The fastest cars from Caterham, Ariel and BAC will line up alongside a number of race cars at this weekend's Cholmondeley Pageant of Power
11 June 2013

Some of the world's best track cars will descend on the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power this weekend. The roster of track cars appearing in the Autocar supercar paddock line-up features road-legal and track-only models lining up alongside some full-on classic racers.

Here's a rundown of some of the best cars the event has to offer: 

Ariel Atom 3.5

The revised Ariel Atom 3.5 is everything it was before, plus a little bit extra. A combination of scorching performance, knife-edge handling and a price tag which places the Atom firmly in competition with well-established industry greats.

Audi 80

This will not be the first time Jan Van Nierop and his Audi 80 will have appeared at Cholmondeley; however this does not mean that the Audi will be any less exciting. Finished in its QRSport red and white livery, the Audi will be one of many motorsport heroes at the upcoming event. 

BAC Mono

British-built-BAC started production of its sublime Mono just a few years ago, but already the Mono has been heralded a giant in track car handling, winning plenty of plaudits. Styling from a sci-fi film coupled with the car’s blistering 2.8-second dash from 0-62mph onwards to its 170mph top speed is just the beginning.

Caterham SP300R

Rivalling the Radical in extremeness and track focus is the Caterham SP300R. Although ‘only’ powered by a 2.0-litre supercharged Ford Duratec engine to the Radical’s small-capacity V8, the hardcore Caterham produces 301bhp, and thanks to its 545kg kerb weight, reaches 62mph in just 2.8 seconds.

Ginetta G60

Another Brit-built bruiser appearing in the Autocar paddock is the Ginetta G60. Ginetta says this is a car to be used on a daily basis, not just reserved for the track. The £68,000 G60 is produced in small numbers, meaning Cholmondeley offers a rare chance to see it in the metal. A Ford-derived 3.7-litre V6 produces 310bhp, meaning 0-62 whips past in 4.9 seconds, with a 165mph top speed.

Jaguar MK1

The revered Jaguar Mark 1 is set to also appear at the pageant; this icon of British motorsport, the road-going version of which was actually tested by Autocar 55 years ago, will grace Autocar’s paddock at the pageant with a host of other cars, although arguably none will have such a lavish motorsport history.

Nascar Sprint Cup Chevrolet Impala

The drama of Nascar is to impart upon the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, with a Sprint Cup Chevrolet Impala making an appearance. America’s most famous race series is donating one of its V8-powered racers to the pageant for the event, although far removed from the Chevrolet Impala from which it gets its name. 

Radical SR8 RX

Described by Radical as its “ultimate racing car”, the SR8 RX promises to be an adrenaline rush like no other. The statistics speak for themselves too: 178mph and 0-62 in 2.7 seconds is testament to Radical’s lightweight engineering, and the 430bhp 2.7 litre RPX V8 which pushes this road-going track giant too. 

The Pageant of Power is held between 14-16 June. Tickets are available from

Jimi Beckwith

Our Verdict

BAC Mono

The BAC Mono has styling influenced by an F-22 Raptor. It goes like stink, and we love it

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