Press Release : Upgraded Revolution A-One unveiled ahead of 2020 Sports Prototype Cup season
- Revised aerodynamic package generating 50% more downforce
- Sub 2-minute lap times on Silverstone GP circuit
- 2020 production run underway ahead of Easter opener
- Twelve cars in production for Spa WEC support race
Revolution Race Cars has signed off the final 2020 specification for the A-One sports prototype after a successful test programme on several European circuits.
The A-One, which took four victories in the 2019 UK Sports Prototype Cup in pre-production specification, has received several significant upgrades that have been incorporated into its the 2020 production run.
The advanced carbon fibre chassis, with full FIA-approved safety features, remains largely unchanged but the aerodynamic package has been significantly enhanced with the goal of optimising downforce, steering feedback and balance to maximise the performance of the 480bhp/tonne Revolution.
The addition of a revised front diffuser and a second rear wing element have made significant gains in grip, with an increase from four to six kilonewtons of downforce measured in 110mph (177km/h) corners. The addition of new dive planes, wing endplates and Gurney flaps give scope for drivers and engineers to trim the balance of the car. The dramatic curved twin-plane rear wing not only provides extra downforce, but it also energises the rear diffuser flow to further improve downforce.
Revolution Managing Director, Phil Abbott, explains the changes: “The Revolution A-One is aimed at the market between Radical Challenge and LMP3 Le Mans Cup pace but we are also focused on keeping to the ethos of ensuring the A-One is forgiving and easy to drive for a wide range of professional and amateur drivers. After the first tests, we decided to raise performance levels to be firmly between club-level cars with older safety technology and higher-level LMP cars. Much of our test work has been around achieving pace with a user-friendly feel and feedback. Our test drivers, ranging from LMP3 winners to less experienced club drivers, gave great insight allowing us to sign off the 2020 package with confidence.
“It was also important to ensure the A-One is easy to run for by a club-level team. We increased engine power to 380bhp without compromising the long service life of 10,000km between rebuilds.”
Rob Wheldon, European Le Mans Series LMP3 driver, was one of the first to test the new package in the damp at Silverstone: ‘This 2020 package is the result of all the work Revolution have been doing over the last year and in more favourable conditions will easily lap Silverstone in less than 2 minutes.’ As a comparison, this is faster than the best professional GT3 times in the British GT Championship and close to British F3 pace.
The team also tested at Estoril and Portimao during January to validate the specification. This European tour also included a debut international race win in the Gedlich Racing GT Winter Series at Ascari, Spain, where James Abbott took victory ahead of a diverse field of GT3, GT4 and Radical entries.
Full production underway
Following this successful winter test and race programme, production of the 2020-specification A-One is now underway. The 3.7-litre V6 racer will have its own one-make class within the Sports Prototype Cup. The Revolution Trophy features 13 rounds at six circuits, including three current Formula One venues. The headline race is a Spa-Francorchamps double-header at the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in addition to races at Le Castellet (as part of a VdeV weekend) and Silverstone. The production run is on schedule to deliver a grid of twelve cars for the April 25th WEC support race with further A-Ones to be built throughout the season.
The opening two rounds of the Revolution Trophy take place at Donington Park on Easter Saturday (April 11th) as part of the Sports Prototype Cup, where the Revolution A-One drivers will share a varied grid with competitors in the BARC Radical SR3 Trophy and the new Sports Prototype Open. Race hire and rental packages are available for the 2020 season.