The Centre Of Attention On The Rallye De Paris

It takes something a bit special to catch the eye of a tourist when they’re staring across the Seine at the Eiffel Tower, but a brace of SR3 SLs parked in front of the Trocadero fountains undoubtedly does the trick. In fact these road legal Radicals swivel French heads faster than any other current supercar. We can say this authority because there were no less than 200 exotic machines flanking us as we formed up for the start of the 2012 Rallye Du Paris, and none were papped by a multitude of camera phones quite like the SLs.

The three car ‘team’ consisted of Radical’s marketing men Roger Green and Will Brown in the only UK entered car in the whole event, Frederic and Virginie Lucy in a black example and Cyril Perret in his orange SL with full race bodywork. However we immediately split up for the first part of the road run to Magny Cours to avoid bringing the whole of central Paris to a standstill. As it was we almost witnessed several shunts as numerous Parisians narrowly avoided falling off scooters and rear-ending the car in front as they stared at us rather than where they were going. We survived unscathed, and as well as being the centre of attention the SL proved perfectly adept at coping with the stop/traffic, the bumps and cobbles and the madness of the Périphérique.

But it’s the open road where the SL really begins to show its class, so we took in a few back roads to exploit the torque-rich punch of the 2.0-litre turbo engine before meeting up with the others once more at an Autoroute service station. Turns out they had been having as much fun as us, which was certainly no surprise to Cyril who has already racked up 6000 trouble free miles – of which two-thirds have been flat-out on track!

Speaking of which, after avoiding the Gendarme’s speed traps we rolled into Magny Cours for the first competitive part of the event – a regularity time-trial. You set a lap-time on your first flyer, then have to match it as closely as you can for next three tours. But first there was a 20-minute session to bed yourself in.

To be honest it was chaos out there. No real rules about overtaking effectively made it a free-for-all, and when you’re in the fastest road car out there it turns into something of a computer game. It’s a absolute hoot to weave your way past Ferrari’s, Porches, Lamborghini’s and brand new McLarens. Even a mighty Gumpert Apollo succumbed to the pace of the SL. Of course being so quick and constantly tripping over batches of supercars made consistency tricky, but we caused one hell of stir out there. Back in the paddock we were suddenly very popular with the other drivers who wanted to know more about the blurs of colour that had been zapping past them on track.

After a quick refuel for drivers and cars it was onto to Dijon, via a road rally navigational stage. And following a very pleasant event dinner and a night in Beaune we did it all again. Great weekend and the perfect event for the SL.


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!