Thursday, 26 January 2012 6:01 PM
Who wants a sneak preview of the latest version of the Astra VXR, the most powerful ever produced? Sorry, you’ll have to wait until Vauxhall reveal it in the metal at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6th. But to get you in the mood we can show you what they’ve done with the seats instead.
Designed to make sure you defy the laws of physics and stay firmly behind the wheel, the new seats sit lower to the centre of gravity and offer greater side support to counter the increased cornering loads. Constructed from injection moulded fibreglass and polyamide, the seat shell is a mere 2-3mm thick so they are 45% lighter than a regular seat – and we all know less weight equals more speed.
The new seats have up to 18 different adjustments giving the driver the same level of comfort, support and security normally reserved for the competition racing driver. They are also the first seats in this class to be fully certified to provide complete back support whilst driving and are actually moulded to fit the natural curvature of the spine.
If you think all that sounds impressive have a look at the interior pictures of the new VXR. How much do you want to get this car out on a track? And it would have to be around a track because we couldn’t possibly condone driving the way you’re thinking of driving on a public highway.
Speaking of the car – in case you thought we’d forgotten what the seats are bolted to – the new VXR has a bespoke chassis, Brembo brakes, limited slip differential and an engine that hammers out 276bhp and 295 lb/ft of torque. We suspect the 155mph top speed has more to do with a limiter rather than the limitations of the car.
We will bring you more details as soon as they are released and you can expect a road test as soon as we can lay our hands on a set of keys – once we’ve finished fighting over who gets the first go that is.
By David Young
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