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There is very lit­tle doubt th­ese are ex­cit­ing times for motorsport. And we’re not talk­ing about the driv­ers or any par­tic­u­lar race se­ries here.

The in­dus­try that puts cars on the track world­wide is rid­ing the crest of a tech­no­log­i­cal rev­o­lu­tion, and it is be­ing led from the heart of the UK.

Autosport En­gi­neer­ing, the trade ex­hi­bi­tion sec­tor of the Autosport In­ter­na­tional Show, will show­case many of the com­pa­nies at the fore­front of that this week at Birm­ing­ham’s NEC, and over the next few pages we fo­cus on some of the com­pa­nies at the spear­head, push­ing in­no­va­tion to a new level.

The big ques­tion, though, is where is this all lead­ing?

Is the fu­ture elec­tric? Purists shiver at the thought, but there is no doubt that For­mula E has caught the imag­i­na­tion of the pub­lic, and much more im­por­tantly, the ma­jor car man­u­fac­tur­ers who are in­vest­ing heav­ily in the tech­nol­ogy.

For­mula 1 re­mains the pin­na­cle and as ever breaks through bound­aries ev­ery step of the way. If there was to be any crit­i­cism of the F1 sphere as a whole to­day it can only be whether it shouts about what achieve­ments are be­ing made?

Fans dis­like the lack of noise, but that can be thrown back at the se­ries too. The level of ef­fi­ciency F1 mo­tors have reached in the last two years is ab­so­lutely stag­ger­ing, as is their power out­put.

But, as For­mula E sets the en­gi­neers new tech­ni­cal chal­lenges, what else of the fu­ture? Driver­less cars are in­evitable, and bring a whole clean sheet of pa­per to the table. “What’s the point?” cry the purists, but there is no deny­ing it’s an ex­cit­ing time as in­no­va­tion af­ter in­no­va­tion takes us into the fu­ture.

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