The London Motor Show 2016: What to Expect

This month we’ll see the eagerly awaited arrival of the all-new London Motor Show 2016, which takes place in Battersea Park London from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th of May.

This year’s event will mark the first major motor show to hit the capital since 2008 and promises to showcase a wealth of new and vintage cars, the latest motoring technology, interactive activities and celebrity speakers.

For anyone who has already got tickets or is thinking about going, here’s what you can expect at this year’s London Motor Show.

New Cars

And lots of them! The dedicated Trade and Press Day will be held on Thursday the 5th, so we can expect plenty of new car launches that will be showcased to the public across the subsequent 3 days.

Over 130 vehicles will be on show at the event, some of which will be making their worldwide debut. Others will be making their UK debut, such as the McLaren 570GT, which received its global unveiling earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show 2016.

And the cars are not just there for looking at. The London Motor Show has its own test drive circuit, and because each brand will be represented by a dealership or manufacturer, you could leave the show having bought yourself a brand new car.​

Historic Cars

Classic car fans are in for a treat at the London Motor Show as visitors will also get the chance to get up close and personal with some of the most iconic historical cars. Most notably, The Bluebird will be on show, a 1920s 350 hp Sunbeam which is a former land speed record breaking car and was the first car ever to exceed 150 mph.

Latest Innovation and Technology

Also on display will be a feast of some of the most innovative technology and research projects in the business. A big highlight will be a full sized model of The BLOODHOUND SSC, which is a supersonic car, and the focus of The BLOODHOUND Project, that is designed to travel at over 1,000 mph – faster than the speed of sound. This car would cover 1 mile in an incredible 3.6 seconds, and the team behind the car will be around to discuss the science behind this ground-breaking project.​

Virtual Reality Fun

The London Motor Show will provide all the family with a much more immersive experience than simply looking at the cars on show. The Top Gear Experience has been hired for the weekend, which is a simulator that gives users a deeply realistic experience of driving some of the most prestigious supercars.

Using original BBC footage in full HD, the simulator is designed to provide users with the full force of the supercar experience - including the acceleration, gear changes and braking.​

Celebrity Guest Speakers

A host of honorary guest speakers and famous faces will be doing various lectures and presentations throughout the weekend. Among these is legendary British Racing Driver Sir Stirling Moss who will be doing a Q&A session and meet and greet.

Former Top Gear ‘Stig’ Ben Collins will also be doing an audience Q&A, in addition to a couple of book signings.

Additionally, TV Presenter Tiff Needell will be interviewing former F1 champion Nigel Mansell for a special Q&A.

Ticket Information

The London Motor Show will be open to the public from Friday 6th May to Sunday 8th May, with tickets priced at £15 for general admission. However for every paying adult, 2 children under 11 can enter for free. For more information about tickets and location, visit the official London Motor Show website.

Keep up to date with the latest car launches and highlights of the London Motor Show here on the Jardine Motors news and blog page.

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