Motoring enthusiasts have been licking their lips at the prospect of a brand new McLaren racing model. The 12C GT Sprint from the manufacturer was unveiled at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed and it has now moved one step closer towards a full release.
Radical Sportscars are a British motorsport design and engineering success story that we should all be proud of.
The UK has long been a hotbed of motorsport cottage industry with many Formula One teams based in good ol’ Blighty, and many other specialist automotive and motorsport manufacturers also. And makers of one of the very fastest, best-value and easily best-looking track day and competition cars is Radical Sportscars, based in Peterborough.
Last weekend saw the rather epic Britcar Endurance Race hit Silverstone for 24 hours of racing, reliability issues and rain.
I’ve covered Britcar events before but as this was my first 24 hour race, I armed myself with a sleeping bag and lots of spare camera batteries.
The team LNT Ginetta G55 took pole and led the race early on, only to be hit by lighting issues, a tyre blowout and terminal oil pressure problems. Other Class 1 teams suffered too with Neil Garner’s Mosler having a rear wheel fuse onto the hub. Hammers, chisels, drills and even an angle grinder were needed to cut it lose, costing the team a full 2 hours.
For an event only in its second year and despite not exactly rolling off the tongue, The Forge Motorsport Performance Action Day (FMPAD), at the Castle Combe Circuit in Wiltshire, already feels like a well established show.
Part track day, part club meet, FMPAD bombards you with cars from all disciplines of motorsport, most of which make it out on track at some point during the day.
Rob Austin’s BTCC Audi A4 put in a few blisteringly hot laps of the 1.85 mile circuit amongst Time Attack teams and road going daily drives.
While the Porsche 918 Spyder super sports coupe is being tested and developed, the good people down at Porsche have decided to give it a nice vintage set of clothes to wear. All too often you see development cars at the ‘Ring wearing disguises to break up the lines of the car and make them look both ugly and difficult to photograph. Not in the case of the 918 Spyder though which has been proudly wearing the famous Martini livery of the past.
We at Motor Vision have recently been discussing iconic racing stripes (yes, it’s just endless fun down at MV HQ) and there were three ‘stripe types’ that we kept ending up back at. The three were: the Gulf racing stripes, the Ford twin-stripes, and of course the Martini stripes. When you consider how many striped cars there have been in racing history, the fact that we all seemed to boil it down to just those three was nothing short of remarkable. The Rothmans Porsche was also mentioned as were the non-stripe based livery of the Marlboro McLaren and the JPS Lotus but in terms of striped cars we agreed that Martini was certainly in the top 3.