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  Radical SR3 1300

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Introduced in:2002
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionFirst shown to the public at the 2002 Autosport International show in Birmingham, the Radical SR3 is one of the cheapest ways to go extremely fast. Originally aimed at the third of three divisions of the FIA sportscar championship, the SR3 can be used as track car or road car. An immediate hit, it was named 'Trackday car of the year' by Car Magazine.

The chassis is simple, but very efficient steel spaceframe, that offers plenty of rigidity at a very low weight. It is suspended by double wishbones all around, double damper units are available as an option. Braking is taken car of by vented discs, with cross drilled units available as an option. The fiberglass body adds next to nothing to 495 kg dry weight.

Installed in the spaceframe chassis, is a four cylinder motorcycle of various makes and sizes. The least powerful of the five engines available is the 130 bhp Kawasaki 1100 engine, with Suzuki's 1500 cc engine as range topper at 252 bhp. Mated to the engine is a sequential six speed gearbox, which allows lightning quick gearchanges.

Performance was better than expected and the SR3 started winning all across Europe in its first season. Road legal versions proved their worth in various road tests. On a damp Top Gear test track the SR3 beat the Pagani Zonda's best time, recorded on a dry track, by four seconds!

The featured SR3 is seen here on the Spa Franchorchamps track where it took part in the five hour endurance race, which was part of the RMU Classic weekend. Overall victory in that race was had by another SR3.

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