Stunning supercars from the likes of Ferrari, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Porsche and McLaren were admired by a sell-out audience of car fans during the final day of the Performance Car Show at Birmingham’s NEC today.
Held alongside motorsport’s Autosport International, the best of the motoring world was on display during the show, with special collections of the latest high-performance cars accompanied by new model launches and live performances.
“It’s been another amazing instalment of the Performance Car Show in association with Autocar and PistonHeads.com,” said Ian France, Performance Car Show Director.
“We’ve hosted some of the world’s fastest and most desirable cars for the big crowd at the show to enjoy over the course of the weekend, while talking to suppliers of the latest performance parts and accessories. We thank all of the show exhibitors and attendees, and look forward to seeing everyone in 2015.”
On its Supercar Display, show partner Autocar hosted almost 3,000bhp, led by the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, which features a 731bhp, V12 engine and a top speed of 211mph. It was joined by some of Britain’s finest, the new, 565bhp Aston Martin Vanquish, 542bhp Jaguar XKRS GT and 616bhp McLaren 12C GT Sprint, and the Tesla Model S from America, which produces up to 416bhp from its electric motor.
During packed shows in the 5,000-seat Live Action Arena, the motoring bible demonstrated its Britain’s Best Driver’s Cars of 2013 in a special presentation. The line-up included the 468bhp Porsche 911 GT3, Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, Jaguar F-TYPE S, Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG, Porsche Cayman S and Ariel Atom 3.5 SC.
New models were on display including UK debuts of the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS, Abarth 595 50th Anniversary Edition and the launches of the Zenos Cars E10 and Radical RXC Turbo, powered by Ford’s EcoBoost engine. Unique creations such as the Caterham AeroSeven Concept and Renault Twizy F1 concept were also on hand.
PistonHeads hosted a diverse display of 16 of its favourite Heroes, with cult motoring classics from four different countries.
Within the display, the UK was represented by Chassis Number 1 of the legendary Jaguar D-Type, which won Le Mans in 1955, 1956 and 1957, the James Bond-approved Aston Martin Works Vantage, Lotus’ infamous Carlton and a pair of TVRs. Chassis Number 200 of Ford’s RS200, the Audi Quattro and Peugeot 205 T16 starred from rallying’s beloved Group B era of the 1980s.
Germany’s Porsche 911, Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9, BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution and Volkswagen Golf Mk1 as well as the Renault Clio V6 255 from France were joined by Japan’s renowned Honda NSX and Nissan Skyline GT-R R34.
The 2015 Performance Car Show will be held at Birmingham’s NEC on 8-11 January. For further information about the show, visit www.performancecarshow.com.