Posted on August 17 2016
In 1997, Mick Hyde and Phil Abbott got the idea to build a lightweight sportscar that used superbike technology. The result was something faster than a supercar, and more fun than anything in it’s class. Really, a class of its own - the Radical 1100 Clubsport.
Since then, Radical has sold over 1,900 cars all over the world, currently in ten different models, and has raced the Nürburgring, 24 Hours of Le Mans and the American Le Mans Series. There are also several one-make series all over the world, including the Radical USA Cup.
So what has made Radical so successful? Why do these cars stand out as the series-built sportscar? Why do we love Radical so much?
In a word, accessibility. Radicals are built from the ground up to be enjoyed by all. They have a high roll-bar and comfortable upright seating for a one-size-fits-all cockpit. There’s no crew required to get started. And the acceleration and handling feel both familiar and superior to anything street legal. All for a surprisingly affordable price tag.
Not only are Radicals amazing to drive and easy to own, they are also easy to compete with. Imagine going toe-to-toe with thirty other racers in a car that compares to LMP machinery. With Radical’s many single-marquee race series, that can happen. Radical also has the experience backing up and supporting their competitors by organizing these race events at the best tracks, with amazing technical support. And if Radical’s own racing championships aren’t enough, the North American Road Racing Association (NARRA), Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), and National Auto Sport Association (NASA) are all getting in on the Radical action. And that should tell you something.
So why are we obsessed with Radical? Its not just that we love driving them (which we do), but we think you’ll love driving them, and they make doing that easy, affordable, and a total blast.