The Radical SR3 SL on public roads
There are many absurdities surrounding the Radical SR3 SL. That it exists at all, for instance, or that I'm driving it in the depths of winter. On track-day tyres. When it's sleeting. That it can barely negotiate a rutted country road without scraping some part of its belly, let alone a speed bump. That it jiggled me around so much that I had to go for a roadside wee. Still wearing my helmet. That must've looked pretty absurd to the cars that crawled past.
SL stands for Street Legal, which means Radical is after a slice of the market occupied most ably by Ariel, KTM and Caterham. It's not the first road-legal Radical - you can add a pack to other models that allows them to be punted around in public, by dint of a rear foglight and one or two other DVLA-friendly trinkets - but it is the first to have been designed and developed with road rather than track in mind.
Words: Ollie Marriage