AS­TRA G GSi

Performance Vauxhall - - RACE WARS 2 -

As men­tioned in the ear­lier part of this fea­ture, Char­lotte Mor­rish’s 359bhp As­tra GSi did well in the top speed stakes with her boyfriend, Matthew Buck­man, at the wheel, but both petrol­heads were sur­prised to see the car reg­is­ter a 0-60mph sprint time of just 4.92 sec­onds. “I thought I’d be lucky to scrape five sec­onds!” smiles Matthew. “Drag rac­ing is very hard on a car, and Char­lotte’s GSi is con­fig­ured for cir­cuit work, mean­ing we’re re­ally pleased with how well it per­formed along the stand­ing mile.” Fea­tur­ing coilovers, RnD Mo­tor­sport top mounts, solid sub­frame bushes, KS­port eight­pis­ton front brakes, Vec­tra VXR rears, forged pis­tons and rods, a dBi­las in­let man­i­fold and a K06 tur­bocharger, the car re­tains many of its crea­ture com­forts, in­clud­ing rare dual zone elec­tronic cli­mate con­trol and sat nav. “The in­te­rior is semi-stripped,” says Char­lotte. “I’ve bought Cor­beau buck­ets and safety belts, which are at­tached to a har­ness bar made by Matthew, but I’ve been keen to re­tain the car’s abil­ity to per­form com­fort­ably on the road as well as ag­gres­sively at the rac­ing cir­cuit,” she adds.

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