As 2015 gets underway, I thought I’d look at what there is to look forward to over the new year. From new models to motorsport and events, it looks like 2015 will be a big year for British manufacturers.
1 Road racing in Britain
Motofest 2015 has partnered with the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) to stage a two-day programme of time-trials in Coventry. Festival director James Noble described Coventry as the “spiritual home of the British motor industry”. Motofest will see Formula 3 and British Touring Cars complete time trials along a 2.1 mile section of the Coventry ring road from May 29th to 31st. There is a nice little summary of the event on the BBC website.
2 Ariel Nomad
The Ariel Nomad is a re-imagined Ariel Atom for off road work. Maintaining the same rear drive layout and gearbox, the concessions to off road performance are off road tyres, an engine tweaked for torque and full roll cage. The Nomad looks like seriously good fun!
3 Aston Martin Lagonda
The Lagonda badge has finally re-emerged attached to the new super saloon and it will be interesting to see how it fares.
4 Jaguar XE
Jaguar’s replacement for the old X Type came on a wave of pretentious press releases and events. Hopefully this car will be of more substance than the pretentious press barrage. It’s critical to the success of Jaguar, long term; so need’s to be a great all rounder. Expect some sportier, fast versions.
5 McLaren Sports Series
Another small McLaren… Now the P1 is out, Mclaren is heading downmarket, to pinch 911 buyers. The new smaller McLaren will have the usual advanced technology, but in a smaller car.
6 Manual Jaguar F Type
Finally the gearbox the F Type has been waiting for, a proper manual!
7 Jaguar F-Pace
Hideous faux off-roader or classier X5 rival? Big SUV’s ALWAYS divide opinion and Jaguar’s first is released in 2015. Expect to see huge amounts of posts, criticism etc on the forums!
8 Bentley Bentayga
Bentley has already offended most of the car world with the concept version of its first SUV, the Bentayga. See if the real one is just as offensive… And if so, will it attract the footballers wives it is aimed at?
9 Upgraded Lotus Evora at Geneva show
Lotus has had mixed fortune recently, but the revised Evora will be launched at the Geneva show, which should hopefully mean a more positive future for the brand.
10 Aston Martin Vulcan
The latest, ultra limited edition Aston will be the Vulcan. Aside from the name, not much is really known about this beast. It’s expected to be unveiled at the Geneva show in March and I can’t wait to see what it looks like…