Vauxhall sets 18 Speed Endurance Records in production Astras

Vauxhall Astra is clearly not what one would call an interesting vehicle. Yes it is reliable, but clearly not a car that makes you say wow.

Looks like Vauxhall just got more interesting as it is currently awaiting FIA and MSA confirmation that its attempt to clinch a total of 12 World and 6 National Speed Endurance Records in a standard production Astra has been successful.

Earlier this month two Vauxhall Astra 2.0 CDTi Hatches approached the start line on Millbrook Proving Ground’s High Speed Bowl and precisely 24 hours later crossed the same marker, having covered nearly 3,000 miles at an average, yet-to-be ratified speed of 125mph.

12 drivers each drove a total of four hours, split between two cars.

The tyres were changed once and no engine oil was consumed at all, completing nearly 1,500 laps of the two-mile banked circuit.

Vauxhall is now claiming records in FIA’s 1600-2000cc forced-induction diesel production car class, as well as the MSA’s 1500-2000cc forced-induction diesel production car class for 1, 6, 12 and 24 hours.

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