Cheap(ish) new Radical is a new rung on the sports prototype racing ladder, reckons Radical
This is the new Radical SR1, the latest offering from the Peterborough-based maker of (for want of a better word) radical sports cars.
Presumably in a move designed to provide some sort of balance to the company's recent tentative foray into more road-biased machinery (in the shape of the Radical SR3 SL), the SR1 is a determinedly track-only affair. Radical says its £29,850 (+VAT) offering is aimed at the trackday driver and club racer, and creates a new entry-level rung on the sports-prototype racing ladder (kind of like a Caterham SP300 R, only less powerful and a lot cheaper).
Designed to deliberately ape LMP-style spots prototypes (and indeed created by the same team behind the SR9 LMP2 racer), the SR1 gets the Radical Performance Engine-developed 1,340cc Suzuki four-cylinder engine, which develops 210hp.
Chunky 240mm ventilated brake discs and four-pot calipers help bring the SR1 to a stop, while a six-speed sequential gearbox and Quaife ATB differential transmit the power to the rear wheels via Dunlop slicks, wets or road tyres.
Meanwhile occupants are protected by a comprehensive safety cell and deformable crash structure tested to FIA standards, racing-spec harnesses and an integral fire extinguisher system.
"Over the last decade, the SR range has introduced and inspired a new generation of racing and track driving enthusiasts, and the SR1 extends that engineering development out to a wider audience," says Radical co-founder Phil Abbott. Sounds good to us, Phil...
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These cars are unbelievable on the track OK a bit asmatic on the straights but braking and cornering is something everyone should try.
wormburner26 Jun 2012
Superb shape. Love the rear arches.
mad4amanda26 Jun 2012
Yep Good luck with this one, remember those shots being taken at Brands on one of our sunnier days !
BigTom8526 Jun 2012
Looks stonking for the cash. OK, not breathtakingly quick on the straights (hardly a slouch though), but what a machine!
9/10 from me.
mat20512526 Jun 2012
You'll need a massively fast "normal" car to catch it on all but the longest straights, as it'll be entering the start of the straight faster than nearly anything commercially available and complient for a track day.
NB ... For use on a track day, it'll need to change from its slick for most organisers to approve.