When still part of the FIA’s rules, Group N racing required that at least 2500 production versions similar to the racing car be made for road use each year, and at least 25,000 units total. Opel’s entry was the Kadett GSi, but it also produced a ‘Superboss’ variation, an uprated version of the car produced in limited numbers.
The Superboss was successful in Group N and won over the hearts of racing fans in the early 90s. It differed from the standard Kadett GSi in that it had firm Irmscher springs, new camshafts, a different intake and exhaust setup and uprated engine management, among other small changes. Its 2.0-liter engine held the world record for most torque per liter, 84 lb-ft for each liter, until very recently when the 562 horsepower Ferrari 458 surpassed it.
The exact Superboss which was driven by Farouk Dangor in Group N, who is still the current owner of the car, will make an appearance on the racetrack again at the Top Gear Festival in Durban South Africa this weekend.
“It’s a big thrill to bring out this fantastic racing car once again,” Dangor said. “The Superboss still sets South African motorsport enthusiasts’ tongues wagging, and the passion that created it is still there in today’s Opel performance cars – and in the fans as well!”
The Top Gear Festival features the three hosts of the popular motoring show, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, putting on car-related stunts and acts in front of a live audience. Many South African’s hold Group N racing, as well as the Opel Superboss, close to their hearts, so they will certainly be in for a treat when Dangor makes his appearance in the car at the festival.