Words by Matt de Prez @mattdeprez
Photography by Rowan Cullen @rowancullen
Commuting by day and racing by night. Welcome to the car scene 2016. Modifying cars is by no means a new pastime but buying pre-modded track focused cars directly from the manufacturer is no longer reserved for those with supercar budgets.
Vauxhall has already taken its humble Corsa and turned it up to gas mark 6 with the VXR and it was certainly a hot hatch, so why make the Nurburgring edition?
Naming a car after the most famous racetrack in the world sets extremely high expectations of its dynamic abilities. Not necessarily those historically affiliated with Vauxhall.
Vauxhall’s tuning arm, OPC, tweaked the VXRs 1.6 litre turbo engine and eeked out an extra 13 bhp meaning this 1300kg car packs 202BHP and 207LB FT of torque. There’s no doubt about its sub 7 second 0-60 time.
The real performance advantages on this car come from the Bilstein suspension setup which makes the car ride 20mm lower than standard, Lightweight Brembo brakes and most importantly a mechanical limited slip diff.
Naturally, the ride is firmer… Alot firmer. And thanks the large 18″ wheels the turning circle is frustratingly poor for what is biologically a city car. It is still useable as a daily driver though, returning 37MPG and appointed with all the mod-cons of a normal top-spec Corsa.
Nonetheless the Nurburgring edition is fast, fun and extremely manageable to drive. Thanks to the mechanical diff there is none of the usual front drive under-steer, wind the power on mid-turn and the Corsa will give nothing but traction.
Does it live up to it’s name? Well, its never going to get near the lap record but it captures the essence of a Nurburgring car. You can use it for driving to work or going to the shops but whenever you fancy a cheeky lap, the Corsa VXR Nurburgring is primed and ready to deliver thrills.