RADICAL CARS: A BRIEF HISTORY
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