The RBW MG Roadster was conceived and developed by Peter Swain, who has brought together his knowledge of previous electrical and electronic businesses and married them to his passion for classic sports cars. The new company of RBW Electric Classic Cars is family-owned and the name RBW was created from the initials of his children.
As the MD of restoration company RBW Classic & Sports Cars, Peter could see that these vehicles faced an uncertain future in the modern world. He saw the potential for an electric car that had all the benefits of a modern vehicle but with the aesthetic appeal of a beautiful classic car. And so RBW Electric Classic Cars evolved.
Not one for doing things by half measure, Peter pulled together the industry experts and the biggest names in the automotive world to make his vision become a reality. Working closely with Continental and its subsidiary Continental Engineering Services (CES), RBW has designed a classic sports car of the future.
As a motoring enthusiast, Peter has an affection for British sports cars having owned many MGs, Triumphs and Jaguars himself over the years. So, when looking at designs for the first RBW car, it was natural that the British sports car came to mind. Taking inspiration from the traditional roadster, the RBW recreation has improved the classic accents and added some subtle highlights to create a stunning exterior for this modern electric car.
RBW is based in Shenstone near Lichfield, Staffordshire.
Revelation Motorsport was founded by racing driver Tim Harmer and the company is based in West Yorkshire. Tim, who has multiple championships under his belt, is an ARDS race instructor and caters for all driving abilities and circuits. They currently manufacture three models of the Revelation single seater race car, all eligible for several race series, with ambitious plans to add to the range in the near future.
A new British company, called Revolution Racecars and based in Peterborough, has launched a radical new LMP style racer, designed for competition and serious track day use.
The Revolution is the brainchild of Phil Abbott, one of the co-founders of highly respected Radical Sportscars also based in Peterborough, and well known for their own international race series. Not long after he took up racing, Phil realised no-one made the kind of car he wanted to race. As a talented fabricator he had the expertise to do something about it and so Radical was born.
After leaving Radical in 2016 and following a stint at racing car manufacturer Ligier, Abbottt has created another two-seater track car, with the emphasis of providing customers with a high tech, well-made and reliable car but for a reasonable budget of less than £100K. Simon Cox, formerly head of design at Infiniti and GM and also with experience at Ligier, has been in charge of styling the Revolution. Also in this experienced team is Pete Watts, former head of composites at BAR F1, Bentley Le Mans and a design engineer on the Bugatti Veyron.
Customer deliveries have begun and the first of their own race series is already planned for 2019.
Riversimple is a start-up company based in Llandrindod Wells, Powys and has dedicated the last few years to developing a small, lightweight, hydrogen powered electric car.
This highly innovative car is called Rasa, which comes from the Latin Tabula Rasa meaning 'Clean Slate'.
The team behind the Rasa, led by Guy Battle, Hugo Spowers, Fiona Clancy and Estelle Clark, come from all sorts of background including motor racing, yatch design, engineering and automotive design.
Once the car is in series production, customer 'ownership' will be a very different proposal from the norm. New customers will receive a car – their car – and all the maintenance, insurance and fuel to run it. One payment to cover everything – at the equivalent monthly cost of running a normal, average car.
The new prototype car is the forerunner to a 12 month Beta test of 20 cars starting in late 2018. They plan to move into a production phase rapidly after the trial.
Roadrunner Racing is a name relatively new to the specialist car industry, and is backed by a passionate team of enthusiasts who offer a significant number of years experience in and around the automotive industry. Initially designing and building the SR1, a pure performance single seater track and road car and more recently the SR2, a two seater Lotus Seven influenced sports car. Roadrunner Racing was established when two engineers with a history in motor sport were introduced to a young designer from the automotive industry and together they produced the SR1.
After a small but successful production run, attention was redirected towards the SR2, a totally new two seater Lotus 7 based sports car and with new financial backing the SR2 has had an excellent reception Roadrunner Racing has recently set on a number of new staff and moved to larger and more modern premises at Newport, near Hull and straight off the M62, where manufacture and retail of the SR2 and recently launched LM1 is taking place.