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In pictures: The UK's biggest motor show returns

In pictures: The UK's biggest ...
The 2016 London Motor Show runs from May 6th-8th at Battersea Evolution
The 2016 London Motor Show runs from May 6th-8th at Battersea Evolution
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The Zenos E10R is a super lightweight track car with blistering acceleration
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The Zenos E10R is a super lightweight track car with blistering acceleration
The Zenos E10R is a super lightweight track car with blistering acceleration
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The Zenos E10R is a super lightweight track car with blistering acceleration
The Zenos E10R is a super lightweight track car with blistering acceleration
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The Zenos E10R is a super lightweight track car with blistering acceleration
The Zenos E10S is the second in the E10 series and the precursor to the most recent E10R
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The Zenos E10S is the second in the E10 series and the precursor to the most recent E10R
The Zenos E10S is the second in the E10 series and the precursor to the most recent E10R
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The Zenos E10S is the second in the E10 series and the precursor to the most recent E10R
The Zenos E10S is the second in the E10 series and the precursor to the most recent E10R
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The Zenos E10S is the second in the E10 series and the precursor to the most recent E10R
The Zenos E10S is the second in the E10 series and the precursor to the most recent E10R
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The Zenos E10S is the second in the E10 series and the precursor to the most recent E10R
The Mitsuoka Viewt is inspired by the 1963 Jaguar MK2
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The Mitsuoka Viewt is inspired by the 1963 Jaguar MK2
The Mitsuoka Viewt is inspired by the 1963 Jaguar MK2
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The Mitsuoka Viewt is inspired by the 1963 Jaguar MK2
The Mitsuoka Viewt is inspired by the 1963 Jaguar MK2
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The Mitsuoka Viewt is inspired by the 1963 Jaguar MK2
The Mitsuoka Viewt is inspired by the 1963 Jaguar MK2
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The Mitsuoka Viewt is inspired by the 1963 Jaguar MK2
The Mitsuoka Roadster boasts a 2.0-liter engine that produces 158 hp (118 kW) and 188 Nm (139 lb.ft) of torque
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The Mitsuoka Roadster boasts a 2.0-liter engine that produces 158 hp (118 kW) and 188 Nm (139 lb.ft) of torque
The Mitsuoka Roadster boasts a 2.0-liter engine that produces 158 hp (118 kW) and 188 Nm (139 lb.ft) of torque
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The Mitsuoka Roadster boasts a 2.0-liter engine that produces 158 hp (118 kW) and 188 Nm (139 lb.ft) of torque
The Mitsuoka Roadster boasts a 2.0-liter engine that produces 158 hp (118 kW) and 188 Nm (139 lb.ft) of torque
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The Mitsuoka Roadster boasts a 2.0-liter engine that produces 158 hp (118 kW) and 188 Nm (139 lb.ft) of torque
The Mitsuoka Roadster boasts a 2.0-liter engine that produces 158 hp (118 kW) and 188 Nm (139 lb.ft) of torque
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The Mitsuoka Roadster boasts a 2.0-liter engine that produces 158 hp (118 kW) and 188 Nm (139 lb.ft) of torque
The Mitsuoka Brooklands is a limited edition version of the Mitsuoka Roadster
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The Mitsuoka Brooklands is a limited edition version of the Mitsuoka Roadster
The Mitsuoka Brooklands is a limited edition version of the Mitsuoka Roadster
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The Mitsuoka Brooklands is a limited edition version of the Mitsuoka Roadster
The Mitsuoka Brooklands is a limited edition version of the Mitsuoka Roadster
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The Mitsuoka Brooklands is a limited edition version of the Mitsuoka Roadster
The McLaren 570GT is designed to be more comfortable than some of McLaren's previous offerings
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The McLaren 570GT is designed to be more comfortable than some of McLaren's previous offerings
The McLaren 570GT is designed to be more comfortable than some of McLaren's previous offerings
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The McLaren 570GT is designed to be more comfortable than some of McLaren's previous offerings
The McLaren 570GT is designed to be more comfortable than some of McLaren's previous offerings
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The McLaren 570GT is designed to be more comfortable than some of McLaren's previous offerings
The McLaren 570GT is designed to be more comfortable than some of McLaren's previous offerings
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The McLaren 570GT is designed to be more comfortable than some of McLaren's previous offerings
The Noble M600 is a collaboration between Super Veloce Racing and Noble
