Shelby, Ford, AMG and Porsche in the spotlights
Photo and report Willem J. Staat
Last weekend the Essen Gruga Halls opened their doors for the 50th times for the Essen Motor Show. Unfortunately founders Jochen Rindt and Wolfgang Schöller are no longer amongst us. The latter died two months ago. So the opening press conference was a little bit sober this year. From an American point of view it was quite interesting with Aaron Shelby being present for the first time and looking for a German network to produce his brand new Shelby F150 Truck. Ford Germany introduced the Ford Mustang GT4. It appears that GT4 is to become a fledging market for manufacturers. Ford also introduced Ford Performance Parts for the German/European market. Seyffarth Motorsport from Germany even developed a brand new Ford Mustang for the VLN Endurance Series. Ford is clearly attacking the European markets. Speaking about VLN, Porsche introduced a brand new GT3 Cup MR 911 GT3 which also has especially been developed for this series and the 24H Series. For driving in the heat a lof of attention has been paid to the airconditioning system in the car. Vukovic Motorsport from Switzerland showed their beautifully Renault Megane TCR for the first time. The cars will be driven by F. Kovacs’ and Cora Schumacher in the German TCR series. Good to see manufacturers start introductions again. After the 2007 crisis a lot of them turned their back on the show for cost reasons. Special theme on the 50th edition was 50 years of AMG with the AMG Vision Gran Turismo car as one of the main attractions. The car was developed from the Playstation GT games and comes to life in the Batman movie “Justice League” As usual this exhibition annually attracts 300.000 visitors.