2017 Toronto Auto Show Preview – Performance and Race Cars

Porsche at the 2016 CIAS - Toronto Auto ShowThe 2017 Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto will be running from Feb 17-26.  Here’s a quick peek at some of the performance and race cars that will be at the show this year.

Aston Martin AM-RB001 Concept

Aston Martin AM-RB001 at the 2017 Toronto Auto Show

The AM-RB001 is a collaboration between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing.  Two versions of the cars are currently in development: one is a road car with performance surpassing today’s top hypercars, the other is a track weapon that has its sights on LMP1 Le Mans Prototype racecars as its benchmark.

Technical details are scarce at this time, but the team aims to achieve their goal with a lightweight carbon fiber structure, aggressive aero package as well as advanced suspension and transmission systems.

Interestingly, instead of following the trend in this era of turbochargers the AM-RB001 will be powered by a naturally aspirated V12 with the goal to achieve 1:1 power-to-weight ratio.  The only other road car currently capable of this achievement is the Koenigsegg One:1 which packs a 1,361ps twin-turbo V8 while weighing only 1,360kg.

If Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing can meet their goals for this project, the AM-RB001 will definitely be a game-changer.

The hypercar concept will make its North American debut at the Toronto car show this year, make sure you don’t miss it!

Photo: Aston Martin

Canadian Debut of 2018 Models

Audi TT RS at CIAS 2017 - Toronto Auto ShowPhoto: Audi R8 Spyder V10

The Toronto Auto Show is the perfect venue for manufacturers to introduce new models to Canadian drivers.  This year, we will see 41 new vehicles being introduced at the show, including:

  • Audi RS3, TT RS and R8 Spyder
  • BMW 5 Series (G30/G31) & M760Li xDrive
  • Dodge Durango SRT
  • Ford Mustang
  • Honda Civic Type R (Prototype)
  • Jaguar F-TYPE 400 Sport
  • Kia Stinger
  • Maserati Quattroporte GranSport
  • Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+, GT R, and GT C Roadster

Auto Exotica

Bugatti Chiron at CIAS 2017 - Toronto Auto ShowPhoto: Bugatti Chiron

How are they going to top last year’s Auto Exotica?  We were treated to a Pagani Huayra, Singer 911, Ferrari 488 GTB and a whole lineup of McLarens, including the legendary F1 GTR racecar.

Singer Porsche 911 Pfaff Commission at CIAS 2017 - Toronto Auto ShowPhoto: Pfaff Automotive Partners – Singer Porsche 911 “Pfaff Commission”

Seems like they managed to pull it off, because this is the lineup for 2017:

  • Ariel Atom
  • Aston Martin DB11
  • Bugatti Chiron
  • Ferrari
  • Lamborghini Huracan
  • Lotus
    • Evora S
    • Elise Series 1
    • Caterham 7
    • Type 49 Formula Atlantic racecar
  • McLaren
    • 570S GT4 Racecar
    • 570S
    • 570GT
    • 675LT
  • Pagani Huayra
  • Singer Vehicle Design Porsche 911

Castrol Alley with Legendary Motorcar Company

Ford GT at CIAS 2017 - Toronto Auto ShowPhoto: Legendary Motorcar Company Ford GT

Legendary Motorcar Company of Halton Hills will be displaying 10 professionally restored iconic classic cars at the show.

In addition, they will also be appraising the eight finalist of the AutoShow’s Muscle Car Matchup contest which will be also be on display at the Castrol Alley.

Formula 1 – 50 Years of Grand Prix Racing in Canada

Gilles Villeneuve's 1978 Ferrari F1 Racecar at CIAS 2017 - Toronto Auto ShowPhoto: CIAS 1978 Ferrari F1 Racecar

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Formula One race in Canada which took place at Ontario’s very own Mosport Park.

To celebrate a rich history of motorsports, we will be treated to some of the most iconic Formula One racecars in history:

  • 1978 Ferrari driven by Gilles Villeneuve
  • 1997 Williams driven by Jacques Villeneuve, the first and only Canadian to win a F1 World Championship
  • 1991 Benetton driven by Michael Schumacher, one of the greatest drivers of all time and winner of the most Canadian GP with seven titles.
  • 1961 Cooper Climax T55 driven by Bruce McLaren
  • 1974 Parnelli driven by Mario Andretti
  • 1978 Walter Wolf WR6 driven by Jody Scheckter
  • 1987 Lotus 99T/5 driven by Ayrton Senna
  • 1990 Ferrari 641 driven by Nigel Mansell

In addition, a refurbished 1971 Boss 351  belonging to the late Gilles Villeneuve will also be on display for the first time.

Lastly, both Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly Mosport) and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will be showing documentaries to celebrate Canadian motorsport history.

Visitors will also get a chance to win race tickets daily, including a pair of grandstand tickets to the 2017 Canadian Grand Prix!

Tuner Cars

Nextmod R35 GTR Ben Sopra Widebody at CIAS 2017 - Toronto Auto ShowPhoto: Nextmod Nissan GT-R Ben Sopra Widebody

As always, the Toronto Auto Show attracts some of the best tuner cars in Ontario.  Highlights this year include the Nextmod R35 Nissan GTR with a Ben Sopra widebody kit, Liberty Walk widebody Ferrari 458 and a supercharged Acura NSX with Honda Type R conversion.

Engineered Automotive

1967 Shelby GT350 “Eleanor”

Engineered Automotive is the host of Cars and Coffee in Toronto, a car meet showcasing some of the most exotic and collectible sports cars in the world.

Continuing that tradition, EA will be bringing their A-game to the Toronto car show with a pair of American classics:

  • 1967 Shelby GT350 (aka Eleanor from Gone in 60 Seconds)
  • 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Resto-Mod
  • Plus a mysterious surprise car

Having seen how amazing these cars look in person, I can guarantee that it will be worth your time to check them out.

Get 10% off 2017 Canadian International Auto Show Tickets

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Resto-Mod by EA

Tickets are available on www.autoshow.ca/tickets, save 10% by buying online or go on Super Tuesday (Feb 21) for even more of a discount!

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