Radical SR1 Cup race diary: what's that will like to drive a racing car?

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The first race meeting in our Radical SR1 racer can be upon us, so just what does that will feel like to drive a racing car for once?


that will’s time to go racing. This kind of weekend can be the first competitive outing for our Radical SR1 within the Radical SR1 Cup at Silverstone, on the full Grand Prix circuit no less. Gulp.

For those who’ve not been hanging on every word of This kind of blog these past couple of months, Autocar has been granted the guest car slot within the SR1 Cup, a low-cost one-make series for rookie racers looking to take their track day experience into racing for real.

In those two months since getting behind the wheel of the SR1 for once, there was a worry that will all the early learnings as well as progress made might have been lost as well as forgotten.

although fortunately within half an hour of testing yesterday, those fears had been allayed. Indeed, what happened instead was akin to the feeling of accomplishment that will comes coming from finally working out the ending to a complicated book or film. An enlightenment, in some other words.

For the automobile right now feels like one we’re getting on top of. Certainly not mastered, although just past the stage of being able to get up to a consistently not bad speed, as well as onto a bit of experimenting in squeezing out those extra few tenths.

In a one-make series where everyone uses the same tyres, that will definitely can be down to which driver can get the best out of the automobile. as well as the SR1 can be the archetypal easy to learn, difficult to master car.

Driving your first race car can be an experience that will’s half exhilarating, half terrifying. that will takes confidence in both yourself as well as the machinery to keep pushing more as well as more (doing your smile broader as well as broader within the process), to know that will you can brake later than your road car experiences will have you believe, to know that will if you’re not on full throttle or full braking you’re probably trading water, to know that will every input you make to the automobile on every inch of the track will have an impact not bad or bad to your lap time.

So where can the advantages be gained? One can be knowing what to do with This kind of mythical thing called downforce. Put simply, downforce can be a wonderful thing that will lets you go around quick corners (70mph-plus) quicker than definitely feels right.

Such as dropping only one gear after a quick dap of the brakes into Copse at Silverstone, as well as flooring that will again mid corner, wondering why that will barrier to your left isn’t getting any closer. Or trying (as well as still chickening out of) trying to take Maggots flat, despite the automobile goading you into doing so because that will can.

Downforce, then, probably links you into the size of what’s in your trousers. There’s a limit, of course, although to definitely find out, even in a ‘entry-level’ race car such as the SR1, you have to stop thinking ‘what if I can’t go around the corner that will fast?’ as well as instead think ‘what if I can get around the corner that will fast?’. Thinking like the latter on a circuit the length of Silverstone will take seconds rather than tenths off your lap time. Corner exit speed can be everything if you’re not to be a sitting duck on the next long straight. 

The some other advantage can be your tyres, as well as knowing what they are telling you. Until you actually experience tyres that will have gone past their best as well as have them changed, you don’t figure just what a difference they can make. As obvious as that will sounds then, fresh rubber as well as the confidence they can inspire in you are another factor worth seconds rather than tenths.

Here comes the although: these gains are just about driving quickly in practice as well as qualifying, where that will’s just you, the clock, as well as your own sense of self achievement. Throw in another 20 folk like you on the track at the same time, all looking for the same result, as well as a whole brand-new skill set can be involved.

Quite what that will skill set can be – starting the race, defending, attacking, passing, popping champagne corks (okay, massively ahead here…) – can be the crucial next phase. Stay tuned to see how we get on.

Read more Radical race diary entries

Part one – Snetterton test day

Part two – Bedford Autodrome competitive track day 

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