Lot 679: 2006 Radical SR3 Sports
‘The Radical SR3 gives an adrenaline rush without an excess of fear, one that’s rewarding and challenging in equal measures.’ - Evo magazine.
The availability of lightweight, high-performance, water-cooled motorcycle engines has enabled the development of a whole new class of sports-racing cars endowed with power-to-weight ratios previously associated exclusively with Formula 1. Not only that, but these compact, power-dense, superbike engines invariably come with integral sequential gearboxes (usually six-speed) making them especially attractive to competition-car manufacturers. One of the foremost of the latter is the Peterborough-based firm of Radical Sportscars, founded by club racers Phil Abbott and Mick Hyde, which in the past decade has risen to become one of the UK’s largest and most successful makers of competition cars. Messrs Hyde and Abbott built their first motorcycle-engined sports racer in 1996, initially for their own amusement, with a ‘productionised’ version, designed by Nick Walford, following in May 1997. Entered in the 750 Motor Club’s Sports 2000 series, the Kawasaki ZZR1100-powered Clubsport quickly established itself as a formidable contender and orders began to roll in.
Introduced in 2002, the Radical SR3 uses the more modern, larger and torquier Suzuki Hayabusa engine, which is available in a number of different states of tune ranging from 205 to 252bhp courtesy of Radical’s engines division, Powertec. The Suzuki’s lack of a reverse gear is addressed by Radical’s own special transmission, which also incorporates a torque biasing limited-slip differential. According to Radical, ‘For road use the SR3’s suspension can be raised to miss even the most aggressive speed hump. A type approval kit provides lighting, hand brake, front luggage compartment, catalytic converter and road tyres.’ An SR3 held the lap record at the awesome Nürburgring circuit until recently and was only beaten by another Radical, the new SR8.
This road-legal Radical SR3 was built primarily as a display car to demonstrated the design’s adaptability for both road and track use. The car has only been driven to Monaco and back, and apart from two track days has seen very little use. Capable of humbling the most exotic of conventional supercars, this exciting machine is offered with Swansea V5 registration document.
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Bonhams, Olympia, London,
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£25300|
|Registration number||AE55 WFK|
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