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The Noble M600 is a collaboration between Super Veloce Racing and Noble
The Noble M600 is a collaboration between Super Veloce Racing and Noble
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The Noble M600 is a collaboration between Super Veloce Racing and Noble
The VUHL 05 supercar was created by Mexican brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria
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The VUHL 05 supercar was created by Mexican brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria
The VUHL 05 supercar was created by Mexican brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria
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The VUHL 05 supercar was created by Mexican brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria
The VUHL 05 supercar was created by Mexican brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria
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The VUHL 05 supercar was created by Mexican brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria
The VUHL 05 supercar was created by Mexican brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria
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The VUHL 05 supercar was created by Mexican brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria
The Riversimple Rasa will be offered to customers by way of sale-of-service, rather than to buy outright
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The Riversimple Rasa will be offered to customers by way of sale-of-service, rather than to buy outright
The Riversimple Rasa will be offered to customers by way of sale-of-service, rather than to buy outright
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The Riversimple Rasa will be offered to customers by way of sale-of-service, rather than to buy outright
The Riversimple Rasa will be offered to customers by way of sale-of-service, rather than to buy outright
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The Riversimple Rasa will be offered to customers by way of sale-of-service, rather than to buy outright
The Riversimple Rasa will be offered to customers by way of sale-of-service, rather than to buy outright
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The Riversimple Rasa will be offered to customers by way of sale-of-service, rather than to buy outright
The MG GS SUV will be available with a dual-clutch transmission gearbox
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The MG GS SUV will be available with a dual-clutch transmission gearbox
The MG GS SUV will be available with a dual-clutch transmission gearbox
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The MG GS SUV will be available with a dual-clutch transmission gearbox
The MG GS SUV will be available with a dual-clutch transmission gearbox
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The MG GS SUV will be available with a dual-clutch transmission gearbox
Only 133 of the limited Abarth 695 biposto will be rolled out
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Only 133 of the limited Abarth 695 biposto will be rolled out
Only 133 of the limited Abarth 695 biposto will be rolled out
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Only 133 of the limited Abarth 695 biposto will be rolled out
Only 133 of the limited Abarth 695 biposto will be rolled out
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Only 133 of the limited Abarth 695 biposto will be rolled out
Caterham describes its Seven 620S as a "saner, more road-oriented sibling of the ballistic 620R"
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Caterham describes its Seven 620S as a "saner, more road-oriented sibling of the ballistic 620R"
Caterham describes its Seven 620S as a "saner, more road-oriented sibling of the ballistic 620R"
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Caterham describes its Seven 620S as a "saner, more road-oriented sibling of the ballistic 620R"
Caterham describes its Seven 620S as a "saner, more road-oriented sibling of the ballistic 620R"
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Caterham describes its Seven 620S as a "saner, more road-oriented sibling of the ballistic 620R"
Caterham describes its Seven 620S as a "saner, more road-oriented sibling of the ballistic 620R"
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Caterham describes its Seven 620S as a "saner, more road-oriented sibling of the ballistic 620R"
The Seven 270R is one of Caterham's stripped-down track-focused sports cars
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The Seven 270R is one of Caterham's stripped-down track-focused sports cars
The Seven 270R is one of Caterham's stripped-down track-focused sports cars
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The Seven 270R is one of Caterham's stripped-down track-focused sports cars
The Seven 270R is one of Caterham's stripped-down track-focused sports cars
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The Seven 270R is one of Caterham's stripped-down track-focused sports cars
The Morgan EV3 is a lightweight all-electric three-wheeler
