The very first LA Auto Show was held in 1907, and even though its location changed since its inauguration, its popularity has grown rapidly. The Los Angeles Convention Centre is the ideal location for this popular event, as it offers 32 200 square meters of exhibition space which is filled with the latest vehicles that are on the market, vehicle debuts and concept cars. Concept cars on display this year will include Nissan, Mazda and Honda. Visitors can also expect to see debut vehicles from Porsche, Nissan, SAAB, BMW, Chevrolet and many more.
For more information, visit the Los Angeles Convention Centre website at http://www.lacclink.com/.
Date: 19 – 28 November 2010
Venue: Los Angeles Convention Centre
City: Los Angeles
Country: United States of America
Motoring enthusiasts in Germany are spoiled for locations when it comes to the annual Frankfurt Auto Show, as it is hosted in Frankfurt and in Hanover. Each year, the show displays an array of vehicles, both production vehicles and concept vehicles, for visitors to enjoy. Last year, production vehicles such as the Audi R8 Spyder, BMW X1, Aston Martin Rapide, Dodge Caliber and Ford C-Max were showcased, with concept cars including the Lexus LF-Ch, Mini Coupe, Bugatti Galibier 16C and the Mazda MX-5 Superlight taking visitors breath away.
This year promises to be another display of magnificent vehicles and state of the art technology that will create the cars of the future and vehicles that are safe for the environment.
Date: 23 September – 30 September 2010
City: Frankfurt and Hanover
The 28th Atlanta International Auto Show 2010 will be held at the Georgia World Congress Centre from the 19th to the 28th of March 2010. It is hosted by AutoTrader.com and AJC, and offers the public the opportunity to explore the latest vehicle models from a variety of manufacturers, which includes trucks, SUV’s and cars. Representatives will also be available at each display to answer any questions and provide additional information on the vehicles. Visitors can look forward to cars from Toyota, Kia, Lexus, Ford, BMW, Jaguar, Subaru and many more.
For ticket price information and a glimpse at what to expect at the show, log onto the official website at http://www.goautoshow.com/.
Date: 19 – 28 March 2010
Venue: Georgia World Congress Centre
Country: United States of America
It is quite obvious that vehicle manufacture plays a vital role in the sport of Formula One racing. Certain Manufacturers such as Ferrari and Renault completely manufacture their own Formula One cars. Other teams will form close working relationships with manufacturers. Millions are spent on creating excellent cars, able to handle the road well and reach remarkable speeds. Formula One manufacturers therefore form an integral part of the success and safety of the Formula One drivers who pilot the cars produced. The global motorsport ruling body, Federation Internationale d’Automobile or FIA, introduced a new commission into the world of Formula 1 in 2007. A number of senior position employees from F1 manufacturers were invited to represent their companies on the commission. FIA representatives are Max Mosley, Tony Purnell, Peter Wright and Charlie Whiting.
Whilst Ferrari, Renault and Toyota are “factory” teams, that is, they manufacture their entire F1 car, “independent” teams such as Sauber, Williams and McLaren need to purchase engines. BMW, Honda and Mercedes are popular engine suppliers.
The final touch to the vehicle is the tyres. Two renowned F1 tyre manufacturers are Bridgestone and Michelin. Formula One drivers compete each season for the honorary Drivers’ Championship. However, Formula One car manufacturers are not left out, they can compete for the prestigious Constructors’ Championship. Cars racing for the season are awarded points depending on their finishing position. By the end of the season the points are added up and the Formula One manufacturer with the most points is winner of the Constructors’ Championship.
Sports cars inhabit that enticing and appealing area somewhere between standard daily driving workhorses and full-out racecars. As such, they sacrifice some practicality in favor of performance and excitement. Commonly, sports cars are two-seaters with two doors and are designed for decisive acceleration, high speed driving, tight and responsive handling, and of course gorgeous looks. The Chevrolet Corvette is a classic American sports car, equally at home on the racetrack or your driveway (if you’re so lucky!). Some sports cars, like the Shelby Cobra, trace their evolution from cars built for racing purposes, while others such as modern day Ferraris and Lamborghinis are used only as luxury cars.
Sports cars used in racing must be extremely maneuverable, have a low weight and center of gravity, excellent braking and of course, LOTS of horsepower. Luxury sports cars are still terrific performers, but also excel in the areas of comfort and noise reduction. In all types of sports cars, emphasis is placed on the handling of the vehicle so that drivers can maintain control in challenging conditions. BMW is renowned for the excellent handling designed into their cars, making even their larger sedans handle like true sports cars. If you’re thinking about buying a sports car, bear in mind that insurance on sports cars is generally higher due to the perception among insurers that sports cars will be driven in a, well, “sporty” manner. Look around for a sports car insurance company that has affordable rates.
If laying out cold hard cash for the sports car of your dreams doesn’t fit the budget right now, you can rent sports cars like the Audi TT Roadster, Porsche Boxster and more from sports car rental companies. Renting a sports car is a great way to experience these amazing vehicles.