The Revolution is Coming: Meet Britain’s New LMP-Inspired, Low Cost Race Car

Automotive News 9 November 5, 2018 by

When it comes to low cost, low weight cars, nobody does it quite like the Brits. Lotus, Caterham, Ariel, BAC — the list of British car manufacturers of this type is almost endless.

There’s another name to add to this: Revolution Racecars. Founded by Phil Abbott, who also helped found Radical, Revolution intends to bring LMP technology and safety to lower budgets.

It’s unveiled its first attempt, which thus far it only refers to as “The Revolution”. The car is a 1,650lb, 350hp track and race car, with plans for its own race series next year. It sports a body designed by Simon Cox, formerly of General Motors and Infiniti and the man behind the Cadillac Cien.

The light weight comes from a carbon-fiber tub, made in Germany by DD-Compound. Unusually, given the race-car intentions of the Revolution, this gives room for two occupants in the compact cabin. Less surprising is the total lack of creature comforts; there’s just a handful of switches and buttons in the cabin and most of those are on the steering wheel.

Revolution powers its car with a dry-sumped 3.7-liter V6 from Ford. This is the Cyclone engine that used to power the Mustang, and which you can also find in the back of the Radical RXC. That’s good for 350hp, but more importantly gives the Revolution a reliable power unit with more than 100 hours at race speeds between rebuilds. The engine drives the rear wheels though a six-speed sequential gearbox.

For 2019, Revolution owners will be able to compete in the Sports Prototype Cup, in the UK. This series will tour the UK’s race circuits before a final round alongside the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) in Portimao, Portugal. There’s also a second series planned for next year, based in France.

How much will the Revolution set you back? Well, there’s no official cost just yet, but Revolution says it “envisions” a sub-£100,000 ($130,000) sticker price. Of course the down side is that, unlike Radical, the Revolution is not road legal… yet.

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