Families of all ages enjoyed a fantastic fun-filled day out at the Show!
With a whole host of exciting and educational activities on offer, there was truly something for everyone, from sitting in your dream car, meeting your motoring heroes, experiencing the drive of your life in one of three simulators, learning about the latest technology, enjoying a variety of food and drink on offer, and taking to the driving seat in a range of virtual reality racing experiences.
The idyllic surroundings of leafy Battersea Park, with its myriad of family activities and seemingly endless green spaces, fountains and hidden gems, added to the appeal of a fun, good value family day out.
Virtual Reality Racing
All ages excitedly took to the driving seat of Project CARS’ virtual reality racing simulators. Their much anticipated “Game of The Year Edition” – developed with expert help from Ben Collins – was launched at The London Motor Show and allowed gamers to experience the world’s most technically advanced racing game in both virtual reality (via Oculus Rift) and full motion (on Vesaro rigs). Gamers competed against racing pros to get their score on the Top Driver Leaderboard.
Racing video games
Many of the exhibitors offered interactive activities alongside their display vehicles, such as Ford (represented at the Show by Dees) who gave visitors the chance to get behind the wheel of the all new Ford GT supercar in their newest Forza video game.
Full Motion Simulators
Visitors also had the opportunity to try a variety of thrilling driving experiences in the three simulators at the Show, including the blistering acceleration of a Bugatti Veyron in the Top Gear Experience simulator and Formula 1 racing alongside a virtual Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes-AMG F1 simulator.
Meeting celebrities and motoring legends
All ages revelled in the opportunity to meet their motoring heroes at the Show. Tiff Needell, Nigel Mansell and Ben Collins enjoyed meeting fans amongst the displays throughout the event – signing autographs, taking photos and competing for the top score on the virtual racing leaderboards!
As well as promoting the latest innovations in vehicle safety (see ‘Exciting Technology’ below), the London Motor Show was keen to encourage young visitors’ interest in the engineering world with displays such as the Bloodhound SSC land speed record car.
In 2008, Richard Noble, Andy Green and their team announced that they planned to smash the existing World Land Speed Record of 763mph (set by Andy Green and team in 1997 with the Thrust SSC) by reaching speeds over 1,000mph. And so the Bloodhound project began – with the aim of inspiring a new generation of engineers in the process.
The Bloodhound team displayed a model of the rocket- and jet-powered vehicle (due to attempt the record this October), and their team were on hand to show visitors what a career in engineering can look like…
Transport for London
Hana Caselton, Project Manager for Transport for London said: “Transport for London was pleased to be a part of the London Motor Show 2016; promoting ultra low emission vehicles and road safety initiatives. The show enabled us to raise awareness of the range of cleaner vehicle technology now available which we encourage people to use in London. The ability to speak directly to motorists and road users was a great benefit and their enthusiasm for our work was even better”.
Battersea Park provided the ideal central London setting for families coming to The London Motor Show. The Park’s range of other attractions, such as the Children’s Zoo, Go Ape and Putt in the Park, gave visitors the opportunity to add to their itinerary for a fun-filled day out, without even leaving the park!