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The Morgan EV3 is a lightweight all-electric three-wheeler
The Morgan EV3 is a lightweight all-electric three-wheeler
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The Morgan EV3 is a lightweight all-electric three-wheeler
The Morgan EV3 is a lightweight all-electric three-wheeler
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The Morgan EV3 is a lightweight all-electric three-wheeler
The Morgan EV3 is a lightweight all-electric three-wheeler
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The Morgan EV3 is a lightweight all-electric three-wheeler
Morgan designed the Aero 8 to be a "true British sports car"
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Morgan designed the Aero 8 to be a "true British sports car"
Morgan designed the Aero 8 to be a "true British sports car"
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Morgan designed the Aero 8 to be a "true British sports car"
Morgan designed the Aero 8 to be a "true British sports car"
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Morgan designed the Aero 8 to be a "true British sports car"
Morgan designed the Aero 8 to be a "true British sports car"
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Morgan designed the Aero 8 to be a "true British sports car"
Morgan designed the Aero 8 to be a "true British sports car"
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Morgan designed the Aero 8 to be a "true British sports car"
The Morgan Plus 4 is powered by a 2.0-liter Ford engine
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The Morgan Plus 4 is powered by a 2.0-liter Ford engine
The Morgan Plus 4 is powered by a 2.0-liter Ford engine
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The Morgan Plus 4 is powered by a 2.0-liter Ford engine
The Morgan Plus 4 is powered by a 2.0-liter Ford engine
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The Morgan Plus 4 is powered by a 2.0-liter Ford engine
The Morgan Plus 4 is powered by a 2.0-liter Ford engine
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The Morgan Plus 4 is powered by a 2.0-liter Ford engine
The Morgan Plus 4 is powered by a 2.0-liter Ford engine
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The Morgan Plus 4 is powered by a 2.0-liter Ford engine
The McLaren 675LT is a track-focused supercar from the British marque
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The McLaren 675LT is a track-focused supercar from the British marque
The McLaren 675LT is a track-focused supercar from the British marque
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The McLaren 675LT is a track-focused supercar from the British marque
The McLaren 675LT is a track-focused supercar from the British marque
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The McLaren 675LT is a track-focused supercar from the British marque
The McLaren 675LT is a track-focused supercar from the British marque
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The McLaren 675LT is a track-focused supercar from the British marque
The McLaren 675LT is a track-focused supercar from the British marque
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The McLaren 675LT is a track-focused supercar from the British marque
The McLaren 650S is Faster than both the F1 and 12C
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The McLaren 650S is Faster than both the F1 and 12C
The McLaren 650S is Faster than both the F1 and 12C
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The McLaren 650S is Faster than both the F1 and 12C
The McLaren 650S is Faster than both the F1 and 12C
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The McLaren 650S is Faster than both the F1 and 12C
The McLaren 650S is Faster than both the F1 and 12C
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The McLaren 650S is Faster than both the F1 and 12C
The McLaren 650S is Faster than both the F1 and 12C
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The McLaren 650S is Faster than both the F1 and 12C
The new Lamborghini Huracan Spyder features cylinder deactivation for improved fuel economy and retuned 4WD
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The new Lamborghini Huracan Spyder features cylinder deactivation for improved fuel economy and retuned 4WD
The Ferrari 488 Spider is a soft-top version of the the 488 GTB
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The Ferrari 488 Spider is a soft-top version of the the 488 GTB
The TVR Griffith 400 is one of the few older cars on display at the London Motor Show
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The TVR Griffith 400 is one of the few older cars on display at the London Motor Show
Among the features of the David Brown Speedback GT are a retractable picnic bench and a pillarless roofline
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Among the features of the David Brown Speedback GT are a retractable picnic bench and a pillarless roofline
The David Brown Speedback GT
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The David Brown Speedback GT
The 2016 London Motor Show runs from May 6th-8th at Battersea Evolution
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The 2016 London Motor Show runs from May 6th-8th at Battersea Evolution

