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