Su­per­cars open the throt­tle in bid to beat track record

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FOUR fa­mous Bri­tish track day su­per­cars from Ariel, BAC, Cater­ham and Rad­i­cal will be driven to the ab­so­lute limit as they bat­tle to set a new lap record at the 2013 Chol­monde­ley Pageant of Power next month.

Al­though a wide range of su­per­cars, clas­sic and mod­ern race cars will also take to the Pageant cir­cuit for timed runs, it is the track-day spe­cials that are deemed most likely to break the ex­ist­ing record.

Each of the su­per­cars will un­der­take six runs on the 1.2mile twisty, un­du­lat­ing Pageant cir­cuit dur­ing the three-day event which runs from June 14 to 16. The cur­rent course record, set last year by Cater­ham’s 330bhp SP/300.R, stands at 61.89 sec­onds.

Somerset-based Ariel is rac­ing its Atom 3.5 which is fit­ted with a com­pact 245bhp 2.0 litre Honda i-VTEC engine and close-ra­tio, six-speed trans­mis­sion.

With a kerb weight of just 520 kg, this Atom takes just 2.7 sec­onds to reach 60mph and less than seven sec­onds to reach 100 mph.

One of its ri­vals will be the Cheshire-built BAC Mono sin­gle-seater which has a su­per-sleek aero­dy­namic body and a top speed of 170 mph. Pow­ered by a 280bhp, 2.3 litre nor­mally as­pi­rated engine with a six-speed pad­dleshift gear­box, the Mono can reach 60 mph in 2.8 sec­onds.

Also on the grid will be the SP/300.R which is a com­plete de­par­ture from Cater­ham’s leg­endary Seven. Code­vel­oped with Lola Cars, the light­weight (545 kg) ma­chine fea­tures a mid-mounted su­per­charged 330bhp engine. Its top speed is 180 mph, while it ac­cel­er­ates from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 sec­onds.

The fourth con­tender has been en­tered by Rad­i­cal Sportscars, the world’s largest man­u­fac­turer of track day and rac­ing cars. It will be bring­ing the SR8 RX to Chol­monde­ley, pow­ered by the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of Rad­i­cal’s 2.7l RP V8 engine which pro­duces 430bhp through a unique sixspeed pad­dleshift transaxle.

Now in its sixth year, the 2013 Pageant will take place at the Chol­monde­ley Cas­tle, Mal­pas, Cheshire Es­tate in Cheshire. SSANGY­ONG is spon­sor­ing a five-day Car­a­van Club gath­er­ing at Belvoir Cas­tle, Gran­tham, Le­ices­ter­shire on the Spring Bank Hol­i­day week­end, May 24 to 28. The event, which is open to all, of­fers a range of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing live evening en­ter­tain­ment. Steve Gray, of SsangY­ong, said: “We were very dis­ap­pointed that last year’s event was can­celled due to the pro­longed wet weather, and are de­lighted to be team­ing up with The Car­a­van Club again.”

GO­ING FOR GLORY: The BAC Mono, top, and Ariel Atom 3.5, above are among the con­tenders at the Chol­monde­ley Pageant Of Power.

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