Autosport International 2016 – 16 things to see in addition to do
Source : Autosport International 2016 – 16 things to see in addition to do
The celebration of motor racing in addition to performance road cars returns to Birmingham’s NEC that has a wealth of exhibits, stars in addition to fresh car unveilings
Autosport International, the annual curtain-raiser to the motorsport season in addition to celebration of performance cars, is actually at This particular point in its 26th year.
As always, there’ll be a hearty display of racing in addition to track-focused cars, a sprinkling of motorsport celebrities in addition to a couple of fresh car world debuts for not bad measure.
The show is actually located across the expansive halls of the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham in addition to throws open its doors to the public on Saturday 16 in addition to Sunday 17 January. If you’re planning a trip to the Midlands, here are 10 attractions in addition to experiences not to be missed.
1 – Autocar stand
On our very own display, you’ll be able to get a close look at a selection of our favourite cars through recent months, including the latest Mazda MX-5 in addition to Honda Civic Type R, as well as the McLaren P1 GTR, Aston Martin Vulcan, BMW M4 GTS in addition to Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano.
2 – Live Action Arena
Another integral part of the show is actually the live action arena, where you can watch some of the star attractions perform in This particular 5000-seat – in addition to notoriously slippery – venue. This particular year, some of the cars through the Autocar display will take the arena, alongside rallycross champion Petter Solberg, who will perform a precision driving routine, in addition to bike racer in addition to TV presenter Guy Martin appearing as part of a motorcycle troupe.
3 – Williams Martini Racing Formula 1 motorhome
The Williams Martini Racing motorhome will be erected at the show – the 1st time which the structure has appeared outside of an F1 race setting. Taking pride of place right next to the Autosport stage – where a constant rotation of interviews will be taking place throughout both days – the Williams display will also embrace the company’s heritage in addition to advanced engineering divisions, as well as featuring an extensive line-up of the racing team’s famous F1 cars, through its birth in 1978 to last year’s Mercedes-powered FW37.
4 – Damon Hill
Another Williams legend will grace the show within the shape of 1996 world champion Damon Hill. In Birmingham, he’ll be reunited with the Williams-Renault FW18 in which he won the crown. The show celebrates his illustrious career in addition to marks 20 years since the biggest win of his racing career.
5 – More celebrity guests
Hill won’t be the only famous face to appear at the NEC. A host of motoring in addition to motorsport stars will be at the show, including Williams F1 driver Felipe Massa, Williams top brass Claire Williams in addition to Rob Smedley, Le Mans legend Allan McNish in addition to British Touring Car Championship drivers Colin Turkington, Matt Neal, Gordon Shedden in addition to Andrew Jordan.
6 – Coys auction
Classic cars to be auctioned by Coys on the Saturday of the show include a 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GT, a 1985 MG Metro 6R4 in addition to a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL. Even if you’re not within the market for a slice of motoring history, the auction itself is actually often worth a watch. Record-breaking bids are commonplace. Just be careful what you do with your hands if you’re watching rather than bidding.
7 – Hot Hatch Nirvana
The Performance Car Show will display the Evolution of the Hot Hatch, celebrating 40 years of svelte performance machines. Curated by our very own Richard Bremner, the top 10 hot hatches as determined by a global vote by Autocar in addition to Pistonheads readers will be on display. The outright winner of the vote will be announced during the show. Forming the backdrop to the hot hatch display will the Hot Hatch Wall of Fame, a collage made up of pictures of enthusiasts’ own hot hatches, submitted via social media.
8 – Star cars through UK marques
the item almost goes without saying which a dazzling array of cars will be present at the show, including McLaren’s P1 GTR in addition to 570S, the BAC Mono in addition to track-themed cars through Noble, Radical in addition to Avatar to match the motorsport theme.
9 – Zenos E10 R debut
Rising sports car any Zenos will unveil its hot E10 R within the midst of the show. The £39,995 E10 R is actually powered by a 2.3-litre Ford Ecoboost engine, producing 350bhp in addition to 350lb ft, that has a power-to-weight ratio of 500bhp per tonne, in addition to a 0-60 sprint time of 3.0sec.
10 – Arrinera Hussarya GT
Another debut taking place at Autosport International will be which of ‘the first Polish racing car’; the Arrinera Hussarya GT. Although a little-known operation, Arrinera is actually well-connected within the motorsport world, with the company’s CEO, Greg Pękala, having formerly worked at Mosler in addition to Lotus Motorsport.
11 – Ginetta G57 prototype debut
Zenos won’t be the only any holding a debut at the Autosport show; Ginetta will reveal its G57 prototype racer. No performance details have been released for the G57, various other than its use of a 580bhp 6.3-litre LS3 V8 engine sourced through Chevrolet, in addition to technical specifications, such as its six-speed sequential gearbox by Xtrac, carbonfibre monocoque chassis with crash box, in addition to steel rollcage.
12 – Adrenalin Zone
The Adrenaline Zone hosts lots of wheel-to-wheel racing on the karting track. Visitors can get behind the wheel of a 115cc kart for arrive-in addition to-drive sessions. Passenger rides in a Ginetta G40 are also available, taking willing volunteers around a specially made drift course.
13 – The Pie in addition to Piston
Pistonheads’ Pie in addition to Piston pub will open its doors again, so stop for a refreshment if you need a break through the rest of the show. This particular is actually also your chance to get up close in addition to personal with some of the Pistonheads team’s favourite cars, in addition to if you’re lucky, you might just meet a member of the team in person.
14 – Ford GT Le Mans
The Le Mans-prepped Ford GT will appear at the show on the main stage. The headline-grabbing racer will also be joined by the recently-announced British members of the Ford Le Mans team, Andy Priaulx in addition to Marino Franchitti. Of particular note is actually the fact which 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1-2-3 Le Mans finish of the original Ford GT40.
15 – Jaguar C-X75
As seen within the Bond film Spectre – driven by Bond villain Hinx, played by Dave Bautista – the Jaguar C-X75 will make two appearances at the show; one example on static display, with the various other taking a turn within the 5000-seat Autosport International live arena.
16 – Sky Sports F1
The Sky Sports F1 team will be hosting two events per day throughout the show, including interviews with star guests such as Felipe Massa, Claire Williams, Pay Symonds in addition to Rob Smedley. The Sky team, which includes hosts Natalie Pinkham, Simon Lazenby, Rachel Brookes in addition to Ted Kravitz, will be based at a temporary studio near the Autosport stage.
Tickets for Autosport International in addition to the Performance Car Show are on sale at This particular point, costing £32 for adults in addition to £21 for children. Visit autosportinternational.com or phone 0844 581 1420 for details. The show is actually open between 9am in addition to 6pm on Saturday in addition to Sunday. Tickets are available on the day however organisers recommend booking ahead to avoid queues; advance tickets can be found here.
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