Steinmetz and Klasen Set Fastest Opel World Record

{img align=left}Steinmetz in collaboration with Klasen Motors have set a world record for the fastest street-legal Opel. The record was achieved in October, at the Italian Nardo circuit, where the “twin-tuned” Opel Insignia Sports Tourer OPC reached 287.4 km/h (178.6 mph).

The now famous vehicle started life as a turbocharged V6 with 325 hp and 435 Nm “average” OPC. Then, Steinmetz lowered the suspension, optimized the aerodynamics (new grille, “pedestrian friendly” front spoiler and a custom rear spoilers) and installed a set of 20-inch rims. In it’s usual style, the tuner also added discrete touches like new floor mats, a bespoke roof spoiled and chrome trim.

Being able to cope with more power, the car reached Klasen Motors, where it was fitted with a bigger turbine, a new exhaust system and a larger intercooler. After receiving new fuel injectors and and ECU reprogramming, the Insignia tipped the dyno scale at 400 hp and 550 Nm of torque. Apparently the car still uses it’s (OPC) stock adaptive FlexRide suspension and brakes.

From that point on it was simple: the car was taken to the 12 kilometers oval at Nardo and unleashed its full power. By the way, when setting the record, the driver didn’t have to turn the steering wheel to a very big angle. That’s because when driving on the outer most lane, thanks to the circuit’s banking, a car can travel up to a speed of 240 km/h without having to steer at all.

Looks like Opel’s Insignia has a new medal to display on its VW Passat fighting suit, and here at autoevolution there’s nothing we like more than competitiveness.
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