Opel previews Astra-based race car

Opel previews Astra-based race car

General Motors’ Opel division has published a pair of teaser sketches that preview a race car based on the new Astra. The hot-rodded hatchback will be presented to the public in mid-September at the Frankfurt Motor Show alongside its regular-production counterpart.

The German car maker’s Motorsports department developed the Astra to compete in the recently-inaugurated TCR series, a three-pillar event that includes national, international and continental championships. All three series have the exact same set of regulations, so the Astra is eligible to race anywhere in the world.

Opel’s sketches reveal the Astra gains a full body kit that includes a deep front bumper with a massive air dam, vents integrated into the hood, flared fenders all around and a wide air diffuser built into the rear bumper. Specific alloy wheels and an oversized roof-mounted wing add a finishing touch to the look.

Full technical details will be published in Frankfurt, but TCR regulations dictate that cars must be powered by a turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine rated at 330 horsepower and up to 302 lb-ft. of torque.

Opel will begin testing the TCR-bound Astra in October, and the first deliveries are scheduled for next year. When it lines up on the starting grid, the Astra will have to fend off competition from Honda Civics, SEAT Leons and Volkswagen Golfs, the same cars that it is up against off the track.

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