Wouldn’t a high performance Chevette have been a blast? With rear wheel drive and plenty of power, it would have been one hell of a drifter before that term became a cliche. In the UK, Vauxhall made that wild dream a reality, with their rally-ready Chevette HS and HSR. The HS was first cobbled up in 1976, using the bigger 2.3 four with a sixteen valve head; pretty heady stuff back then. The rear suspension was donated by an Opel Kadett C GT/E, and Getrag was tapped for the five speed transmission. With an honest 135 hp, the HS was a fast car (especially considering that the ill-fated Cosworth Vega made all of 110 hp).
The Chevette HS won some rally titles, and gave top dog Ford Escort a run for the money. I cant find details on how the HSR was different from the HS, but it was a further evolution to keep it competitive. The world’s fastest pizza delivery vehicle.
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