Astra VXR goes racing


Vauxhall cousin Opel has announced that it’ll produce a competition version of the Astra VXR (aka the OPC over there) and gosh, it isn’t half a looker.

This doesn’t quite herald a return to full-flight Touring Car racing that many will have been hoping for. There's no cash for that, but instead the Astra OPC Cup, as the new racer will be known, will be a customer car designed to take part in the VLN Endurance Championship.

It'll also compete in its own one-make series called the OPC Cup. The highlight of this series will be a 24-hour race at the Nurburgring.

While we won’t see much of it in the UK, we thought it would be a dereliction of our duty if we didn’t bring you a selection of pictures of this rather fantastic racer. And for anyone secretly hankering after Vauxhall's new Mini rival, the Adam, we’ve thrown in a few of Opel’s other new motorsport entrant, the Adam Cup.

In this FIA-approved R2 rally form, it’s gained at least a little of the aggression the standard car lacks and adds meat to Vauxhall's plans to build a VXR version.

Like the Astra, it’s been designed to take part in a one-make domestic series, but this time it’ll be on rally stages rather than tarmac tracks. We’re hoping one, or both, of these cars will lay the path for Vauxhall/Opel to return to international level motorsport – after all, the days of Manta and Astra GTEs being used in competition still provide some vivid memories!









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  • parapaul 21 Nov 2012

    This just popped up in my twitter feed. I've always had a soft spot for the old Astra VXR, and this looks nice! Interesting to see OPC moving away from their traditional colours. Very sparse on actual details though, are there any specs yet?

  • DazBock 21 Nov 2012

    The front bumper on that Astra looks bloody brilliant. I am considering a Corsa VXR at the minute as a daily driver, this makes me want one more.

  • Dave Hedgehog 21 Nov 2012

    no matter how much tinsel they put on the adam, it looks ste

    the astra looks so much better than the focus thou

  • gambisk 21 Nov 2012

    Yes I like the look of that astra, I was never convinced of the styling of the current VXR compared to the outgoing model but this looks ace!

  • aussieinlondon 21 Nov 2012

    parapaul said:
    This just popped up in my twitter feed. I've always had a soft spot for the old Astra VXR, and this looks nice! Interesting to see OPC moving away from their traditional colours. Very sparse on actual details though, are there any specs yet?
    Actually it is moving back to Opels traditional motorsport colours of the past

    The yellow made a re-appearance back in 2010 at the Nurburgring 24hr with the OPC Race Camp










    Edited by aussieinlondon on Wednesday 21st November 17:23

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