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Performance Vauxhall October - November 2018

Britain’s one and only Vauxhall-dedicated performance car magazine is the enthusiast’s Bible, featuring the best modified Vauxhalls around, expert technical advice, step-by-step DIY guides and the last word in tuning and styling.

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
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6 Issues


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many happy returns

SUBSCRIBE TO PERFORMANCE VAUXHALL SEE PAGE 68 FOR DETAILS When it comes to anniversaries, 2018 has been good to Vauxhall fans. It’s difficult to pinpoint what the most significant of the many celebrations is, but twenty-five years of Corsa ranks favourably. In this issue of Performance Vauxhall, we shine a light on fantastic examples of the spectacular supermini. Flying the flag for the first UK car badged as Corsa is Colin Mansfield’s carbon-trimmed Sport. It’s a popular star of the Vauxhall show scene and is loaded with lashings of wicked weave. If, however, tarmac twisting is more your thing, then you’ll love Gavin Burr’s Asteroid Grey VXR Clubsport. Track ready and producing 430bhp thanks to an engine build and chassis upgrades from GCAP Performance, the Courtenay-mapped hot hatch is one of only a…

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join the club

If ever there was a Vauxhall with a name representing a statement of intent, the Corsa D VXR Clubsport is it. Presented as a short-lived replacement for the Nürburgring-badged supermini prior to the arrival of the Corsa E, the Clubsport carried over many of its predecessor’s finer qualities (Bilstein B8 dampers, Eibach springs, a Drexler Motorsports multi-plate limited-slip differential, Brembo stoppers, a tweaked ECU and bum-hugging Recaros), but added extra sauce with a Remus exhaust and that Porsche-mirroring moniker. There was only one problem: the price. Despite being a ‘last hurrah’ for the Corsa D VXR, the Clubsport attracted a premium of almost £4,400 over similar offerings from rival manufacturers, meaning only a dedicated few can lay claim to walking out of a main dealer showroom with the keys to…

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new manufacturer brand concept

After being part of Groupe PSA for little more than a year, Vauxhall recently revealed a teaser image of its GT X Experimental brand concept for the mid-2020s. The final design will attempt to reflect the company’s core values – British, Ingenious, Progressive and Approachable – and provide a template for the look of the manufacturer’s future production cars. Due to be revealed in full later this year, the GT X Experimental is the first car to feature the new Vauxhall face. The concept follows the “Vauxhall Compass”, a design structure at the front end of the host vehicle, and one which features two prominent axes intersecting the Griffin emblem. One axis takes follows the line of bonnet centre crease, while the other is drawn out of sharp-angled, nose-end daytime running…

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rockingham closure

After months of speculation, it has been announced Rockingham Motor Speedway will cease to be a venue for racing activity following the sale of the site to an investment company keen to repurpose “Europe’s fastest racing circuit” as a storage centre for fleet and auction vehicles. The move comes after the British Touring Car Championship (Rockingham’s biggest draw) announced it was cancelling its visit to the Corby-based circuit for 2019. The BTCC’s move follows the site’s massive grandstands being condemned on health and safety grounds following the discovery of subsidence. The 300-acre plot was once hailed as bringing a new dawn to British motorsport, but lack of profits in the years following the opening of the circuit in 2001 means massive debts have forced Rockingham’s former owners to sell up.…

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in brief

TRUE BRIT Vauxhall has launched an exciting new marketing campaign focusing on the the heritage of its Ellesmere Port assembly plant, a site which has been the home of the Astra for forty years. Labelled ‘True Brit’, the advertising exercise promotes Vauxhall’s new “confidently British” attitude and will be exploited in all forms of communication – from television to showroom point of sale – moving forward. A brilliant stalwart on the UK’s roads since the Mk1 landed in 1979, one in four Brits (including plenty of you lot!) has either owned or driven an Astra in their lifetime. Vauxhall hopes redefining its identity as a British brand will mean many more follow suit. RISE IN SCAMMERS Leading vehicle history checking website, MyCarCheck.com, has warned online scams relating to car sales is on the…

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cavalier milestone

2018 marks the third-generation Cavalier’s thirtieth anniversary. Revealed on 14th October 1988 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, the model went on to become a huge hit, not only in the fleet car sector, but also with private buyers, including families and individuals attracted by the sporty Cavaliers on offer throughout the seven years leading up to the Mk3’s discontinuation. Paying tribute to three decades of automtoiove glory, the Cavalier & Chevette Club will be displaying an SRi and GSi2000 alongside a brace of Chevettes at the forthcoming Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show. The event takes place 9th-11th November at the NEC (where else?!). Visit bit.ly/cavaliernec…