by Chris Eyre
We are all used to and have long been familiar with Revo. The world’s best specialists in the development of software for engine control units (ECU) for VAG vehicles. This is a relatively small, but very famous company with there head office in Daventry (UK).
But when and where did it all begin?
Here’s an interesting story about the name itself “Revo”. One day, studying this question, something of interest to me, I came across rally cars Audi S2 commands Schmidt Motorsport branded Revo (see the bonnet on the right and the strip on the windshield).
Back in the early 90’s Schmidt Motorsport Audi V8’s participated in the DTM. Having won the race in 1990, SMS used the term “REVOlution” as a symbol superiority over then contenders, the BMW M3 and Mercedes 190 Evolution.
The S2 Revo Coupe and S4 Revo Avant.
The key phrase “Revo” appeared on the SMS tuning kits created for Audi A2 and S4. In addition, for Audi, SMS has actually developed a very powerful S2 Coupe. The tuning kit that stood on this car, as well as on the S4, which included lightweight wheels, a more efficient turbine, the firmware of the engine control unit, the suspension and brakes from the V8 and much more. These were the 305 and 365-s stages, known as Revo and Revo S.
The motorsport days
At the same time, the tuning company Mytech Motorsport (founded by Mark Yates) became the official importer of Audi SMS Revo models in the UK. The name Yates is familiar to some enthusiasts of the old school touring cars. Mark worked at BR Motorsport, where he built engines for the champion red Golf Mk2 team Demons Tweaks BTCC, along with many other exciting projects.
Tuned cars from Audi SMS Revo did not last for long, after some time, together with Porsche, another legend was created — Audi RS2 Avant. With the company, which itself is able to make powerful Audi, the days of “Revo” tuning seemed to be numbered. But the name ” Revo ” in the mid-1990s was clearly perceived as a very cool tuning for Audi.
The start of a new beginning
The name “Revo” was all but over, but in 2002, Mark Yates and partners create a new Tuning company for the VAG series engines. From his words: — “ I wrote” Revo “on a sheet of paper. In a week or so, we all thought that this word should become our name!
The additional word “Technik” was added to the name, but only for branding, it was practically not used. Now it has all but disappeared again.