At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Vauxhall will present its most powerful front wheel drive car ever. Dubbed Vauxhall Astra VXR EXTREME, the car has been derived from Astra Cup race car that competed in the Nürburgring Endurance Championship last year. Taking the Astra Cup race car as the base, Vauxhall has developed the EXTREME model which is even lighter and more powerful.
Vauxhall used a good number of carbon fiber components, and the result is the VXR EXTREME which is 100 kg lighter than the Astra Cup race car. This car is a complete track ready machine and Vauxhall plans to go ahead with the production of the car provided it is well received by visitors at the 84th International Motor Show.
Powering the track-oriented VXR EXTREME is a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine featuring direct injection and variable camshaft phasing. This little engine produces a mind boggling 300 PS of power. Complementing the powerful all aluminum engine is a 6-speed manual gearbox which transmits all that power to the front wheels via a limited-slip differential.
The roof of the VXR EXTREME is made from carbon fibre and has been manufactured in-house. It weighs an impressive 2.6 kg, thus offering a much lowered center of gravity. The wings fitted on the body weigh 800 g a piece, again bringing in a substantial weight reduction. This lowering of weight directly improves the agility, overall handling and power-to-weight ratio of the car.
To take car of that enormous power, Vauxhall has fitted a powerful Brembo six-piston brake system which makes use of a pair of 370 mm discs at the front. The car rolls on 19-inch alloy wheel wrapped in ultra high-performance 245/35 19R tires for exceptional grip on city roads as well as track.
As for the passenger cabin, Vauxhall has added a a safety roll bar at the rear which replaces the seats. The VXR EXTREME also features Recaro bucket seats featuring 6-point Schroth safety belts and a carbon fiber steering wheel with contrasting yellow stitching.