The British have built a new track sports car Radical SR10September 19, 2020
Removing the body reveals a 425 horsepower 2.3-liter EcoBoost powering the rear axle.
Getting the most out of your car on the road takes more than nerves of steel and a basic understanding of the laws of physics: it takes the right car. Sure, you can ride the front wheel drive ecobox around the corners of Road America, but there may not be much experience and chances are good you’ll need towing by the end of the day.
Instead, the British automaker may offer to buy a special “track toy” such as the new Radical SR10. The latest model in the SR Radical line, the SR10, is advertised by the manufacturer as “optimized for both performance and durability,” as was the case with previous Radical models.
The heart and soul of the new Radical SR10 is a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It is based on the 2.3-liter Ford EcoBoost engine from the Ford Mustang or the “charged” Ford Focus RS hatchback, but with a custom Garrett G-series turbocharger and dry sump lubrication. The result is 425 horsepower – 50 more than the Focus RS – and 515 Nm of torque.
This engine is mated to the new Hewland GT3 6-speed gearbox and Hewland TMT transmission, the latter of which was originally developed for the 2009 FIA Formula 2 car. In other words, he’s more than capable of surviving a few busy racing days. Radical claims that the engine’s recovery interval should be around 80 hours of use, which equates to about 10,000 km of “life in the red zone.”
It’s even better with the WaveTrac ATB torque bias differential, replaceable anti-roll bars, triple adjustable Intrax shocks and a lightweight space frame chassis built to FIA specifications. Inside is the AiM Formula steering wheel with a multi-page LCD display for real-time data access. In addition, there are controls such as steering assistance, engine and transmission readouts, and brake settings to adapt to the track.
Joe Anville, CEO of Radical Sportscars, claims the SR10 achieves the goal of creating something “with the intuitive performance of our SR8, but in a more durable, more robust case packed with the latest Radical data and electronic capabilities.” However, this is not all good news: the price of all this is 105,000 pounds sterling. Deliveries will begin in October.
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