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Old 18-08-17, 20:16
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I don't understand why people rate Radicals so high like they do. Having looked at a few different prototype car recently the Radicals are agricultural in comparison and over priced in my honest opinion. If I was to buy a car it would be a Norma or a Osella and if money wasn't an issue a Wolf GB08 would be top of the shopping list.
Have you driven an SR8?
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It was Paul's car which started the questions. As far as weight is concerned 570Kg is someway under the weight of most Radicals as far as I'm aware.
How does Paul fare against Gerard O'Connell's Radical SR8?
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No idea, how often does Gerard's engine need rebuilding at vast expense compared with the K20 in Paul's car? I don't want a 'lifed' engine particularly.
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Don't get me wrong Robert, I'm sure your SR8 is a wonderful thing and if it was cheaper I might be looking at buying it once the insurance comes through but Paul's Norma is £17K cheaper than the £39K (from memory) you wanted for yours. I'm pretty sure for £10K I can make a K20 a match for the V8 in the SR8.

Out of interest do you know what a SR8 weighs?
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No idea, how often does Gerard's engine need rebuilding at vast expense compared with the K20 in Paul's car? I don't want a 'lifed' engine particularly.
Theres no point me adding some actual facts to these comments. Never mind. I hope you get the Norma.
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It'd be great to see a Norma M20b on hills here - bring it up to Scotland! It must have been quite a sight on one of the closed public road hillclimbs in Ireland.

Always good to have more variety and number of open sports racing cars in Sports Libre as well as home-brewed Frankenstein saloon devices that go way beyond ModProd.

Pity about the marque name - I thought this thread title was about a high quality hose clip!

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The Norma is immensely popular and are top runners in the French and European hill climb championships. Maybe they spend a lot of time on weight reduction.
European rules have minimum weight limits I believe, so no need to make them lighter.

Radicals are not light because they were originally made for a single make championship. They were made strong and good value.
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Radical weights wet without driver and dependent on spec
PR6 471-500kg
SR4 508- 526kg
SR3 575- 603kg

I think I've got mine down to 500kg definitely without driver....
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Thanks Clive, useful info.
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