Datuk Lee Chong Wei Car
Datuk Lee Chong Wei is currently Malaysia’s most prominent professional badminton singles player. The 29 year old’s achievements include winning a silver medal in the 2008 Olympic Games and the ultimate ranking as World Number One Badminton Player in that same year.
To date, Datuk Lee is also the only Malaysian badminton player to maintain their World Number One ranking for more than 14 days, a feat that was not accomplished by his predecessors, Rashid Sidek and Roslin Hashim. After consecutively winning the All-England championships, Datuk Lee has now set his aims for gold at the Olympic Games, Asian Games and World Championship.
Malaysia’s Wealthiest Sportsman
As a token of reward for winning a silver medal in the Beijing Olympics 2008, Datuk Lee was awarded RM1,000,000 by the Malaysian government. In addition, the minimum prize money for the Super Series event is approximately USD200,000, with an additional USD500,000 worth of prize money offered to the top eight badminton players worldwide at the Super Series Masters Finals. While Datuk Lee most certainly does fit the profile of the young, rich and famous, the Penang-born sportsman has revealed that his one true passion besides challenging himself in badminton, is investing in fast cars.
In 2010, Datuk Lee was photographed with a sleek silver-toned Nissan GT-R. The bulky supercar includes the reprogrammed launch control system which improves the durability and speed of the 2010 version, coupled with additional horsepower, returned suspension and updated wheel finishing for an impressive entrance. Overall, the Nissan GT-R is known for its rapid pick up speed, high-quality interior, heart-stopping acceleration and easy handling.
Datuk Lee also currently owns a BMW X6 Coupe as well as a Proton Inspira 2.0 from the Malaysian car maker, Proton as a token of appreciation for his contribution in reigniting interest in Malaysian badminton.
While the Nissan GT-R is said to be a bargain buy, the BMX X6 Coupe offers great performance with its twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 unit producing 400 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 446 pound-feet of torque between 1750 rpm and 4500 rpm packaged with a hefty, upper-class price tag. The coupe is also touted as an extremely fast crossover and has the capacity of beating many sports cars, and is a fitting car for a prominent sportsman like Datuk Lee, as this model is known as the “Sport Activity Coupe”.
The black Proton Inspira 2.0 awarded to Datuk Lee is quite simply the Malaysian remake of the Mitsubishi Lancer. Other than the differing front end design, both cars offer similar interior design, specifications and performance, with a top speed of 202 kph and a zero to 100 kph sprint time in 10.0 seconds.
This year, a new car adorns Datuk Lee’s garage in the form of a RM1.6 million-worth Ferrari F430 with the prominent number plate, BLG1. The white luxury car is said to be equipped with a 4.3L V8 engine power and has a top speed of 315km/h. The Scuderia edition also makes it possible to go from zero to 100km in just four seconds. With nineteen-inch wheels and rubber-band tires, the Italian track car is satisfyingly stable at all speeds. The optional carbon-fiber bucket seats not only add to the lightness of the automobile, but are also ergonomically designed for people who are passionate about fast driving.
Interesting enough, the love for fast cars is a common hobby shared between Datuk Lee Chong Wei and his famous rival on the badminton court, Lin Dan. While Lin Dan already owns a Nissan GTR, BMW Z4 and Land Rover among many other cars, Datuk Lee’s brand new Ferrari F430 should be sufficient to trump over Lin Dan’s growing collection of cars!