As part of its 21st anniversary showcase at Autosport International 2018, 11th-14th January at the Birmingham NEC, Radical Sportscars will offer karters aged over 16 years the opportunity to sign up for an exclusive test day at the wheel of the new, second generation SR1.
The first-time Karters Meet & Greet initiative will give drivers interested in making the switch to sportscars the chance to get expert technical and driver development advice from the Radical team. Seasoned karters who have already made the move to prototype racing and professional racers will also be on hand at stand 2670 throughout Saturday 13th January 2018.
The Peterborough company is lining up a raft of new initiatives to roll out during its anniversary year, starting with an overhaul of its entry-level SR1 Cup championship. Whilst keeping its proven five-year format of unrivalled track time, expert tuition and dedicated event support, the traditionally novice-only class is now open to all senior MSA licence holders.
Add to that the arrival of the newly re-styled 175bhp high-downforce, lightweight RPE-Suzuki powered SR1, an expanded six-round programme and unrivalled competition packages, grid sizes are set to soar in 2018.
Autosport International 2018 will mark the first official engagement for SR1 Cup Shootout winner Ryan Harper-Ellam, a former multiple Junior TKM race winner. Ryan will share his roller-coaster experience to winning the inaugural Shootout competition on the Autosport Stage on Friday, as he looks ahead to his maiden season as a fully-funded Works Team driver.
Moving on from the SR1 Cup, drivers can climb the ranks to the Radical Challenge with the 225bhp SR3, the world’s best-selling racecar with over 1,100 in market, through to European-wide competition with the 405bhp SR8 and Radical Euro Masters Championship.
The leading British manufacturer will display its core competition range at the NEC, demonstrating the progressive ladder to accessible prototype sportscar racing through its ultra-competitive single-make racing championships operating across four continents.
“The SR1 Cup package offers the ideal stepping stone for karters wishing to make the transition into sportscars and, with revised regulations for 2018, the Radical racing ladder from SR1 through to GT3 is stronger than ever,” said the company’s Sales & Marketing Director, Nigel Land. “As a former karting champion himself, our first SR1 Cup Shootout victor Ryan Harper-Ellam is a prime example of this. The Karters Meet & Greet is a great opportunity for aspiring sportscar stars to get all the advice they need and take the wheel of the newly re-styled SR1.”
Radical will also support TalkShop at Autosport International for the first time in January. James Pinkerton, Radical Engine Development Manager, will be talking about the evolution of Radical’s range of powertrain solutions, from motorcycle-derived beginnings through to the development of Radical’s own RP-V8 and on to modern, turbocharged EcoBoost engines. The 30-minute presentation, entitled ‘Technology in cost-effective prototype sportcar racing’ will take place on stand 8020 at 12pm on Saturday.
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