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
It must be quicker than the RS. It's certainly easier to access the speed, because there's torque everywhere you look across the rev range. Just stick it in sixth, and have done with it. I did, because if I used most of the gears underneath that, all I uncovered was heavy, sudden wheelspin. And when I tried to correct it, I found the car was already on the case, so what I was doing was both late and wrong. Not good for your nerves.
Manage to stay vaguely in control, and the SR3 is brain-squelchingly fast - the whole issue of it being a turbo engine (and therefore laggy) in a car of such needle sharpness is largely irrelevant. Mainly because, for mere mortals, there just isn't that much lag, but also because you can overcome any delay by left-foot braking while keeping your right (lightly) on the throttle. This may sound like a technique from the darker recesses of Stig's helmet, but, in a car like this, it soon becomes second nature.