Presented at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show alongside its serial pair, the Opel Adam R2 is the rally version of this model of the German brand, developed by its special and competition vehicle departments (Opel Performance Center and Opel Motorsport).
It was released in the German Championship the following year, but from 2015 Adam began to gain notoriety for his excellent results in the R2 division of some Old World countries (Germany, Holland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Great Britain , Spain, Italy) and, particularly, for the string of events that led some young pilots to obtain the European titles in the classes reserved for two-wheel drive, Junior and Ladies, highlighting the following list:
ERC 3: Emil Bergkvist (2015), Chris Ingram (2016), Chris Ingram (2017), Märtiņš Sesks (2018)
ERC Junior: Emil Bergkvist (2015), Marijan Griebel (2016), Chris Ingram (2017), Märtiņš Sesks (2018)
ERC Ladies: Tamara Molinaro (2017)
When the vehicle was still a novelty on the international scene, Eduardo Kovacs became the first to bring it to the American continent, participating since then and to date in the Copec RallyMobil championship.
With him, Kovacs managed to debut it with a victory in the Avosur series in Yumbel with Felipe Saieg, but to win at the national level he had to wait until Curicó 2019 with Juan Pablo Carrera, where his team became the first to prevail with this Opel out of Europe.
In total, without counting that expected success, Eduardo took the podium on ten other occasions in the most diverse Chilean events and was fourth in the RC4 class during the world date with an epicenter in Concepción in May 2019.
A year earlier, Felipe Padilla also came twice second with an Adam. The Spanish Luis Martínez was another of the participants who used it for these lands.
This is the technical sheet that returned the Rüsselsheim brand to the top of the Rally in the minor divisions:
Longitudinal front, Ecotec 4 cylinder, 16 valves, aspirated, 1.598 cc, double overhead camshaft, direct multipoint injection, 187 HP at 7.750 RPM bore and stroke 79 x 81,5mm
Front-wheel drive, self-locking front differential, Sadev XNUMX-speed manual reverse gearbox
Bosch MS 3 Sport
McPherson-style independent front with stabilizer bar and semi-independent rear with pull arms, three-way Reiger competition shock absorbers adjustable in height and hardness
Brembo to ventilated disc on all four wheels, front diameter 278mm and rear 264mm, hydraulic handbrake
0 to 100 km / h 5s (estimate)
Original 3 doors (OPC-Line), modified to accommodate a larger radiator at the front and with safety bars on side doors, reinforced chassis with homologated multi-point roll cage
6,5 × 16 ”asphalt, 6 × 15” dirt
Dimensions and weight
Length: 3.698 mm
Width: mm 1.720
Height: 1.442 mm
Wheelbase: 2.310 mm
Fuel tank capacity: 70 lt (consumption 0.6 lt / km)
Weight: 1.030 kg