A RADICAL PHILOSOPHY
You don’t sell that many sports racing cars in two decades unless the package is thrilling, dramatic, huge fun to drive and excellent value for money.
Equally you’re not truly Radical unless you offer something innovative and unique, both values that have always been at the core of our philosophy. From the very beginning our approach has always been to create a whole new niche in the world of motorsport, to which Nothing Compares.
Our original brief 20 years ago? A lightweight sportscar that utilised superbike technology. Faster than a supercar, totally driver focused and intensely rewarding to drive, Radical was the first company to create a bespoke powertrain system for a superbike-powered sports racer. The cars were built not just for the discerning club racer but trackday enthusiasts too, and both types of driver enjoy unmatched levels of support as well as having the fastest cars on track.
But the Radical philosophy extends much wider than just the cars. By launching our own race championships we became the first manufacturer to bring long-format, doubleheader endurance racing to the club racer, and provided na comprehensive spares and technical support team at every event that continues to this day.
The iconic Clubsport model established the company in 1997, and it is still raced with enthusiasm all around the world. Its success was instantaneous and the full grids soon led to developments, the Prosport adding wings, more power and wider slicks, but the team at Radical were never going to rest on their ever-growing laurels. In 2002 they launched the SR3, a genuine two-seater, road-legal track car, that wowed both the press and track drivers all over the world. It has become Radical’s most popular model to date and was soon followed by the compact SR4, a small, light and practical two-seater that proved to be the perfect successor to the original Clubsport.
The awesome SR8, launched in 2005 and powered by the high-revving, 380bhp Powertec RPV8 engine, brought Le Mans Prototype pace to the national racing scene. The mighty RPE RPV8 was designed, developed and manufactured in-house, and the car now holds several circuit out-right lap records, including the highly sought prize of the production car record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The latest-generation 2.7-litre engine sets lap times comparable to LMP machinery on a fraction of the budget, and continues to draw acclaim for established endurance racers the world over.
In 2011 Radical took the bold step of developing its first fully EC Type Approved, street-legal roadster the SR3 SL. Powered by a turbocharged Ford EcoBoost four-cylinder engine it opened up Radical ownership to a whole new market, rapidly establishing itself in countries such as Switzerland, Germany and Japan. Technology and processes developed in the design of the SR3 SL have since enabled Radical to create a ‘milestone’ car; the new RXC. With the EcoBoost-powered RXC Turbo unveiled as Radical’s new flagship model in January 2014 this is one automotive success story that shows no signs of fading. At the opposite end of the model spectrum, the SR1 Cup racecar and championship model continues to bring new racers into the sport, providing them with the skills to succeed in the highly-competitive motorsport arena.
Radical set out to create a new niche in the sportscar scene offering drivers incredible performance for a realistic price, and their success is born out in the sales figures. As we enter our third decade with a fresh brand perspective, high-performance range and thrilling championship portfolio, over 2,000 Radical owners can’t be wrong.
THE ROAD TO LE MANS
Le Mans 24 hour in France is without doubt the worlds greatest sports car race, its the endurance classic.
The original design for the Radical SR 9 sports prototype was taken from computer model to a competitive race debut in less than 12 months and finished the grueling Le Mans race narrowly missing out on a podium finish in the final hours of the event.
Since then as the regulations developed and various engine options were introduced to the class Ian Dawson continued to develop the chassis with the commercial backers to allow his team to enter into a test program with Roush Yates to install the all new Ford Eco Boost twin Turbo engine.
In 2013 after on track test program the car was entered into the six hour Laguna Seca classic where the car witnessed the FIRST race start of the Eco Boost Engine and was rewarded with a strong FINISH again racing in a points position throughout the race proving that the continued aerodynamic and chassis upgrades paid off.
The team then entered the winter tests in Sebring and Daytona in December ready for the following years entry.
With the disappointing news of having no engine supply for 2014 the current program again had a delay so more aerodynamic upgrades and a now installed Ford Eco Boost Engine which comes directly from the Radical RXC Coupe and modified to be fitted in the back of the SR9 was prepared jointly by Radical and D3 Racing engineers.
The car has now completed its initial track test and shows that progressive innovation has allowed the company to stay in a competitive position and off the most radical Xperience in a Le Mans Prototype.
RADICAL PERFORMACE ENGINES
Irrespective of which model you choose the unmistakable howl of a high-revving Radical engine on full throttle will prickle the hairs on the back of your neck.
The source of that wonderful noise is Radical's unique range of high-performance engines, assembled and rebuilt by Radical's internal race engine division, Radical Performance Engines.