Autosport International, traditionally the first motorsport event of the year at the National Exhibition Centre Birmingham, brings together industry leaders for an annual show.
The event will take place from 11-14 January. The first two days of the event are for the trade before it opens to the general public on the weekend.
Over 100 engineering companies are expected to showcase their products in the newly-dedicated Autosport Engineering Show during these two days for trade only. The hall will provide an up-close look at the latest technologies in engines, gearboxes brakes, and suspension parts.
Returning to Autosport International this year is the Business Forum where experts will hold discussions covering the sport’s biggest talking points. Confirmed session topics include: ‘Would motorsport be appealing with alternative powertrains?’, ‘How AI is set to shake up the engineering industry’ and ‘Is a world without fossil fuels possible?’
Bill Pearson (IMSA Senior Manager of Performance and Simulation), Richard Saxby, McLaren Applied Head of Motorsport, and Mark Grain, Extreme E Technical Director, will lead the first session, which is about alternative powertrains.
The ADAC’s head of motorsport Thomas Voss will be among the attendees examining how racing as a whole is capitalising on the growth of Formula 1, while Alpine’s head of F1 vehicle performance Richard Frith is on the panel looking at the next big trends in engineering.
Charlotte Phelps, a single seater systems engineer, and Jeremy Aston Phillips, MCOIL director, will also be present at the second session on Monday, 12 January at 2pm.
After taking public reaction from last year’s show on board, Autosport International is aiming to return to its roots by placing a greater emphasis on racing. It will also include drivers bringing cars up to the main podium for interviews. For example, 24 Hours of Le Mans winning driver James Calado with a Ferrari 499P as well as Callum Ilott from the FIA World Endurance Championship driving a Jota 911.
There will also be the launch of M-Sport’s FIA World Rally Championship program with the Ford Puma Rally1, and an audience with Haas Formula 1 team principal Guenther Steiner. The Live Action Arena will feature stunt shows that are based on motorsports.
This year’s Autosport International edition is aiming to cover all stages of the racing pyramid, and the grassroots level will be represented through MotorSport Vision, the 750 Motor Club, the British Automobile Racing Club and the Classic Sports Car Club.
Autosport Performance will be a part of the show and include tuning, modifications and show cars.
You can purchase tickets for Autosport International here.
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