May 14, 2003
Vauxhall inveils VX Lightning concept based on Solstice
London, England – Vauxhall unveiled the VX Lightning concept car yesterday, a two-seater roadster based on the Pontiac concept Solstice, first seen at the 2002 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Vauxhall’s roadster concept, however, has been designed for British tastes, at GM’s UK Advanced Design Studio in the midlands.
Under the long hood of the VX Lightning is a new version of Vauxhall’s all aluminium 2.2 Ecotec engine, reworked with a supercharger to produce a maximum power of 240 horsepower.
A six-speed manual gearbox is mated to the new engine, which drives the rear wheels. The chassis incorporates independent suspension, the front end using a simple and reliable strut configuration with a rack-and-pinion steering.
At the rear, the independent suspension is all aluminium for weight saving. Overall, the car manages a 50:50 weight distribution for the best in handling and agility.
Kevin Wale, Vauxhall chairman and managing director said: “The VX Lightning says everything about where Vauxhall is heading. The car represents a return to our early performance roots when Vauxhall was famous as the manufacturer of the first true British sports car – while we continue to be both innovative and bold in exterior and interior design.”