The London Motor Show is one of Europe’s premier events for car enthusiasts. Here’s what you can expect to see at this year’s show.
With a range of exciting displays and interactive exhibits, the London Motor Show - taking place from 17 to 20 May, 2018 - is designed to appeal to a wide range of motoring visitors and enthusiasts.
After outgrowing its previous home, – where 25,000 spectators passed through the gates in 2017 – the show has relocated to ExCeL London and promises to be bigger and better than ever.
With this in mind, here are some of the things you can expect to see this time around.
Brand new interactive exhibits
With the launch of the ‘Live Drive Arena’, visitors can take part in a range of driving demonstrations and educational experiences.
There will be high-octane, performance car action and stunts from renowned precision driver, Paul Swift, which will be sure to put a smile on any car-lover’s face.
Another exciting addition is the brand-new ‘Autonomous Zone’, which will demonstrate exactly how the future will bring about big change to the automotive world.
This feature will include a mix of hands-on interactive displays and experiences, celebrity-led panel discussions, driverless vehicles, technology demonstrations and more.
The very best of the British automotive industry
An all-new ‘Built in Britain’ section of the show is set to celebrate a host of the UK’s mainstream car and commercial vehicle manufacturers, as well as commemorate Britain’s illustrious history of vehicle design and production.
Vauxhall is one of the car manufacturers confirmed to take pride of place.
The British car company will display its Vivaro and award-winning Astra models.
A British institution, Vauxhall bases itself at two major plants in England. Production of the Vivaro began in Luton in 2001 with over one million built to date.
The world’s first Tesla Shooting Brake
The London Motor Show will be hosting the world’s first Tesla-based production Shooting Brake.
This model is based on Tesla’s luxury saloon, the Model S (90D), and was created by Norfolk-based carbon fibre coachbuilding specialist, QWest.
QWest’s Shooting Brake carries over the standard Model S’s 0-60mph time of just 2.8 seconds.
It’s 7.4 cubic feet larger than the standard 90D, but is actually 12 kg lighter thanks to QWest’s use of carbon fibre.
TVR is showcasing its stunning new Griffith sports car
Iconic British sports car manufacturer TVR will be showcasing its newest creation – the Griffith, which will take pride of place within the show’s ‘Built in Britain’ feature.
The Griffith is the first car launched by TVR since the company’s relaunch in 2013, and it caused a big stir at its initial reveal back in September 2017.
TVR is a company proud of its British heritage, and the name ‘Griffith’ is definitive for the marque. It first appeared in 1963, then again in 1990 – and now in 2018.
The new car is sure to turn heads thanks to its typical TVR swooping body, side-exit exhausts and sculpted wheel-arches.
It packs a real punch, too, with its 5.0-litre V8 engine capable and sending it from 0-60mph in less than four seconds and on to a top speed of 200mph.
Jaguar E-Type specialist Eagle is bringing two of its finest models
Founded in 1984, Eagle is recognised worldwide as one of the leading E-Type restorers.
Eagle will head to London armed with its unique Speedster E-Type as well as a regular E-Type Coupe.
The Speedster is the ultimate evolution of the open-top E-Type, restyled to emphasise the original legendary design that Enzo Ferrari famously labelled as the most beautiful in the world.
The car offers a unique combination of original classic charm and contemporary supercar performance thanks to its 4.7-litre engine. What’s more, it’s a rare sight, as just six Speedsters currently exist anywhere in the world.
Noble M600 CarbonSport
Visitors can also see a 2018 British Racing Green Noble M600 CarbonSport, taking pride of place within the ‘Built in Britain’ feature.
Designed, engineered and manufactured at Noble’s Leicestershire base, the twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 M600 CarbonSport is poised to be one of the stars of the show.
The car boasts a power output of 662bhp, resulting in a top speed of an estimated 225mph and a 0-60mph time of just 3.5 seconds.
The team at Noble has invested five years of extensive development into the M600 CarbonSport, which earns its name from the abundance of fully-exposed carbon fibre throughout.