750 stunning supercars roared into the grounds of the National Motor Museum to join the Beaulieu Supercar Weekend on August 5th and 6th, with 14,700 visitors experiencing the tyre-squealing, high octane action of the two-day show.
Motoring fans of all ages lined Beaulieu’s Chestnut Avenue for demonstration runs, as some of the most impressive supercars were put through their paces in these fierce tests of acceleration and braking. Burning rubber and thrilling on-lookers as they powered off the line were such highlights as the McLaren 570S, Ferrari F40, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and the brutal, lightweight KTM X-Bow. Amongst the loudest cars was the Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale, which pleased the crowds with the scream of its 3.6-litre V8 engine.
The Supercar Sound-off was sure to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up as top cars were pitted against each other to see which one had the best-sounding engine. Parked nose-to-nose on the Beaulieu Arena with engines revving, cars put to the test included the Jaguar F-Type SVR, Aston Martin Vanquish, McLaren 720S and Range Rover SVR. The loudest cheers from the crowd declared the Aston Martin to be the winner.
The Battle of the Brands brought together a jaw-dropping selection of machines from the world’s leading supercar-building nations, with cars from Italy, Germany, Japan, Great Britain and America centred around Beaulieu’s giant globe. Surrounded by admirers throughout the weekend was the eye-catching lime green Lamborghini Huracan Spyder, as was the new McLaren 720S which boasted 710bhp and a top speed of 212mph. At the cutting-edge of technology were the impressive Honda NSX and BMW i8 hybrids, while visitors could also see up-close such dream machines as the Ariel Atom 35R, Alfa Romeo 4C, Nissan GT-R, Dodge Viper ACR and Ford Mustang GT.
Show-goers explored the Super SUV Secret Garden in Beaulieu’s Wilderness garden to discover 16 of the most impressive high-performance off-roaders. The stripped-down Ariel Nomad, capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in just 3.4 seconds, contrasted with the electric-powered Tesla Model X with its amazing ‘falcon wing’ rising doors. Other luxury 4X4s on show included the Maserati Levante S Q4, Jaguar F-Pace, Bentley Bentayga, Audi SQ7, Range Rover SVR and Porsche Macan S.
The Beaulieu Supercar Weekend was a rare opportunity to see race track and road-going versions of the latest Ford GT parked side-by-side, as well as examples of the legendary Jaguar XJ220, Ferrari F40 and BMW M1. The variety of the supercars parked up in the event fields was staggering, including no less than two DeLoreans, several Nobles, a Nissan 350Z NISMO and an Ultima GTR. Also on show was a wide variety of Aston Martins, ranging from a 1962 DB4 Vantage to the latest DB11, plus five Dodge Vipers, a rare MG SV-R and a classic 1960s Marcos 1800.
Car club stands were another impressive feature, with the Lotus Driver’s Club and Porsche Club GB leading convoys of their members’ cars into the show. The TVR Car Club stand was packed with first-class examples of this legendary British muscle car, including examples of the Tuscan, Tamora, Chimaera, Griffith, Cerbera and T350.
On the lawns of Palace House, the historic home of the Montagu family, Classic Insurance Services displayed a selection of prestigious classic supercars, ranging from a classic Jaguar XK140 and Maserati Sebring up to an Aston Martin Volante and a lightweight VUHL.
The Beaulieu Supercar Weekend will return for 2018, for the latest information on this event and the complete Beaulieu events calendar, visit http://www.beaulieu.co.uk/events or find us on Twitter @Beaulieu_Hants, on Facebook at /nationalmotormuseum or on Instagram @national_motor_museum.