Radical has officially launched its 383bhp SR8 (right), and plans to make it the first road car to lap Germany’s Nurburgring in under seven minutes. Until recently, the Peterborough-based outfit held the production lap record, which stood at 7 minutes 19 seconds set by touring car ace Phil Bennett in the firm’s SR3. Last October, however, that record fell to a privately-owned Donkervoort two-seater – but only by a second.
‘We’ve studied the video of Phil’s lap in the SR3,’ said Radical director Mick Hyde. ‘It was a great lap, but it wasn’t perfect.’
‘The SR8 will go faster,’ he went on. ‘With the right man at the wheel, we’re confident that seven minutes is breakable.’