All the best of the action from the official start to the motorsport season

The 2011 motorsport season has officially kicked off with the opening of the annual Autosport International show - and Autocar has been live in Birmingham to bring you the pick of the action and show stars.

See all the best pics from the 2011 Autosport International show

If you're coming to the show over the next three days make sure you come and see the Autocar stand, where you can get up close and personal with three of last year's most memorable new cars: the Ferrari 458 Italia, the Mercedes SLS AMG and the Aston Martin Rapide.

Caterham dominated proceedings on the first day of the show with the launch of its Caterham-Lola SP/300.R, a sports prototype that is the first all-new Caterham in almost two decades. Rival firm Radical was been busy, revealing its first ever model design specifically for road use - the SR3 SL. And Ariel was another British sports cart firm choosing to launch a new product at the show with its new Atom Mugen special edition.

Lotus, as it did at the Paris motor show last year with its road cars, unveiled a whole range of new racers across five different race categories. The centrepiece was the new Lotus Renault GP F1 car complete with its JPS-inspired black-and-gold livery.

Rally car debuts include the unveiling livery for Ford's new Fiesta WRC and a first look at Skoda's Fabia S2000 that will compete in IRC events next year. UK fans are also able to get their first look at several of the past year's most memorable new cars, including the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, the BMW M3 GTS, the Nissan GT-R and the McLaren MP4-12C.

As well as the future, the past is also remembered and celebrated at Autsoport, McLaren being one such company to put on a special display at this year's event. The annual F1 display was also at the show, showing much of the field from 2010 racing to the first corner - led, as became used to, by a Red Bull.

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