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Supercars past, present and future take center stage at Cholmondeley

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The theme of Cholmondeley Power and Speed 2016 was "supercars: past, present and future"
The theme of Cholmondeley Power and Speed 2016 was "supercars: past, present and future"
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1994 Aston Martin DB7 GT driven by Chris Knox
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1994 Aston Martin DB7 GT driven by Chris Knox
1973 Porsche 911 RS driven by Robin Longdon
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1973 Porsche 911 RS driven by Robin Longdon
1973 Ferrari Dayton 365 GTB driven by Andy Deegan
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1973 Ferrari Dayton 365 GTB driven by Andy Deegan
1976 Jensen Interceptor iii driven by Ryan Corton
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1976 Jensen Interceptor iii driven by Ryan Corton
1989 Lamborghini Countach driven by Peter Dodson
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1989 Lamborghini Countach driven by Peter Dodson
1958 Jaguar XK 1505  driven by Barry Owen
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1958 Jaguar XK 1505  driven by Barry Owen
2016 Mercedes AMG TG3 driven by Adil Vaqaas / Alex Jacobs
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2016 Mercedes AMG TG3 driven by Adil Vaqaas / Alex Jacobs
2015 Aston Martin Vanquish driven by Lee Baillie
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2015 Aston Martin Vanquish driven by Lee Baillie
1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z/38 driven by David Piper
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1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z/38 driven by David Piper
1966 Royal Enfield GT with Frank Jones in the hotseat
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1966 Royal Enfield GT with Frank Jones in the hotseat
1973 Trackmaster ridden by Neil Armstrong
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1973 Trackmaster ridden by Neil Armstrong
1968 Benelli GP (rep.) with Brian Glover in the hotseat
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1968 Benelli GP (rep.) with Brian Glover in the hotseat
1964 Suzuki RM64 ridden by Frank Jones
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1964 Suzuki RM64 ridden by Frank Jones
1964 Paton Grand Prix and rider Jobey Marlowe
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1964 Paton Grand Prix and rider Jobey Marlowe
1981 Yamaha TZ350 ridden by Dean Want
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1981 Yamaha TZ350 ridden by Dean Want
1999 Honda Fireblade CBR-RRX and rider Bob Arnold
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1999 Honda Fireblade CBR-RRX and rider Bob Arnold
1982 Suzuki Heron XR41 ridden by Andy Smith
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1982 Suzuki Heron XR41 ridden by Andy Smith
1962 Bultaco TSS with John Wheldon in the hotseat
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1962 Bultaco TSS with John Wheldon in the hotseat
1951 Nash Healy Le Mans driven by Steve Graham
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1951 Nash Healy Le Mans driven by Steve Graham
1954 Chevrolet 3600 driven by Ben Luke
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1954 Chevrolet 3600 driven by Ben Luke
1954 Lotus Nine driven by Martin Ricketts
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1954 Lotus Nine driven by Martin Ricketts
1956 Chapman Mercury driven by Oliver Tomlin
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1956 Chapman Mercury driven by Oliver Tomlin
1964 Lotus 23 driven by David Gidden
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1964 Lotus 23 driven by David Gidden
1953 Lester Sports driven by George Edney
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1953 Lester Sports driven by George Edney
1955 Morgan Plus 4 driven by Rupert Richards
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1955 Morgan Plus 4 driven by Rupert Richards
1956 Norton Dominator ridden by Geoff Lewis
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1956 Norton Dominator ridden by Geoff Lewis
1982 Ireson F1 with David Raymont in control
