Radical has revealed its first car designed specifically for road use.
The Radical SR3 SL – the SL standing for street legal – has been modified for road use from the standard SR3 on which it is based, including a new, more compliant suspension system for a softer ride and road-legal wheels and tyres.
It is powered by the turbocharged 2.0-litre Ford Ecoboost engine that will be used in the new Focus ST later this year. It's is supplied to Radical in its standard tune of 247bhp, but a remapping from ECU specialist Life Racing has boosted power to 300bhp.
Radical says its Ariel Atom rival, revealed today at the Autosport International show, should be capable of a 0-60mph time close to 3.0sec and a top speed of around 165mph.
Torque will be limited in first and second to keep wheelspin to a minimum but will be fully available from third gear, producing its maximum of around 340lb ft at just 1700rpm.
Power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox complete with F1-style paddle shifters.
Radical co-founder Phil Abbott said its customer base was after a Radical that could be bought straight from the factory with European Type Approval, rather than having to put it through the complicated and time-consuming process themselves.
He said there was particular demand from Germany, France, Spain and Italy for the road-going Radical. He added that its Ford engine was crucial for the road car as it was “tractable, clean and powerful yet also light and incredibly reliable”.