Radical Smashes Nordschleife Record

Preparing for the off
Preparing for the off
Radical has once again beaten the Nurburgring Nordschleife lap record for a production car.

The tiny maker of diminutive sports cars from Peterborough drove a road-legal Radical SR8LM all the way from 'Blighty to the famous circuit in the Eiffel mountains, before last night posting a lap time of 6m 48s.

The new time beats the previous record - also set by Radical in a Supersport back in 2005 - by a not inconsiderable seven seconds.

Cloudless skies and warm temperatures meant perfect conditions for the Radical, although the SR8LM initially struggled with the Nordschleife's bumps vicous kerbs. But once driver Michael Vergers found the right set-up, the lap times started to come.

On course for the record
On course for the record
"The car was great, I could push really hard and it felt clearly faster than the previous SR8 in 2005," said Vergers. "It's fantastic that we've beaten the record; hopefully I'll get an opportunity to return with Radical in the future."

Radical co-founder Mick Hyde said: "We've proved that the SR8LM is not only the world's best track day car, but it's also practical enough to drive to and from the circuit. It is a genuine production sports car, with genuine performance credentials, as we've shown today."

We say: congratulations to all involved. The bar for production car lap records at the Nurburgring has now been set ridiculously high for the current crop of supercars chasing the record, such as the Gumpert Apollo and Devon GTX. Although no doubt there's a sports car or supercar maker somewhere out there with a dream, a 1000bhp engine and a

Well-deserved celebrations
Well-deserved celebrations
very brave test driver...

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  • Chris Eyre 06 Oct 2009

    GingerWizard said:
    I am sure that Chris might have something to say about CIA involvement and alien anal probing......


    after you pages of rants tbh you just got owned on this one..... those comments about Sport Auto and youtube....

    Shirley thats topic closed?
    Not so fast, Mr Wizard.

    Pucker up and apologise for jumping to conclusions, for there is egg on your face.

  • Chris Eyre 06 Oct 2009

    Official Radical said:


    Just in case you missed it- I know Sport Auto isn't the easiest magazine to find in the UK...
    Very interesting.

    However, just in case you missed it, conspicuous by its absence though it is, the article contains zero references to the Sport Auto-Trophy - that is the accepted benchmark Road Legal Production Car laptime contest, run since 1995, to which everyone refers and, by dint of your similarly-worded PR, believed the Radical had topped.

    There are no comparative references to the Gumpert, the Donkervoort, or any other previous Sport Auto-Trophy record holders in the above article, or indeed an updated top times list.

    It is a standalone article about a Radical event, merely confirming a lap of 6m 48s. This laptime has never been in dispute, but you are fully aware that it is not eligible for the Sport Auto contest, despite your PR willingly the interested public to accept that your self-titled "Nürburgring production car lap record" was one and the same.

    Planting the above article and walking away to leave an impression amongst the readership that you have gained Sport Auto acceptance at the top of the Production Car laptime contest, and in so doing supposedly knocked the Gumpert off the top, was careless and inattentive at best, and likely negligent.

    Shame on you.

    And that's before we get back to considering what actually constitutes a production car.

    Edited by Chris Eyre on Tuesday 6th October 01:02

  • Oilchange 02 Oct 2009

    ye-haa!

  • GingerWizard 01 Oct 2009

    Official Radical said:


    Just in case you missed it- I know Sport Auto isn't the easiest magazine to find in the UK...
    wink I am sure that Chris might have something to say about CIA involvement and alien anal probing......


    after you pages of rants tbh you just got owned on this one..... those comments about Sport Auto and youtube....

    Shirley thats topic closed?

    Edited by GingerWizard on Thursday 1st October 16:16

  • splitpin 30 Sep 2009

    Ich glaube ja

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