Vauxhall has announced they have attempted to set 12 world and six national speed endurance records at the Millbrook Proving Grounds.

Vauxhall has announced they have attempted to set 12 world and six national speed endurance records at the Millbrook Proving Grounds.

The record setting attempt took place on October 5 when two Astra 2.0 CDTis embarked on a 24 hour endurance challenge on the track's high speed bowl.

While the company has remained silent about what records they attempted to break, Vauxhall says the cars traveled 3,000 miles (4,828 km) at an average speed of 125 mph (201 km/h). This would beat a previous speed record of 100.2 mph (161.2 km/h).

Vauxhall says the stress on the cars was "intense" but they didn't burn any oil and only had 22 minutes of downtime due to driver changes, refueling stops and two tire changes (one per car).

According to Vauxhall PR Manager Simon Hucknall, "We chose the 165PS 2.0 CDTi Astra for its mix of strong performance and economy but to be subjected to 24 hours of flat-out driving on the challenging top lane of Millbrook’s High Speed Bowl it needed to be ultra-reliable, predictable and safe for our drivers."

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