Proton managing director Datuk Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir has backed its British partner MEM to deliver results in next season's Intercontinental Rally Challenge and FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship.
The Malaysian firm endured a tough season while developing the Satria this season, but the firm did claim a one-two finish on the final round of the Asia-Pacific series in China – the China Longyou Rally, where Mark Higgins collected overall victory.
Proton is believed to be stepping up its commitment to the rally program for 2011 and Tahir said he was looking forward to the new season, starting with the Monte Carlo Rally next month.
"We are extremely proud to be able to reveal our plans for the 2011 rally program," he said. "This development represents yet more exciting news from Proton, which celebrates its 25th birthday this year. It's incredible to think how far we have come for such a relatively young company. But this is just the beginning for Proton.
"Thanks to the close alliance with MEM in the UK, the rally team will go from strength to strength, embracing the cutting-edge technology which runs through the Proton road car range. Competing at such a high level of rallying across the globe offers Proton the perfect opportunity to showcase its range of road cars.
"And all of those cars sold to our valued customers contain a little piece of our rallying DNA; the same spirit of performance, expertise and reliability which will undoubtedly carry the Satria Neo S2000 to the greatest of heights next season."