Vauxhall is eagerly awaiting confirmation that its attempts to clinch 12 World and six National Speed Endurance Records in a standard production Astra have been successful.
On October 4, the first of two Vauxhall Astra 2.0 CDTi Hatches approached the start line at Millbrook Proving Ground’s High Speed Bowl - a two-mile, steeply banked circuit. Exactly 24 hours later it crossed the same marker, having covered nearly 3,000 miles at an average, yet-to-be ratified speed of 125mph.
Twelve drivers drove four hours each, split between the two cars. Only one tyre change was required per car, no engine oil was consumed, and despite completing nearly 1,500 laps of the circuit with the cars’ throttles to the floor, both cars completed the attempt with a mere 22 minutes downtime, in addition to refuelling and driver changes.
The attempt was a culmination of a year’s work by Vauxhall and sister company Opel to challenge two speed endurance records in the 24 hour benchmark: the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile 1600-2000cc forced-induction diesel production car class, as well as the Motor Sports Associations 1500-2000cc forced-induction diesel production car class.
A national 24hr class record has been un-broken for over 20 years, while a World record has never been set before.
“This is real testament to the durability, safety and performance of the Astra in extreme conditions, way beyond what a normal driver would experience,” says Duncan Aldred, Chairman & Managing Director of Vauxhall. “Sometimes too much focus is put on the final one per cent of a car’s handling, or its 0-60mph time, but for most buyers exceptional reliability and secure, safe handling are paramount.”
Watch a short video of the attempt here.
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