The Future Of West Midlands Sports Cars On Show

Five of the most stylish and innovative sports cars made in the West Midlands will be on display at the Niche Vehicle Network stand at the Autosport Show 2007 at the NEC. Sponsored by Advantage West Midlands, the Niche Vehicle Network represents around 25 specialist car and chassis manufacturers from around the region. At the show - which runs from January 11 to 14 - four manufacturers will be showcasing their products on the Niche Vehicle Network stand which will be opened by Advantage West Midlands Chairman Nick Paul. The Niche Vehicle Network - an association of around 25 specialist car and chassis manufacturers - will again have a major presence at the Autosport Show. With sponsorship from the regional development agency, Advantage West Midlands, five of the region's most innovative sports cars will be on display. Coventry-based low-volume specialist manufacturer GTM Cars - who showed their Ballista V6 concept car last year - will be unveiling their amazing '40TR' track-day concept to celebrate 40 years of continuous car production.

The two-seater features an exposed aluminium super-structure and Honda 'Type R' power-plant. Interestingly, GTM plans to develop a version which will run on biofuel and is exploring the potential for a one-make race series linked to the Energy Efficient Motor-Sports initiative. Meanwhile, the exciting Zolfe Orange concept - which attracted massive attention and over 100 serious expressions of interest from buyers at Autosport 2006 - will be shown as a fully-engineered pre-production prototype at this year's show. The company intends to produce a limited edition which will be offered for sale to 25 lucky owners later in 2007.

Morgan is continually developing its technologically-advanced Aero 8 aluminium platform and will be showing the car in its latest guise. The Marcos TSO shown last year attracted much attention and the latest variant - with removable roof panels - is bound to be a big draw for fans of big-bore supercars.

Completing the line-up will be the amazing Toyota-powered Raw Striker, a fully developed road-legal 2-seater sports car which is equally at home on the street or on the track which has its HQ in Herefordshire. Viv Stephens, Advantage West Midlands Automotive Policy Manager, said: "The West Midlands has long been the heart of the UK's automotive industry and this stand and the exhibitors show the excellence that exists. "While you are less likely to see one of these cars on the roads than the big names, but, as visitors to the stand will see, they're far more likely to turn your head when you do see them. "These are world-class vehicles which have been produced with a combination of passion and engineering excellence and we are delighted to be showcasing them on a global platform." 5 January 2007 Staff


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