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Opel Ascona (B) General Information

The Opel Ascona 2000 seemed to move away from the big trend of early 1979. When in Monte Carlo Ford, Fiat and Volkswagen all launched new FWD hot hatches, what does Opel do only a couple of weeks later? Debut a RWD medium sized saloon! Yet, Opel didn't miss the point with this car. It was entered in group2, just like the fleet of FWD hot hatches and it was aimed at amateur drivers at first. The thing was, the Ascona A was a favourite with amateur drivers, the Ascona B - of which the Ascona 2000 was the sporty road version - was meanwhile launched as its successor, and times started moving to ever more sophisticated, more tuned machinery. Opel already had first thoughts about a powerful group4 version of the new Ascona B, so to make a cut and make something available on similar lines to the Ascona A or in fact the Escort, just more modern, was very much a popular idea.

And it was not only a popular but a good car. As the powerful group4 Ascona B, which was later known as the Ascona 400, wasn't finished yet, Opel sent their works driver Jochi Kleint into the European Rally Championship with the Ascona 2000. The Ascona 2000 may only have had its European rally debut at the Boucles de Spa in Belgium in February 1979, but Jochi Kleint managed to become a convincing ERChampion with it that same year! (To be accurate, it's real competition debut was at the tough Bandama Rallye in Africa at the end of 1978.) In years to come it seemed Scandinavia was flooded with these things. Resounding names as Lars-Erik Torph, Mats Jonsson and Mikael Sundström seemed to become synonymous with the Ascona 2000 across Europe during the early 1980s.

Interestingly the Ascona 2000 had the same engine as the Kadett (C) GT/E, but was 20BHP down on the older car. This was thought to be a legacy of the Kadett (C) GT/E's regular engine blow ups, the Ascona was heavier too, yet the results were still there.

The homologation of this car was later straight transferred into groupA without any technical changes. As the car was only in private hands and by that time started to become a little rarer, we don't have an extra entry - also because in groupA days the Manta, which is nothing but an Ascona coupé, existed alongside it. So for the Ascona 2000 from 1984 onwards, instead of group2, read groupA!
 

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Opel Ascona (B) Evolutions

 
 
Model & Evo. (Activity)
 
BHP@
RPM
Torque
(Nm)@
RPM
Length
Width
Height
Weight
(Kg/BPM
Ratio)
 
Trans.
(W'base)
Opel Ascona (B) 2000 (79-86) 185/7100 210/5500 4321.1659.1380 1000 (5.4) RWD (2518)

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Opel Ascona (B) Results

This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
13th. 1986 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Jonsson J. Johannsson #67 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
22nd. 1985 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo F. Metiffiot P. Bouvier #47 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1985 WRC Swedish Rally J. Aahlin U. Karlsson #24 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
17th. 1985 WRC Tour de Corse G. Fiori . UNKNOWN #71 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
16th. 1985 WRC Rally of Finland R. Buri J. Stenroos #43 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1985 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Jonsson J. Johannsson #24 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
20th. 1984 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo F. Metiffiot P. Bouvier #41 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
5th. 1984 WRC Swedish Rally L. Torph J. Svanström #21 [UNKNOWN] 4:36:46
6th. 1984 WRC Swedish Rally B. Johannsson A. Olsson #17 [UNKNOWN] 4:37:10
10th. 1984 WRC Swedish Rally J. Aahlin U. Karlsson #23 [UNKNOWN] 4:45:44
22nd. 1984 WRC Tour de Corse F. Metiffiot P. Bouvier #72 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
27th. 1984 WRC Rally of Finland R. Buri J. Hakanen #45 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1984 WRC Rally of Great Britain L. Torph K. Oswin #38 [UNKNOWN] 10:30:39
29th. 1983 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo . "Tchine" P. Thimonier #31 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
45th. 1983 WRC Swedish Rally S. Kottulinsky M. Sterner #65 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1983 WRC Swedish Rally M. Jonsson A. Gustavsson #27 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
16th. 1983 WRC Swedish Rally K. Eriksson . UNKNOWN #38 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
12th. 1983 WRC Rallye de Portugal . "Tchine" P. Thimonier #42 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
17th. 1983 WRC Tour de Corse . "Tchine" P. Thimonier #25 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
8th. 1983 WRC Tour de Corse J. Couloumies C. Causse #17 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
11th. 1983 WRC Rally of Finland M. Sundström J. Markkula #43 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
21st. 1983 WRC Rally of Finland L. Torph J. Svanström #98 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
45th. 1983 WRC Rally of Finland . "Tchine" . UNKNOWN #107 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
21st. 1983 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Niemi J. Millington #39 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
9th. 1983 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Sundström D. Orrick #37 [UNKNOWN] 9:42:18
10th. 1983 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Jonsson J. Johannsson #31 [UNKNOWN] 9:45:07
33rd. 1983 WRC Rally of Great Britain S. Kottulinsky L. Wenberg #72 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
42nd. 1982 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo F. Metiffiot P. Bouvier #42 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
12th. 1982 WRC Swedish Rally M. Jonsson . UNKNOWN #27 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
16th. 1982 WRC Rally of Finland V. Silander J. Repo #49 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
47th. 1982 WRC Rally of Great Britain S. Kottulinsky L. Wenberg #69 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
16th. 1982 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Jonsson J. Johannsson #60 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
18th. 1982 WRC Rally of Great Britain L. Torph . UNKNOWN #66 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
14th. 1981 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Clarr J. Fauchille #25 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
17th. 1981 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo B. Danielsson B. de Jong #30 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
69th. 1981 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo P. Meylan E. Bertozzi #189 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1981 WRC Swedish Rally R. Ericsson . UNKNOWN #40 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
16th. 1981 WRC Swedish Rally B. Blomqvist B. Melander #30 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1981 WRC Rallye San Remo . "Tchine" P. Thimonier #34 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
30th. 1980 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo . "Tchine" F. Delorme #46 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1980 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Clarr J. Fauchille #33 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
39th. 1980 WRC Rally of Finland . "Tchine" P. Thimonier #61 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1980 WRC Rally of Great Britain S. Nilsson A. Olsson #51 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
11th. 1979 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Pesmazoglou H. Kaltsounis #32 [UNKNOWN] 16:36:22
5th. 1979 WRC Rallye San Remo D. Cerrato L. Guizzardi #18 [UNKNOWN] 13:11:15
23rd. 1979 WRC Rally of Great Britain B. Culcheth M. Peters #33 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Opel Ascona (B) Retirements

