What is Xlerate?
Well to put it simple, we are an online media outlet, with a passion for our interest.
What is the nature of the subjects & contents?
In brief our core areas of interest are anything along the lines of motorsport and motoring really, plus the odd extra subject thrown into the mix. We like to cover mainly the Road, Race, and Rally fields but are not adverse to anything that may grab our attention or sparks an interest.
Why the name Xlerate?
At the time of its creation, Xlerate was in the phase of the modified car scene, Xlerate was chosen for a name because we wanted to be a little bit different from all the other online car clubs and modified related website. In effect we didn’t want to limit ourselves by the name, we wanted to be future proof with room to grow and evolve.
Where did Xlerate come from?
Xlerate was borne in 2003 from the joining of two other separate independent websites that were run by Andy & Brian the founders and owners Xlerate. In the first few years, a small group of like minded friends, who all had the same interest and enjoyed going out week in week out to various events around UK, all helped in contributing to the website in some way.
What is Xlerate’s background?
As mentioned; the first area of interest was the modified car and cruise scene. However, over time Xlerate has evolved to what we consider to be a more of a grown up, more focused site.
In 2006 we started to shift our focus and areas of interest onto the UK Motorsport arena. Some of the first events in our sights that featured on the website were the British Touring Car Championships (BTCC) and the British round of the World Rally – WRC (Wales Rally GB).
In 2007 Xlerate had a very successful year, with its all new direction in place, the foundation were starting to be built up, as we travelled all around the UK to cover a wide range of events. With major events such as the British Touring Car Championships (BTCC), Deutsche Touring Car Masters (DTM), The FIA & British GT Championships, Britcar Championships, British Rally Championships (BRC) and World Rally Championships (WRC) all being featured, the future of Xlerate was looking clear. However staying true to our grass route will still had time for odd bit of modified action, visiting shows such as Ripspeed Donny North and Trax.
In 2008 and 2009 Xlerate continued to cover a vast amount of motorsport events, rallying became a strong subject with events from the MSA Gravel rally championships, The British Rally Championships (BRC), The MSA British Historic Rally Championships (BHRC) and the BTRDA.
Whilst on track, we regularly visited some of the UK race circuit such as Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Thruxton for many race series including: BTCC, 750mc, BRSCC and BARC.
On the road front; we also touched on the odd classic car show/meets as well, however the modified car element had all but started to fizzle out by 2009.
In 2010 Xlerate continued to attend a selection of some of the UK’s major rallying events but the track side of things had dipped a fair bit as our passion for rallying became more and more of a strong point. And so by 2011 and 2012 rallying became the main focus for us with only really the odd classic car show being thrown into the mix. The action on the race track has pretty much gone from us now but that’s not too say that it might not make a return to our camera lenses in the future.
In 2012 we ventured outside of the UK for the first time, visiting Spain for the final round of the World Rally Championships (WRC) and in 2013 we ventured across the channel into Belgium for the Ypres round of the European Rally Championship (ERC). In addition to our continued coverage of some of the UK’s best Rally Championships, we also welcomed the birth of a new historic rally championship in forming of the RAC Rally Championship, visiting three rounds (the Mid Wales, Neath Valley & Red Kite Stages) of this very popular new series we got a rather good helping of these fantastic machines from years gone by.
As we progress thru 2014 we have continued to capture action from selected UK rallies such as rounds from the MSA Asphalt Rally Championship, the BTRDA & RAC, but we’ve also had our first taste of the World Rally Cross Championships down at Lydden Hill Circuit. With extra car shows such as Ford AVO National Day, Luton & Heathrow classics thrown in for good measure too, we really have enjoyed doing what we do and we hope to continue that into the future.
And so on that note, the future for Xlerate is clear, we will continue to cover some of the best UK Rallying motorsport events from around the country, capturing the action out on the stages. We hope to make further trips abroad to international events and there is no doubt that we will still throw in the other car/motoring related event in to the mix such as the odd classic car show.