This week sees the return to the calendar of a major motor show in the UK. The new London Motor Show has been created with the intention of eventually rivaling the likes of Geneva, Paris and Dubai. Gizmag went along yesterday for a sneak peek.

The London Motor Show is effectively the heir of the British International Motor Show, which ran regularly in London, then Birmingham and then London again from 1903 to 2008, after which the financial crisis put the brakes on it. The new event was 18 months in the making and the plan is to run it annually.

In addition to a new name, the show has a new home at Battersea Evolution, in the middle of London's picturesque Battersea Park. The venue covers 14,000 sq m (151,000 sq ft), which makes it considerably smaller than NEC in Birmingham, or the ExCeL and Olympia venues in London, all of which hosted the British International Motor Show at one point or another. Despite tilting at a more modest event than its peers around the world, this makes for a far less sprawling and impersonal affair.

There are 41 different automotive brands and over 130 vehicles on display at Battersea. Among them is a replica of the Bloodhound SSC that's being readied for a 1,000-mph (1,609-km/h) world land speed record attempt by Andy Green and his team. In addition, there are a number of launches, some UK debuts and a "Stop the Crash" Automated Emergency Braking (AEB) system demonstration. Below are some of the cars that caught our eye.

The Noble M600 is a collaboration between Super Veloce Racing and Noble
The Noble M600 is a collaboration between Super Veloce Racing and Noble

The most hotly anticipated launch at London was surely the Noble M600 supercar, which heralds a relaunch of the much-admired British marque. The M600 was developed in partnership with Super Veloce Racing over the course of five years. It is hand-crafted, tailored for every customer and goes like the proverbial wind.

The Mitsuoka Roadster boasts a 2.0-liter engine that produces 158 hp (118 kW) and 188 Nm (139 lb.ft) of torque
The Mitsuoka Roadster boasts a 2.0-liter engine that produces 158 hp (118 kW) and 188 Nm (139 lb.ft) of torque

Mitsuoka's move into the British market to sell its brand of British-inspired design might understandably raise eyebrows, but there's no doubt its models are eye-catching. The Viewt, Brookland and Roadster all have a quirkiness that is all too often amiss in today's automotive vernacular.

The McLaren 570GT is designed to be more comfortable than some of McLaren's previous offerings
The McLaren 570GT is designed to be more comfortable than some of McLaren's previous offerings

We've already spent time looking at the McLaren 570GT and then looking closer, but we make no excuses for ogling it once again. McLaren is right up there with the best where knocking out schoolboy fantasy supercars is concerned and that is made all the more apparent at the London Motor Show, with its newest model exhibited alongside the 675LT and 650S.

The Zenos E10R is a super lightweight track car with blistering acceleration
The Zenos E10R is a super lightweight track car with blistering acceleration

Launched late last year, the Zenos E10R track car followed the E10 and the E10S. The difference between the original E10 and the E10R is stark. The former does 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 135 mph (217 km/h), which is all very respectable. The latter, however, is what we termed "properly quick" in our December coverage, with a 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) of 3 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

The VUHL 05 supercar was created by Mexican brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria
The VUHL 05 supercar was created by Mexican brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria

When we featured the VŪHL 05 back in 2013, shipping was expected to start early the following year. In fact, the first delivery of the Mexican supercar was made last year. It's a voracious-looking machine with stats to match, kicking out 285 bhp, 420 Nm (310 lb.ft) of torque and a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration time of 3.7 seconds.

The Riversimple Rasa will be offered to customers by way of sale-of-service, rather than to buy outright
The Riversimple Rasa will be offered to customers by way of sale-of-service, rather than to buy outright

Finally, and in some respects most interestingly, is the Riversimple Rasa. Launched earlier this year, it's a hydrogen-powered vehicle with striking curved styling. While you will be able to get your hands on one, you won't be able to buy one, as such. Instead, Riversimple plans to offer it by way of sale-of-service, with customers paying a monthly fee that covers fuel, maintenance, repairs and insurance.

The London Motor Show runs until Sunday May 8. Entry is £15 (US$22) and free to children under 11. The video below provides an introduction to the show and you can view more images of the cars on display in our gallery.

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London Motor Show 2016

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