Opel Corsa (A) Profile

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Opel Corsa (A) General Information

This is Opel's first A-segment car, the Opel Corsa A or in the UK the Vauxhall Nova (from Corsa B Vauxhall renamed their Nova to Corsa as well). Many people seem to agree that Opels were always understeering cars. The RWD Opels were not too bad, even though Ari Vatanen used to complain that he never felt comfortable with Ascona 400 and Manta 400 because they were understeering RWD cars. With FWD Opels this tendency became much worse. However the little Nova is the car that could prove everybody wrong. Maybe it was because the first Corsa was at least partly British Vauxhall designed. This doesn't explain why in its 1st generation only at Vauxhall this car had the resounding Nova name. It may explain though, why the Corsa A/Nova had a dash that was quite similar to that of the Vauxhall Chevette (which remember is totally different to the Opel Kadett C dash). The Nova also featured widened wings, like Quattro style wheel arch extentions already in the standard mould. This may seem odd, but they were only small and suited the car well. This feature is also lacking from all later generations Corsa. But above all, from the moment Opel turned to FWD the cars seemed to be understeering. German media (seemingly because they are fans of Volkswagens, that understeer even worse) of course keeps telling German public that understeering into opposite traffic and armcos with non-responding steering wheels is a good thing, but for a fun car and rally base car? Opel never got this problem under control, not even in their Corsa range - except the very 1st Corsa of them all that is!

For rallying the car was soon available with a 1.6 engine and after a facelift (sadly losing the Vauxhall Chevette style dash for something more girly) in versions Nova GT/E or Corsa GSI even with an injection system. With this probably being the best handling FWD Opel/Vauxhall in history, and being light, a 1.6 injection with already 101BHP in road trim (in UK, the German catalyst version had less) made a superb combination. Especially in UK there were not only works cars, but Harry Hockly made a name for driving and preparing Novas and the Nova is the car in which Mark Higgins made a name for himself. But there was a large number of drivers having fun in these things. In the BRC the works-Nova/Corsa managed on several occasions to beat the far more powerful works-Astra/Kadett. At WRC level the Nova/Corsa never seemed to become as regular and famous as the other wild, oversteering FWD car at the time, the Peugeot 205. However on national level there were masses of these Novas and virtually always the spectators felt the Novas were worth the wait at the stages as a large number of privateer and amateur drivers could provide good fun with these. But one name that became most synonymous with wild Nova action was the late Dave Metcalfe, who in spectacular style was nothing short of i.e. Colin McRae or Jean Ragnotti.
 

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Opel Corsa (A) Evolutions

 
 
Model & Evo. (Activity)
 
BHP@
RPM
Torque
(Nm)@
RPM
Length
Width
Height
Weight
(Kg/BPM
Ratio)
 
Trans.
(W'base)
Opel Corsa (A) GSI (84-99) 150/5600 165/3400 3622.1532.1365 800 (5.3) FWD (2343)

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Opel Corsa (A) Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
33rd. 1998 WRC Acropolis Rally H. Kaltsounis C. Exarhos #63 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
25th. 1997 WRC Acropolis Rally H. Kaltsounis C. Exarhos #51 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
31st. 1996 WRC Swedish Rally L. Andersson A. Wänn #63 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
33rd. 1996 WRC Acropolis Rally H. Kaltsounis C. Exarhos #67 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
23rd. 1993 WRC Swedish Rally L. Andersson A. Wänn #85 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
11th. 1992 WRC Swedish Rally P. Svan J. Olsson #31 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
24th. 1992 WRC Swedish Rally L. Andersson A. Wänn #99 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
16th. 1992 WRC Swedish Rally P. Svan J. Olsson #31 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
32nd. 1992 WRC Swedish Rally N. Burkart . UNKNOWN #99 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
21st. 1992 WRC Acropolis Rally H. Kaltsounis C. Exarhos #67 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
11th. 1992 WRC Rallye Catalunya L. Climent J. Munoz #19 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
22nd. 1991 WRC Swedish Rally P. Svan J. Olsson #33 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
14th. 1991 WRC Rally of Great Britain D. Metcalfe I. Grindrod #41 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
21st. 1990 WRC Acropolis Rally H. Kaltsounis . UNKNOWN #81 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
14th. 1990 WRC Rally of Great Britain D. Metcalfe I. Grindrod #40 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
25th. 1988 WRC Rally of Great Britain H. Hockly N. Grist #125 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
36th. 1987 WRC Swedish Rally C. McRae M. Broad #107 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
42nd. 1987 WRC Rally of Great Britain H. Hockly N. Grist #84 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
33rd. 1986 WRC Rally of Great Britain H. Hockly J. Meadows #113 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
29th. 1986 WRC Rally of Great Britain C. Birkbeck T. Godden #114 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
29th. 1985 WRC Rally of Great Britain C. Birkbeck . UNKNOWN #147 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
34th. 1985 WRC Rally of Great Britain H. Hockly J. Meadows #71 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
24th. 1984 WRC Rally of Great Britain H. Hockly . UNKNOWN #85 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Opel Corsa (A) Retirements

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1999 WRC Rally of Finland M. Ipatti K. Kajula #67 [UNKNOWN] SS8 wheel studs
Ret. 1999 WRC Acropolis Rally H. Kaltsounis C. Exarhos #79 [UNKNOWN] SS7 suspension
Ret. 1992 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Higgins C. Simmons #47 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1991 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Higgins C. Simmons #63 [UNKNOWN] SS2 crash
Ret. 1991 WRC Rallye Catalunya L. Climent J. Munoz #22 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1989 WRC Rally of Great Britain D. Metcalfe N. Grist #45 [UNKNOWN] SS48 clutch
Ret. 1988 WRC Rally of Great Britain R. Head R. Reid #130 [UNKNOWN] SS2 crash
Ret. 1987 WRC Rally of Great Britain C. McRae D. Ringer #85 [UNKNOWN] SS28 crash