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1982 Ireson F1 with David Raymont in control
1990 Price Suzuki ridden by Malcolm Preston
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1990 Price Suzuki ridden by Malcolm Preston
2013 McLaren MP4-12C driven by Tony Graham
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2013 McLaren MP4-12C driven by Tony Graham
2009 DAX Rush MC driven by Duncan Cowper
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2009 DAX Rush MC driven by Duncan Cowper
2016 Lotus Exige Sport 350 driven by Garry Wardle
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2016 Lotus Exige Sport 350 driven by Garry Wardle
2008 Ferrari FXX driven by Rob Bond
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2008 Ferrari FXX driven by Rob Bond
2016 Ariel Atom driven by Niki Faulkner
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2016 Ariel Atom driven by Niki Faulkner
2015 BAC Mono driven 2.5 driven by Oliver Webb
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2015 BAC Mono driven 2.5 driven by Oliver Webb
2015 Lotus Evora 400 driven by Simon Clough
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2015 Lotus Evora 400 driven by Simon Clough
2016 Morgan Aero 8 driven by Jonathan Jarratt
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2016 Morgan Aero 8 driven by Jonathan Jarratt
2016 Caterham 620R driven by Garry Wardle
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2016 Caterham 620R driven by Garry Wardle
1974 Ford Capri driven by Ric Wood
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1974 Ford Capri driven by Ric Wood
1968 Lotus 47 driven by Nigel Parry
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1968 Lotus 47 driven by Nigel Parry
1966 GTD 40 Mk2 driven by Tony Shannon
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1966 GTD 40 Mk2 driven by Tony Shannon
1966 Unipower GT driven by Peter Flanagan
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1966 Unipower GT driven by Peter Flanagan
1978 Fiat 500 driven by Ian Metcalf
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1978 Fiat 500 driven by Ian Metcalf
1991 Van Diemen SRSport 2200 driven by Harvey Maddocks
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1991 Van Diemen SRSport 2200 driven by Harvey Maddocks
2006 Mini Cooper driven by Michael Bamber
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2006 Mini Cooper driven by Michael Bamber
1985 Toyota Supra driven by Nigel Garrett
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1985 Toyota Supra driven by Nigel Garrett
1960 Lotus Eighteen driven by Malcolm Ricketts
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1960 Lotus Eighteen driven by Malcolm Ricketts
1969 Lola T142 driven by Roger Deans
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1969 Lola T142 driven by Roger Deans
2009 GG Quadster driven by Ben Luke
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2009 GG Quadster driven by Ben Luke
2015 Zenos driven by Peter Siegel
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2015 Zenos driven by Peter Siegel
Polaris Slingshot
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Polaris Slingshot
Richard Goodwin performed an aerobatic display in a modified Pitts Special S25
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Richard Goodwin performed an aerobatic display in a modified Pitts Special S25
Goodwin's Pitts Special S25 is powered by a six-cylinder 8.5-l Lycoming 540 engine
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Goodwin's Pitts Special S25 is powered by a six-cylinder 8.5-l Lycoming 540 engine
The modifications to Goodwin's Pitts Special S25 are said to provide enhanced acrobatic capabilities
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The modifications to Goodwin's Pitts Special S25 are said to provide enhanced acrobatic capabilities
Goodwin's routine combined "high-energy gyroscopic forces" with aerobatic maneuvers
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Goodwin's routine combined "high-energy gyroscopic forces" with aerobatic maneuvers
The theme of Cholmondeley Power and Speed 2016 was "supercars: past, present and future"
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The theme of Cholmondeley Power and Speed 2016 was "supercars: past, present and future"

