developments. Rita Forst was in charge of Powertrain when I was there.
During this period Lotus still had a desk in the Opel Powertrain department. Obviously they had done a lot of work for GM when under it's ownership, and was still involved in constant improvement tasks.
Also today, the Detroit NEWS has an article on Chryslers (FIAT) new electric vehicle line up.The Lotus bodied Dodge circuit car appears to have been dumped... at least in the near future.
Here is a short quote:
But the first pure electric vehicle will not be the Dodge Circuit sports car. Rather it will be a commercial van from Fiat, due in late 2011 or 2012, according to a presentation by powertrain chief Paolo Ferrero last week as part of Chrysler's five-year business and product plan.
Monday, November 9, 2009
I replied to a recent article in Moneyweek Asia.
The reporter Cris Sholto Heaton answers the comments!
He viewed my presentation (MUM) and was positive in his assessment.
This the reply:
Thanks John. Your proposal looks interesting and I hope it suceeds - that kind of skills development is what they'll need to make Iskandar a success.
*(Niether the reporter [Cris Sholto Heaton] nor Moneyweek Asia are endorsers of my proposal... On my webpage, I have an endorsement from Alex Yoong. Alex is a supporter of my proposal and gave me his permission to use him. No fee was involved)*
I would hope that this view is held by others in a position to positively influence events.
Obviously, this has not always been the case! But I won't go into that here...
I have embeded the slideshare version of my web page below:
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Here is a quote:
3. Since Proton acquired a new chairman in the person of Datuk Nadzmi Salleh, I find it easier to perform the work of Proton adviser. The Prime Minister has also indicated that Proton affairs should be referred to me. Accordingly I have been busy on a plan to resuscitate the company. I have been talking to potential technology partners for Proton.
Banner from Dr Mahathir's blog
For those of you who do not know, Dr. Mahathir is adviser to both Proton (owner of Group Lotus) and Petronas, the Malaysian national oil and gas company.
I have sent my proposal to both of these entities seperately.
In order to get a person who talks to both companies, I have sent a letter to Dr.M's PA.
I hope the good Doctor sees the synergy between Petronas and Proton in regard to Motorsport, and it's potential as an educational driver.
I feel Dr.M would be a good man to have in my corner.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Take care of yourself. My brother sadly died at 50 due to heart failure.
Here is a joke to cheer you up!
I hope your not a Liverpool fan
“The Ferrari F1 team fired their entire pit crew yesterday."
This announcement followed Ferrari's decision to take advantage of the British government's 'Work for your Dole' scheme and employ some Liverpudlian youngsters. The decision to hire them was brought about by a recent documentary on how unemployed youths from Toxteth were able to remove a set of wheels in less than 6 seconds without proper equipment, whereas Ferrari's existing crew could only do it in 8 seconds with millions of pounds worth of high tech equipment.
It was thought to be an excellent, bold move by the Ferrari management team as most races are won and lost in the pits, giving Ferrari an advantage over every other team.
However, Ferrari got more than they bargained for! At the crew's first practice session, not only was the scouse pit crew able to change all four wheels in under 6 seconds but, within 12 seconds, they had re-sprayed, re-badged and sold the car to the Mclaren team for 8 cases of Stella, a bag of weed and some photos of Coulthard's bird in the shower.
I am still waiting for a call from Proton/Lotus asking me to execute MUM for them. They are as always working away behind closed doors...
Come on boys... It's been YEARS since I first proposed this!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Additionally, Riad Asmat a former Proton employee has been appointed by Tony Fernandes to his F1 team... as CEO no less!
I do not know Claudio. I assume the new CEO Dany Bahar has worked with him before, and feels comfortable with him in his inner circle.
I am sure he is well qualified and I wish him well.
When Riad Asmat was in the employee of Proton I sent him my proposal and included him on my mailing list.
I don't have his new email!!!
I have copied a portion of the Malaysian Insider report:
Among the familiar faces at today’s press conference were former F1 driver Alex Yoong and Team Malaysia A1 man Owen Leeds who was often seen conversing with Riad.
Alex yoong attended the Sepang announcement. Alex is well aware of my proposal, and as I have previously stated was kind enough to spend a couple of days supporting (and raising my profile) during the ASLI automotive conference in KL.
Tengku Djan, head of Proton Motorsport has never publicly supported me or the proposal. He is however aware of the MUM project, and must have worked closely with Riad during their time together at Proton, and with the A1 Malaysian team.
