Supercars open the throttle in bid to beat track record
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.