The Best of Autosport International 2015, From the Ariel Nomad to Hamilton's F1 Winner

By Spencer Hart on at

This weekend the NEC in Birmingham opened its doors to thousands of car fans attending Autosport International. The show is becoming one of the premier events on the motoring calendar as it gives smaller, bespoke car manufacturers a chance to make a name for themselves.

Here, we take a look at some of the best cars we found on the show floor.

Ariel Nomad

The insane Ariel Nomad made its international debut at this year's show in Birmingham. The all-terrain performance vehicle is powered by a 2.4-litre, 235 bhp Honda engine, and is capable of reaching 60 mph in 3.4 seconds.

The Nomad will be highly customisable, with optional colours, roof-lights, nerf bars and luggage racks. The car was showcased at Bilstein's stand, and will be available to buy in the summer for £30,000.

Zenos E10 S

Zenos also used the Autosport show to launch its latest product, the E10 S. The company has taken weight-saving to the extreme with this car, with it tipping the scales at only 725kg. That's pretty amazing considering it also includes an LCD display, optional heated seats and a windscreen.

Recycled carbon and steel make up the Zenos E10 S construction, and for an extra £4,000 you could get the Track Pack, which includes a six-speed gearbox, limited-slip differential and quick release steering wheel. It looks pretty futuristic considering it's from a small company in Wymondham, Norfolk.

SIN R1 GT

Looking for a supercar that doesn't break the bank? Luckily for you the newly announced SIN R1 GT only costs £75,000.

Obviously, that's not exactly Nissan Micra money, but considering the R1 GT features a 450 bhp V8 engine, carbon fibre body and cool gull-wing doors, it's actually very good value.

BMW i8

The BMW i8 was parked next to an Lamborghini Huracan, but the i8 stole all the attention. It's has a hybrid electric-petrol engine, it looks stunning, and it's the future.

Radical RXC Spyder

The Radical RXC Spyder is available to order now, it costs £130,000 and it's a proper, full-on race car. The Radical is powered by a 3.0-litre V8, and weighs around 860 kg – so you can expect blisteringly fast 0 - 62 mph times to be made by this beast.

The engine will last for 40 hours of racing before needing a rebuild, so it should last an entire race season (or several traffic jams on the M25).

Elemental RP1

The Elemental RP1 was being displayed at the Best of British stand. It's a high-tech sports car that's been designed and manufactured by UK F1 designers and aerospace experts.

As Elemental doesn't have a physical base to work at, the car was designed and engineered in the cloud, with the team sharing CAD files and working remotely. The car's badge also resembles an entry on the periodic table. It's like they built the car with Gizmodo in mind.

Nissan Micra Rally Car

Ever fancied a rally car but thought it's out of your price range? Well think again, because with a Nissan Micra and £4,000, you're ready to race, in an FIA approved rally car. This particular specimen finished 5th in its class at the 2014 Wales Rally GB National.

The Alvis 4.3 Litre Continuation Series

The legendary Alvis 4.3 litre was first produced in the 1930s, but what you're looking at above is a completely new vehicle. The car is made using traditional manufacturing techniques, including using a wooden structure. At auction an original would cost in the region of £400,000 but the Continuation Series will only set you back £170,000. It's practically a bargain.

Renaultsport R.S. 01

We think the Ranaultsport R.S 01 looks seriously cool in a kind of, Batman, stealth-vehicle kind of way. The car's engine is taken from a Nissan GT-R and generates 550bhp, while the whole vehicle only weights 1,100kg, thanks to its carbon body.

Renault has created a race series for customers of the car, to give them an actual opportunity to drive it. The prize for winning? The option to drive for Nismo's factory team in the Japanese Super GT championship, or LMP2 at Le Mans 2016.

1957 Chevrolet 210 Saloon

In 1957 the Chevrolet 210 was a sedate, American family saloon. This slightly tweaked version features an 8.8-litre engine that produces 1,300 bhp. The drag racer is capable of reaching 62 mph in 1.47 seconds, which is, well, bonkers.

Lewis Hamilton's 2014 Silver Arrow

The show also gave punters the opportunity to gawk at some famous race cars from past and present. Our favourite has to be the silver arrow that took Lewis Hamilton to victory in 2014.

The Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid (the car's official name) had an extremely successful 2014 season, making it statistically the most dominant car in Formula One history.