The concept of a lot of force pulling on the front axle and weighing on it is one that is becoming increasingly popular. One of these examples is the Opel Corsa OPC Nürburgring Edition. The last addition in the name is particularly important, because this “Green Goblin” was conceived on the Nürburgring and born in the Green Hell.
We usually know the subject of understeer and oversteer. The Corsa needs a third! In short, I simply call it negative centripetal force. In general, we expect a front-wheel drive vehicle that is accelerated in a curve to have an unrestrainedly overwhelmed front axle and the resulting understeer and an early date with the guardrail. Apparently the Corsa has never heard of it. If we repeat the same experiment with the 210 hp power dwarf, something happens that speaks against driving physics as we know it.
Quickly into a curve, regardless of whether it is second, third or even fourth gear and then push the stamp even more through the floor panel … then we will witness an exorbitant spectacle. Even on bumps, the Corsa does not follow the laws of nature and flies out of the curve, no, it continues to screw itself to the center of the curve. Some of the moments are transmitted so suddenly via the mechanical multi-disc limited slip differential that it looks like a moment of shock, especially at first. The left turn will not carry you to the right, but instead you will drive further to the left than you are already holding the steering wheel.
This is made possible by the use of a front axle limited-slip differential from Drexler Motorsport. Here, too, the name says it all, the supplier usually supplies racing teams. This competence also flows into the Rüsselsheimer, which costs 28,825 euros. Now we know where the performance comes from, which can be directed through the very direct “sweet” steering on the road. But where does the new service come from? Because the Green Hell Edition has almost 20 hp more than the normal OPC. For this purpose, the 1.6-liter turbo engine was designed on the one hand to be 100% fueled with 100 octane gasoline – so ordinary Super Plus is not enough, it has to be the good juice from Aral or at least Shell – and on the other hand, changes have been made to the Wastegate (bypass valve) of the turbocharger made in the exhaust gas flow. What exactly? Unfortunately, the Opel Performance Center doesn’t really like to look into its cards.
You can see proven components from Brembo, 310 mm discs on the front axle, which are internally ventilated for themselves, but do not receive any additional cooling air via the fake slits on the body. Or like the Bilstein dampers with springs from Eibach. Not only does it bring the power to the road extremely well, the brakes can be adjusted so well that it even leaves a little doubt as to whether this is still an Opel. Only if you let your eyes wander through the interior will you recognize it is still an Opel, albeit a faster one.
For the OPC, there is only one real area of work, the Nürburgring Nordschleife, well, as colleague Mechthild was there with him. You can read about his experiences on asphalt.
Anyone who does not dare to go to the Eifel for this is out of place as a buyer for the fastest series Corsa. It can certainly give pleasure on country roads, but at some point the road will reach its performance limit, and the Corsa is far from being fully utilized. It doesn’t want to be called a sporty shopping cart, it needs fast corners and lots of curves. The gearbox, in short, only wants one thing from you: Acceleration, acceleration and further acceleration. Nothing speaks of a long distance, at most maybe 24 hours of endurance racing. The green person only feels comfortable under full stress and only if you can give him that, then you are the right person to fill in the Recaros.
The Corsa alone looks great, how on earth will it fare in our comparison of the lively, cheeky, fast “Pocket Rockets”? The video provides information!
Opel Corsa OPC Nürburgring Edition
Inline four cylinder (transverse), 1,598 cm³ (turbocharging) 210 hp at 5,850 rpm 250 Nm at 2,250 – 5,850 rpm (280 Nm with overboost function) 6.8 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h VMax 230 km / h Combined consumption 7.6 l / 100km (CO2: 178 g / km) Test consumption 8.7 – 11.3 l / 100km Basic model price 28,265.00 euros Test car price 29,625.00 euros
Text / Photos: Fabian Meßner