Get Up Closer to a Renault Racer. Vauxhall's Insignia VXR Unveiled

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Get Up Closer to a Renault Racer. Vauxhall's Insignia VXR Unveiled


VISITORS to the Midlands Motor Show on August 1 and 2 can get close up to a Formula Renault racer (right) as part of Sutton Park Renault's stand.

As the Midlands Motor Show coincides with a weekend off from the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship for Brett Parris of Antel Motorsport, his 150mph single-seater Renault car will be on show.

Formula Renault is Britain's only single-seater series and launched the careers of household names Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Rikk|nen and Heikki Kovalainen.

As well as the F1-style Formula Renault hand at the show to guide visitors through the latest models including Renault Mgane Hatch, Mgane Coup, Laguna Coup, Kangoo Car, New Grand Scnic and Clio 2009. Wayne Budge, general manager at Sutton Park Coventry, said: "With so many new arrivals in the showroom, we wanted to give customers a chance to have a look at the latest additions in a nonshowroom environment.

"We're thrilled to have a Formula Renault racecar on the stand as we're all big fans of the one-make series and its influence on Renault's range, particularly the Renaultsport cars."

VAUXHALL'S stunning Insignia VXR (right) will be the focus of a covers-off reveal at the Midlands Motor Show. First seen at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the VXR makes its UK motor show debut in Coventry.

Packing 325 hp, a four-wheeldrive chassis and a sub-six second 0-60 time, Vauxhall's new Insignia VXR is set to take the mid-size performance saloon market by storm when it appears in UK showrooms this September, priced from pounds 30,995.00.

Based on the successful 2009 European Car of the Year, and available in hatch, saloon and Sports Tourer body styles, the Insignia will be Vauxhall's first VXR model to adopt 4X4 technology, using a bespoke chassis developed through an extensive test programme Highlights are a 'HiPerStrut' front suspension system, Adaptive 4X4 with electronic Limited Slip Differential (eLSD) and a 10 millimetre reduction in ride height over the Insignia SRi.

"The Insignia VXR is not just about absolute power, but a combination of usable performance and chassis sophistication," said Andy Gilson, Vauxhall's marketing director.

"In essence, it's an ultra-fast performance saloon that will appeal to buyers who appreciate subtle styling, but who need to know that there's real substance below the car's metal. …

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