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Vauxhall at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Vauxhall Insignia VXR (copyright GM Corp.)

The new Vauxhall Insignia VXR (above)

1966 Vauxhall XVR concept car (copyright GM Corp.)

1966 Vauxhall XVR concept car

1970 Vauxhall SRV concept car (copyright GM Corp.)

1970 Vauxhall SRV concept car

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24th June, 2009

Vauxhall will use this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed to unveil the all-new, 325 horsepower Insignia VXR for the first time in the UK, and provide visitors with the chance to see two stunning historic concepts that have not been exhibited in public for many years.

The high-performance version of this year’s European Car of the Year winner will be displayed in the popular Super Car Paddock throughout the event, which runs from 3rd - 5th July, ahead of its UK media launch the following week.

In the time-honoured Festival of Speed tradition, the Vauxhall Insignia VXR – which has just completed a final 10,000 kilometre shakedown at the Nürburgring in Germany – will demonstrate its exceptional Adaptive 4X4 chassis twice a day on Goodwood’s notoriously tricky hillclimb course.

Joining the Insignia in the Super Car Paddock will be Vauxhall’s most powerful production car ever, the supercharged, rear-wheel-drive, 6.2-litre V8-engined VXR8 Bathurst S Edition.

In pride of place on the Cartier lawn, just across the way from the latest VXRs, will be two historic Vauxhall concepts that have not been seen outside its Luton-based Heritage Centre for nearly two decades.

Originally shown at the 1966 Geneva Salon, the XVR was largely the work of David Jones, Vauxhall’s head of design in the 1960s. Featuring gullwing doors, pop-up headlights and all-independent suspension, the XVR’s unique dash treatment was used to test reaction to ideas he had for the later Vauxhall Firenza.

Joining the new Insignia VXR will be another wholly in-house Vauxhall concept, the radical SRV. First shown at the 1970 Earls Court Motor Show, the sleek, imposing shape belies its four-door practicality. But with an aerofoil, electric self-levelling suspension and a ‘manometer’ to measure air pressure on the car’s hull, the SRV illustrated Vauxhall’s forward thinking technology stance that endures to this day.


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