SR3 SL In The News: Sport Auto, March 2012

It’s not only UK journalists that have been raving about the SR3 SL. Germany’s Sport Auto magazine tested the SR3 SL last week, motoring journalist Christian Gebracht visiting the factory to sample the SL and tour Radical’s Peterborough base. 

Despite the freezing conditions, Christian revelled in the car’s immediate responses, published in Sport Auto’s first drive in the March edition; a more detailed Super Test is planned for later in the year.


Top Gear Drives The SR3 SL

Top Gear Magazine tested the SR3 SL last month, and the test is now reported in this month’s edition of the magazine (February 2012 issue).

Giving the car 8/10 in treacherous driving conditions, road tester Ollie Marriage praised the awesome performance, instantaneous changes of direction and traction. Summing up, TG simply described the SR3 SL as “Addictive, threatening and entirely unsuited to winter. We love it”. Pick up this month’s edition of Top Gear to read the full article.


SR3 SL In The News: Evening Telegraph, 17 January 2012

Only days after the Autosport International Show closed its doors on another great event, the SR3 SL has been in the news again; this time in the Peterborough Evening Telegraph.


Radical Kicks Off The Year In Style At Autosport International

Radical has entered 2012 with a bang, showcasing the now production-ready SR3 SL on a bigger-than ever stand at Autosport International, opening today at the NEC, Birmingham, alongsixde the SR3 RS and SR8 RX.

Radical is displaying the production-ready SR3 SL, shown for the first time to a UK audience as the showpiece of the stand. At 10:15, a short presentation saw type-approval stakeholders Millbrook and the VCA hand over a special commemorative certificate of type approval, as part of Radical’s annual press event. Matt Claydon from the VCA, and Tony Soper from Millbrook, handed over the frame certificate to Radical co-founder Phil Abbott, and head of New Product Introduction, Vincent Rassat.

The car is already drawing plenty of attention, with even more visitors expected per day over the weekend. Indeed, an SL has already been purchased by an overseas visitor, only hours into the show.

Alongside the new SR3 SL, Radical has also brought the SR3 RS in a unique livery, commemorating ten years of SR3 production. Radical’s best-selling model sits alongside the SR8 RX, in this case a new customer car destined for the Marks Electrical Racing team in this year’s Radical Masters Euro Series and Radical UK Cup.

For the first time, in-house engine division RPE have joined with Radical on the same stand space, and have a prototype seven-speed gearbox coupled to the evergreen RPX V8 engine, developed for future Radical models. Visitors to the stand can also win a Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle, courtesy of Suzuki UK.

The show continues until Sunday evening, with many familiar faces already visiting the stand to catch up on their racing and trackday plans for the 2012 season; if you visit the show we look forward to seeing you!


SR3 SL Crowned EVO Trackday Car Of The Year

Radical’s new SR3 SL has been crowned Trackday Car Of The Year by EVO Magazine, the UK’s foremost performance motoring publication. Out now in the January 2012 edition, the SR3 SL was praised on many fronts, not only for its superior performance against other trackday machinery, but also for its balance and refined ride.

The Radical SR3 SL was tested against the Ariel Atom Mugen and V8, KTM X-Bow, Ginetta G40R, Caterham Supersport and BAC Mono. Around the Bedford Autodrome West circuit, the SR3 SL (on road tyres) set a best time of 1m15.9s, 1.8s faster than the next quickest car, the Atom V8, and over 10s a lap faster than the G40R.

There’s more downforce here than with any of the others, and that’s why it proves to be fastest of all; through the high-speed turns at the end of the lap you barely need any slowing,” said EVO’s Roger Green. “And yet it has a sweet, progressive nature. Fantastic steering too. There’s a delicious weight and directness without it being over-sharp and too racy. There is a little cornering roll and that gives you something to work with. John Barker describes the chassis as having ‘nicely bevelled edges’ rather than being dynamically paper-cut sharp, and it’s this that inspires trust levels that are a match for the Caterham and makes the Radical’s performance accessible irrespective of driving ability. You will undoubtedly be the fastest thing at a trackday, but equally importantly the SL has the composure and a level of inspiring feedback and driveability to make you feel like you’re worthy of being quickest.”


Autocar Sets New Lap Record With SR3 SL

Autocar Magazine, one of the world’s most respected and longstanding motoring magazines, has broken the lap record at the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA) proving ground in Warwickshire, during a two-day test of the new SR3 SL.

A Radical SR3 SL on road tyres set a new fastest lap round the Dry Handling Course of 1 minute 8.0 seconds, comfortably eclipsing the previous record holder, the Ariel Atom V8, by 0.3 seconds per lap, and the 1,183bhp Bugatti Veyron Super Sport by half a second per lap.

Autocar road test editor Matt Prior described the SL’s speed through corners as “utterly stupendous…We’re used to grippy cars pulling more than 1.0, perhaps 1.1g. The Radical easily clears 1.2g and will sometimes hold 1.3 for a short while. On turn-in to one corner it peaked at 1.8g. You think ‘these tyres should give me, ooh, about <this> much grip’. Then you turn-in and realise they’ll give you about 30 per cent more.”

In a comprehensive road test that features both online and in this week’s Autocar magazine, the magazine summed up the SR3 SL as “…there are those who want a track-focused car that can, however irregularly, be used on the road. They want it new and exciting, and that is the purpose for which we must judge the SR3 SL’s fitness. Overall, the SR3 SL is one of the most intoxicating and appealing track cars we’ve ever driven.”

Pick up this week’s edition of Autocar (30 November 2011) for the full feature and statistics.