RAD­I­CAL CARS: A BRIEF HIS­TORY

Motor Sport News - - Insight: Radical Takeover -

1997 Phil Ab­bott and Mick Hyde es­tab­lish Rad­i­cal Sportscars and en­ter the first Kawasaki-en­gined 1100 Club­sport car in the 750 Motor Club’s Sports 2000 Championship. 1999 Rad­i­cal spawns its first sin­gle-make championship for the 1100 Club­sport, run­ning un­der the BRSCC. A se­cond model, the Prosport, is re­leased. 2002 The two-seater Rad­i­cal SR3 is launched. 2005 SR8 model is launched as Rad­i­cal’s fastest pro­duc­tion car. It fea­tured the big­gest en­gine ever fit­ted to a Rad­i­cal at the time, at 2.7-litres. Michael Verg­ers sets new pro­duc­tion car lap record on the Nur­bur­gring Nord­schleife in the design, at 6m55s.

2006 Firm de­vel­ops the SR9 chas­sis for use in LMP2 at Le Mans. Roll­cen­tre Rac­ing runs the fac­tory car to fifth in class at the 24 Hours. Customer cars would run each year un­til the design was side­lined in 2011.

2008 Rad­i­cal launches its flag­ship Euro­pean Masters championship. It gains FIA recog­ni­tion in 2012. 2009 Verg­ers beats his own Nur­bur­gring Nord­schleife lap record in a 2.8-litre SR8 LM with a time of 6m48s. 2011 Long-time en­gine sup­plier Pow­ertec En­gi­neer­ing merges with Rad­i­cal to form Rad­i­cal Per­for­mance En­gines depart­ment. 2012 The SR3 SL road-fo­cused model is launched, fol­lowed by the more ex­treme RXC road-go­ing coupe in 2013.

2013 The new Rad­i­cal SR1 is un­veiled, along­side its acad­emy se­ries, the SR1 Cup. Rad­i­cal Mo­tor­sport makes its de­but as a team in the MSA For­mula Ford Championship of Great Bri­tain. 2016 Rad­i­cal un­veils the 1000th SR3 chas­sis at Au­tosport In­ter­na­tional. Ab­bott parts com­pany with Rad­i­cal, to be re­placed by Joseph An­wyll.

SR9 took Rad­i­cal to Le Mans 24 Hours Euro­pean Masters is flag­ship se­ries SR1 Cup con­cept for novice driv­ers

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