UPDATE - 05.11.18
Newly formed British firm Revolution Race Cars has revealed its first lightweight track machine, which is set to go on sale with a sub-£100,000 price tag and is designed to be cheap to run.
The new company, established by Radical Sportscars co-founder Phil Abbott, has also announced that its car weighs 750kg, 75kg more than the previous estimated figure, although this slight weight gain is countered by a higher claimed power output for the car's 3.7-litre V6 engine.
The Ford-sourced dry sump motor, chosen for its strong grunt and reliability, is now said to be good for 350bhp - or 355hp - which beats an earlier estimate of 305hp and ensures power-to-weight is rated at a rather substantial 473hp per tonne. That's 128hp per tonne better than a Zenos E10 S, in case you're wondering.
Although the Revolution two-seater is being touted as a racing car and is set to become eligable for certain championships from next year, it's also available as a track car. Engineers are said to be developing the model so it's enjoyable to drive for novices and professionals alike.
ORIGINAL STORY - 20.09.18
We’re rather good at making lightweight cars in Britain. Lotus made its name on producing featherweight sports cars, Caterham continued the formula with the Seven and more recently McLaren has set new standards in mass producing carbon tubs. We could go on and on. But better to introduce you to the latest member of the club: a 675kg two-seat track car revealed by the newly formed Revolution Racecars.
The UK brand, headed by Radical Sportscars co-founder Phil Abbott, told Autocar that the track-only model will be “conceived, designed, developed and built by racers for racers”, confirming intentions for it to one day take to competition. It will mix Le Mans Prototype technology with reliable running gear and looks set to cost less than £100,000.
Although the brainchild of a UK team, the new car will use a carbon fibre structure made in Germany, using the latest carbon infusion process for minimum weight and maximum structural rigidity. The claimed weight of the car (675kg, remember) would make it about 25kg lighter than a Zenos E10 S and 115kg heavier than a Caterham 360R.
Power is to come from a Ford-sourced 3.7-litre V6 with a dry sump. It’s said to be good for 305hp and will offer “proven reliability”; Revolution said the motor can do more than 6000 miles, or 100 hours of racing, before it’ll need to be rebuilt, which is pretty good going for a motorsport unit. Its drive will be sent through a six-speed sequential transmission supplied by motorsport specialist 3MO, which makes those shotgun fire-mimicking gearboxes for cars in the World Rally Championship.
This being a racer, the interio…no, cockpit - will be pared-back and feature all controls on the steering wheel. There will, however, be room for two, with Revolution telling Autocar that it’ll have class-leading elbow space, apparently.
So far all we have to illustrate what’s to come is a sketch, but it does clearly show how slender the panels and bodywork of this car will be. Its design is being steered by Simon Cox, a Brit who’s worked for Infiniti and GM. The car will be revealed online in a month before making a public debut at the MotorsportDays Live event at Silverstone in November.
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