Vauxhall has removed the covers from its Astra VXR Extreme ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
Powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine developing over 300PS, it’s the fastest front wheel-drive car Vauxhall have ever produced.
Based on the Astra Cup race car that took part in the Nurburgring Endurance Championship last year, it’s 100kg lighter than a regular Astra VXR courtesy of extensive use of carbon-fibre.
The light weight material is used for the rear wing, rear diffuser, front splitter, bonnet, roof (where it saves 6.7kg), suspension strut brace, engine cover and even the wheels.
The front wings are made from aluminium and weigh just 800g instead of 2.2kg for the steel part.
The all-aluminium engine, the most powerful four-cylinder unit the company has ever built, is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox that drives the front wheels through a limited-slip differential.
The VXR Extreme sits much lower to the ground, and uses Brembo six-piston brake calipers and 370mm discs, plus adjustable suspension dampers.
The tyres, 245/35R19 in size, were specially developed for the VXR Extreme.
The interior continues the racing theme, with Recaro bucket seats, six-point Schroth harness, suede steering wheel with yellow stitching, and a roll cage where the reat seats would ordinarily be.
Vauxhall say the Astra VXR Extreme will enter low-volume production if interest is great enough.
Best nip down to your local dealer with a letter of intent.