I hope MUM gets discussed by both Team Lotus and Proton/Group Lotus.
At the end of the day, MUM has the potential to leave a long lasting legacy for the local region, and of equal importance globally!
In my opinion, both Proton and Lotus would benefit immensely from its existence.
For those of you who haven't seen the MUM proposal I have embedded a slideshare below: Google Motorsort University Malaysia
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Malaysia for those that don't know is a mixture of races predominently Malays (Bumiputras) Chinese and Indian.
Political parties have racial (and religious) component parts.
I'm sure that when MUM becomes a reality, it's Malaysian campus would have to accomodate all Malaysians.
My plan to reach 1 million students, effectively means that MUM would ultimately be open for everyone globally.
A 1Malaysia strategy is presently being promoted within the country.
I am presently in the UK. I may or may not attend.
The new Formula One team comes under 1MalaysiaF1 so the concept has entered motorsport!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Creative and entrepreneurial are words often banded about.
Look at my plan.
I qualify. I am interested.
Friday, October 9, 2009
I have spent several years plying my MUM project to several Lotus and Proton people...
Naza who are 35% owners of Lotus F1 team are potential buyers.At least they would benefit from the Race on Sunday sell on Monday phenomonem.
I found a BBC report on last weeks Royal Visit.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Linda, Bob Ilffe's wife phoned me yesterday (Tuesday) and informed me he had died peacefully in his bed on Sunday.
Sadly, when I last spoke to Bob it was not pleasant.
Certain people with little regard for the truth, spread rather vicious rumours regarding a relationship I supposedly entered into with another persons wife.
This I hasten to add is completely untrue.
The woman in question is dead also, and cannot protect her good name.
Bob was not impressed... I might add that this (malicious gossip)was first brought to my attention by the former Group Lotus CEO. Someone has been busy...
Bob will be missed by his family and friends.
I considered Bob to be my friend.
He never suffered at the end. He died in his family home.
My condolences to Linda and his family.
Bob Illife worked at Ford Motor Co with me. Later we both worked in a now bankrupt design house called Hawtal Whiting.
Bob ran their Warwick office for them.
Monday, October 5, 2009
I see the King of Malaysia arrived in England this weekend along with Hj Tajul (Proton Engineering Director).
I met Hj Tajul at the ASLI automotive conference recently. When I worked in Shah Alam for Lotus, he sat a few feet away from me.
Hj Tajul is very much a gentleman.
Lotus have updated the Campro, a joint Proton/Lotus designed engine to accept a turbo...
I've embedded a video shot in the Lotus UK headquarters. It is in the Malaysian language.
Proton managing director Datuk Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir, group managing director Datuk Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir and newly-appointed Lotus chief executive officer Dany Taner Bahar, who replaced Michael J. Kimberley when he retired in July.
Possibly discussing the MUM project last weekend!
Friday, October 2, 2009
The second to a CEO of much note in Malaysia and globally said he will get back to me.
So things are bubbling along.
I sincerely hope that Dany Bahar, the new Lotus CEO reviews the MUM proposal with new eyes...
In my opinion Group Lotus have lost the initiative on this due to 'Personal' opinions, sometimes quite deluded in their origin.
I had a telephone conversation with a recently departed executive which was interesting to say the least.
I do think Lotus has suffered as a result of some people being self centred.
Hopefully, Dany has the ability to think for himself.
Yesterday, I posted that over 600,000 Job applications had been received for Lotus F1 positions...
This was taken from a comment on an auto blog...
Bernama have an article that quotes a figure of 6,000
I would have to say that figure is probably more realistic. Sorry, if I misled anyone!
A portion of the Bernama report is shown below:
September 28, 2009 18:08 PM
1Malaysia Formula One Job Mania Sweeps Malaysians
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 28 (Bernama) -- The excitement over the 1Malayia F1 Team (1MF1T) is sweeping Malaysians going by the overwhelming response to the opportunities to work with the team that will make its debut next year.
In a matter of a few hours, more than 6,000 applications flooded the team's e-mail this morning seeking to be a part of the team when 225 job vacancies were advertised, said the team principal, Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes.
"The support is tremendous and the team's e-mail seems flooded by the locals who offered their respective expertise for the 1MF1T," he told reporters here Monday.
I have embedded my slideshare it is now a couple of years old. It illustrates the journey! I have updated the student figures on my latest webpage. http://motorsportuniversitymalaysia.com
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Please read my next entry for more details!
