Chances are, none of your friends drive an Opel (or Vauxhall). Opel owners exist, but are rare and no one ever sees them. Well, we’ve found one and had even had a little chat. His name is Alexander from Belarus. He owned two vehicles, and both were Opel. The first one was an Opel Ascona that started Alexanders way into the modified lifestyle; brakes, lowered suspension and a new motor every season.
As we know – nothing lasts forever, especially when it comes to the bodies of 80’s German automobiles. Alexander loved Opel and couldn’t ever cheat on them. He chose an Opel Calibra as his new project. A harmonic stretched body with a low roof line; slim headlights, creating an impression that the “Bad Boy” hood was a total hit with Opel designers in the late 80’s. It’s a very unusual car on the outside.
Since Opel Calibra has little to none “off the shelf” aftermarket parts, every modification had to be a self-made piece. Custom coilovers in the front, short springs and stiffened shocks in the back; front brakes, brake booster and master cylinder of an Opel Vectra B i500, F23 gearbox from a 2.0 diesel Vectra, modified to fit a hydraulic shift linkage and a cable shifter. The stock Calibra exterior is hiding a 407 hp and 497 n/m engine, stock C20LET block, new crankshaft, forged pistons, H-pattern piston rods, fully restored head, better performing oil pump, equal length exhaust manifold with an external wastegate, 5557 Ball Bearing Precision turbo, Tial A/R 0.63 housing, stainless exhaust, liquid cooling and a whole lot more.