With a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter gasoline engine developing 107 horsepower in the 1990s, the Opel Corsa B in its sporty GSi form cannot hold a candle to the mighty Ferrari 488 Pista. However, this seemingly stock German city car (well, if we exclude the roll cage, vented rear window, and other bits) is a wolf in sheep’s clothing by packing two 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines – one to one. ‘back and another to there is.
With a colossal 1,200 horsepower and 1,300 Newton-meters (959 pound-feet) of torque, the old Corsa must be a real pleasure to drive considering that it weighs only around 1,250 kilograms ( 2,756 pounds). Perhaps “hoot” isn’t the most precise word since the supermini must be downright dangerous to drive given its lack of anti-lock brakes or traction control.
Adam bought it several moons ago and only paid £ 300 before investing £ 50,000 (almost $ 69,000 today) over 10 years to turn the Corsa B into a twin-engine monster. Aligning it against a Pista takes courage, especially since the subcompact hatchback has a five-speed manual transmission, obviously without launch control.
As you would expect from such a build, traction is the Achilles heel, but once it manages to deliver all that power to the road, the Corsa B is an absolute rocket. On-board footage shows how impressive the über hatch is and, although it lost the drag race, it managed to beat the Pista with its “single engine” on the next roll race.
The third duel was a brake test, and we don’t have to tell you which car won. Adam squeezed the brakes so hard that his Corsa’s sunroof closed. The final comparison was a moose test, but without power steering and a few suspension changes the little Opel had no chance of beating the agility we associate with modern Ferraris.