Traditionally, when two cars go on a race, the thinking is that both cars should be evenly matched. After all, when only two cars are involved, it doesn’t make sense to have one be superior to the other, otherwise, why do it in the first place.

Opel’s new promo video featuring the all new Insignia sees it go face-to-face with one of the brand’s most iconic rally cars, the Opel Ascona 400, the last rear-wheel drive rally car that won the WRC World Championship way back in 1982.

So ok, it’s not really a fair race considering that the Ascona is close to hitting 40 years old but it sure made for an entertaining watch as the historical rally car went up against the new Insignia – a car that comes with an optional Adaptive 4x4 system on the 220HP 2.0-liter version and a standard 4x4 system on the 2.8 V6 Turbo and OPC variants.

Manning the wheels of the Ascona 400 is rally legend Christian Geistdörfer while Sina Winkelhock, a budding racer in her own right, is behind the wheel of the Insignia in this race on ice. Like we said, there’s really no suspense as to what car will take the chequered flag, but if you want to see the slick manoeuvrability of the Insignia - even under less-than-ideal road conditions – then you should definitely give this video a look.


Source: YouTube

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  (571) posted on 01.20.2010

I think, the bottom line here is to see how can Opel Ascona keep up with Insiginia. It doesn’t matter if the previous will win. To see that it still run very well is already an achievement.

  (808) posted on 01.10.2010

Yes it was not a fair race, yet it’s entertaining, a good way of promoting a car, it just show how good the opel 4x4 is.

  (780) posted on 01.10.2010

I don’t think it’s unfair on the part of the Ascona 400 where the power and speed of it is no match on the new Insignia where the power output of that car is in 300+ HP compare to 220 HP of Ascona. But on the point on defeating a legend car and a legend racer like Christian Geistdörfer, well that’s cool.

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