The 2016 SA Festival of Motoring was an incredible event, perhaps the greatest motoring show we’ve ever had in SA.
Here are some of the top highlights from the show. Choosing these 10 were very difficult as there were so many incredible stands at SAFM.
Anyhow, here are our 10 favourite attractions from this year’s SAFM.
2001 Bentley Speed 8 LMP
Arguable on of the all-time great LMP cars to ever win Le Mans, the Speed 8 is powered by and Audi/Bentley 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8, producing around 450 kW.
The Bentley shares some components with the very successful Audi R8C LMP car.
Although the Speed 8 did not have a very long racing career, like the Mazda 787B, it was out there just long enough to capture our hearts and imaginations.
2016 BMW M4 GTS
The highly anticipated F10 M4 GTS also made an appearance at SAFM. Although BMW had a few nice attractions, like the M2, M3 30 Jahre Edition and the 760Li, the M4 GTS remains the standout.
The GTS serves as a stripped-down, hardened version of the standard car.
Equipped with a roll-cage and 368 kW 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight-6, the GTS can complete the sprint to 100 in just 3.8 secs, and will go on the a 305 km/h top speed. It also set a lap time of 7:28 around the Nordschleife.
2016 BMW M6 GT3
The spectacular M6 GT3 competed in the year’s Le Mans and proved very competitive.
As per FIA GT3 regulation, it produces around 435 kW and weighs less than 1300 kg’s. The bonkers-sounding 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8is hooked up to a 6-speed sequential racing ‘box.
GTC Racing Cars
The GTC cars from BMW and VW were also present at the festival.
These cars feature a common chassis and running gear, and represent some of the most advanced racing cars on the continent.
All cars are powered but a 2.0-litre turbocharged motor. Minimising the difference between various cars ensures exciting racing for driver and spectators.
2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR
The fastest-ever production Jag was a big hit at the show.
Immediately recognisable via its bright orange paintwork, the F-Type SVR packs an almighty 423 kW punch.
This makes it possible for the AWD F-Type to achieve a 0-100 time of 3.5 secs, and ensures a 322 km/h top speed.
2017 Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Spyder
The youngest bull in the stable comes in the form of the Huracan Spyder.
Striking good looks and a distinctive V10 exhaust-note helps cement the Huracan as an instant crowd favourite.
By chopping the roof off, Lambo has made it even more appealing and desirable.
That noisy V10 makes 449 kW, launching the Lambo to 100 in 3.4 secs. Keep on the loud-pedal and you can expect a 324 km/h top end.
LB Performance GT-R’s
Seeing a single example of a Liberty Walk GT-R is already an incredible experience in itself, when you gather 3 examples the impact is incredible.
RACE! SA is the sole official importer of the LB Performance kits. LB makes body-kits for a whole range of cars.
The kit usually consists of a front- and rear bumper, extended wheel arches, side skirts, rear wing, as well as a front spoiler along with a rear diffuser.
LB Performance have a massive internationalcult following, and it’s not very difficult to see why!
2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT3
The AMG GT3 is from the same world as the M6 GT3, and accordingly, has to adhere to the same the of rules and regulations.
The Merc, however, is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. It also produces around 435 kW, and also weighs less than 1300 kg’s.
Novitec Ferrari F12 N-Largo
Another aftermarket company supplied by RACE! SA, Novitec Rosso is known for taking “normal” Ferrari’s and turning them up to 11.
The N-Largo F12 is tuned to produce somewhere in the region of 581 kW. This is an astonishing amount of power for a RWD road car.
Along with the power-hike, the N-Largo also features a full cosmetic revamp.
2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid
Last on our list is this year’s Le Mans winning Porsche 919 Hybrid.
A fantastic technical demonstration of what modern LMP cars are all about, with it’s unrivalled hybrid-drivetrain, along with truly incredible aerodynamics.
The 919 Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo motor, which is helped along by an electric motor. The engine revs up to 9,000 rpm!