Besides all the BMWs present during the RSG Racing Days, there were also a whole bunch of other cool machines at the event. The car above is a genuine Opel Ascona 400 of which only 268 were produced. It was cool to see the owner Robert Keil using the car for what is was intended for.
This car was immaculate inside and out, as proven by this engine bay. I quickly snapped this picture when one of the mechanics popped the hood. The engine capacity is 2.4 liter and the driver has 230bhp on tap. After the introduction of the Audi Quattro, this car became obsolete, but it was the last rwd car to win the rally drivers world championship, ensuring its place in the record books.
Opel hired Irmscher to build the exterior. It resulted in a much wider car with these cool bolt on overfenders. You could easily exchange them if broken during a rally.
In the paddock I found this Dodge Viper that would go up against the Porsches in the Special Tourenwagen Trophy.
You could see the wheels of this car in the first feature of this event. They belonged to this Porsche GT2.
After some closer inspection I noticed these pipes running towards the turbo inside the wheel well. Is this a standard setup or has it been made to improve the performance of the car?
Further down the pitlane I noticed these two super wide old school VW Sciroccos sitting inside the pitbox.
Here we have its other brother running the same setup and widebody kit. Both the cars had a 1.6 liter engine but were more than capable of setting fast times on the track.
This car, a March 732 F2, was running in the Historical Monoposto class. Monoposto means one seater in Italian. So the cars that competed in this race were all Formula racing cars from the sixties and seventies.
Here we have something very different; a Superkart. Let me tell you these things are loud. I have been told that a German driver called Peter Elkmann broke the pole time of MotoGP racer Casey Stoner on the Sachsenring by 3 seconds driving a similar superkart. These karts can reach speeds of 280km/h thanks to its 100bhp engine and combined weight 215kg including the driver.
At first I wondered what kind of car this was, but after checking it on the paddock, it became clear that I was looking at a NSU TT. I spotted several of these rear wheel drive cars at Assen on Sunday, I thought they looked pretty cool.
These cars have the engine in the back. I had great fun seeing these cars run along the straight.
I first saw this Audi 80 turbo on-track, and when I went looking for it I found inside the pitbox. It was hard to take pictures but the owner was very friendly and opened up the hood and doors for me so I could have a better look. He was busy taking the wheels off together with his wife. I noticed that a lot of the ‘crews' consisted of family members including their children.
My German is a bit rusty and the owner didn't speak English so it was hard to communicate. I did manage to find out it had 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine that is aided by a turbo. But that was all I could find out.
Inside the cockpit it was obvious that this car has been build like a true racecar. It featured a rollcage, Recaro seat and all the other necessary components to make this car competitive.
In the trunk I found this complete race spec fuel system.
I wanted to end this feature with this Opel Kadett C Coupe with its cool paint job and perfect wheel fitment.
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