Set in the grounds of Cholmondeley Castle, in the verdant and rolling landscape of Cheshire, UK, the Cholmondeley Power and Speed (CPAS) show lets visitors see spectacular cars in a spectacular setting. Gizmag went along on Saturday to take in a festival that was fast, furious and fun.

CPAS was formerly the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power (CPOP), where, last year, an American muscle car concours and a Eurofighter Typhoon display were among the highlights. This year, the name of the festival was brought more in-line with the machines on display and, fittingly, the theme was "supercars: past, present and future."

Over 150 cars and bikes took to the 1.2-mi (1.9-km) track over the weekend, with an Ariel Atom driven by Niki Faulkner setting the fastest time of 60.98 seconds. That fell just short of the 58.34-second lap set by Gary Thomas in a Force PC last year.

This year also saw a group of Gumball 3000 cars in residence and on the track, including a Mercedes AMG TG3. Elsewhere, there were scrambler motos in action on a separate off-road track, the Pro Wakeboard Tour on the lake and a number of aerial displays.

Of the latter, we were lucky enough to catch Richard Goodwin's aerobatic performance. Goodwin was flying a modified Pitts Special S25 powered by a six-cylinder 8.5-l Lycoming 540 engine. The modifications are said to provide enhanced acrobatic capabilities, with Goodwin's routine putting them to use to combine "high-energy gyroscopic forces" with aerobatic maneuvers.

Goodwin's Pitts Special S25 is powered by a six-cylinder 8.5-l Lycoming 540 engine
Goodwin's Pitts Special S25 is powered by a six-cylinder 8.5-l Lycoming 540 engine

Of course, the cars were what we were really there to see. Below we've pulled out a few of those that really stood out.

2008 Ferrari FXX driven by Rob Bond
2008 Ferrari FXX driven by Rob Bond

Headlining the line-up of supercars was a 2008 Ferrari FXX. In the event program, CPAS called its stats "staggering" and with good reason. The FXX boasts a 6.3-l V12 engine that produced a huge 860 bhp (641 kW). That translates to a breathtaking 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) time of 2.5 seconds and an equally rampaging top speed of 211 mph (340 km/h).

1989 Lamborghini Countach driven by Peter Dodson
1989 Lamborghini Countach driven by Peter Dodson

Though not one of the newer supercars on display at Cholmondeley, the 1989 Lamborghini Countach driven by Peter Dodson was surely one of the most popular. A special edition to celebrate Lamborghini's 25th anniversary (we're now past the 50th), it has a 5-l V12 engine under the bonnet that produces over 400 bhp (298 kW) and a top speed of 183 mph (295 km/h).

2013 McLaren MP4-12C driven by Tony Graham
2013 McLaren MP4-12C driven by Tony Graham

Much more recent was the McLaren MP4-12C – also a special edition, in this instance for the 50th anniversary of McLaren. The same MP4-12C was on display at Cholmondeley last year but with a 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) time of 2.8 seconds, is well worth flagging up as part of this year's supercar-themed festival.

2015 BAC Mono driven 2.5 driven by Oliver Webb
2015 BAC Mono driven 2.5 driven by Oliver Webb

Another car that was here for consecutive years was the BAC Mono. Wheree last year it was a 2004 version on display, this year's was a more recent 2015 version. Described as "a lightweight, ultra high performance, road legal supercar," it was one of the more aesthetically dramatic at CPAS over the weekend.

2016 Morgan Aero 8 driven by Jonathan Jarratt
2016 Morgan Aero 8 driven by Jonathan Jarratt

Another real head-turner on display was the Morgan Aero 8. The Aero 8 has a 4.8-l V8 under the hood, kicking out 367 hp (274 kW) and a top speed of 175 mph (282 km/h). Respectable as that is, it's really the looks of the Morgan that matter. A 2016 5th generation version of the Aero 8, it distills everything that is special about the British marque.

2016 Ariel Atom driven by Niki Faulkner
2016 Ariel Atom driven by Niki Faulkner

Finally, we can't go without one final mention of the Ariel Atom. It's been around in one guise or other for 20 years now, but the Atom was still the most voracious and track-hungry animal on display at CPAS.

Powered by a 2.0-l, four-cylinder Honda i-VTEC engine, the 2016 model produces 245 bhp (184 kW) and 240 Nm (177 lb.ft) of torque. It's lightweight, stiff, skeleton-like structure gives it both serious acceleration and glue-like road-holding. It really is remarkable to watch in action and was a worthy winner on the track.

You can see more from the show in our gallery.

Source: Cholmondeley Power and Speed

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