The winner of MediaCorp Subaru Impreza Challenge is...

...definitely the media! Funny how Greed can be such a motivating factor for one to win the challenge. Just ask George Lee who won in 2002 after a torturous 81 hours and 32 minutes. This year there will be 400 contestants from 8 nations.

Greed indeed knows no boundary.

The ultimate car challenge is back and participants from all over the region are now in Singapore, ready to quite literally put their hands on some cars!

Into its ninth year, the MediaCorp Subaru Impreza Challenge kicks off on Saturday at Ngee Ann Civic Plaza.

With 400 contestants from eight different nations namely, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore, this year's challenge will see the inclusion of Vietnamese participants for the first time.

Contestants have to place their palms firmly on the cars, and the last person standing will drive away with a Subaru Impreza 2.5MT Sedan.

Sounds easy but it's not. The longest record so far since this challenge was introduced in 2002 is 81 hours and 32 minutes by George Lee in 2008.

"The way to last in the competition is to tell yourself that you are not in the competition. It's a mind over matter sort of tactic," MediaCorp Radio's assistant programme director Margaret Lim said in an interview with Primetime Morning.

Another tip: strategise your five-minute breaks

"Five minutes is all they have for breaks every six hours so in that five precious moments, are you going to answer the call of nature, go for the food first, are you going to get a massage?" she added.

While the Thai, Indonesian and Singaporean contestants traditionally perform better, first-time participant Phan Nguyen Quan Hung who has been conditioning his body through endurance training, is well prepared for the challenge.

"[I have been] jogging about two kilometres a day in my park near my home and eating healthy food and just go to sleep early," said the Vietnamese.

Apart from the grand prize of a Subaru Impreza 2.5MT Sedan, other prizes up for grabs include the Freshest Contestant award and the Friendliest Contestant award.

From Channel NewsAsia, "Hands geared up for MediaCorp Subaru Impreza Challenge".

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