Since , both the Group 4 Ascona B and the future Group B contender, the Manta B , had been developed simultaneously for use in the World Rally Championship and other rally series. For the rest, the specifications of the two sister cars were very similar, including use of the same engine. In the season, since the Ascona gave the Audi quattro a very good fight, there was high hopes that the new Manta, upgraded to the more permissive Group B rules, would yet remain competitive even though it sported a classic rear-wheel drive layout and a naturally-aspirated engine. However, in its inaugural WRC season, the Manta was instantly outclassed and could only watch the fight between Audi and Lancia without being able to truly impose itself. In , overwhelmed by the fierce competition at every turn, the car sadly fell further down the WRC leader-boards even though Rauno Aaltonen steered his Manta to a 2nd place finish at the Safari Rally.
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The Opel Ascona is a large family car D-segment in Europe that was produced by the German automaker Opel from to It was produced in three separate generations, beginning with rear-wheel-drive and ending up as a front-wheel drive J-car derivative. The Ascona took its name from the lakeside resort of that name in Ticino , Switzerland , and already in the s a special edition of the Opel Rekord P1 was sold as an Opel Ascona in Switzerland, where the name was again used in for a locally adapted version of the Opel Kadett B into which the manufacturers had persuaded a 1. These models were positioned between the existing Opel Kadett and the Opel Rekord.
Opel Manta B 400 (Group B)
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The Manta A was released in September , two months ahead of the then new Opel Ascona on which it was based. It took its name, and a few minor styling cues, from the Manta Ray concept car , which also famously influenced the Chevrolet Corvette C3 both Chevrolet and Opel had General Motors as their parent company. The Vauxhall and Opel models were subsequently sold side by side. The sales approach for the Opel line in the U.