Last year, aCaterham SP/300.R became the fastest car at the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power with a lap time of 61.89 seconds. The Caterham did all it could to defend its title this year, but a Radical SR8 RX turned out to be the fastest car this year.
With professional racecar driver, Robbie Kerr, behind the wheel, the British-built Radical completed a lap of the 1.2-mile circuit in just 55.29 second, smashing the previous record by 6.6 seconds. The SP/300.R was the second fastest car with a lap time of 56.53 seconds. The Radical didn’t end its supremacy there, as it also hit the fastest speed on the track: 129 mph.
The SR8 RX was entered in the "Racing Saloons & Track Day Cars" class, which helped it break the record, due to the track-focused nature of the cars competing in that class. The competition saw a total entry of 139 cars and bikes.
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The SR8 RX is powered by a 2.7-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 430 horsepower. The engine is mated to a Powertec P-Tec six-speed sequential transaxle with fully interchangeable gear sets for different track styles.
With a total weight of just 1,499 pounds, the SR8 RX will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds, and goes from 50 to 100 mph in just 4.3 seconds. Its top speed is an astounding 175 mph.
gallery: Radical SR8 RX
Radical’s SR8 RX has set a remarkable new lap record at the three-day 2013 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power (www.cpop.co.uk), which finished yesterday. Driven by professional race driver Robbie Kerr, the British-built Radical completed a lap of the 1.2-mile circuit in just 55.29 seconds, smashing the previous track record by a significant 6.6 seconds. In second place, and hot on the heels of the Radical, was the Caterham SP/300.R, finishing with a time of just 56.53 seconds.
This year saw 139 cars and bikes taking to the Cholmondeley track over the course of the three-day event, divided into 13 race classes. The Radical SR8 RX was entered into the hotly-contested ‘Racing Saloons & Track Day Cars’ class, which enjoyed the fastest lap times during the Pageant due to the track-focused nature of the cars competing.
The fastest speed seen through the Pageant of Power’s speed trap was 129mph, recorded by the Radical as it sped towards its record-breaking time. In setting the new fastest lap, Kerr made good use of his extensive race experience; he is one-time winner of the British Formula 3 Championship and a podium-finisher at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2007
A special race class was created in 2013 to celebrate Aston Martin’s Centenary year, with 14 cars from the iconic British manufacturer – from 1934 to 2013 – competing against each other for first place. In a race class that included the famous DB4 GT, the fastest Aston Martin of the weekend was the brand’s new Vanquish, topping the leader board with a lap of 72.51 seconds.
James Hall, Event Director for the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, commented, “Given last year was such a close-run contest, we expected fierce competition in 2013. Radical’s Robbie Kerr had a fight on his hands contesting the title against the array of impressive machinery, each with exactly the same aim, but it was great to see someone set a new lap record. The drivers were on a mission to take on the new title, and certainly put on an exhilarating show in doing so.”