British Motor Show

British Motor Show

What will the name of the future Lotus sports car is still a big mystery, and according to Lotus company it will stay that way until the car will make its official debut at the London Motor Show.

One of the possibilities is "Ethos", but a company insiders said this is not the strongest contender.

The car will definitely have a name beginning with “E”, and it won’t share its name with any previous Lotus model.

One thing is for sure: it will not be called Esprit, as that name is being reserved for the new range-topping, V8-engined supercar that’s due to launch in 2010.

Source: AutoCar

Honda announced the launch of a new low-emission, lightweight sports study model at the British International Motor Show later this month. Called OSM (for Open Study Model, the concept was designed by Honda’s R&D facility in Offenbach, Germany.

Sitting on sporty six-spoke alloy wheels, the OSM has a slippery, aerodynamic exterior to minimize drag. A wide, sloping rear end incorporates a narrow rear light strip, which wraps around the rump of the car. At the front, a gaping front grille sits between angular headlights that stretch from nose of the bonnet to the top of the wheel arches.

There are no plans for the concept to enter production at the moment.

Press release after the jump.

Ford will preview at the British Motor Show the 2009 Focus RS. It will go on sale in early 2009.

The Focus RS is powered by a specially developed, turbocharged version of the Duratec 2.5-litre 5-cylinder engine that delivers 300 hp and a peak torque of 410Nm.

Ford Focus RS

Front and rear quarter panels have been revised to incorporate wider wheel arches and a wider track, complemented by revised, deeper side rocker mouldings. In another visual reminder of the car’s performance potential, triangular, RS-badged vents sit behind the front wheel arches. Two classic-style bonnet louvres are both a styling hint at the power beneath and a practical requirement, maintaining correct system temperatures.

Ford Focus RS

The completely new front bumper design for Focus RS incorporates a deep front airdam with a large, mesh lower grille in an extended trapezoid. Stylish and practical, this prominent feature represents the latest Ford ’kinetic design’ face and also is finished in piano black. Above, chromed xenon headlamps stand out like cat’s eyes and are framed by matt-black housings with unique additional vents running underneath.

It will make the 0 to 60 mph in under six seconds.

After Ford revealed the first official spy images of the Focus RS , AutoZeitung revealed today the first images of the concept that will debut at the British Motor Show.

Ford Focus RS Concept - official images?

The Focus RS is powered by a specially developed, turbocharged version of the Duratec 2.5-litre engine, based on Focus ST, but significantly revised to generate over 280 hp and more than 400 Nm of torque, thus achieving an excellent power-to-weight ratio.

Source: Autozeitung

Opel will add two new versions for its newly launched Insignia at the British Motor Show: a four-door notchback and a five-door hatchback. The length of both the notch and hatchback, at 4,830 mm, and the wheelbase of 2,737 mm remain the same.

Opel Insignia Hatchback

Insignia will be offered with a choice of seven engines: all meet Euro 5 emissions standards and come coupled with six-speed transmissions. The four gasoline engines range from a four-cylinder 115 hp unit to a V6 with 260 hp. Three new direct-injection turbo-diesels exclusively developed for the Insignia feature a displacement of 2.0 liters and power outputs spanning from 110 to 160 hp.

Press release after the jump.

Land Rover will unveil at the British Motor Show a high-specification version of its Range Rover model. The new special edition is called "Autobiography" and will be priced at £72,995.

Range Rover Autobiography Edition

The new flagship receives more leather upholstery than any Range Rover before. What’s more, this luxurious semi-aniline leather is from the very best hides, which, after minimum processing, will age over time to give the truly unique character.

Range Rover Autobiography Edition

The Autobiography’s fascia, door casings, door bins, seats and center console are all finished in leather, complementing the traditional interior wood. The steering wheel is leather-wrapped, the leather-topped fascia has a softer, more luxurious feel, and even the floor mats are edged with leather.

The 2009 Range Rover Autobiography also offers new 20-inch diamond-turned twin-seven-spoke alloy wheels, new paint colors and an optional half wood steering wheel with matching gearshift insert.

Lotus will unveil the Eagle 2+2 sports ca r on July 22 at the British Motor Show in London. CarScoop published a teaser image of the car, that is rumored to be powered by a modified version of the Toyota Camry’s 3.5 V6 engine that in stock form produces 268Hp at 6,200 rpm and 248 lb.-ft. at 4,700 rpm.

Rumors also say the engine will be offered in both naturally aspirated and turbocharged versions. The Eagle will essentially replace the top-of-the-line Esprit that went out of production in 2004.

Source: CarScoop

The Aspid is a new, exciting and technically-advanced luxury sports car, from automotive engineering consultancy IFR Automotive, making its world debut at the British International Motor Show. Very much a driver’s car, it offers exceptional performance, agility and style. It is also small, lightweight and ultra compact.

IFR Aspid

IFR’s luxury two-seater is the result of an uncompromised five-year development programme by a top team of professional automotive engineers who have set out to create a vehicle with distinctive looks, outstanding road holding, the most predictable handling possible, and exceptional levels of performance both on and off the track.

Aspid prototypes feature a 2-litre engine; either naturally aspirated to deliver 270bhp or supercharged to 400bhp. The engines are highly modified by IFR, such that the engine block can be sourced from a number of possible suppliers. Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a manual 6-speed gearbox and limited-slip differential.

IFR Aspid

The lightweight aluminum and carbon structure of the car, which has a mass of just 700kg (1,550lb) and the resulting 570bhp-per-tonne (1.75kg/bhp) power-to-weight ratio gives awe-inspiring acceleration on the track, with the car reaching 62mph (100km/h) in 2.8 seconds and 100mph (160km/h) in 5.9 seconds.

Child or not, we were all enthusiastic about the Pixar Cars when we first saw them! And if you go at the British International Motor Show you will have the chance to watch them live!

Pixar Cars coming at British Motor Show

The hot shot rookie race car, Lightning McQueen and his friends, Sally the snazzy Porsche 911, Mater a rusty but trustworthy tow truck and Mack the Truck, will transform part of London’s Docklands into a Disney/Pixar World of Cars complete with gaming pods, face painting, and other fun activities with prizes to be won.

The characters are based on real cars: Lightning McQueen is a custom-built car with a fibreglass body on a 1978 Trans am chassis; Sally is a customised 2002 Porsche 911; Mater is a custom-built vehicle built on a Chevy dually pickup chassis, and Mack the Truck is a 1985 Mack super-Liner.

Ford will unveil next year the most powerful version of the Focus hatchback based on the ST version and this are the first images that are said to be official. Well, official or not -they don’t look so real after all, imagine a car on the road without a driver-, the car will be a very hot thing, and the proof are the 280 hp!

Ford Focus RS - official images?

The 2009 Focus RS will compete with the powerful Golf R32, but Ford will keep the price under the price of its competitor. Compared with the R32, the Focus RS will have a FWD system, and not a RWD one, the only reason being the weight.

The 2009 Focus RS will be the 21 RS model launched by the company; first one being the 1970 Escort RS1600.

Ford Focus RS - official images?

Under the hood there will be a modified version of the engine found on the ST version, with an output up to 280 hp. The 0 to 60 mph sprint will be made in less than five seconds, while the top speed will be limited to 155 mph.

A concept version will be unveiled in July at the London Motor Show, while the production version will follow in March 2009.

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