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Opel Gains Multiple World Records After Astra-nomical Attempt

Jan 10, 2014

  • 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
Opel News - 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)

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 News - Winners’ smiles: Group photo of journalists and Opel team in front of record Astras

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.

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

“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.”

Opel News - Which is fastest?! The two winning Astras make it over the finishing line

“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 will be made to Opel/Vauxhall by the MSA’s Chairman, Alan Gow, on the opening day of the Autosport International Racing Car Show today 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
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
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

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
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
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

New FIA/MSA record holders:

The drivers listed below achieved all the above records collectively

Driver
Publication
Simon Hucknall
Opel
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

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