When Mick Hyde and Phil Abbott started Radical in 1997 with the iconic Clubsport, it became the first company to create a bespoke powertrain system for a superbike-powered sports racer. It is the only manufacturer of club racing cars that can draw on knowledge from building carbon chassis LMP cars that have raced successfully at Le Mans, around Europe and in the USA. Unable to find a suitable race series for their customers in the UK, they started their own and now offer several single marque race series with unrivalled trackside spares and technical support. Designed, developed and built at their factory in Peterborough, Radical now offer a wide range of competition and road/track cars through their SR and RXC model ranges.
Radical set out to create a new niche in the sportscar scene offering drivers incredible performance for a realistic price, and their success is born out in the sales figures. As they enter their third decade with a fresh brand perspective, high-performance range and thrilling championship portfolio, over 2,000 Radical owners can’t be wrong.
Raptor Sports Cars was established in 2001 and is one of the very few car makers based in Scotland. They quickly made a name for themselves as one of the leaders in building bespoke race spec engines, and in particular using Peugeot engines as the base for the modifications. Competition success followed and their customer base soon became global, supplying engines from Taiwan to Barbados, with most of the core components coming out of their own premises near Edinburgh.
In 2012, after squeezing an extra 70bhp out of a Ford 2000 Zetec engine, they began to turn their attention to developing a car of their own, along the lines of the familiar Lotus Seven style. Having built a leading kit car version of this car, they decided to keep close to the iconic styling of the Seven, but at the same time bring the chassis and running gear right up to date. The Raptor was borne and it's ideally suited to road, track and competition use.
The company now produce several versions of the Raptor, which they claim has one of the largest cockpits available in the Seven style. powered by Ford engines in various states of tune, with the emphasis on 'very powerful'! They also offer the car with a choice of bike engines.
Raw Engineering was established in 1999 and in 2002 aquired the well regarded Striker, a Seven style sports car. Over the ensuing years Raw worked hard to refine it further. In 2010 the company was bought by brothers Callum and Jeremy Bulmer and in addition to the Striker they now also make two other lightweight sports cars, the Phoenix and the Fulcrum, at their headquarters in Shelwick, Herefordshire.
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.
Currently RBW offer EV versions of the MGB roadster and GT, and the Jaguar E-Type. 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.