Opel Zafira OPC Finds Itself Out Of Its Element On The ‘Ring

Even though back in its time, the first-generation Opel Zafira OPC was the fastest minivan on sale in Europe, it was certainly never meant to be tossed around a racetrack.

Launched at the 2001 Geneva Motor Show, the Zafira OPC was powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine, putting down 192 PS (141 kW).

For an MPV, those were pretty good numbers, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.2 seconds with the help of a five-speed manual transmission, while reaching a maximum speed of 220 km/h (137 mph).

Impressive for a school run, not so much for lapping the Nurburgring. Speaking of which, this here looks like another case of liftoff oversteer. As soon as that Zafira skidded onto the grass, it was pretty much over as the driver failed to keep the family hauler away from the barrier.

As soon as the minivan came to a halt, the driver had the presence of mind to get off the track as quickly as possible – though thankfully all other cars managed to slow down with plenty of time to spare.

So while this was pretty much a failed attempt at tackling the Nurburgring, minivans have had some success on the famed circuit, with a Revo-tuned VW T5 lapping the track in just 9 minutes and 57.36 seconds a few years back.


  • fabri99

    Driver be like “But it had an OPC badge…”

  • Shortcut gone wrong.

  • Matt

    I give him credit for giving it a go.

  • Που πας ρε Καραμήτρο!!!

Things To Do In Denver When You’re Drunk: Let A 15-Foot Snake Slither Out Of Your Car

This firefighters who came upon this strange incident by chance probably had the scare of their life until they contained it.

Hennessey Gives Chevy Silverado Extra Pair Of Wheels, Calls It The Goliath 6×6

Based on the Trail Boss Z71, it can be upgraded to 705 HP and starts at $375,000, donor truck included.

Uber Driver Gets Mistaken For Getaway Driver, Gets Arrested, Then Released

The Uber driver gave a ride to a man who had just robbed a gas station with a pair of scissors.

Prancing Horse Invites The Public To Maranello With Universo Ferrari Event

The Universo Ferrari event will allow visitors to see the company’s best road and race cars of all time.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic Launches With 385 HP

The new 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic features a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6.

2020 Cadillac CT5 Costs Nearly $10,000 Less Than The CTS

Tired of fighting the Germans head-on, Cadillac’s CT5 looks like a bargain.

Tuned BMW 640i Doesn’t Give A Hoot About The New 840i

Senner has made this 640i Convertible more powerful than its 8-Series counterpart.

Continental Says Fully Autonomous Cars May Not Arrive Before 2030

Tech needs to be improved, regulation put in place and the public must trust them – and that will take time.

New Lotus Sports Car Coming Late Next Year, Will Be Launched In 2021

The upcoming model could be a replacement for the Elise, Exige or Evora.

Alpina Once Considered Making A High-End Mini

Alpina couldn’t justify the complexity and cost involved in making its own version of the Mini.