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by Matt Brogan

Vauxhall will launch its 242kW Insignia VXR at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed as well as providing visitors with a chance to see two historic concepts that have been mothballed for many years.

The high-performance variant of this year’s European Car of the Year will also be far from a static display with twice-daily demonstrations of its exceptional Adaptive 4X4 chassis on Goodwood’s notoriously tricky hillclimb course.

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Joining the Insignia in the Supercar Paddock will be Vauxhall’s most powerful production car ever, the supercharged, rear-wheel-drive, 6.2-litre V8-engined VXR8 Bathurst S Edition (above) as well as the 1966 Vauxhaul XVR (below) featuring gullwing doors, pop-up headlights and all-independent suspension, and the radical SRV.

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The SRV (below) was first shown at the 1970 Earls Court Motor Show, the sleek, imposing shape belies its four-door practicality.

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With an aerofoil, electric self-levelling suspension and a ‘manometer’ to measure air pressure on the car’s hull, the SRV illustrated Vauxhall’s forward thinking technology stance that endures to this day.




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