Driving club racing's Revolution
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Driving club racing's Revolution

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The Revolution prototype racer that has been created by Radical co-founder Phil Abbott aims to bridge the gap between club racing and LMP3 competition. And, as Autosport finds out, it provides drivers with a great challenge behind the wheel

The penultimate corner of the Autodromo do Algarve (recently announced as joining the Formula 1 calendar for 2020) is a harmless enough long, double apex right-hander - think Silverstone's Luffield but with a downhill exit. In such corners, usually drivers find themselves twiddling their toes, trying desperately to summon the patience required to avoid over-driving the turn and messing up the all-important exit. Rarely, if ever, do they find themselves so physically exhausted from the effort of driving they simply can't turn the steering wheel enough to negotiate the corner at decent speed.

But that's the situation I found myself in after driving Phil Abbott's new Revolution sportscar around this deceptively punishing Portuguese track. Having separated from the Radical Sportscars company he co-founded in the late-1990s, Abbott was determined to bring his own vision of a 21st Century Radical, using 21st Century technology, to life. He wanted to drag steel spaceframe sports-prototype racing into the carbon composite modern era; Radical co-management saw things differently; Abbott went his own way, and the result is the Revolution.

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