Vauxhall's attempt to set 18 world and UK speed endurance records has been confirmed
8 January 2014

Vauxhall’s attempt to set or break 18 world and UK speed endurance records has been confirmed. 

Two Vauxhall Astras covered more than 3000 miles over 24 hours at the high-speed bowl at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire. The lead Astra covered 3002.44 miles at an average speed of 125.101mph, stopping only for fuel and a change of tyres.

Twelve drivers, including Autocar road test editor Matt Prior, drove the cars for four hours each. The fastest two-mile lap was covered at an average speed of 131.852mph, just over 2.1sec below the car’s official top speed.

The world 1-, 6-, and 12-hour records were broken, and the UK 24-hour record smashed by 25mph.

The team set 12 records in the FIA’s 1600-2000cc forced-induction diesel production car class and six in the MSA’s 1500-2000cc forced-induction diesel production car class. 

Our Verdict

The Astra is now in its sixth incarnation, but it can trace its linage back to 1963's Viva

The Vauxhall Astra is one of the best-looking hatchbacks, but average dynamics and performance hamper its overall appeal

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8 January 2014
Where are the Vauxhall haters now?

8 January 2014
any diesel hatchback could achieve what the astra has done,it doesn,t make it any better as a car

8 January 2014
I was looking at the existing diesel records on the MSA website last summer. It would seem the acceleration records would be relatively simple to break with any modern diesel as they're all about 20 years old. However, these endurance records would take some financing so are the domain of manufacturers and magazines, fair play to Vauxhall for having a crack at it. One question though, why has it taken nearly 3 months to verify the record attempt?


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