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The Opel Ascona 400 is a sporty version of Opel Ascona, specifically designed to participate in the World Rally Championship, season in which he competed from 1980 to 1983 by winning the drivers title with Walter Röhrl in 1982.
The project Opel Ascona 400 was officially born on 6 March 1978 and 1 October 1979 obtained the approval to be able to participate in competitions rallystiche in Group 4, so the debut was in the world rally championship in 1980, the year in which already won his first victory with Anders Kulläng the Swedish Rally.
The car represented the flagship model of the house Opel from the world rally championship in 1980, when it replaced the Opel Kadett GT / E that it had been up the previous year, was replaced by the Opel Manta 400 from the world rally championship in 1984.
The car had been produced in only 400 units, and of these some 400 were drawn to participate in the World Rally Championship in the class Group B. Was equipped with a new 2.4-liter Cosworth engine capable of eogare up to 240 hp and 7500 rev / min. What penalized more this car was rear-wheel drive that made it fast on the asphalt but not competitive on gravel but before the advent of Audi quattro all-wheel drive took significant successes. Just in the year of the Opel Ascona 400 debut won the Monte Carlo rally, the rally in Ivory Coast, collects many podiums and at the end of the season he won the world championship with Walter Rohrl. In 1983, the Opel still participates with the Ascona 400 and manages to win the Safari Rally with Ari Vatanen, but with the advent of all-wheel drive, Opel will begin working on a design for a car that is much stronger: the Manta 400.