This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1986 WRC Rally of Finland H. Uotila . UNKNOWN #53 [UNKNOWN] SS5 ?
Ret. 1985 WRC Rally of Finland J. Latvala . UNKNOWN #34 [UNKNOWN] SS24 half shaft
Ret. 1985 WRC Rally of Finland J. Aahlin . UNKNOWN #23 [UNKNOWN] SS23 engine
Ret. 1984 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Aahlin . UNKNOWN #54 [UNKNOWN] SS11 rear axle
Ret. 1984 WRC Rally of Finland H. Uotila . UNKNOWN #40 [UNKNOWN] SS17 ?
Ret. 1984 WRC Rally of Finland S. Lindholm . UNKNOWN #37 [UNKNOWN] SS3 propshaft
Ret. 1984 WRC Rally of Finland J. Latvala . UNKNOWN #41 [UNKNOWN] SS1 ?
Ret. 1983 WRC Rally of Great Britain L. Torph J. Svanström #43 [UNKNOWN] SS50 rear axle
Ret. 1983 WRC Rally of Finland M. Jonsson A. Gustavsson #91 [UNKNOWN] SS14 engine
Ret. 1983 WRC Rally of Finland T. Tahko E. Tahko #15 [UNKNOWN] SS2 transmission
Ret. 1983 WRC Rally of Finland J. Richelmi . UNKNOWN #61 [UNKNOWN] SS3 ?
Ret. 1983 WRC Rallye de Portugal J. Richelmi . UNKNOWN #47 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1983 WRC Swedish Rally L. Torph J. Svanström #50 [UNKNOWN] SS99 transmission
Ret. 1983 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo F. Metiffiot P. Bouvier #170 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1982 WRC Rally of Great Britain . "Tchine" P. Trivero #120 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1982 WRC Acropolis Rally P. Meylan E. Bertozzi #70 [UNKNOWN] SS2 ?
Ret. 1982 WRC Rallye de Portugal . "Tchine" P. Thimonier #30 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1982 WRC Swedish Rally B. Blomqvist B. Melander #39 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1982 WRC Swedish Rally A. Gustavsson . UNKNOWN #76 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1982 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo . "Tchine" P. Thimonier #30 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1981 WRC Acropolis Rally P. Meylan E. Bertozzi #54 [UNKNOWN] SS28 ?
Ret. 1981 WRC Tour de Corse . "Tchine" P. Trivero #52 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1981 WRC Tour de Corse J. Clarr J. Vieu #21 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1981 WRC Rallye de Portugal . "Tchine" P. Thimonier #35 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1981 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo . "Tchine" P. Thimonier #48 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1980 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Couloumies C. Causse #56 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1980 WRC Rallye San Remo . "Tchine" P. Thimonier #35 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1980 WRC Rallye San Remo M. Biasion T. Siviero #31 [UNKNOWN] SS99 differential
Ret. 1979 WRC Rallye San Remo M. Verini . "Rudy" #7 [UNKNOWN] SS43 gearbox
Ret. 1978 WRC Bandama Rallye S. Mehta M. Doughty #6 [UNKNOWN] SS7 camshaft