Autosport show highlights: Ariel Nomad, Radical RXC Spyder, Renault and more

The best cars from the show floor

This year's Autosport show didn't disappoint, acting as a launch pad for some fantastically exciting new vehicles.

From race cars, to serious track day offerings, as well as a few extremely special road cars, there was plenty on hand to get evo excited.

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Ariel Nomad

Autosport saw the much anticipated Ariel Nomad make an appearance in the flesh. Powered by a 2.4-litre Honda engine, it's putting out 221 lbft of torque and 221 bhp.

>Read: Ariel Nomad - Everything you need to know

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The car is highly customisable, with optional wheels and tyres depending on surface, colour choices are also available. You can even fit it with a windscreen, which is a bit of a first for an Ariel. The car is pegged to start at around £30,000

Radical - RXC Spyder, SR3

The highlight of the Radical stand was the RXC Spyder. A proper race car, it's designed to sit above the SR8 in the Radical range.

The RXC has power steering, a seven speed gearbox and a TFT screen that gives plenty of information about the car while it's racing.

The engine consists of a 3.0-litre 440 bhp V8 which has to drag all 860 kilos of the Radical along a track. Prices start at £130,000.

Also on the stand was a Radical SR3. Priced in at £80,000 it's Radical's core track product. Revised aero and a 1500cc engine makes it an ideal choice for racing.

Lister Jaguar 'Knobbly'

One of what will be only ten cars put into preduction, is a beautiful recreation of the iconic Lister Jaguar 'Knobbly'.

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Put together using the original jigs and drawings, as well as by some of the people who worked on the original cars, the Knobbly is a very exclusive thing indeed.

Sadly all ten cars have sold, but that doesn't stop us getting excited, particularly when you consider the car has a full D-Type 3.8 litre racing engine.

SIN cars R1 GT

SIN's road car made its debut at Autosport. Featuring a 450 bhp V8, carbon fibre body panels and a huge rear wing, it has all the staples of a proper supercar. At £75,000 it's also very good value.

The stripped back and fairly simple interior has a H-pattern six speed gearbox, plenty of controls on the wheel and a TFT dash.

Renault RS 01

Sporting an engine taking from a Nissan GT-R, Renault's offering at Autosport was definitely exciting.

The twin turbo unit from the Nissan is mounted in the back of the RS1, then covered up with a full bare carbon bodyshell. Generating 550bhp the car is, unlike the GT-R, rear wheel drive only and weighs just 1100kg.

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Renault has designed the vehicle to race in its own single make series. Entry into what will be a fairly exclusive club is around £300,000 for a single RS 01.

Zenos E10 S

Commitment to lightweight doesn't get much more extreme than 725kg. Paired up with a 250bhp supercharged Ecoboost engine and a clever aluminium extruded spine running right through the centre of the car, it should be a very enjoyable drive.

Recycled carbon and steel make up the rest of the Zenos construction. The E10 S is the more powerful car in the Zenos range, with prices starting at £29,995. Windscreen optional.

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