A Radical Roadtrip: SR3 SL Does The Rallye de Paris

Radical proved the SR3 SL’s road and track ability this weekend, participating in the 19th Rallye de Paris amongst nearly 200 other supercars. A three-car team of SLs, each with a driver and navigator, took part in the three-day event, which featured both timed on-track sessions and road navigation, following tulip diagrams through stunning French countryside.

The rally kicked off on Friday in the centre of Paris, teams gathering in the shadow of the Eifel Tower. The SR3 SLs drew much attention from other rally competitors and passers-by, as well as the local police…although only for positive reasons!

The Radical UK SR3 SL also got plenty of interest as we left the Trocadero for an overnight stop south of Paris. Navigating though Parisian rush-hour traffic on the Périphérique always requires a degree of nerve; when driving an SR3 SL you’re the centre of attention, the subject of waves and cameraphones every time you stop.

The rally then moved on to cover track driving at Magny-Cours, the SR3 SLs mixing with and passing all manner of other supercar exotica, from Gallardos, 458 Italias and GT3 RS, to more unusual models such as a Gumpert Apollo. Video from the road trip and track action will be available soon, check back in the coming days for a more detailed report and more images.


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.”