News of Radical’s SR3 SL road car has spread rapidly with established motoring media clambering to get behind the wheel.
“THIS RADICAL OFFERS UNPARALLELED RACE-TRACK THRILLS ON THE ROAD”
The Daily Telegraph’s Andrew English raved about the car’s ‘visceral and exhilarating performance’. He added: “It weighs 775kg and with a 300bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged Ford four-pot behind your head and a Quaife six-speed sequential transmission, it’s fast. This Radical offers unparalleled race-track thrills on the road.”
Look out for Autocar in the coming months. Britain’s leading weekly automotive title tested the SR3 SL as part of its ‘Greatest A-to-B Road Cars’ feature. You’ll have to wait for the results, but we’re informed that the Radical’s performance on Millbrook’s Alpine Handling Course was spectacular. Testing was conducted by Autocar’s Matt Prior, the same journalist who used the SR3 SL to set a new course record at MIRA, some 0.5 seconds a lap faster than the Bugatti Veyron.
In his recent test, the Financial Times’ Simon de Burton described the SR3 SL as a “Brilliant trackday tool and why, although you might not have realised it, you really do need a road-going racing car.”
In a road test that incorporated B-roads and laps at Silverstone, Simon added: “What I hadn’t bargained for was just how much the car would have to say for itself. Shuffling the car through the esses, experiencing its catapult-like acceleration and making the most of the downforce that virtually glues the car to the road produced a peculiar sort of automotive ecstasy… the SL’s real raison d’etre is to offer turnkey, road-going fun combined with the ability to show a clean pair of heels to most other cars on the track.”
“SR3 SL EVEN SET A NEW ROAD-GOING CLASS RECORD”
Despite little recent competition experience, the Independent on Sunday’s John Simister impressed at the Motorsport at the Palace sprint in May. During the two-day event, held at Crystal Palace in London, the SR3 SL even set a new road-going class record of 36.28 seconds, as well as worrying slick-shod single-seater race cars, to finish sixth overall out of 110 competitors, despite competing on road tyres.
French motoring magazine Echappement took the SR3 SL on an extended test drive though the mountains of Southern France and on-track at Paul Ricard HTTT, testing all aspects of the SR3 SL’s road and circuit ability. Echappement journalist Louis Philippe de Fonseca described the SR3 SL as ‘completely bonkers’.
De Fonseca went on to say: “The Radical SR3 SL is the most extreme machinery that Echappement has ever tested; it is impossible to find a more perfect sensation of driving with any other car.” It received a 10/10 score, with its race-derived design, incredible performance and slick-shifting paddleshift gearchange praised.
“THE SR3 SL STILL SET 11 FASTEST STAGE TIMES”
In atrocious weather conditions, the SR3 SL dominated the Targa category of the Tour Britannia in June 2012, with EVO magazine’s Richard Meaden, and Mission Motorsport’s Nathan Blewer onboard. Despite the team’s inexperience with the car, the SR3 SL still set 11 fastest stage times, which was more than any other competing team. It also won the feature race at Croft and proved to be 100 per cent reliable throughout; more than could be said for rival teams… Look out for a report on the event in EVO soon.
“THERE’S NOT A FERRARI MADE TODAY THAT CAN TOUCH ITS POWER-TO-WEIGHT RATIO”
One of the industry’s most established publications, Motor Sport, visited the factory to test the SR3 SL, with Andrew Frankel proclaiming the car’s performance and real-world usability. “There’s not a Ferrari made today that can touch its power-to-weight ratio, and with a turbo that spools up almost instantly from as little as 2,000rpm, there’s not even much of an imperative to make sure you’re in the right gear. Point-to-point on a dry road, the Radical is possibly the fastest road car I’ve ever driven.”
We already know that the SL is the ultimate road and track car, but what’s it like to live with every day? Top Gear Magazine is finding out with Radical’s distinctive lime green demonstrator on long-term test in the Top Gear Garage.
TG’s Oliver Marriage has already put several thousand miles on the car, using the SL for both commuting and pleasure. The team’s exploits with the car have even extended to setting new Guinness World Records; check back here soon for more details.
“THE MOST INTENSE, DIRECT FOUR-WHEELER ANY OF US HAVE EXPERIENCED”
Bike magazine pitched the SR3 SL up against the world’s fastest superbikes to answer the age-old question: which is faster, four wheels or two? The results proved that the SL was undoubtedly quicker, bolting to 60mph in a startling 3.96 seconds with first-time Radical drivers, and achieved an average quarter-mile time of 12.08 seconds during testing at Bruntingthorpe.
BIKE magazine pronounced the SL as ‘the most intense, direct four-wheeler any of us have experienced. It’s like being fired down the runway from a nuclear-powered cannon on a skateboard. When the mechanical torture stops, the SR3 SL is quickest of the day.’
“THE SL ECLIPSED THE PREVIOUS BEST TIME BY NEARLY A SECOND”
Meanwhile, Top Gear’s Italian edition has been testing the SR3 SL during a week of road and track action. At the magazine’s Vairano test circuit, the SR3 SL set a new lap record for road legal cars. With a lap time of 1m12.98s, the SL eclipsed the previous best timeby nearly a second, set by a Lamborghini Aventador. Take a look at this fantastic hot lap, set by Top Gear Italy’s Marco Piscali, byclicking here.
“0 TO 100KM/H IN THREE SECONDS!”
Germany’s Sport Auto braved the UK winter with motoring journalist Christian Gebracht visiting the factory to sample the SL and tour Radical’s facilities. Despite the freezing conditions, Christian revelled in the car’s immediate responses: “0 to 100km/h in three seconds! The SR3 SL’s lightness creates unquenchable pace.” A more detailed Super Test is planned for later in the year.