We checked out the Opel Adam R2 Rally concept and its 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque at the Geneva Motor Show. The one-make series the car was built for, the ADAC Opel Ralleye Cup, has kicked off with 24 teams in identically prepared cars lining up for eight races in this inaugural season.

Meant to help young drivers find a less expensive way into motorsports, the championship is part of the German ADAC Rally Masters series and will actually run 140-hp cars. We're not sure how much the Opel prepped by Holzer Motorsport for this series costs, but English company M-sport prepares an R2-spec Ford Fiesta with 170 hp for 43,000 pounds (about $66,000 US). There's 100,000 euros in prize money up for grabs and the cup winner gets career help, a shot at the Adam R2 car in 2014 and a chance to hop into rally-prepped Opel Corsas.

The first video below has shots of the Adam Rallye Cup car on the move. For more footage and a closer look at the car, the second video has more rolling footage and an interview – in Danish with no subtitles, sadly – with the Danish rally team of 22-year-old Simon Lund Larsen and co-driver Ole R. Frederiksen.



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      Jerry
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the 1.6L in this car is anything like the one they used to put in the Chevy Aveo, they will be lucky to make it through the race without blowing up the engine. The 1.6L and all of its variants is one of the worst engine families in all of GM\'s global lineup. Too many critical components made of plastic.
        Cesar Garcia Jr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jerry
        The Aveo's 1.6 was Daewoo's leftover engine architecture. This an Ecotec race motor that should be in the Sonic SS if that ever gets produced. Or just bring the Corsa here to the States as an entry Buick Wildcat.
      Andy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks fun but the video is boring.
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      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just buy an Evo or STI.... that's the cheapest entry level rally car you can get. Ford & Chrysler only brag about their $250,000 rally car.... Poor entry level people have to settle for buying a used beat up project car Evo or STI for $5-15K. Not only that.... they can be competitive against cars that are purpose built to rally such as that Fiesta without a road-going version that's even remotely similar or powering the same wheels. Evo/STI is the modern day poor mans entry..... The rich guy buys the $250K car with a sponsorship.
        Hatzenbach
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        sorry dude, but you have absolutely no clue about the costs of racing. Evo or STI entry level cars...lmao