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Opel Performance Center GmbH
Type subsidiary of Opel
Founded Rüsselsheim, Germany in 1997
Headquarters Rüsselsheim, Germany
Area served Global, except Australia
Key people Manuel Reuter,
Sascha Bert,
Christian Riegler,
Felix Schmitt
Industry Automotive industry
Products High performance cars,
automotive sports accessories,
roadwheels and suspension components,
automotive consumer goods
Services Testing, research and development
Parent Adam Opel GmbH
Website OPC.com

Opel Performance Center GmbH is an independent subsidiary of the automaker Opel, which is responsible for the planning, development and coordination of all motorsport activities in charge of the Opel/Vauxhall brand in Europe.

With the withdrawal of Opel in the DTM and the bundling of motorsport activities at General Motors in the Chevrolet brand has been the role of the Opel Performance Center GmbH integrated into today's Adam Opel GmbH. The main focus lies in the OPC Opel involvement in motorsport, for example in the German Touring Car Masters (DTM until 2005), the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) and at rallies, and in the performance of standard models, which under the symbol OPC provided through the normal dealer network of the company Opel are sold.

Managing the OPC Ltd. is the former DTM racer Volker Strycek , who won in 1984, inter alia, DTM.

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OPC commercial models

The marketable vehicles developed by the Center are sold under the Opel brand, as special versions of the standard Opel vehicles. They are typically painted in a bright shade of blue (though other colours are available too). Their main competition in Europe are the ST versions of Ford's European range and SEAT's FR range. As Opel vehicles are called Vauxhall Motors in the United Kingdom, the performance cars are renamed from OPC to VXR.

As of 2006, OPC has developed the following special versions of Opel vehicles:

  • 1999 Opel Astra OPC - a version of the three-door hatchback and five-door station wagon (Caravan) Astra G (B) (out of production now)
  • 2001 Opel Zafira OPC - a version of the Opel Zafira A compact MPV (out of production now)
  • 2005 Opel Astra OPC - again, based on the three-door Astra, this time the three-door hatchback (GTC) version of the Astra H (C)
  • 2005 Opel Zafira OPC - a version of the Opel Zafira B compact MPV
  • 2005 Opel Vectra OPC- a version of the Opel Vectra C five-door liftback (GTS) and five-door station wagon (Caravan) (out of production now)
  • 2006 Opel Meriva OPC - a version of the Opel Meriva mini MPV
  • 2007 Opel Corsa OPC - a version of the Opel Corsa D.
  • 2009 Opel Insignia OPC - a version of the Opel Insignia five-door liftback (GTS) four-door saloon (GTS) and five-door station wagon (Caravan).
  • 2010 Opel Astra OPC - a version of the current Opel Astra small family car.

OPC Concept Cars

Over the nine years of existence, OPC presented the following concept cars:

  • 2001 Opel Astra Coupe OPC X-Treme - based on the DTM V8-powered version of the Opel Astra Coupe
  • 2002 Opel Corsa OPC - a very production-ready version of the 3-door Opel Corsa C that, however, never made it to production
  • 2003 Opel Vectra OPC - contrary to the commercial Vectra OPC, this one was based on the pre-facelift Vectra GTS and was powered with a tuned 1.9 CDTI engine
  • 2004 Opel Astra High Performance Concept - a study version of the later 2005 Opel Astra OPC, but painted in "power red"

Timeline

  • 2010 - Possible launch of new Astra OPC hatchback.
  • 2009 - Market launch of Insignia OPC sedans and Sports Tourer model (2.8-liter V6 Turbo, 239 kW/325 hp)
  • 2009 - Astra OPC Race Camp Edition hits the market
  • 2008 - IDSPlus2 chassis system is added as standard feature for Astra OPC
  • 2008 - Special limited-edition “Nürburgring Edition” Astra OPC model is launched
  • 2007 - Corsa OPC sets record at the Nordschleife with a time of 8:47:99
  • 2007 - Optional six-speed automatic transmission is added for Vectra OPC and Vectra station wagon OPC
  • 2007 - Market launch of Corsa OPC (1.6-liter Turbo, 141 kW/192 hp)
  • 2006 - Zafira OPC sets Nürburgring Nordschleife record as fastest van with a time of 8:54:38
  • 2006 - 2.8-liter V6 Turbo, 206 kW/280 hp offered on Vectra OPC and Vectra station wagon OPC
  • 2006 - Market launch of Meriva OPC (1.6-liter Turbo, 132 kW/180 hp)
  • 2005 - Astra OPC sets a record for compact class with a 8:35:94 time on the Nordschleife
  • 2005 - Market launch of Vectra OPC and Vectra station wagon OPC (2.8-liter V6 Turbo, 188 kW/255 hp)
  • 2005 - Market launch of second-generation Zafira OPC (2.0-liter Turbo, 177 kW/240 hp)
  • 2005 - Market launch of current Astra OPC (2.0-liter Turbo, 177 kW/240 hp)
  • 2005 - In just five years, some 20,000 OPC cars have been sold across Europe
  • 2004 - Launch of the OPC Line packages
  • 2002 - Market launch of second-generation Astra OPC (2.0-liter Turbo, 147 kW/200 hp) in three-door and station wagon variants
  • 2001 - Market launch of Zafira OPC (2.0-liter Turbo, 141 kW/192 hp)
  • 1999 - Market launch of Astra OPC (2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine, 118 kW/160 hp); all 3,000 limited edition units sell out within four months
  • 1997 - Opel establishes Opel Performance Center GmbH (OPC)

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