For years I’ve wanted to go to the Geneva Motor Show. The sheer number of car launches and concept unveilings is any car lovers dream. This year I finally got the opportunity to attend alongside Momentum Social; so here are my highlights from a 24-hour whistle-stop tour of the show.
The perfect camera accessory for those packing for a short trip
As my list of camera items grows ever bigger, the one thing that becomes more and more valuable to me is luggage space. Only taking hand luggage can be restricting with a full DSLR camera and accessories packed in. Thankfully, Bully Eyes gave me the perfect solution – the Phone Lens Attachment. People often are shocked when I tell them that most of my photography is taken simply using my Samsung S8; but when you can capture shots like these with this simply attachment, why would you need anything else?
Simply clipping onto your smartphone, the Bully Eyes Phone Lens attachment comes with both a wide angle and macro lens. Perfect for a crowded Geneva Motor Show or in the motorsport paddock! For more examples of what this powerful little attachment can do, take a look at the rest of the pictures in this blog!
Best at the Geneva Motor Show – Motorsport
Motorsport is facing a major crossroads as a sport. Always looking to remain relevant to the ‘real-world’ many series are going through fundamental changes. This is creating a divide with the world’s leading manufacturers as they choose which path to take; do they stick with the high-profile option of Formula 1, or think to the future and flock to Formula E? The same can be said with Touring cars, as can be seen by Cupra launching their first electric contender earlier this month.
Although this significant influence has affected team bosses and shareholder meetings, it certainly hasn’t impacted the design teams yet. Just take a look at the McLaren Senna GTR Concept, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. Pegged by McLaren as “the fastest thing on a track bar an F1 car”, it’s a bold statement following the launch of the Aston Martin Valkyrie (pictured) and the Mercedes-AMG Project One. One can only hope that we’ll get a chance to see the trio all out on-track together one day; Grand Tour anyone?
Best at the Geneva Motor Show – Automotive
But the main purpose of the show is for the world’s leading manufacturers to demonstrate their latest road-going innovations. From every-day road cars to one-of-a-kind concepts, all were looking to impress; but I’ve whittled it down to the four I feel you need to know about:
- BMW M8 Gran Coupe Concept: Expected to launch in 2020, this 600bhp four-wheel-drive Coupe is likely to benefit from the 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 engine used in the M5 Saloon. I can’t wait.
- Mazda Kai Concept: Hinting at the new design that Mazda’s 3 hatchback will take for its 2019 launch, it will certainly be an eye-catcher out on the road.
- Polestar 1: Following its unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show, Polestar have already announced that they will have to increase production following significant European demand. With its sleek exterior design and abundance of technology, it’s not hard to see why either.
- Lexus UX: Making it’s debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the UX represents Lexus’ first foray into the luxury crossover market. It will certainly make an impact when it launches in 2019.
But that’s not it from the show, be sure to keep an eye out later this week for an in-depth feature piece as I go behind the scenes with Nissan, as well as a look into the implications the halo will have on F1 with Renault. Stay tuned!