The 2014 Performance Car Show kicks off today at the Birmingham NEC, promising a weekend of “horsepower heaven” with the latest supercars, new model launches and high-performance favourites.
The Performance Car Show is held alongside mtotorsport's Autosport International. It was attended by as many as 80,000 people in 2013, and the 2014 event promises to be even bigger.
Taking part in special displays and high-octane performances will be such big names as Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz, whilst some ridiculously exciting models from the likes of Lotus and Vauxhall will make their UK and world debuts.
Let's take a look at what to expect.The Performance Car Show - Highlights
Hosted by show partners Autocar, the Supercar display promises cumulative power approaching 3,000bhp in their cavalcade of hypercharged road-going models. Leading the pack is the new Aston Martin Vanquish, which can achieve a top speed of 183mph, and the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, which produces an unreal 731bhp.
Celebrating 25 years of the Jaguar R band is the Jaguar XKRS GT, which is capable of reacing 0-60mph in just 3.9 seconds. There's also the ultra-limited edition 616bhp McLaren 12C GT Sprint, of which only 20 units will ever be made, whilst proving that earth-shattering performance need not cost the earth is the fully electric 416bhp Tesla Model S.
The 5,000-seat Live Action Arena, Britain's largest indoor racetrack, will play host to Britain's Best Driver's Cars for 2013 event. This is a ten-vehicle line-up, featuring some of the most exhilarating cars money can buy. Expect to see the Porsche 911 GT3, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, the Jaguar F-TYPE S, the Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG, the Toyota GT86 and the Radical RXC.
Rubbing shoulders with the surging mass of petrolheads at the 2014 Performance Car Show will be a squadron of PistonHeads, who'll be presenting their Heroes Collection. A diverse range of 16 cult motoring favourites, this presentation includes the first Jaguar D-Type ever produced, the James Bond Aston Martin Works Vanquish and special production versions of the Audi Quattro, the Ford RS200 and the Peugeot 205 T16, representing the legendary Group B rally era of the 1980s.
Beyond the displays will be a legion of car clubs and suppliers, who'll be laying out tasty morsels of parts, supplies and advice for your loud, fast and dangerous hobby.
And, of course, there'll be plenty of opportunities to feel the rush of speed yourself. You can ride in a Caterham Sevens and explode from 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds before sampling grassroots motorsports through the Motor Sports Association AutoSolo initiative.
Says Performance Car Show Director Ian France: “We’re excited about hosting such an amazing line-up of supercars and new models at the Performance Car Show this weekend.
“With cars of all shapes and sizes from every corner of the motoring world on display, there’ll be lots to see, including a range of sensational models taking part in shows within the Live Action Arena.”
The 2014 Performance Car Show takes place at the Birmingham NEC January 11-12. It's not too late to swing-by! Tickets can still be purchased at the door, with adults paying £31 and children £20.