We can’t quite put our finger on it, but something about the Opel Adam R2 rally car warms our heart. Maybe it’s that guano-eating grin. Maybe it’s the paint scheme, inspired by the wicked Manta 400 rally cars of yesteryear. Maybe it’s the hearty, turbocharged growl it makes when sliding through corners.
How do we know it makes that sort of noise? Because it’s quite evident in this little clip, which shows the Adam R2 slinging mud during a practice outing in the foggy Danish countryside.
As we reported last year, the Adam R2 was built to adhere to the FIA’s R2 class standards. Power comes from a little turbocharged 1.6-liter I-4, but that engine cranks out a stout 185 hp. A five-speed sequential manual transmission and a limited-slip front differential help put that power to the ground. Adam R2 hardware also includes a gutted cabin, roll cage, race seating and restraints, a digital instrument cluster and rally computer, adjustable suspension, and Brembo brakes.
Oh, and a hydraulically-actuated handbrake. Because J-turns.
Opel says the Adam R2 is eligible to compete in virtually all national rally championships in Europe, but thus far, most Adam R2s appear to be competing in the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup, a one-make rally series sponsored by Germany’s equivalent to AAA. Car 44 is sponsored by Opel Denmark, driven by Simon Lund Larsen, and co-driven by Ole Frederiksen. After the premiere race last week, the team is presently in eighth place out of 24 contestants.
But never mind the stats: enjoy the minute of sweet, glorious rally noise!
Source: YouTube, Opel