I noticed a comment in the Paul Tan site today.
-Want a job with the lotus F1 team?-
Apparently, a day after the Star newspaper (Malaysia) advertised jobs for the new F1 team they got 600,000 applications.
For all the negative publicity surrounding this project, a lot of people obviously want to participate in it!
Paul put a list of jobs available:
•Aerodynamics – Project Leader Aerodynamics, Junior Aerodynamicist, Head of CFD, CFD Engineer.
•Composites Design – Head of Composite Design, Senior / Junior Composite Designer, Composite Engineer.
•Composite – Head of Composite Layup Shop, Senior / Junior Layup Technician, Head of Composite Trim Shop, Senior / Junior Trim Shop Technician
•Electronics – Head of Electronics, Senior / Junior Electronics Engineer, Senior Control Engineer, Control Software Engineer
•Factory – Factory Manager, Senior / Junior Maintenance
•Gearbox Design – Head of Gearbox Design, Senior / Junior Gearbox Design
•Gearbox Assembly – Head of Gearbox Shop, Race Gearbox Technician
•Hydraulics – Head of Hydraulics Shop, Race Hydraulics Technician, Test Hydraulics Technician
•Mechanical Production – Head of Mechanical Production, Senior / Junior Machinist, Fabricator
•Mechanical Design – Head of Mechanical Design, Senior Mechanical Design Engineer, Senior Mechanical Designer
•Pattern Shop – Head of Pattern Shop, Senior / Junior Pattern Maker
•Production, Production Control and Purchasing – Head of Production, Senior Production Engineer, Mechanical Buyer, Composite Buyer, General Buyer, Aerodynamics Buyer
•Quality Control & Inspection – Head of Inspection, Senior / Junior Inspection Technician
•Design Office – Drawing Office Manager
•R&D – Head of R&D, Senior R&D Engineer, Senior R&D Technician
•Race Engineering – Test Engineer, Race Data Engineer, Test Data Engineer, Aero Support Engineer
•Race & Test – Logistic Manager, Race & Test Travel Secretary, Clothing & Team Gear
•Race Team – Race Chief Mechanic, Race Parts Mechanic
•Stress Analysis – Senior / Junior FEA Engineer
•Sub Assembly – Head of Sub Assembly, Sub Assembly Technician
•Test Team – Test Chief Mechanic, Test Part Mechanic, Test Team Truckie, Test Team Mechanic
•Vehicle Science – Head of Vehicle Dynamics, Vehicle Dynamics Engineer, Senior / Junior Software Engineer
•Marketing & PR – Head of Marketing, Marketing Manager, Tri-lingual Website Designers, Graphic Designers, Executive Assistant, Business Development Manager, Sponsorship Manager, Sponsor Account Manager, Head of PR / Tri-Lingual PR Officer, Press Officer, Hospitality Coordinator
•Finance – Financial Controller, Finance Manager, Finance Executive
•Legal – Head of Legal, Legal Manager, Legal Executive
•HR – Head of HR, HR Manager, HR Executive
•IT – Head of Information Technology, CAD Manager, Senior IT Engineer, Race IT Engineer, Test IT Engineer, IT Technician
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The use of the Lotus name is also a point of contention among many.
First a bbc video link.
Here is a letter sent to me from someone well qualified to comment.
Why is it bad to use the Lotus name? There is a proud history to take advantage off, and i think its great that this name is back in Formula One. It will never be Team Lotus now, and the reason for that is because there is no more Team Lotus. People make a team, not a name and all the best people from the Team Lotus days have all left.
But, if Lotus F1 gets started again, then there is a possiblity that those engineers will come back. They are all still there in F1 and if the team is run well and sponsored well, why would they not come back. Ask any engineer worth their salt in F1 and they remember the Lotus brand fondly. As long as the team stays true to the concepts that Colin Chapman put in place, then it will attract quality engineers.
I would have to say that top people in their field are attracted to being on the cutting edge. F1 is the cutting edge.
From an educational aspect, it would wonderful if Motorsport University Malaysia had ties to this industry.
One major drawback in attracting students is the lack of job prospects at the end.
I agree. Even if in the future ten F1 teams set up in the region, there would not be enough jobs to employ the numbers I envisage.
Click here to see my proposal.
However, I do feel that the skills that can be gleaned from Motorsport can be easily transferred.
Management/Engineering/Driving/ Problem solving/ ETHICS! / Sports psychology... The list goes on.
