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Cholmondeley Power and Speed has is taking place this weekend, with a long list of exotic sports and supercars due to take part in this year's festival.
The event uses a 3.2-mile track located next to Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire, with entrants driving high-performance machines against the clock in front of a capacity crowd.
Cholmondeley organisers revealed some of the most interesting models ahead of this year’s event. Take a look through our favourites from the show below.
2016 McLaren 675LT
McLaren hasn’t been building road cars for long, but already it has produced machines to threaten the likes of Ferrari and Porsche. The 675LT, inspired by the iconic F1 GTR 'Longtail' of 1997, is arguably the brand’s most entertaining product yet. Keep an eye out on our social media channels, where Autocar’s Alan Taylor-Jones demonstrates what its 666bhp twin-turbocharged V8 sounds like at Cholmondeley.
2008 Ferrari FXX
Ferrari F1 test driver Marc Gené once said that he prefers the original FXX to the new FXX K because "it’s a true driver's car". Unlike its hybrid successor, the FXX is powered by an unassisted V12 that produces close to 800bhp and features only the most basic of driver aids. One is racing around the Cholmondeley track this weekend, and it's a favourite for the overall fastest time.
1974 Porsche 911 3.0 RSR
Alongside the modern metal is a large number of classic and heritage performance cars. This Porsche 911 3.0 RSR comes from the era of Group 4 racing and produces around 330bhp from its 3.0-litre flat-six engine. Although it’s one of the older cars to tackle the Cholmondeley track, a power-to-weight ratio of 367bhp per tonne confirms its potential.
1975 Lancia Stratos
This example of Lancia’s purpose-built rally champion was originally built as a road-going Stradale model, before receiving Group 4 modifications. It competed in hillclimbs and road rallies during its long competitive life and returns to the Cholmondeley track in 2016 as a crowd favourite.
1984 Audi Quattro S1
The influence of Audi’s dominant 1980s rallying campaign with the Quattro S1 can still be felt today. The all-wheel-drive model comfortably beat its competition at the time with an advanced driveline that donated its name to some of Audi’s most successful road models. A dramatic run with lots of opposite lock when this 420bhp five-cylinder car charges around the track, is a dead cert.
1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Group B
This converted 308 was modified to Group B rally spec in 1981 by Worswick Engineering with the assistance of Ferrari. One of just seven factory-built cars and the only right-hand-drive Group B Ferrari, it took part in the European Rally Championship from 1982.
The 2016 staging of the Cholmondeley festival also features the inaugural Motorshow Live! event. This new element of Cholmondeley Power and Speed gives car manufacturers the opportunity to demonstrate their latest models on track, and guests can even sample some themselves. Confirmed attendees include Lexus, Blue Bell BMW, Holdcroft Honda and Holdcroft Nissan, with Oakmere Motor Group also set to showcase new models from Lotus, Morgan and Caterham.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, Cholmondeley will host a beer and food festival with stand-up comedy. Entry to the evening activity is included with day tickets. However, visitors who wish to attend just for the food, beer and comedy festival can purchase adult tickets for £15 and £10 tickets for children, allowing access to the site from 6pm on Saturday 11 June.
Additionally, there will be boat and plane displays, the details of which are set to be confirmed closer to the event.
Tickets are available at www.cpop.co.uk. Adult tickets are priced from £24, with children’s tickets priced from £7, but Autocar readers can get 20% off ticket prices when using the code CPASAUTO.