BILSTEIN and Opel Together Again in Motorsport
Suspension Specialist Equips New Opel Astra OPC
Two of the greatest names in Motorsport are making a most welcome reunion. Not only is Opel making a return to competitive motorsport with the new Opel Astra OPC, but, with an eye on previous successes, the cars will all be equipped with BILSTEIN adjustable dampers.
Built in the city of Rüsselsheim, the new Touring cars will take to the starting grid in 2013 in the VLN long-distance championships at the Nürburgring to compete for their own brand trophy - the Astra OPC Cup. The highlight of the season will be the legendary 24-hour race on the Nordschleife circuit. The conversion of 20 Opel Astra OPCs from bare-shells to full-on racecars is being undertaken by VLN specialist and Opel partner Kissling Motorsport. By any standards, the new Opel Astra OPC Cup cars boast an impressive spec sheet; A race-tuned 300 HP engine, adjustable BILSTEIN Performance shock absorbers, 378 millimetre brake discs out front and 314 millimetre discs on the rear axle. The technical specifications also include a lightweight body with carbon componentry and a bespoke integrated safety structure. The multi-adjustable BILSTEIN Performance shocks will endow the Opel Astra OPC with precise handling and optimum vehicle control on the hallowed 24.369 kilometre long track.
During the conversion, experts adapted the race-proven BILSTEIN shock absorbers precisely to the Opel Astra OPC. An adjustment wheel – selectable in parallel rebound and compression stages when installed – enables individual suspension settings. Developed by BILSTEIN, the inverted mono-tube technology provides greater safety reserves and high traction.
BILSTEIN wishes Opel and the racing teams every success for 2013.