I sincerely hope that Petronas in particular can see this link, and use their Petro dollars to set up an institution that will hopefully outlive it's founders.
I sincerely hope that Tony Fernandes/Dany Bahar/Alex and Tengku Djan sit down with Proton's major shareholder (Petronas) and put their case. When doing so, please mention Motorsport University Malaysia.
There is much more to this than simply a podium finsh for LotusF1. The region should and could benefit!
Once again I have embedded my web page (Slideshare version). Check slide 2
Alternatively click here to see the actual webpage
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
First of all I am biased. Alex Yoong spent two days as my guest at a recent ASLI conference on the global Automotive business.
He has given me permission to stick his pic on my webpage, and has openly supported MUM.
This is more support than I received from any member of Group Lotus, past or present.
So 'Yes' I hope Tony uses him. Hopefully, he is not in it for the money. Rather, because he can visualise the 'Big picture'.
Once again, I admit I am biased!
I have embeded my webpage below:
Monday, September 21, 2009
I have given the password to Tony Fernandes organisation.
As I have stated previously, this project will compiment the new F1 initiative perfectly.
Here is a video of Tony explaining his reasoning behind his F1 involvement.
It is my hope that Tony will view my proposal. If he does, I feel he will see the potential immediately. I need
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Friday, September 18, 2009
Lotus boss plans to step down soon
It appears Tony Fernandes will step down at the beginning of the season...
"My job is AirAsia and I just want to make sure that we [Lotus] have the right direction, the right imaging and the right future, the right strategic plan and marketing."
In a further article in the NZHerald he is quoted as saying...
"Malaysia has put a lot of money into F1, and it has a fantastic hardware - the Sepang track; universities with engineering courses; composite manufacture. But it doesn't have the soft side - drivers, engineers, management. I want to take that and build it up in F1.
I would have to disagree!
Yes Malaysia does have Universities and Engineering courses. Up until now it did not have the Motorsport infrastructure to employ Motorsport type graduates. England is presently the major source of these types of jobs.
It is imperative that MUM is considered in the big picture of Malaysia's involvement in F1. This is a unique opportunity.
Tony later went on to say...He has a simple motto:
"Do it because you love it, or don't be involved." And an equally simple mantra: "Take underdeveloped marketing opportunities, monetise them, and bring back value to the community."
My proposal for MUM Motorsport University Malaysia is now on Slideshare.
This proposal dovetails perfectly with the new developments within Malaysia.
I have embedded it below:
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
By Matt Beer Sunday, June 7th 2009, 03:12 GMT
Litespeed has announced that it will use the historic Lotus name for its attempt to enter Formula 1 next season.Lotus F1 will initially be set up in the RTN centre at Hingham (Norfolk, England), a 50,000 square foot facility most recently used by Bentley for its Le Mans programme.
I am assuming that the (Litespeed) Lotus team is being paid to move to SepangF1 circuit.
It will be the first F1 team based in Malaysia.
The long term view, in my opinion, will be to swap out Litespeed members and replace them with local Team Lotus members.
Malaysian car manufacture Proton Chairman Nadzmi Salleh shows an F1 racing car model during a press conference at Putrajaya , Malaysia, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009.
The following is copied from an associated press article:
Click here to access article
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak held a news conference Tuesday to outline details of what was called the 1Malaysia F1 team.
"The 1Malaysia F1 team is a government and private sector initiative combining the collaborative experience of Proton and Lotus, coupled with world class expertise," a Malaysian government statement said ahead of the news conference.
Prime Minister Najib Razak said the team would integrate Malaysian technical and pit crew, with the future design, research and development, manufacturing and testing conducted near the Malaysian capital. The driving lineup is set to be announced by Oct. 31 from a short list of six candidates.
Najib declined to give investment costs or other details, but said the future design and testing would be conducted in Malaysia.
He said the venture would be a big boost to local automaker Proton, a government-owned company which has suffered in recent years because of increased competition from foreign car makers after the liberalization of the auto market.
"If we want to export Proton we need to establish our brand name so that it is accepted globally," Najib said. "We are determined to do our best to make our mark in this arena."
The investors in the venture are Proton, budget airline AirAsia and Naza Motors, a local auto group.
Najib said the creation of the team is a "natural progression" since Malaysia has hosted a leg of the F1 race since 1999 and national oil company Petronas has been a sponsor of BMW Sauber team for the last four years.
Traditional Lotus supporters will be a little sad that the brand considered as British as bacon and eggs are now firmly based in Malaysia.
