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New Exhibition at the British Motor Museum

Exhibition at Gaydon. Photo © Rob Tysall Pro Photography.

The British Motor Museum's new thought-provoking exhibition 'Transitions: The Impact of Innovation' runs until summer 2024.

The new exhibition, 'Transitions: The Impact of Innovation', explores the technologies that are taking our cars into the future and considers the effects of these innovations as the motor industry strives to find cleaner, safer, and more efficient ways to get us around.

Experience driving a car that drives itself. Photo © Rob Tysall Pro Photography.

In the past, the British Motor Museum has inspired curiosity about the future of the car, and this exhibition revisits concepts explored in the 2019 exhibition ‘The Car. The Future. Me’. However, this brand-new exhibition brings a fresh perspective, delving into the practical thoughts and ideas surrounding these new technologies. Visitors will leave the exhibition with a greater insight into the direction car engineering will take in the years to come and how this will affect our day-to-day lives.

2016 Range Rover Sport Autonomous test vehicle. Photo © Rob Tysall Pro Photography.

The exhibition uses a combination of cars and interactive stations to illustrate areas of future development, such as how cars will be powered, their impact, the materials they use and alternative methods of control. Several vehicles are on display, including a 2016 Range Rover Sport Autonomous test vehicle. This is fitted with additional equipment such as RADAR and LIDAR to allow it to drive itself. RADAR standing for Radio Detection and Ranging. RADAR uses radio waves to determine the distance, direction and speed of objects. LIDAR or Light Detection and Ranging uses pulsed waves of laser light to map the distance or surrounding objects.

Hydrogen-powered Riversimple Rasa Alpha. Photo © Rob Tysall Pro Photography.

There's also a hydrogen-powered Riversimple Rasa Alpha car on display. Riverspimple is a manufacturer of hydrogen powered cars based in Wales which unveiled its prototype the 2-seater Rasa in 2016. It has a range of 300 miles on 1.5kg of hydrogen - the equivalent of 250 mpg with a top speed of 60mph.

Visitors can also take a good look at a sectioned Nissan Leaf electric car, alongside interactive elements which allow comparisons between different technologies.

If you're curious about the inner workings of a Nissan Leaf. Photo © Rob Tysall Pro Photography.

Stephen Laing, Head of Collections at the British Motor Museum said, "We're delighted to open this fascinating new exhibition. We are in a period of radical change and can see how quickly cars are shifting. Fobs, keypads, push buttons, and smartphones have been steadily replacing the familiar key turn. Electric motors are slowly supplanting internal combustion engines, while drivers are being supplemented with autonomous controls. ‘Transitions’ will look at what the car will become in the future and how the industry will take us there”.

Access to the exhibition is included with standard Museum admission tickets. The Museum has held its visitor prices for 2023 for even greater value! Museum entry costs just £40 for a family in advance or £44 on the day, £14.50 for adults in advance or £16 on the day, £12.50 for concessions in advance or £14 on the day, £9 for children (5-16 years) in advance or £10 on the day and under 5s go free.


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