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With everybody bringing their best bets to the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, British car manufacturer Vauxhall decided not to be left behind with the new Vauxhall Astra VXR Extreme, a lightweight street-legal track toy that takes the moulding of the Astra Cup race car that competed in the Nürburgring Endurance Championship.

The main principle of the Extreme lies in its weight – it has lost 100 kg over the standard model, thanks to extensive applications of carbon fibre and lightweight materials on the roof, hood, rear wing, diffuser, front spolier and engine cover. Even the suspension bracing and wheels are made of lightweight materials.

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Similar story on the inside, where the back seats have been replaced with a safety roll bar. The car also gets Recaro bucket seats, with six-point safety beltsand a carbon-fibre-reinforced steering wheel covered in suede.

Not much information on the power train, but Vauhxall boasts that the Extreme will be the most powerful front-wheel drive the company has ever produced with over 300 hp from its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, that is mated to a six-speed manual gaerbox and LSD. The car is fitted with Brembo six-piston brakes behind the 245/35 R19 tyres and adjustable dampers a la real touring car.

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In terms of availability, Vauxhall is letting the public to decide. Positive feedback could send the car to the production line, albeit in small quantity.



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