F1 will soon see the Lotus brand again. However nasi lemak is probably more appropriate than bacon and eggs!
This development does compliment my MUM project. In earlier times I have tried to set up in SepangF1 when I was based in Malaysia.
A quote from Tony Fernanades:
"It will help brand Malaysia and spur excellence in sports and education," he told AFP.
I have embeded my slideshare presentation. It was initially based around SepangF1.
Click here to get my latest proposal based in Johor.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
This is the heading in todays Daily Mail (UK)
As previously mentioned this fits in well with the MUM proposal.
Local Malaysian politicians seem to think the government will make an announcement after the Singapore GP.
Alex Yoong should be working for ESPN in Asia that weekend. As Alex has been kind enough to visibly support MUM I would love to hear his appraisal of the latest developments.
I'm in the UK right now, so I'll be listening to Eddie Jordan and the BBC team.
I sincerely hope some of the young guns, particularly, Alex and Tengku Djan lend their support to the MUM proposal if asked. They are both in ideal positions to be a positive influence.
I've put my old Bernama TV interview here for those of you who have not seen it...
Friday, September 4, 2009
I now have found someone who I can show my vision too.
The press is full of rumours that Malaysia intends to form a F1 team. Lotus is 100% Malaysian Government owned. So it will be interesting to see how this pans out.
I am very optimistic that MUM will now get the consideration it deserves!
Malaysia has already got an A1 team, sponsored by Proton, plus Petronas sponsors BMW F1 team (soon to end) MotoGP (Yamaha) among many local teams and events, not least the Malaysian F1 and Shanghai grand prix.
In Alex Yoong they have an experienced F1 and A1 Driver/team owner. Tengku Djan runs Protons Motorsport division, plus he races in D1 and is presently part of the A1 technical team. Both should sit down with Dany and let him get a feel for how they can help him.
The press has concentrated on F1 only. Understandable, in view of the Lotus history.
However, the potential is far greater than just F1.
MUM dovetails in perfectly with these developments.
I'm waiting for the call...
I'm not cheap!...BUT
I am Happy!
This a video of Dani in his Ferrari days...
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Today Autosport wrote an article Stating:
Dany Bahar, the man in charge of Ferrari's Global Brand Department, has left the team and is taking up a senior position within Lotus.
It goes on to say...
AUTOSPORT understands that he is to become the CEO of Lotus.
I need Dany to see my proposal!!!
This man has been involved with both RED BULL and Ferrari.
Hopefully, he can embrace change and new ideas!!
Monday, August 24, 2009
It was pointed out to me that they had designed the media centre so that any internet configurations could be retro fitted. False flooring allows one to lay cables with ease. this was in 2002.
On Sunday, I read the Times. It had two aricles, which I found interesting.
The first was about a rapid prototype company which allows you to access designs and make mods. Send them back to them. They then produce the article for you.
Second, I read an article on whether iphones will now replace guidebooks for travellers! Download apps, and you have the info you require!
Both these articles highlight the way technology has enhance the virtual learning/information experience.
I'm sure this technology has many applications. Students can do design from home. Lessons can be downloaded virtually. People can pimp their ride from predesigned parts, modified to their specifications.
The last seven years has seen technology catch up with my initial vision. The possibilties seem endless!
Below are the links to the articles.
Interiors: Design your own homeware online
iPhone versus travel guidebooks
Lotus have not yet appointed a group CEO. I am hoping that he/she will view this project favourably!
I have seen CEO's come and go. None have actually moved forward on the proposal, which I find a little sad.
Proton and Petronas have Motorsport and educational budgets. Malaysian politicians continually talk of making Malaysia an educational hub for the region.
Talking is all well and good. I feel it is time for action.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Lotus currently have no CEO. Mike Kimberley having left in July. I wish them well.
A video of the first Lotus CEO. Colin Chapman
Still no feedback on Motorsport University Malaysia. I know that all interested parties are aware of the project. I have posted The Plan online (google: motorsport university malaysia).
I'm enjoying the British summer (yes honestly!) and can't wait to start annoying the new guy with The Plan...
It's F1 this weekend so I'll be in front of the box.
Once again thanks to everyone who has supported me on the project.
Alex yoong will be busy for ESPN this weekend. Thanks to Alex for your visible support.
Talking of Alex. This video gives an overview of A1GP team Malaysia. Alex introduces the team, among other things.
