A very interesing Imperia prototype was shown at Autoworld amidtst six rallye and sports cars in prelude to the "Belgian Tour" ...
On May 2nd we were invited to Autoworld Brussels to witness
the inauguration by the Association’s President, Herman De Croo, of a special exhibition of six sports and rally cars which will participate in the 2012 edition of the “Belgian Tour”, a three day regularity rally which will allow you to live or relive the best of the mythical and legendary stages of the Belgian rallies which have marked the history of automobile racing : the Flemish Ardennes, the Ypres Rally, the 12 hours of Hainaut, the Bianchi Rally in Charleroi, the Boucles de la Semois, the Ardennes Classic and the mythical hill climb race of Namur ‘s citadelle.
Hans Knol ten Bensel
Autoworld President Herman De Croo inaugurated the special exhibition...
Driving through a beautiful Belgian countryside…
This rally will take you through some very picturesque typically Belgian places, as was explained by rally organiser Pierre Barré. This time-trial rally sports a road book solely including directions and distances (no map) which most participants will able to master.
Rally organiser Pierre Barré explained the route and the characteristics of the "Belgian Tour" Rallye.
This will all be topped off with a host of regularity tests of average difficulty, and some more sporting tests in Flanders and Wallonia.
Autoworld Director Sébastien de Baere (see photo here above) explained us that this special exhibition is a further step in the new strategy of the museum to bring special events and topics to the attention of the visiting public, and to make the museum more dynamic and varied. Therefore, the Board of Directors of Autoworld also decided to recruit Eric Janssen as a museologist. In liaison with Sébastien de Baere, he uses his abilities and experience in order to update the exhibitions regularly with a view to attracting a wider audience.
Some interesting cars are on display until May 29, like a “works” replica of the mighty Austin Healey 3000 MK2 which participated in the Liege- Rome- Liege Rally in the 60s. The car was flanked by a grey Porsche 911 built in 1965, still in possession of its original owner Willy Braillard.
Interesting to see - see photo here above - was also a Belgian Apal, a car which, as connoisseurs know, uses Porsche suspension and mechanics.
But quite remarkeable was also a prototype of the all new Imperia GP, a hybrid sports car. The car is on show until May 13, and is propelled by a 1,6 litre 156 kW petrol engine, assisted by a 100 kW electrical induction engine. The driver can choose between electric and hybrid propulsion. Imperia calls this PowerHybrid® propulsion. The hybrid car can be recharged from the mains, but can in hybrid mode, also be recharged when the vehicle is in motion.
The Imperia breathes the fluent lines of its famous pre-war predecessors... in a modern interpretation
We finally mention that the “Belgian Tour” will start on June 29 at the Esplanade of Autoworld… so we hope to see you there!
Hans Knol ten Bensel