EPIC DRIVE: Ulu Yam
MONDAY MAY 22, 2017
The last time I was awake this early was to catch a plane to the other side of the planet. Truth be told, there wasn’t much sleep either in the wee hours owing to the pleasure of pure excitement since it has been way too long since the last Epic Drive. So, what’s in the equation this time? Two 208 GTIs and a couple of STs.
Having the windows down, the smell of greens, fertile soil zing memories from yesterdays. Just as I was admiring a soon to be sunrise, these cheeky hatches have pulled ferry-length distances, my admiration had to come to a premature end as every bit of attention was very much required to keep up. The road surface was glossy littered with opulent bends, a handful of long straights as well as inviting undulations.
Call it rusty or being on unfamiliar turf, poor clipping of one apex will lead to an embarrassing next. So, getting your lines bulls eyed from the beginning is vital because before you know it, the run is already over. Being in hot hatch territory, it was evident all four of them were having a good time slaying corners on the limit which begs the question, which one is best?
Ford’s ST won our hearts two years back and is still a giggle to drive but if you must have a one-car garage, the GTI does a better job. It is for one, airier on the inside, seats four comfortably and looks nicer on the inside. Also cheaper to buy. Should you want the best driving hatch, look no further because it’s the Fiesta. Despite that, both will happily shift into second to cog a wheel in the bends.
The atmosphere was filled with a combination of turbo hisses and a howling flat six which left more than a few more tattoos along B56. Unlike Klawang, Ulu Yam is nearer which makes it delightful for times in need of that speed fix.
Length: 50 kilometres
Address: Hulu Yam, Selangor – Genting Highlands, Pahang
GPS: 3.272922, 101.690845 - 3.424253, 101.792459