|Opel Vectra GTS V8|
At the test track of Colmar in France, Opel's motorsport manager Volker Strycek shook Opel Vectra GTS V8 for the first time. The car will be racing this season in the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen-Masters). Strycek, the maiden DTM-champion in 1984 and overall winner of the 2003's Nürburgring 24-hour race together with Opel-works-drivers Manuel Reuter, Timo Scheider and Marcel Tiemann with an Opel Astra V8 Coupé, had also been behind the wheel at the first outings of Opel's DTM-race cars in previous years.
In sunny, but cold conditions, Strycek completed a total of 55 laps. Strycek mainly praised the driveability of the Opel as well as the response of the 476 hp strong V8-engine. Opel's test driver Marcel Tiemann also sat behind the wheel during the roll-out at Colmar. An extensive test programme with the Opel Vectra GTS V8 will be carried out in the next few weeks. The opening round of the DTM-season takes place at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, April 18.
Company press release, last updated before 12 / 01 / 2004
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