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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.