The Radical SR3 SL on public roads
It's road-legal. Just. And devilishly cunning at tempting you to indulge in sinful pleasure...
Posted: 19 Mar 2012
And here's the thing. It's not just that the SR3 batters you with this physical assault, but that you can't fight back. The car's reactions are so fast that the suspension has sorted any potential problem way before your lazy nerves have been able to transmit their ponderous signals from buttocks and hands to head. If you start steering and playing with the throttle and brakes once your brain has responded to these tardy signals, you'll actually be reacting to an altogether different and more recent problem, one that the car is already on top of, so your input will only upset things. And you'll crash.
So it's best to just let the car get on with things and hope that at some stage you'll encounter some blacktop that has been laid with care and attention. Because when you do, the Radical is utter dynamite. Finally, you can actually use the engine. It sounds like someone's operating an industrial vacuum under the dash or that one of the (admittedly non-existent) air vents has turned into a mini jet engine. There's this frantic sucking, wheezing, whistling and blowing as you press and release the throttle, and when you give it the full beans, the whole car tenses as the turbos spool up and you're hurled down the road.