Radical has created a new turbocharged version of the RXC
The Ferrari F12 takes centre stage on the Autocar stand
The Lotus Elise S Cup R is a track-only racer; power comes from a 1.8-litre petrol engine
Sin is working on a new road-going version of its R1 track car
A classic Subaru WRC car is used to promote Rally GB
Kahn took the wraps off its latest highly tuned Range Rover
As ever, the Autosport show gives fans a chance to listen and see their motorsport heroes
The Tesla Model S is one of the stars of the Autocar stand at the show
The Vauxhall VXR8 is the cheapest new car in the UK with more than 500bhp
Its 6.2-litre V8 has 576bhp, and is limited to a top speed of 155mph
The Caterham AeroSeven concept is having its first outing in the UK
It is being showed alongside the firm's Formula 1 car
The Zenos E10 is the work of ex-Caterham boss Ansar Ali
It's an open-roof sports car that will be followed by coupé and conventional convertible models
The Keating "The Bolt" supercar is capable of 340mph - or so its maker claims
The Abarth 595 is a present from Abarth to itself to celebrate its 50th anniversary
Rally and BTCC cars are among those displayed on the central Autosport stage
The Caterham Seven 160 is the entry-level model in the firm's range
The Formula 1 grid is one of the star attractions at the Autosport show
Most of the current grid is represented, including front-running teams Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes
A number of displays are dedicated to historic racers
These sprint cars race primarily on dirt oval tracks
In stark contrast to most other motor shows, the real headline makers at the Autosport International show weren’t mainstream manufacturers.
Instead, the biggest news came from smaller, niche outfits producing cars for a specific target market, once again showing the variety and talent that lies within the the lesser-known lights of the British car industry and beyond.
Zenos Cars was a prime example, with the emotion in former Caterham Cars CEO Ansar Ali’s voice very noticeable as he revealed his company’s new E10 sports car. The first of what will eventually become a three-car range from the firm, the E10 is now on sale for £24,995, or £28,995 if you opt for the special Launch Edition.
Ali admits it was tough going to get the E10 ready for its motor show debut, with the car not even out of the paint shop until 24 hours before the show opened its doors.
While Zenos may have managed to hit its deadline, elsewhere others had run wide of the mark. We were expecting Sin to show a fully-ready, road-going version of its R1 sports car at the show, but the Bulgarian company instead arrived with a hollow shell showing only the exterior of the car.
Still, the road-going R1 has plenty else going for it. With around 450bhp coming from its Chevrolet-sourced 6.2-litre V8 engine, CEO of the firm Rosen Daskalov reckons it’ll be good for a 186mph top speed, and a 0-60mph sprint time of less than five seconds.
Elsewhere, Radical lifted the wraps off its newly turbocharged RXC. In the course of its search for more power and improved long-life durability for the car, the firm partnered with Ford. That’s why instead of tuning the 3.7-litre V6 engine of the standard RXC to give more power, Radical has instead given the RXC turbo a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre Ford EcoBoost unit. It’s good for 454bhp, and should let the updated car, which weighs in at 940kg, reach 60mph in 2.6 seconds.
Lotus revealed its new Elise S Cup R at the show. Intended to provide an entry-level route into the track-day market, the £52,838 Elise S Cup R gets 217bhp from its 1.8-litre, four-cylinder engine. Company officials told Autocar that while the car will undoubtedly sell in the UK, Lotus is expecting the majority of sales to come from Asia, where the track market is starting to open up to new opportunities.
Also on display was the 576bhp Vauxhall VXR8 GTS. With a price tag of £54,995, the GTS is billed as the cheapest way to drive over 500bhp in the UK. Its supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine is reportedly quick enough to allow the GTS to outrun the likes of the BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and the Jaguar XFR-S.
Land Rover tuner Twisted put on a big display at the show, revealing its two new Definitive and Ultimate Edition models. The Land Rover Defender tuner has chosen to simplify its model range, meaning that all future Twisted models will be based on two car packages.
Away from the big show reveals, and the Autosport International show had plenty of other sights and sounds to enjoy. The rumble from the Live Action Arena was constant throughout the day, while exhibits showing the likes of the Bloodhound supersonic car proved popular.