KLIMS'18: Experience driving the Hyundai i20 WRC car in virtual reality

By JAY WONG | 24 November 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: At this year's Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2018 (KLIMS'18), Hyundai's booth has an interesting offering to patrons with a virtual reality (VR) experience in driving one of their i20 World Rally Championship (WRC) cars.

The VR experience machine was flown in from South Korea to allow visitors to the show a three-minute 'taste' for free of what the rally car might feel like to drive through snowy plains and dirt roads with some standing water.

For Aiman Nabil who rode his Honda Wave 125i all the way from his hometown to the show was exceptionally thrilled.

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Aiman after having experienced the Hyundai VR machine.

"The experience was very realistic for me," he said while smiling from ear to ear. "It is a very realistic driving impression of a WRC car for me and I really want to go again, but the queue is quite long, so maybe a little later," said the 20 year-old student from Malacca .

As for Tan Shao Xiang, a 26 year-old executive from Petaling Jaya who attended this year's show with his 33 year-old banker friend, Tan Boon Chuan for the beautiful cars and brand representatives.

"This isn't my first time experiencing VR, but this is my first time experiencing a setup where half the car is moving and I think this is something that gamers would like very much," said Shao Xiang.

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Tan Boon Chuan (left) and Tan Shao Xiang waiting their turn to have a go at the VR machine.

"For me, it wasn't as real as I had expected, but the suspension is very interesting to experience when you're bouncing from one hill to another in the game," said Boon Chuan.

Participating automotive brands include CAM, Citroen, Daihatsu, DS, Ford, Grand Max, Honda, Hyundai, Isuzu, Kia, Lexus, Petronas Motorsports, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Perodua, Peugeot, Proton, Tata, Toyota and UD Trucks.

Opening hours at KLIMS’18 are 11am to 10pm on weekdays and 10am to 10pm on weekends.

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Tan Shao Xiang (left) waiting his turn as Tan Boon Chuan 'flies' through a virtual snowy forest in an i20 WRC car.

Every entrance ticket purchased stands a chance to win either a Toyota C-HR, a Honda City or a Perodua Myvi in a visitors’ lucky draw.

Also, each online purchase of KLIMS’18 entrance ticket at AirAsia Red Tix is entitled to one entry of fortnightly draws with AirAsia return flights to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Bali, Taipei, Jakarta and Shanghai as well as the grand draw to Tokyo, up for grabs.

Online purchases can be made via the AirAsia Red Tix website (https://airasiaredtix.com) and KLIMS’18 website (www.klims.com.my).

Entrance fees are RM20 on weekdays and RM25 on weekends.

For children aged 3 to 12 years old, entrance tickets are RM5 and students/senior citizens are charged RM5 (weekdays only).

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There is also a family package where parents and up to 5 children aged 12 years old and below are charged RM40 (weekdays) and RM50 (weekends).

Those with special needs (with handicapped card/physically handicapped) get free entry together with one accompanying person.

Also, don't miss meeting your favourite celebrities at KLIMS’18 from 3pm to 5.30pm this weekend with Alif Satar and Sazzy Falak tomorrow (Nov 25).

Star Media Group is the official media partner of KLIMS’18.