The high-performance sports car concept aptly named the Birmingham Bolt will make its world premiere at the New Delhi Auto Expo tomorrow in an effort to attract investors from the robust emerging market.

The UK's second most populous city, Birmingham, is famous for being the birth place of heavy metal music thanks to rock pioneers Black Sabbath. But slightly less known is that the city today is a major international commercial hub with a GDP of $94bn ranking the economy as the second largest in the UK and the 72nd largest in the world.

So it comes as no surprise that the highly competitive city wants to show off its technical prowess and investment potential by building a sports car concept. Conceived by the city's strategic investment body, Business Birmingham, the project aims to highlight the city's diverse supply chain and transport technologies by sourcing almost all technical expertise and componentry from the Greater Birmingham area.

The high-performance sports car concept aptly named the Birmingham Bolt will make its world premiere at the New Delhi Auto Expo tomorrow in an effort to attract investors from the robust emerging market.

According to Business Birmingham's transport technologies and manufacturing investment manager Martyn Mangan, "The Bolt is a high performance, premium concept vehicle design that incorporates advanced engineering capability and precision parts sourced almost exclusively in the Birmingham area.

Our established automotive supply chain means that the majority of the Bolt's body, chassis, interior and underlying componentry could be supplied locally to see this design or one very much like it accelerate from the drawing board and onto roads in under 18 months using our existing research, development and manufacturing base."

He's not exaggerating since automotive R&D is already widely conducted in the Greater Birmingham area. Global auto manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota and BMW already source over 4billion GBP of components locally. Jaguar's Castle Bromwich Assembly plant which is located in the Castle Vale district of Birmingham manufactures the Jaguar XF, Jaguar XJ and Jaguar XK.

At the moment we only have this technical illustration of the Birmingham Bolt, so stay tuned as we hope to bring you more photos and details shortly after its world debut in the Indian capital.

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