Rad­i­cal re­designs flag­ship mod­els for speed boost

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Rad­i­cal has over­hauled its three best-sell­ing mod­els for 2017, and ex­pects sig­nif­i­cant lap time hikes from its flag­ship SR8 racer.

The Peter­bor­ough firm, which has been un­der new own­er­ship since May fol­low­ing the in­stal­la­tion of Joseph An­wyll as CEO to re­place Phil Ab­bott, pulled the cov­ers off the over­hauled range at ASI last week.

The SR1, SR3 and SR8 have all been heav­ily face-lifted to give the cars a ‘family’ look, with the SR8 get­ting the big­gest mod­i­fi­ca­tions.

The car now fea­tures much heav­ier frontal aero, with un­der­body airflow a par­tic­u­lar area of devel­op­ment and ven­turi tun­nels added for the first time. It has also had an electrics over­haul and a wider rev range.

“We’ve done all of the de­sign and devel­op­ment in-house and we’re very pleased with the re­launch,” said Rad­i­cal’s sales head Dun­can John­son.

“We wanted to in­vest in the busi­ness to reen­er­gise it and up­date the cars, but in do­ing so we’ve had the chance to find more per­for­mance. We’ve not done track test­ing yet, but our [de­sign and CFD] num­bers sug­gest the SR8 could be up to a sec­ond per lap faster in this con­fig­u­ra­tion at cer­tain tracks.”

The SR8 has had the big­gest makeover, with new aero and more power

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