Vauxhall is set to unveil its most powerful front-wheel drive ever at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
Based on the Astra Cup racer that contested last year's NŸrburgring Endurance Championship, the 300PS, 2.0-litre turbo Astra VXR Extreme is lighter and packs more of a punch than the Astra VXR.
Carbon parts make the VXR Extreme 100kg lighter and although it is legal to drive it on the road, its preferred environment is a racing circuit. Vauxhall is expecting plenty of interest in the model and is planning a limited production run.
Strong but light carbon-fibre is used wherever possible in the car, including the bonnet, diffuser, engine-cover, front spoiler, rear wheelhouse ventilation, rear wing, roof, suspension cross-bracing and wheels.
Its 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine is Vauxhall's most powerful four-cylinder unit. Build entirely of aluminium, the direct injection engine features variable camshaft phasing and is connected to a six-speed manual gearbox with limited-slip differential.
A safety roll bar takes up the space that would have been filled with back seats, while the driver and front passenger get Recaro bucket seats, with Schroth six-point safety belts. The steering wheel, reinforced by carbon-fibre, is clad in suede with yellow stitching.
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