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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.


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.


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


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.