MANY HAPPY RETURNS
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 handful of last-of-the-line special edition Corsa D VXRs built. We love it!
The latest flagship sporty Corsa isn’t badged as VXR. It’s a GSi, just like the first ‘proper’ performance Corsa back in 1993. We took the new car for a spin shortly before we went to press with this issue of the magazine. Read all about the VXR’s controversial successor on page 44.
There are purists among you who will argue the first Corsa was, in fact, the Nova. Known as Corsa A in mainland Europe, the model celebrates its thirtyfifth birthday this year, so what better way to mark the occasion than a meet of enthusiasts and their cars?! Held at Bruntingthorpe and featuring Novas ranging from immaculate standard specimens to a massively modified hill climb weapon, the occasion was a roaring success and was followed by a spirited B-road blast all the way to the VBOA National Rally. You can read all about Market Harborough’s Griffinthemed extravaganza on page 54.
As the runaway success of the Corsa has proved for more than two decades, compact Vauxhalls are hugely popular, but there are those who prefer what's on offer at the other end of the manufacturer’s product range. We’ve lost count of the number of feature car owners who answer “VXR8” when we ask them to name their favourite Vauxhall! This issue’s fire-breathing, HSV-derived monsters are none other than the Gen-F Maloo R8 and the last Holden to win Australia’s greatest race, the Bathurst 1000. The latter is a 600bhp beast owned by none other than McLaren Racing CEO, Zak Brown. Yep, after last issue’s article highlighting how Formula One stars use a Vauxhall to hone their driving skills, we can now reveal McLaren's F1 team boss does too (kinda!).
As if that lot wasn’t enough, we’ve got stacks of other exciting feature content for you to enjoy across the following pages. The first Vectra B GSi 2.6 (now complete with its 3.2-litre makeover), Power Maxed TAG Racing’s trackside diary and a tech talk ar ticle covering different types of fuel are just some of what’s on offer, so turn the page and get stuck in!