THE NURBURGRING-ASTRA by WRAPworks
A total of 835 vehicles of the Nurburgring Edition produced between April 2004 and November 2010 of the Opel Astra with the index letter H have left the Opel Performance Center – better known as OPC in Russelsheim – in the year 2008.
The number 835 in turn was not arbitrarily determined, rather it is a homage to the lap time of 8:35 minutes, which was set by Manuel REUTER with his Opel Astra H OPC at the Nordschleife of the Nurburgring. The number 56 of this series with two liters displacement and 240 hp turbo (= 176 kW) is to be discussed here.
However, let us take a closer look at the outer appearance of the ring star. The upcoming firm WRAPworks from Engelskirchen, which is situated somewhere between Cologne and Olpe, has chosen such compact class Opel. The crew around Timo LOHMEIER has deepened the theme “Nurburgring Edition” and adjusted the design to it accordingly. The foil colors – titan-metallic mat as well as high-gloss red – have been chosen to match the factory logo. To realize the exclusive foliation and to foil every detail the car has been largely disassembled into its component parts. A high-gloss digital printing in carbon style was specially made for the engine hood to accentuate the logo.
And the brute sound delivering exhaust system by Remus with the centered tailpipe is perfectly accentuated by means of the red line ending on it. To preserve the relation to the original Nurburg Edition, the series checks have been left on the bonnet, top and tailgate, at least partially. The price for this really exclusive WRAPworks-foliation is at 1.250,00 Euros and it is realizable within two working days. So much to the Astra’s “designer outfit”.
It goes almost without saying that the number 56 had also to stand some changes. The Astra H OPC is lowered by means of EIBACH-30/30 springs. The exhaust system from turbo is usually installed on the sister model Vauxhall Astra VXR and it comes from REMUS. This Nurburgring-Astra has an OPC 1 brake cooling and yellow fog lights. Also an adjustable Whiteline-rear axle-stabilizer and a Pipercross air filter are installed. The Courtenay PU motor bearing and the bronze bushings for the guide pins of the ATE-break calipers at the front axle are also worth mentioning, which ensure a higher pressure point and prevent an oblique wear of the lining. The very important part of the connection between car and road take the rims called Nitro by Motec in 8x18 ET30, which are tired with Hankook Ventus V12 in 225/40ZR18. Finally the rear wiper was removed and Rally-4-safety belts by SCHROTH were installed inside. By the way, this car is regularly running on the Nordschleife and quite often it makes some larger caliber looking silly, just to mention.