British sports car company Radical has announced that it will start selling its low-slung, track-bred racers in New Zealand for the first time. The firm has struck a distribution deal with Auckland-based company GB Motorsports. The firm is led by former race driver and bike rider Greg Brink, a former 16-year stalwart at Giltrap Group.
Along with offering its cars in New Zealand, a Radical racing series is set to be introduced. The brand is working with Hampton Downs and Highlands Motorsport Park to offer owners circuit benefits, while also communicating with drivers in the New Zealand Sports Car Championship.
“It is a real privilege to be representing Radical Sportscars here in New Zealand,” said Brinck. “The Radical is a track focused car and provides the ultimate driving experience for drivers of all skill levels. New Zealanders have a great passion for special cars and motorsport and Radical offers supercar performance and handling at a fraction of the cost. I am confident that we will have strong interest here.
“We look forward to introducing prospective customers to Radical for the first time through our demonstrator program and over time, introducing a Radical race series like those currently running successfully around the world.”
Radical’s line-up is made up of specialised track-focused machinery. The SR3 XX will be the first car offered locally, and will eventually be followed by the SR10. Given that it’s yet to be formally launched beyond a few renders, details of the SR10’s capabilities are sparse.
The SR3 XX, meanwhile, produces 145kW of power from its entry-level 1.3-litre engine and 169kW of power from its optional ‘big block’ 1.5-litre engine. The former is good for a claimed top speed of 227km/h and a 0–96km/h time of 3.3 seconds, while the latter ups the ante to 236km/h and 3.1 seconds, respectively.