The Autosport International show hosted a number of new model launches
The RXC Spyder is Radical's latest performance flagship car
Its 3.0-litre V8 engine can rev to 10,500rpm
British sports car firm Zenos showcased its production-ready E10 S
The outrageous Ariel Nomad performance all-terrain vehicle made its debut
It's powered by a 2.4-litre four-pot Honda engine which produces 235bhp at 7200rpm
Ariel says there is scope to make the Nomad more adjustable
Noble revealed this prototype drop-top M600 Speedster.
For the first time in the company's history, it adopts a semi-automatic gearbox
The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship stand was a popular attraction
Colin Turkington's 2014 championship-winning car was on display
A diverse range of performance cars are on display at Autosport International
The hugely popular World Rally Championship stand is back again this year
A celebration of Brabham cars ranging from Formula 3 up to Formula 1
Including this iconic 1965 Jim Clark championship-winning F1 car
Modern F1 car cockpits are a far cry from the dangerous 1960s era
Renault launched its rapid Renaultsport R.S.01 racer, which proved a hit with show-goers
Autosport International offered something for everyone. Vauxhall's VXR8 remains a hit
Sin Cars UK launched its new GT4 racer. It is powered by a 6.2-litre V8 motor and weighs just 1150kg
The Elemental RP1 proved popular with the Autosport International crowd
Ferrari's iconic F40 supercar is always a fan favourite
This is the Sauber Mercedes-Benz C11 from the 1990 World Sportscar Championship, once driven by Michael Schumacher
Colin McRae's World Rally Championship-winning 1995 Subaru Impreza group A car
Coy's Auction is another star attraction, with some mouth-watering machinery going under the hammer
aFerrari was always going to be popular with its sheer presence
An array of modern F1 machinery is on display, including this Mercedes F1 car
We're a huge fan of the Ariel Atom 3.5, and it's rightfully celebrated on the Best of British stand
Wander over to the Autocar stand where you can have a poke around the best supercars from this year
2003 World Rally Champion and newly crowned World RX Champion Petter Solberg is interviewed on stage
The Autosport International show is already one of the premier indoor motoring events on the calendar.
It's the show that gives smaller, bespoke car makers the chance to make a name for themselves. Of the six new road and track car launches at this year’s show, held from 8-11 January at Birmingham’s NEC, five were from British car firms.
Noble flaunted an open-top version of its M600 supercar, dubbed the Speedster. In stark contrast to the British supercar maker’s loyalty to a manual transmission, the company has fitted the M600 Speedster prototype with a six-speed semi-automatic gearbox.
While this model is strictly a prototype, Noble managing director Peter Boutwood confirmed to Autocar that if enough interest is sparked in the Speedster, it could find its way into production.
The recently revealed Ariel Nomad all-terrain performance vehicle was also on display to the public for the first time, although eagle-eyed punters could spot it tucked away on the Bilstein stand, due to its partnership with the suspension brand.
Ariel general manager Henry Siebert-Saunders said the firm has further plans for the £30,000 Nomad, stating that this is only the beginning for the all-terrain vehicle and that more evolutions of the Nomad could be spawned in future, in the same way that the Atom has evolved over the years.
The E10 S, which is made from aluminium extrusions and recycled carbonfibre with a thermoplastic core, is on sale from £29,995. Zenos co-founder and former Caterham Cars CEO Ansar Ali said 50 per cent of the company’s budgeted production E10 S cars for this year have already found buyers.
Track car specialist Radical chose Autosport International to reveal its latest performance flagship creation, the RXC Spyder. The Peterborough manufacturer states this is its "most advanced, powerful, and aerodynamically-developed" open racing car yet.
The RXC Spyder, which costs £131,940, is powered by a high-revving 3.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 producing 440bhp at a heady 10,500rpm. The Radical RXC Spyder’s order books are now open with deliveries from early this year.
Autosport International also hosted the unveiling of the first Lister Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ Continuation. Built from the ground up using orginal tools from 1958, the Lister is powered by a Jaguar D-type race-specification engine developing 330bhp at 6750rpm.
The 0-60mph sprint is dealt with in 4.3sec before topping out at 181mph. Priced at £295,000, the Lister Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ Continuation is eligible to compete in all historic racing events worldwide.
Making its UK debut, the R.S.01 has 493bhp on tap from its 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6, and tips the scales at 1100kg. It will make its debut in the Renaultsport Trophy later this year.
Other attractions at the Autosport International show included the loud and proud Live Action Arena, numerous racing simulators and interviews with world-class racing and rally stars on the Autosport stage in the middle of the hall.
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