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 A-One. 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.
Since 1904 Rolls-Royce has created instantly recognisable motor cars that have made the marque an enduring icon all over the world. Inspired by some of the most evocative cars ever built, the company has the great privilege of taking this legacy into the future. In the words of their CEO Torsten Müller Ötvös: "Rolls-Royce has been a motoring icon for over 100 years". Rolls-Royce currently build the Phantom, Ghost, Cullinan, Wraith and Dawn models at their state-of-the-art factory near Chichester, West Sussex.
Ronart is a sports car manufacturer and constructor of unique and bespoke sports racing cars. The company was founded in 1984 by Rona and Arthur Wolstenholme, and is still based in Peterborough. The company design and manufacture sports and racing cars for both road legal and track day use with unique designs. They currently make the open, two seater Jaguar-powered W152 model, whose eye-catching styling and ethos is very much influenced by the timeless shape of front-engined Grand Prix cars of the 'Fifties', championed by such iconic names as Mercedes, Vanwall and Maserati. Over 127 W152s have been built so far and even exported to countries such as the USA and Japan.