• Aug 25, 2009
Radical SR8LM sets the Nürburgring lap record – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Some of the best sportscars on the road are those derived from racing machinery. But by the time you take them back to the racetrack...well, that's just backwards thinking. At least, that's how it seems when you look at the Radical SR8LM. Instead of making life imitate art that's imitating life, Radical cut the shortest distance from A to B. The SR8LM is that product, and as you may have heard, it holds the new record for the fastest lap time at the Nürburgring.
Okay, so it's not so practical. But then, neither are most of the extreme performance machines out there. So instead of splitting hairs, how about climbing on board the Suzuki Hayabusa-engined street-legal Le Mans prototype-style racer-for-the-road and watch it raise the bar yet again. Sound good? Then follow the jump to watch the video. But you might want to watch it before eating, not after, because while the Radical may look ready to win races, it may also make you lose your lunch.

[Source: YouTube]





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      • 5 Years Ago
      Record or not, that's freaking amazing. Hats off to the driver of the Radical, that was a heck of a run.

      I drove the ring in a friend's F355, and did the lap in just over 9:20. The car is certainly capable of much better, but I had only done two scouting laps, and had the owner as a passenger (!). A sub-7 minute time is nothing short of astounding.

      One thing that you never see in these videos (even this one), is how bumpy the track is. You don't really notice on your scout laps, but at speed it really is disconcerting how often you feel you feel the suspension unload and bottom out.

      • 5 Years Ago
      the video is the old Radical record lap from 2005 were they already drove a 6:56
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hi,

      This video is ASOLUTELY NOT not the SR8LM new record of 6:47 video, this is the previous SR8 record of 6:55.

      The SR8LM of the new record is a white color Radical :
      http://www.endurance-info.com/2009_LMS/04_Decalee8.jpg

      The video you posted is already on youtube since april 2006 :
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOD2eFIeA88

      Please correct this news.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome! I look forward to seeing the new record when it's reposted.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Removed :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      isnt the engine a v8 that uses 2 yamaha cylinderheads?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are you sure this is the record lap? You can clearly see he bobbles in the very first turn on the video. It also appears that the video is edited.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This this not the new video , this one is from 2005....why the tre right video is mistaken ?
      • 5 Years Ago
      record or no, this video says to me why Stewart dubbed it 'The Green Hell' - it's terrifying at this speed.

      i drive this course in GT4 with the Oreca Viper or something similar, and go off the track at the left hand kink coming into Aremberg at over 250 km/h and i think; 'i just died right there...'

      i know that driver's have died at smaller circuits, but there's something particularly menacing about the 'ring.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've stopped watching after he made a rookie mistake at the start.
      • 5 Years Ago
      yeh this isnt the record lap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      **Nissan takes GT-R back to the ring**
        • 5 Years Ago
        Beastage,

        I know that. I was joking.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Different categories, no matter how good the GT-R is or can be made, it can not compete with a low weight track hogging racer.
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