This year was my ninth-time at Autosport International Birmingham. I still can’t believe how all those years have passed so quickly. It has become a tradition for me to visit Autosport every January, and this year I didn’t break this tradition. As always, Autosport International 2020 was amazing, and there were amazing cars. Like every year, I stuck by at Porsche stand. I also enjoyed the retro Formula 1 cars – I still can’t quite believe how the F1 drivers in the 1980s and early 1990s were able to drive these cars.
Five reasons for why you should be visiting Autosport International 2019
Reason 1: CARS! If you are interested in seeing Porsche 911s, Formula 1 cars or LeMans racers, you should definitely be attending Autosport International this year! There will be a lot of exciting cars on show.
Reason 2: We have been promised an element of time travel to 2090. Autosport International will be unveiling visionary revisions for the future of motor racing. Robots will be racing! Sorry – maybe not?
Reason 3: An opportunity to see the hidden gems of the automotive industry. This show brings together so many aspects of the industry that you can stumble upon gems relating to every single tiny bit of a car. For the last two years, Autosport International has demonstrated a live CNC machine carving a car part during the show!
Reason 4: Instagram moments. You can be an Instagram sensation with your stories from Autosport International. Racing legends from around the world attend the show every year, meaning there are opportunities to get up close and personal with your idols. I have been visiting this show since 2012 and seen many legendary racers!
I know it has been a long time since the Autosport International 2018; however, I kept the photos secret on purpose to give you a cool flashback.
Porsche revealed their hardcore monster, the 911 GT2 RS at the Autosport this year. Officially, this car managed to go around the Nürburgring in 6 min 47.3 sec! This figure will probably sound meaningless if you just drive the GT2 RS around town.
In case you haven’t realised, the 911 GT2 RS has 700 HP (3.8 lt turbo flat-six boxer engine) and sends all those horses to its rear wheels. Hopefully, the engine is on top of the rear wheels; you won’t have lots of wheel spin but you will have some!
The acceleration to 100 km/h is in 2.8 sec, thanks to the PDK. You can’t achieve this via manual gearbox. And the top speed is 340 km/h.
Inside, it is not the most comfortable Porsche you could ever experience. The GT2 RS is designed for the track; however, it is not as hardcore as the GT3, it does still have some daily driveability, and you have the air con, sat nav, Apple Car connectivity and so on.
However, it wouldn’t be the perfect car for doing a weekly shop at your local supermarket.
Despite this, deep inside you wish you had one and could drive all day :)
I know it is bit late to write about Autosport International 2018, but it is on purpose to refresh your memories! I would like to start with the Bentley Continental GT3. It is basically based on the Continental GT which you can buy from a Bentley dealer. However, a couple of things are different than the road-going version.
It is lighter! The Continental GT3 is designed for racing, not for showing off. Therefore, Bentley has removed anything that is not necessary for racing. The end result is a weight of 1.3-tonne! The engine? As the GT3 is a racing machine, Bentley has not revealed the real figures relating to power output. However, they claim it is more than 550-HP from a 4-lt V8 twin-turbo engine. Again, the Continental GT is more powerful than this car, but it is heavier!
At the moment, you can see this Bentley in the Intercontinental GT Challenge.
In case you missed the Autosport International 2017 and also missed the models. Here is a quick tour of the Autosport International 2017’s models. Unlike previous years, the Maxxis wasn’t at the show.
You can’t think about the Autosport International without the Formula 1 cars. Like previous years, Autosport brought the last year’s F1 cars and the good old ones (aka retro)! However, this time, there was something really special. The Formula E car from Jaguar Racing team. Here they are…
It was my seventh year at Autosport International in Birmingham. The Porsche stand was honoured by these four vehicles: the Cayman, Cayman GT4 Clubsport, 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991) and 911 GT3 R models. As the Porsche team told me, this is the right sequence for the Porsche’s racing levels. You start with a daily Porsche then move to a Cayman GT4 Clubsport with the driving assistance system to begin racing. Then, you shift to a 911 GT3 Cup for a more comprehensive racing experience and, finally, you end up with the 911 GT3 R for the real racing experience.
You can’t think about the Autosport International without the Formula 1 cars. Like previous years, Autosport exhibited last year’s F1 cars and the good old ones (aka retro)! However, this time, there was something really special: the Formula E car from the Jaguar Racing team.
Ford GT is back to business, we all know it and we were waiting for this. The last time we saw a Ford GT was in 2004, when the smartest phone was a Nokia! Hopefully, I will manage to spot a Ford GT at Autosport International 2016 (NEC, Birmingham). However, this Ford GT was designed for the Le Mans race and named, Ford GT WEC Racer.
I am sure many people will get upset for this comment, but honestly, the Ford GT WEC Racer makes the Formula 1 look a bit dull. This car looks amazing, fantastic.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find detailed specifications, which is quite usual with the racing series cars. It is most likely powered by a 3-lt EcoBoost V6 with 600 HP, but no details regarding the hybrid system are available at this time.