HSV starts exporting into Singapore market

November 30th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Holden Special Vehicles has just announced that it will begin exporting into the Singapore market through local dealer Harvest Automobiles.

Harvest Automobiles will retail HSV vehicles in the Singaporean market, and the launch has been 18 months in the planning. In announcing the export opportunity HSV’s Managing Director, Phil Harding says, “This is really exciting for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it shows that we are beginning to overcome the export challenges that came about as a result of the GFC — people are becoming more confident around starting new business ventures. Secondly, it shows that a home grown performance vehicle can find niche markets in a variety of international settings.”

Phil Harding added that he believes the new E3 range has reached a new level of specification that makes it attractive in international markets,”The request from Harvest is for the highest specification possible. With the recent launch of E3 we are pleased that our exceptional list of features are now able to meet the demands of this new customer base. In addition, all the vehicles heading for Singapore will all be fully optioned with our SV enhancements,” he said.

Harvest Automobiles’ new HSV showroom is located at 3 Leng Kee Rd., the established heart of Singapore’s premium automotive trade. In targeting HSV, Managing Director of Harvest Automobiles, Daniel Au says, “I have long been familiar with Holden Special Vehicles, and when we were looking at expanding our line-up of brands I felt it was a great opportunity. I am very confident that the car culture of Singapore will be very excited about this niche offering, and I have already sold my first allocation of vehicles.”

In respect of the number of vehicles he expects to sell in his first twelve months, Au is playing his cards close to his chest, “For the first 12 months it will be all about getting the brand established and delivering great service. We believe there is significant scope to grow as long as we deliver a premium sales and service experience. Our clients know HSV is a niche vehicle, and expect the special attention that comes with this type of purchase. We are gearing ourselves up to deliver,” he said.

The launch will be punctuated with a Gala Event at Singapore’s Changi Exhibition Centre.

Darren Bowler, General Manager of Sales for HSV, who established the new relationship says, “We will kick-off with the launch evening, and the following day we will be conducting driver training and V8 Supercar passenger rides on our purpose built track at the Changi Exhibition Centre. With Garth Tander and Greg Murphy supporting, our Singaporean guests will get a real understanding of what the HSV brand is all about.”

Marina Bay, Singapore

December 27th, 2007 by Darren Cottingham

Preparations for the first-ever night race in Formula 1 history have been steadily building up with in-principle approval received for the Singapore street circuit, as well as the bespoke state-of-the-art lighting system. The biggest sports event the Republic has ever hosted, the inaugural Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix is set to be a truly unique event when the cars line up on the starting grid on 28 September 2008.

A year exactly before the race, Singapore received in-principle approval from the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) on 28 September 2007,  for the proposed 5.067km-long street circuit that will offer multiple overtaking opportunities as well as fast and challenging turns.

Set against the spectacular Singapore skyline, spectators will get a close-up view of the garden city as the circuit passes historic landmarks such as the City Hall and modern buildings along the Marina Bay, such as the Esplanade. With speeds expected to reach 300km per hour along portions of the circuit, spectators are assured a thrilling race and drivers a genuine challenge.

Lighting specialist Valerio Maioli S.p.a. of Ravenna, Italy, has designed a bespoke, state-of-the-art lighting system to deliver optimal visibility for night race conditions. The system minimises glare and reflections from a wet surface or spray from cars by using lighting projectors strategically positioned on one side of the track.

The logistical set up is vast – 108,423m of power cables, 240 steel pylons and around 1,500 light projectors will be used, with a total power requirement of over three gigawatts.  At 3000lux levels, the lighting will be four times brighter than the lights at sports stadiums.

A complete fact sheet is after this circuit layout diagram

Singapore Grand Prix track layout

Fact Sheet

Official Title 2008 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix
About Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix: The inaugural Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix will take place on 28 September 2008 on a street circuit of public roads around the Marina Bay area. The race is the 15th round of the 2008 Formula 1 race calendar and includes a bespoke state-of-the-art lighting system that delivers optimal visibility for night race conditions.

The race will be the first in Formula 1 history held at night and is the first Formula 1 street race to be held in Asia.  Positioned as the Monaco of the East, it is the most anticipated race on the 2008 Grand Prix calendar.

Official website: www.singaporegp.sg
Venue: Marina Bay — in the heart of Singapore — just minutes from 5-star hotels, the MRT underground system, the bustling business district and historic landmarks such as City Hall and The Padang which form part of Singapore’s heritage hub.
Start time: 2000 hours (local time)
Title sponsor: SingTel
Race Promoter: Singapore GP Pte Ltd
Sanctioning Body: Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA)
Expected attendance: 80,000 spectators
Ticketing: 3-day Corporate hospitality packages were first released on 28 November 2007, to be followed by 3-Day general passes in mid-January 2008.  1-day ticket sales will commence before Chinese New Year, in February 2008.
Track description
Track length: 5.067km  / 3.148 miles*
Race direction: Anti-clockwise
Number of turns : 24, consisting of 14 left turns and 10 right turns
Maximum speed: In excess of 300kph
Slowest corner: 80 — 100kph
Overtaking opportunities: Turn 1: Pit StraightTurn
7: Raffles Boulevard
Turn 15: Esplanade Drive
Track design consultant: Kellogg Brown & Root Pty Ltd, Australia
Number of laps: 61*
Race Distance: 308.95 km*   (*Info subject to FIA confirmation)
*(If you are a maths whizz and HAVE calculated that the race distance is incorrect (5.067 x 61 = 309.087 km), here is the reason:
The start and finish lines aren’t in the same places. The start line is at the beginning of the straight, while the finish line is somewhere close to the middle of the straight – hence the difference.)
Lighting System
Power 3,180,000 watt
Track Projectors 1,485 @ 2,000 watt each
Power Generators 12 (twin-power)
Power Cables 108, 423m
Overall Luminosity 3000lux levels (four times brighter than a sports stadium)
Set up 2 to 3 months, from second quarter of 2008