TG Speed Week: The Skeleton Crew
Radical SR3 SL. BAC Mono. Caterham SP/300.R. Morgan 3Wheeler. Time to clear the track...
Posted: 23 Aug 2012
Like the Mono and SP, the SL also has a sequential 'box. At £10k, it's the most expensive part of the car, and the same thing you'll find in a Formula Three racer. It feels special from the moment you select a gear with the wheel-mounted paddles, as the pneumatic actuators hiss and puff like a lorry's air brakes. Get moving, and the sound effects continue, this time from the turbocharged 2.0-litre engine borrowed from the new Focus ST (see p106), which sucks and gargles and blows. From behind the sweep of plastic screen, it feels like you're trapped in a giant scuba mask.