We’ve been heading to the Autoshow as a group for about 4-5 years now. It’s not quite as good as it was back in the hay day when the show included the Skydome but it always has its highlights. This years highlight was undoubtedly the cars at Ford. Not often are we excited to see the blue oval. But the GT and GT350R had us drooling
The car was designed with the intent of racing in GT2 spec competition. Hence why the V8 was not retained. Is it worth it to hamper the car aerodynamically just to fit in a bigger motor to appease the audiophiles? No, winning takes priority over everything else. Also the intrinsic advertising value of Ecoboost motors winning races is worth the change to boost alone. More importantly for us Canadians, the car will be build at Multimatic.
For the V8 fan there is still this. Fords “affordable” track car. Built to compete with the Camaro Z28 it brings big brakes, magnetic ride, big aero, big motor, wide tires and Recaros.
We’re still BMW fanboys here. The F30 is in white is about as good as a midsize sports sedan can get.
If not for the Ford GT, the Pagani Huayra is THE car to see. The raw carbon body, intricate interior, intensely detailed engine bay is at the top of the hypercar world.
We could have spent the entire day looking at the details of the Huayra and still would not have caught them all.
The LaFerrari was suprisingly lackluster in person. It seemed to lack presence the Macca has.
In my books no other company has a more competitive and comprehensive racing history than Toyota. WRC, Le Mans, F1, Super GT, Indycars, NASCAR, Dakar amoung others. The TS040 was a small electrical fire away from winning Le Mans. The fight with Porsche, Audi, and Nissan this year should be EPIC.
The Lexus RF-C in GT3 trim. We should see this in WEC and USCR in 2016-17 hopefully.
More pics from the CIAS shortly.