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.”