Opel Gains Multiple World Records After Astra-nomical Attempt

2014-01-10


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  • FIA & MSA confirm that Opel/Vauxhall have set/broken 18 World and UK records
  • Astra covered over 3,000 miles in 24 hours on tortuous banked circuit
  • Exceptional reliability: Zero down-time for lead record car, despite 125+ mph average

Rüsselsheim.  Opel/Vauxhall flew into the record books today, after motorsport’s governing bodies confirmed that a recent attempt by two standard Astras to set and break 18 World and UK Speed Endurance Records had been successful. The lead Astra 2.0 CDTI 165 hp in the attempt covered a total of 3002.44 miles at an average 125.101 mph, only stopping for fuel and a single, cautionary change of its Michelin tires.

In partnership with sister company Vauxhall, Opel attempted two sets of speed endurance records at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, UK: 12 in the FIA’s* 1600-2000cc forced-induction diesel production car class, and a further six in the MSA’s* 1500-2000cc forced-induction diesel production car class. All 18 records (see table below) were achieved, with key records such as the World 1-, 6-, and 12-hour broken conclusively, and the long-standing UK 24-hour smashed by 25 mph.

Opel/Vauxhall invited a team of twelve drivers to complete the challenge, comprising nine motoring journalists and three Opel/Vauxhall staff. Each drove a total of four hours, split between the two cars.

Despite circulating the two-mile banked circuit 1,500 times, both Astras proved hugely reliable and consistently quick, with the fastest two-mile lap achieved in 55.453 seconds at an average speed of 131.852 mph, just 2.148 mph below the car’s official top speed – no mean feat, given the steep banking on Millbrook High Speed Bowl’s fifth lane.

“We’re over the moon with today’s news,” said Volker Strycek, Opel Director Performance Cars & Motorsport and team captain of the world record drivers. “This was an important test for the Astra, and it proved that a car with the qualities that most motorists are after – exceptional reliability, a good performance/economy blend and long-distance comfort – can be found at their nearest Opel showroom.”

“But the attempt was also a success thanks to the stamina and skill of our driving team, who performed faultlessly through the attempt. The team’s ruthless adherence to FIA rules, Michelin’s great support and Millbrook’s efficiency and experience with speed attempts completed the picture and turned an audacious attempt into an unqualified success. Last but not least thanks to the whole Opel/Vauxhall team and especially our fantastic pit crew,”said Strycek.

A trophy presentation was made to Opel/Vauxhall by the MSA’s Chairman, Alan Gow, on the opening day of the Autosport International Racing Car Show yesterday at the NEC (http://www.autosportinternational.com/).

2013 FIA Land Speed Records

Category B Class 9 (over 1,600cc to 2,000cc): Diesel cycle engine with forced induction

Record Date Elapsed time
hh:mm:ss.sss
Speed-MPH Speed-KPH
10 Kilometers Saturday 05 October, 2013 03:14.629 114,933 184,967
10 Miles Saturday 05 October, 2013 05:02.551 118.988 191,492
100 Kilometers Saturday 05 October, 2013 29:16.907 127,322 204,905
100 Miles Saturday 05 October, 2013 47:00.753 127,625 205,392
500 Kilometers Saturday 05 October, 2013 02:27:32.572 126,343 203,330
500 Miles Saturday 05 October, 2013 03:58:41.296 125,686 202,272
1000 Kilometers Saturday 05 October, 2013 04:55:04.596 126,347 202,337
1000 Miles Sunday 06 October, 2013 07:58:36.097 125,365 201,755 Distance- Miles Distance- Kilometers
1 Hour Saturday 05 October, 2013   128,024 206,036 128,024 206,036
6 Hours Saturday 05 October, 2013   125,418 201,842 752,514 1211,055
12 Hours Sunday 06 October, 2013   125,103 201,335 1501,247 2416,023
24 Hours Sunday 06 October, 2013   125,101 201,331 3002,440 4831,960

 

2013 British Land Speed Records

Class E (over 1,500cc to 2,000cc) – Group III: Diesel cycle engine with forced induction

Record Date Elapsed time
hh:mm:ss.sss
Speed-MPH Speed-KPH
100 Miles Saturday 05 October, 2013 47:00.753 127,625 205,390
1000 Kilometers Saturday 05 October, 2013 04:55:04.596 126,347 202,337
1000 Miles Saturday 05 October, 2013 07:58:36.097 125,365 201,755 Distance - Miles- Distance - Kilometers
1 Hour Saturday 05 October, 2013   128,024 206,036 128,024 206,036
12 Hours Saturday 05 October, 2013   125,103 201,335 1501,247 2416,023
24 Hours Sunday 06 October, 2013   125,101 201,331 3002,774 4831,960

New FIA/MSA record holders:

The drivers listed below achieved all the above records collectively

Driver

Publication

Owen Mildenhall

Auto Express

Matthew Prior

Auto Car

Richard Aucock

Motoring Research

Alisdair Suttie

The Scottish Sun

David Finlay

Car Keys

Pere Prat

La Vanguardia

Alexander Lidl

Autozeitung

Carlos Hernandez

LUIKE Iberoamericana de Revistas

('Autofácil' and 'CAR&Tecno')

Franco Nugnes

Omnicorse

Volker Strycek

Opel

Peter Hass

Opel

Simon Hucknall

Vauxhall Motors

*FIA – Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile; MSA – Motor Sports Association

Receiving the trophy and certificates for the 18 records: Volker Strycek, Head of OPC and Opel Motorsport , Alan Gow, Chairman of the MSA and Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director (from left).

Team captain Volker Strycek

Records make you happy: A smiling team captain Volker Strycek meets his pit crew at the end of the race

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