Spa Asia 10 good reasons not to miss SpaAsia !
We made it! Just a few months ago, it was still an interesting project in the minds of the people of DG Sport, but now that idea has materialized in the first edition of SpaAsia! An event putting Asian brands on two and four wheels in the spotlights, and more generally the omnipresence of the continent in the world of mobility. This Sunday, September 18, SpaAsia will take up residence on the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, and there are at least 10 good reasons not to miss this event…
1. Simply a First!
No need to burden your brain: on Belgian soil, no event has ever celebrated Asian car and motorcycle brands in such a way. SpaAsia is therefore a real First, of which DG Sport can be proud. On “the most beautiful circuit in the world”, the event will not fail to bring together communities of fans of two and four wheels from the Asian continent. An initiative quite simply in tune with the times, both Japan, Korea, but also China have now become essential in the world of mobility. QED.
2. Honda, rather twice than once
Proof of the merits of the SpaAsia concept is found in the fact that several importers immediately joined the project. Starting with Honda, which has several initiatives that will appeal to fans of two and four wheels. On the motorcycle side, an Africa Twin Experience will consist of a sixty-kilometre offroad ride, starting from the Honda exhibition area in the heart of the paddock. In addition, a large number of Honda bikes will take part in the Motorcycle Parade on the Circuit. And on the car side, the… eleven (11!) generations of the Civic will be put in the spotlight, while the latest vintage of the Civic Type-R will be officially presented. And with its more than 300 horsepower under the bonnet, this sports car has no chance of going unnoticed!
3. Hyundai N Experience
At the Korean manufacturer Hyundai, the sports range is symbolized by the letter ‘N’. It is therefore a Hyundai N Experience that will be present at SpaAsia, bringing together a dozen characteristic cars. Also present: the Hyundai i20 N Hybrid Rally1 driven by Thierry Neuville in the World Rally Championship, and winner of the recent Acropolis Rally. It will certainly delight fans of the genre and supporters of the Belgian driver. Unmissable!
4. The latest KIA news
KIA will be represented at SpaAsia by Etablissements Monfort, based in Liège. A dealer whose dynamism will allow the public to get to know or reacquaint themselves with a range of vehicles whose success is by now very well established. From the Picanto to the Sorento via the popular Ceed, Niro or Sportage, without forgetting the electric range of Soul, Ceed, XCeed, Niro, Sorento or EV6: KIA is everywhere…
5. Lots of new things at Kymco
Kymco, Taiwanese manufacturer of scooters, motorcycles, quads and SSVs, will be represented by its Belux importer, which will show – on a space of 200 m² – no fewer than 14 vehicles, i.e. 9 scooters, 5 quads… in addition to its two new and 100% electric vehicles! But that’s not all… The new 550 cc three-wheel maxi scooter, the CV3, will also be present and offered for testing. This test ride will take place around the Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, with professional supervision and with a departure from the exhibition area.
6. For the whole of the family!
DG Sport invites you to bring your family to attend the inaugural edition of SpaAsia! There are the cars and motorcycles obviously, with in particular the range of electric two-wheelers by Electric Motion, and the activities will be as numerous as they are varied, for young and old! Gastronomy, gaming, train ride: there will be something for everyone!
7. Fast and Furious at SpaAsia!
It’s a simply unmissable saga, the first chapter of which was released in cinemas 20 years ago! Since then, ‘Fast and Furious’ has been a hit machine, and its cars have enjoyed incredible popularity within the fan community. Four of the machines driven by Vin Diesel and Paul Walker will be present in the SpaAsia paddock: the Toyota Supra MK4, the Nissan Skyline R34, the Mitsubishi Lancer EvoVII and the Mitsubishi Eclipse. Selfie time!
8. Drifting, the art of sliding
It is on the mountainous foothills of Japan that drifting was born! During the 1980s, what was to become one of the most spectacular disciplines in motorsport, consisted of illegal races practiced on winding roads. Object of the game: slide from one side of the asphalt strip to the other! These powerful Japanese GT-cars, with their rear-wheel drive and right-hand steering wheel, are now the reference machines of drifting. We can therefore expect breath-taking demo rides on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit!
9. Codrives in a Nissan GT-R!
As a sports car produced by Nissan since 2007, the GT-R has known five generations, enough to make it an icon! It is aboard such a machine that SpaAsia will allow anyone who wishes to discover the 7004 meters of the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. These codrives are likely to be an immense success, for the GT-R’s twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6 engine screams with pleasure and is capable of going past the… 300 km/h barrier! Savage…
10. Best of Show
The icing on the SpaAsia cake, a ‘Best of Show’ – or Concours d’Elegance – will surprise many a fan ! Although Japanese cars are not generally the most common during these competitions, which highlight aesthetics, presentation and originality, by bringing together only Asian brands, some might be very astonished! Interested? Well, start voting now…