FRANK­FURT FAVOURITES

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - Driving - SOME BIG NAMES WERE MISS­ING FROM IAA 2017, BUT STILL THE CROWDS PACKED THE 11 HALLS AT FRANK­FURT’S BI­EN­NIAL CARFEST.

The Garmin Con­nect app on my iphone shows that I walked 21 990 steps on Septem­ber 13th. That’s the date of the open­ing Press Day of the Frank­furt Mo­tor Show. Free ad­vice: don’t wear new shoes on Day 1. (My lug­gage ar­rived a day late, so I had no al­ter­na­tive but to cob­ble to­gether a sub­sti­tute wardrobe at the lo­cal equiv­a­lent of Edgars).

Frank­furt is gen­er­ally re­garded as the big­gest show of its kind. Even though some big names were ab­sent – Peu­geot Citroën, Nis­san, Fiat Chrysler – those present pro­vided enough eye candy to keep the pun­ters com­ing through the turn­stiles. What was par­tic­u­larly fas­ci­nat­ing for me this year was that I fi­nally had the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the pub­lic view­ing days. Usu­ally we stay for only the first two me­dia days. I’d been warned to ex­pect crowds. The warn­ing was ac­cu­rate.

This show re­port is less about try­ing to cover all the hot new re­leases and con­cepts; rather, it’s about 10 of the ex­hibits that made me stop and stare and won­der for a while.

ASPARK OWL

Claimed to be the world's fastest EV, the Aspark Owl (don't ask) is a Ja­panese car­bon-fi­bre hy­per­car with an elec­tric driv­e­train that pro­duces around 1 000 horse­power (750 kilo­watts). Ac­cord­ing to the de­signer, it will be ca­pa­ble of 0 to 100 km/h in un­der two sec­onds. The car was mak­ing its first show­ing at Frank­furt, though it has been in the mak­ing for three years.

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