10th Macau International Auto Expo 2020
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10th Macau International Auto Expo 2020
An article by Jonathan Long
The 3-day 10th Macau International Automobile Exposition with well over 100 types of automobile was successfully held in the Venetian Resort Hotel - Cotai Expo on 1st Nov 2020. Whilst most of Europe is heavily affected by the COVID-19 with strict social distancing measures enforced; on the other side of the globe in the city of Macau, China; it was hosting a sizable roadshow since the great pause of Coronavirus pandemic.
With the support of the Macau government and the Liaison Office of the Chinese government, Nam Kwong Culture and Creativity Industry Co. Ltd have continuously organised the Macau Auto Expo for 10 consecutive years. As the most influential international auto show with the largest scale and the highest degree of diversities in China currently, the Auto Expo cover an area of 65,000 square meters, with over 100 well-known automobile brands and relevant companies, representative organisations and industrial alliances from 20 countries and regions; namely Porsche, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Range Rover, APEX, Lexus, Nissan, Honda, Toyota etc. The spectacular event was also covered by over 200 journalists at home and abroad in addition being broadcasted live online; totalling well over 80,000 visitors in the 3-day exposition.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Auto Expo, a special “Fashion Car Parade” took place one week ahead as the first shot to promote the Auto Expo. The parade comprised over 40 vehicles including some well-known classic cars such as Datsun 280Z and Nissan R34 Skyline; as well as some luxury supercar namely Lamborghini LP610 and Audi R8. The rally drive lasts about an hour which tours around some of the landmarks in the city, together with 6 motorcycle police leading the column.
Despite the shadow of the COVID - 19 still present; the positive energetic atmosphere of the parade drive with the sizable rally column has given encouragement to the public to participate in large scale activity. Although the Auto Expo is already well-known to the public with strong reputations, however, such a rally parade was unprecedented; with the large number of visitors, the exposition reflects the fashion car parade was a successful campaign.
The Auto Expo was divided into 3 separate zones: international manufactures zone; Chinese domestic manufacturers zone; and fashion car experience zone. We will highlight some signature vehicles of each zone as well as a special interview with the Macau Muscle Car Enthusiasts Club, whose first public debut was also in this Expo.
Electric Vehicles Showcase:
With the progression of modern vehicle technology, the Auto Expo closely follows the trend of the newly arisen Electric Vehicles (EVs). Many new Chinese EV brands such as BYD, Geely and NIO also exhibit their new products in the show. For our readers in the U.K., we may not familiar with EV developments in the Far East, however, one of which that stands out from the crowd is the NIO EP9, which is a 2-door coupe with a 250kW (335hp) motor each wheel, giving it a total power output of 1MW (1341hp) and 427km range, with a total weight of 1735kg only!
Another eye-catching EV is the APEX AP-0, which is an all-electric supercar announced in 2020 by the British/Hong Kong sports car company Apex Motors and is scheduled for production in 2022 in Woking. The vehicle is designed to have a top speed of 190 mph and accelerates 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds; powered by a 650 bhp rear-mounted electric motor with 580 Nm of torque and a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery. In addition, it has a kerb weight of 1200 kg due to the AP-0's monocoque carbon chassis, with modular space frame and a central spine. (Fun fact: the car is also featured in the mobile game Asphalt 9: Legends)
Porsche also brought in their new Taycan 4S EV to the show, needless to say, Porsche’s well-known performance sportscar never let us down. The Taycan 4S has 2 AC synchronous electric motors (front and rear axle) generating 390 kW (523 hp) with 0-60 in 3.8 seconds and has a range of about 400 km; which is pretty good as the first all-electric car designed and produced by the German brand.
The Honda Civic Type R is renowned globally for more than two decades; so as this new generation of FK8. As you can see in the photo it is already sold before the expo finished. Although some people still moan about the Type R switching from normally aspirated to Turbocharged, one thing undeniable is the superior performance than its predecessors.
The return of the long-awaited Toyota Supra surprised many of us in the JDM community, with this new 2021 model its performance also has a new upgrade; from 335hp up to 382hp compared to previous year models. Back in 2014, the conceptual FT-1 was revealed which eventually became the current new Supra, sources online showed that a company in Canada retro-design the FT-1 body kit turning your Supra into FT-1 if you are interested go check it out → [Link]
In addition to the well-established reputation of BMW, here in Macau BMW is also the designated Grand Prix official Safety Car partner; and this year BMW has chosen the M235i Gran Coupe to fulfil such a role. Although the specifications of the safety car aren’t significantly different from the production cars, the M-sport Safety Car livery makes it stand out from the show.
As mentioned above, the annual Macau Grand Prix will be held between 19th and 22nd Nov. 2020. In addition, a new category of racing will be introduced this year – Formula 4. We will report the 67th Macau Grand Prix in full details, stay tuned!
To diversify the exposition for the first time a new multi-experience area is introduced; which comprise of the Speed track Esports experience, the Dream-Kids’ track – children’s EV experience; and the Fashion Car Market.
Although the Guia circuit of the Macau Grand Prix is renowned to be a very challenging street circuit; but as an ordinary driver we wouldn’t be able to attempt the track in full racing mode, and here in the Expo the E-sports experience allows you to race the circuit in a very realistic formula 3 simulation.
For our youngsters who are not yet eligible for actual driver licenses, there’s an EV experience zone for children to try; alongside with 4 generations of Datsun/Nissan Fairlady Z.
Whilst the COVID-19 significantly affected the economy, an idea has arisen where the car owners present their sweet rides to the public while participating small businesses/gaming booths to boost local business activity, such “Fashion Car Market” concept was unprecedented in any auto expo.
Although wearing a face mask is mandatory during the event, it did not become a hindrance for visitors to spectate these awesome vehicles.
Coincidentally the 2nd day of the auto expo was Halloween, the car owners of the market were dressing in different characters to celebrate the festival.
We have a special interview with Macau Muscle Car Enthusiasts Club which can be found here
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