Revolution drivers revel in Donington rain
- All three races won by Revolution drivers
- Stability and grip hailed as important factors in success
- Full production programme now underway
Revolution Race Cars, the new British racing car constructor, has hailed their latest on-track success asa as a testament to their car’s innovative design and intensive development programme. Revolution A- One cars won all three races at last weekend’s Donington Park round of the UK Sports Prototype Cup in very challenging weather conditions.
At Donington, the UK Sports Prototype Cup overall wins were shared between former MSA Formula 4 winner, James Abbott and Radical Challenge race winner Rob Wheldon.
Pole was clinched by Rob Wheldon, who took the lead at the start of race one, narrowly ahead of Revolution development driver Abbott to secure a commanding win with Abbott finishing second. 2016 Radical SR1 Champion, James Taylor, was the star of the opening laps of race two, scything through the pack from 11th on the grid to climb to 2nd behind Wheldon at half-distance. He was the fastest car on the track in the wettest part of the race. The 50-minute final race also saw changeable weather, and Abbott gambled on slicks. At half distance, he was almost a lap down on the flying Wheldon, who was making the most of his Dunlop wets. Then, a dry line appeared and the top ten drivers were forced to make a tyre change. Abbott emerged in the lead and pulled away to take a stunning win. Wheldon, on fresh slicks, was the fastest car on the track, winning the B.R.M. Speed Award for fastest lap of the weekend.
“The braking and stability of the Revolution was really impressive.” said Taylor. “It is a real step up in pace, with huge downforce and grip. It’s amazing how late I can brake and it is incredibly stable.” This stability was one of the key objectives in the design of the car, with advanced aerodynamics that create high cornering speeds in the fastest bends, but also provide the driver with confidence in difficult conditions and when in the turbulence of close racing.
“We invested many months of development time into achieving an aerodynamic balance that rewards the professional driver but is confidence inspiring for the less experienced amateur. We achieved this by creating a more stable centre of aero pressure which delivers dependable, consistent handling and feel. That’s why the Revolution drivers were able to set such consistent times in the wet and we had fantastic feedback from the drivers” added Phil Abbott, Revolution’s Managing Director.
The Revolution was launched in November last year and since then the prototype cars have completed nearly 10,000km of testing to validate the performance and reliability of the cars.
Full production of the Revolution A-One has now started and at least two of the dramatically styled racers will be built each month. Revolution have a five-year agreement with the UK Sports Prototype Cup to have a dedicated category within the championship and aim to have a full grid in 2020.
Phil added: “Our management team has the knowledge derived from delivering over 2000 racing cars to customers over twenty years. Customers were telling us it they were seeking a car that was a step- forward in performance but also bringing the kind of technology and safety features they see in LMP cars. That’s an important selling feature, whether drivers have Le Mans aspirations or simply want a stunningly fast but safe trackday car. We’ve brought LMP technology to the sub-£100k sports racer market with a carbon-fibre tub and advanced aerodynamics and I’m delighted with the Donington result. To win all three races so early in the car’s life is a great reward for our talented team, but the fact that drivers of different experience levels were able to extract performance from it in very wet and slippery conditions is even more important. Driver confidence was our goal and the Revolution is delivering.”
The next round of the Sports Prototype Cup is at Oulton Park on June 22nd. The Cup then heads to Snetterton on August 10th before a season-finale supporting the European Le Mans Series at Portimao, Portugal on October 26th.
REVOLUTION UK TROPHY: TOP 5 AFTER 5 RACES
1st James Abbott
2nd Rob Wheldon
3rd James Taylor
4th Morten Dons & Johan Boris-Scheier
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