This was made prior to Tengku Djan coming onboard.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Proton and Petronas both pour a lot of resources into Motorsport.
The first video shows BMW announcing their retirement from F1.
Petronas are the Premier sponsor of the team. They now have a budget and nothing to spend it on!
If they want a sustainable project look no further than MUM
(Google: Motorsport University Malaysia)
Tengku Djan made a film last year giving an overview of Protons Motorsport involvement. Petronas as I am sure you are aware are a major shareholder in Proton.
It has been a month since Lotus lost Mike Kimberley due to ill health.
May I suggest they ensure that the new man fulfills their heritage by showing a willingness to participate in MUM
I am biased (very), but I would put this willingness as a very high priority on the tick list for new candidates!
Here is a video of Mike discussing Lotus and it's products at a Motor show.
Just a note. The Evora has won an Autocar award
Evora is UK’s Best Driver’s Car
Here is a video from Fifth Gear. A British TV series. They review the Evora.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
All is well.
My Slideshare presentation
continues to get hits (4000+).
Whilst my webpage
is still running. I am sure that it has been made available to many decision makers. They can make up their own minds as to its merits.
I know in my heart of hearts that the project will succeed and be highly successful.
My mind is clear on this.
I'm just waiting patiently for others to make their approval known.
My thanks to Alex Yoong for his visible support for this project.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I will be adding a video in the next week or so. It will be password protected.
I'm going to be in the UK next week.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
It is my intention to send the video to some of the people at the conference, in the hope that they will be suitably impressed. Impressed enough to view
Shortly, I will be adding content pertaining to the plan and strategy for Johor and Shanghai campuses.
I have every confidence that they will then make the right decision, and contact me with a view to making the vision a reality.
The video will be available for viewing by invite only.
Tilo (http://www.samasama.de/index.php) helping me with my new website, and video editing.
Herry (http://www.itv2.de/) shot the video.
Unlike the video the website is available for public viewing. I am hoping that this will be a first class site. I am responsible for the content. Other more capable people will look after the graphical side.
The ASLI conference went well. I asked one or two questions and networked.
Alex Yoong gave his support and sat with me for the two days... raising my profile!
Thanks Alex! (Sorry no picture of Alex and me) waiting for ASLI to send me one
Monday, May 11, 2009
2nd Kuala Lumpur Automotive conference 2009
I have had a flyer made, which I have sent to the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute.
It outlines my Asean + 1 proposal.
I am 100% focussed on this project.
In the past, I have contacted Universities both in Malaysia and abroad regarding this project. They have always been very positive.
If you go into slide share presentation above, and view page 2 you will see the Bernama survey results.
The results of this survey suggest that it is not only the Universities that support the setting up of a Motorsport University in Malaysia.
I would like to think that if a similar survey were to be conducted in China a similar result would be recorded.
Hence my ASEAN + 1 strategy makes sense on many levels
It is my intention to promote the MUM project at this conference. It would be nice to think that educational institutions both local and foreign would take the opportunity to attend this conference and make there support for Motorsport University Malaysia known to local Automotive companies supporting this conference.
Should you be interested here is a sample attendees/ speakers/role players:
Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia:
Tan Sri Dato’ Muhyiddin bin Haji Mohd Yassin
Dato’ Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh
Chairman, PROTON Holdings Berhad, Malaysia
Dato’ Kamaruddin Ismail
Deputy Secretary-General (Industry), Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI), Malaysia
Mr Dilip Chenoy
Director General, Society of Indian Automobiles Association (
Mr Carl Rajendram
Chief Executive Officer, ISM Insurance Services Malaysia Berhad
Mr Kavan Mukhtyar
Partner & Head - Automotive Transportation & Logistics Practice,
The list goes on and includes local media representatives, as well as representatives of non Malaysian automotive players.
There are several contacts for this conference:
We trust that the above are in order and if there's any way that we can be of any assistance, kindly get your office to contact me or Ms Kenanga Simon, Vice President – Special Events at 603-2093 5760 (dir) / 603-2093 5393 ext 211 / fax: 2093 3078 / 2094 8461 / mobile: 012-212 3441 / e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
*** I would like to make it clear I am not a speaker at this event. I am not receiving payment for promoting either the conference, or the Motorsport University Malaysia project.
I have written to several institutions and people who I feel would benefit from this conference. I am pleased to report that a well known driver and media personality has agreed to come on Wednesday. The person says that my vision for motorsports in Malaysia is the same as his.