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Opel returns to grass-roots motorsports (w/VIDEO)

Opel will return to its roots in 2013, with two new single-make motorsport series – Opel ADAM Cup and Astra OPC Cup. The Opel Adam Cup will be run as part of the ADAC Rally Masters, with a specification closely matched to FIA R2 standards.

Bowler and Land Rover tie the knot after a very long engagement

Raise your hand if you thought Land Rover and Bowler were already inseparably hitched. Now raise your hand if you could imagine Bowler existing without Land Rover. If your hand was ‘up’ for the first question and ‘down’ for the second, then you may be puzzled to hear that it’s taken until 2012 for both brands to announce a formal partnership.

Cole Position: An insider’s view on the 2011 Race of Champions (ROAD Magazine Special)

This is precisely the kind of article I enjoy reading, a fly on the wall insight into a special event that most of us can only view from afar.

Created in 1988 by former Michèle Mouton, the only female WRC event winner, and Fredrik Johnsson, the Race of Champions has become the most eagerly-anticipated after party of the motorsport season. This year’s event, run on the 3rd and 4th December, returned to Dusseldorf’s ESPRIT Arena, the venue where relative newcomer Felipe Albuquerque took the overall ‘Champion of Champions’ cup in 2010.

ROAD 22: Motorsport Monsters Edition

ROAD’s December Christmas issue, “Motorsport Monsters”, features TV presenter, Neil Cole, who’s writing a new monthly motorsport column for us. Neil’s first column comes from the epic Race of Champions (RoC) in Dusseldorf and it’s fabulous!

Type R MUGEN 2.2 provides a fitting swansong for the Honda Civic

Honda’s Civic 237 bhp Type R MUGEN first emerged on the scene in 2010 – a hand-built, motorsport-derived hot hatch, with a 20-strong limited edition production run. But despite the appeal of its unique specification, only 16 cars were sold.

With the 9th generation Civic soon to be revealed at Frankfurt, Northampton-based MUGEN Euro have worked their magic again, producing a final version of the MUGEN Type R with even more power and torque.

Walter Röhrl reunited with Porsche 911 SC to compete in Targa Tasmania

Exactly 30 years after almost achieving what would have been one of the greatest World Rally Championship victories of all time, Walter Röhrl, his co-driver Christian Geistdörfer and their Porsche 911 SC will be reunited between April 5 – 10, for the 2011 Targa Tasmania, a gruelling road rally held over 2,000km of roads on the island of Tasmania, off the south-east coast of Australia.

Robert Kubica seriously injured in Andora Rally

Lotus Renault driver Robert Kubica is undergoing surgery on multiple fractures after suffering a high-speed accident while competing in the Ronde di Andora Rally in Italy. The 26-year-old Pole is said to be in a stable condition after surgery and although his injuries weren’t life-threatening, it is unlikely that Kubica will be fit by the time the 2011 F1 season begins on March 13th.