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Opel Corsa (C) General Information

In the Opel Astra G story we summarise what also applies to this Corsa S1600:

"What happened since the lovely Opel Ascona 400 and Manta 400 days? Ok, already those projects were heavily and unnecessarily delayed for GM/Opel politics. And then we had the Opel Calibra 4x4 Turbo, a project that was called off immediately AFTER its debut. It all seems as if GM/Opel/Vauxhall couldn’t decide if they now hated rallying or not....

At the end of the 2000 season – after only 2 years! – Opel pulled the plug, stating “Rallying doesn’t suit our image!”. Sure Opel knew what they were talking about. Only another 2 years later Opel spent all the big money to create a Corsa Kit Car for the new S1600 category, ran it for 2 years and pulled the plug on this too stating: “Rallying doesn’t suit our image!” Well done! Both these projects and cars lacked wins but both definitely showed potential! Why spend all that money and effort when already before you said you don’t want to do it? I do not understand."

Indeed like the F2 Astra G, this S1600 Corsa C showed potential in its class, but remained a short story. We can't ignore that the car showed interesting potential in the German rallye championship. Well, it rarely gained results, it had retirements and wasn't quite up to speed with Sven Haaf's Citroën Saxo & C2, but there were some overall stage times that put the names of young talents Christof Schleimer and Markus Fahrner on the map. Sadly the German rally scene is very badly supported by manufacturers, media and industry and with the disappearance of the Opel Corsa S1600 these promising names disappeared again, too. I may sound less than biased towards the German rallying scene, but Sven Haaf, Christof Schleimer and Markus Fahrner are drivers who would have deserved their names in international rallying. Interestingly Christof Schleimer stayed loyal to Opel and enjoys youngtimer rallyes today with an ex-Malcolm Wilson works-Vauxhall Astra Mk2 (the Vauxhall works version of the Kadett E).

The main initiative clearly came again from the UK. Niall McShae was the first regular (not to say official) Opel Corsa S1600 driver in the JWRC, but for his personal talents he seemed clearly better advised to switch to 4x4 turbo rallying. Such the main name identified with the Opel Corsa S1600 turned - indeed! - Kris Meeke.

Interestingly British Kris Meeke also was to prove that this time the GM rally project was clearly linked to Opel and not Vauxhall. In previous projects, especially Corsa/Nova A, Kadett/Astra E, Astra F, Astra G, there always seemed to be a strong or regular Vauxhall identification, not only by British registration plates. Kris Meeke had a very busy program with the team, adding the BRC to the JWRC. Meeke's British Rally Championship program was very clearly officially supported and managed by Vauxhall. Curiosly these British Championship cars were British registered on the plates "X10**PEL" & "X20**PEL", which you could easily read as "X1_Opel" & "X2_Opel" - registered in Vauxhall's name!
 

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Opel Corsa (C) Evolutions

 
 
Model & Evo. (Activity)
 
BHP@
RPM
Torque
(Nm)@
RPM
Length
Width
Height
Weight
(Kg/BPM
Ratio)
 
Trans.
(W'base)
Opel Corsa (C) S1600 (02-05) 224/9000 180/7500 3817.1770.1440 950 (4.3) FWD (2491)

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Opel Corsa (C) Results

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

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
23rd. 2014 IRC Acropolis Rally H. Kaltsounis A. Peridis #30 [UNKNOWN] 3:15:33.7
27th. 2011 WRC Acropolis Rally H. Kaltsounis . UNKNOWN #62 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
37th. 2008 WRC Acropolis Rally H. Kaltsounis . UNKNOWN #73 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
38th. 2007 WRC Acropolis Rally H. Kaltsounis . UNKNOWN #81 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
38th. 2006 WRC Acropolis Rally H. Kaltsounis C. Exarhos #82 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
31st. 2005 WRC Rally of Turkey (Kemer) D. Higgins D. Barritt #77 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
35th. 2005 WRC Acropolis Rally H. Kaltsounis . UNKNOWN #93 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
14th. 2004 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo K. Meeke C. Patterson #36 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
20th. 2004 WRC Rally of Great Britain K. Meeke D. Senior #36 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
16th. 2004 WRC Rally Sardinia Italy K. Meeke D. Senior #36 [UNKNOWN] 5:26:22.3
29th. 2003 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo K. Meeke C. Patterson #74 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
19th. 2003 WRC Rallye Catalunya K. Meeke C. Patterson #74 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
25th. 2002 WRC Rallye San Remo N. McShea M. Orr #52 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
23rd. 2002 WRC Rally of Great Britain N. McShea M. Orr #52 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Opel Corsa (C) Retirements

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

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 2016 IRC Acropolis Rally H. Kaltsounis . UNKNOWN #37 [UNKNOWN] SS1 ?
Ret. 2013 WRC Acropolis Rally H. Kaltsounis . UNKNOWN #93 [UNKNOWN] SS3 suspension
Ret. 2008 WRC Acropolis Rally H. Kaltsounis . UNKNOWN #73 [UNKNOWN] SS5 ?
Ret. 2004 WRC Rally of Finland K. Meeke C. Patterson #36 [UNKNOWN] SS9 crash
Ret. 2004 WRC Rally of Turkey (Kemer) K. Meeke C. Patterson #36 [UNKNOWN] SS3 sump
Ret. 2004 WRC Acropolis Rally K. Meeke C. Patterson #36 [UNKNOWN] SS7 suspension
Ret. 2004 WRC Acropolis Rally H. Kaltsounis C. Exarhos #79 [UNKNOWN] SS4 suspension
Ret. 2003 WRC Rally of Great Britain K. Meeke C. Patterson #74 [UNKNOWN] SS17 crash
Ret. 2003 WRC Rallye San Remo K. Meeke C. Patterson #74 [UNKNOWN] SS11 crash
Ret. 2003 WRC Rally of Finland K. Meeke C. Patterson #74 [UNKNOWN] SS16 electrics
Ret. 2003 WRC Acropolis Rally K. Meeke C. Patterson #74 [UNKNOWN] SS1 suspension
Ret. 2003 WRC Rally of Turkey (Kemer) K. Meeke C. Patterson #74 [UNKNOWN] SS6 wheel studs
Ret. 2002 WRC Rally of Great Britain S. Haaf M. Kölbach #70 [UNKNOWN] SS8 electrics
Ret. 2002 WRC Rallye San Remo S. Haaf M. Kölbach #70 [UNKNOWN] SS3 wheel studs
Ret. 2002 WRC Rallye Deutschland N. McShea M. Orr #52 [UNKNOWN] SS14 crash
Ret. 2002 WRC Acropolis Rally N. McShea M. Orr #52 [UNKNOWN] SS5 sump
Ret. 2002 WRC Acropolis Rally H. Kaltsounis C. Exarhos #125 [UNKNOWN] SS12 ?
Ret. 2002 WRC Rallye Catalunya N. McShea M. Orr #52 [UNKNOWN] SS7 suspension
Ret. 2002 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo N. McShea M. Orr #52 [UNKNOWN] SS1 crash