Although many already know that OPC models as the fastest, most powerful, and most capable performers to come out of GM’s Germany-based subsidiary Opel, they may not have known the way Opel tests each OPC model before it hits full-scale production. Just what kind of testing is an OPC car involved in?
To start, all Opel OPC models must successfully complete extensive full-throttle test drives when in development. This kind of durability testing isn’t all that uncommon, but is pretty much a standard among many global automakers. However, Opel also makes its OPC models complete a grueling 10,000-kilometer (6,200-mile) endurance program under the toughest conditions on the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack. This latter prerequisite applies to all OPC models, including the currently-available Corsa, Astra, and Insignia — and is one of the reasons that GM-Opel’s models are such capable track athletes. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’ll go back to driving our imaginary Astra OPC Extreme.