It might not seem like the funds are there for it, but Opel is jumping back into the racing scene twofold, as it revealed both a rally car and an endurance racer that will see competition from 2013 to 2016. They are the Opel Adam rally car, and Astra OPC Cup race cars.
The Opel Adam rally car, while seemingly unchanged from the upcoming factory model, actually features several modifications in order to meet FIA R2 racing standards and will race in a subcategory of Europe’s ADAC Rally Masters series, called the ADAC Opel Rally Cup. In addition, the series will have a special “junior rally” points system for drivers younger than 27 years of age. The overall winner of a set of final trials will get special coaching in the next season to help advance their racing career.
Meanwhile, the Opel Astra OPC Cup will race in Germany’s VLN Endurance Championship racing series, one of the most popular grassroots racing leagues in Europe, beginning with the 2013 racing season. The car is meant to be affordable enough for entry-level race teams, while at the same time receiving a significant amount of factory support and spare parts. The Astra will also compete in a brand trophy of its own class (“Astra OPC Cup”), with the season finale happening at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring race.