Autosport International is the UK’s most exciting motor show with Birmingham's NEC hosting wall-to-wall motoring perfection. World Rally Championship contenders, Formula 1 icons and BTCC heroes were on show at an impressive 2018 instalment. Motor1.com made its motor show debut with a stage filled with hotly anticipated cars.
The growing Performance Car Show was packed with all things four wheeled and fast, but the Motor1.com stand drew some of the largest crowds thanks to the standout cars on display, UK debuts and interviews with industry insiders.
Motor1.com star cars included the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, the latest Porsche 911 GT3, 911 GT3 Cup and McLaren 570S GT4 racing cars and the much-anticipated 2018 Ford Fiesta ST. For the GTI TCR and Fiesta ST, it was the first time the UK public had the chance to see them in the metal.
2018 Ford Fiesta ST
Making its UK debut on the Motor1.com stand, the new Fiesta ST features a three-cylinder 1.5-litre engine that produces 197bhp. Can this hot hatch live up to its class-leading predecessor?
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
Another UK debut, the Golf GTI TCR is a proper racing car built for a rapidly growing series. Its 2-litre engine kicks out 345bhp to rival the new 308TCR.
Porsche 911 GT3 and GT3 CUP
The new Porsche 911 GT3 991.2 marks the return of a manual gearbox option – something enthusiasts are celebrating. Its 4-litre naturally aspirated flat-six engine gives it a healthy 493bhp. Similarities between the road car and 911 Cup car are clear to see, even the engines are built next to one another.
Jaguar XE SV Project 8
This car offers 592bhp, a 5-litre supercharged V8 and an aggressive aero package. What's not to like? This Jag is actually the fastest four-door saloon to ever lap the Nürburgring, clocking a time of 7:21.23.
Jaguar F Type SVR Poppy Car
One of the most unique cars on the Motor1.com stand, this Jaguar was wrapped by Mission Motorsport and features the lines to the World War I poem In Flanders Fields. Mission Motorsport is a charity that helps wounded service men and women learn new skills through a passion for cars and motorsport. We were very proud to have this special car on display.
McLaren 570S GT4
The McLaren 570S is an fantastic supercar and it was only a matter of time before it went racing. Currently competing in the British GT Championships, A GT4 can be bought by privateer teams around the world for £159k.