Radical are due to launch their supercar, the RXC, at next year’s Autosport in January 2013. It is one of the most hotly anticipated cars of the new year and here at Motor Vision we simply cannot wait to get our hands on one.
Once upon a time (don’t worry, this isn’t a bedtime story) Britain was the envy of the world due to it’s advanced manufacturing and engineering industry. This included a car industry worthy of national pride. When the E-Type Jaguar was unleashed upon the world it shook Ferrari and other premium manufacturers to their very foundations. How could a British car manufacturer produce a Ferrari beater for less money and that looked much better than its Italian counterpart?
How many of us have sat watching the F1 racing or the BTCC while screaming at our favourite drivers to drive as fast as we would if we were behind the wheel of the car? I’m hoping that it isn’t just me. We all of us get hooked into the sports we watch whether it’s leaping out of your seat while watching England score a penalty during the football or acting like a line-judge during Wimbledon.
The thing with those sort of sports is it’s easy to get involved yourself. You just need to pop along to a large supermarket and you can pick up a tennis racket or a football for next to nothing. They are affordable indulgences.
But what of motorsport? That’s expensive to get into right? Well, yes it is in many ways, but there are ever increasing ways in which it is becoming affordable.
A few years back an American friend staying with me got overly excited when she heard the electric whirr of a milk float pull up outside with the added excitement of a few clinking bottles. I had to physically restrain her from opening the door as his footsteps drew closer to have a look at this mythical beast. Clearly California has not had the pleasure.
Clinking bottles aside, god knows what she would have made of Audi’s R8 E-tron pulling off a 8:09.099 lap at the Nurburgring. In fact I’m not too sure what I make of it myself. Especially as in 2009 (according to MSN Autos) Audi of America President, Johan de Nysschen, proclaimed that the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle was a car for “idiots”. The next day the Audi Facebook page contained a slight u-turn – thank god for the almost instant immediacy of social media eh? That aside, the R8 E-tron is (technically) a production vehicle, which makes the advances that we have seen in electric powered cars for the masses to date even more exciting.
Radical Sports Cars have been developing their fine reputation for a while now. Based in Peterborough, and founded in 1997, Radical utilised the idea concept of using superbike technology in a lightweight sports car, it was either going to be a spectacular success or a faceplant. Fortunately it was the former – and their reputation is still growing.
It was the Clubsport that first caught everyone’s attention, and it’s still being raced today. Always with their foot on the accelerator pedal rather than the brake, Radical introduced their most popular model so far in 2002 – the SR3. This car was a road legal 2-seater track-day car that received much critical acclaim.
Last weekend Radical took the SR3 SL road tripping around France for the 19th Rallye de Paris. Their three car team of SL’s, each with a driver and navigator, joined nearly 200 other supercars for this three-day event,testing road and track ability.