Bentley Ice Record Car
Something of a motoring celebrity is also to make an appearance: the bioethanol-fuelled Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible, which powered Juha Kankkunen into becoming the fastest man on ice — a title later snatched away by an Audi RS6. After achieving a record-breaking speed of 205.43mph on the ice flats of the Baltic Sea, Kankkunen’s record run saw Bentley seize the opportunity to celebrate, almost immediately launching a limited-run Supersports ‘Ice Speed Record’ convertible.
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse
As powerful as it is wordy, the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse’s 1,184 horses ensure that it keeps the title of world’s fastest- and world’s most powerful convertible on sale. Its top speed of 254mph is provided by that gargantuan 8.0-litre W16 engine and aerodynamic tweaks over the ‘standard’ Veyron.
Infiniti FX Vettel
One of just 15 Infiniti FX Vettel editions built in right-hand drive (only 150 will be built in total) will feature at Cholmondeley. The range-topping SUV has been produced and performance tuned under the guidance of Formula 1 wunderkind and Infiniti’s brand ambassador, Sebastian Vettel. Producing 414bhp from its tuned 5.0-litre V8 engine, the FX Vettel reaches a limited top speed of 155mph, attaining 62mph in a mere 5.6sec.
Jaguar F-type V8S
The fastest, most powerful, most expensive model within the new Jaguar F-type range costs a whopping £79,950. And despite looking all but identical to lesser versions, it’s a proper old-school hotrod. Jaguar reckons it’ll do 0-100mph in 8.9sec, thanks to its supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine. But the way it thunders towards the horizon at the merest prod of throttle in any of the first five gears makes it feel quicker, even, than such a number would suggest.
Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera
The LP570-4 incarnation of the Gallardo Superleggera is the lighter, more powerful version of the LP560-4. At 1340kg it weighs 70kg less than a normal Gallardo, thanks to extensive use of carbonfibre. Its 570bhp 5.2-litre V10 can fire the Lambo from 0-62mph in 3.4sec. With the pedal nailed down it’ll hit 202mph. Power is transferred to the road by a permanent four-wheel drive system. The Superleggera isn’t just faster, it’s also more efficient – Lamborghini claims a 20.5 per cent reduction in CO2.
The McLaren 12C is a precisely engineered alternative to the Ferrari 458, based around a carbonfibre tub, aluminium and composite panels and a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, mid-mounted. With 616bhp on tap, and a dual-clutch seven-speed transmission driving the rear wheels, the McLaren can sprint from 0-62mph in 3.1sec, but more impressively still, it’s capable of getting from 0-124mph in 8.8sec. Couple that performance to an advanced suspension system, powerful brakes and first-rate steering, there’s little that will be able to keep up with a 12C.
Morgan Aero Supersports
With a bonded aluminium chassis, ‘superformed’ alloy body panels and a 4.8-litre BMW-sourced engine, the Aero Supersports is a thoroughly modern car. Effectively a targa-roofed version of the previous Aeromax coupé, the Morgan’s V8 generates 367bhp and 370lb ft, channelled to the rear wheels by a six-speed manual gearbox. With a kerb weight of only 1180kg, and that boisterous V8 in the nose, the Morgan can get from 0-62mph in 4.5sec and hit a 170mph v-max.