Getting into serious racing is not a cheap proposition. Not only will you need a car, but you'll probably want a trailer to tow said car from circuit to circuit, all the associated tools, not to mention spare consumable items, like tires and fuel. That's not even counting what safety equipment – a helmet, fire suit, gloves, shoes and Nomex undergarments – will cost you. That's why this new racing program from Radical, in the UK, is so darn appealing.

For 37,500 pounds ($62,868 at today's rates), you can snag a 29,000-pound ($48,618), 185-horsepower, 1,058-pound Radical SR1, while the remaining 8,700 pounds ($14,585) covers your race suit, license, test days and the entry fee to Radical's own eight-race, one-make championship. To keep things fair, the program is targeted specifically at beginners, as it's only open to racers that have completed fewer than six races. That doesn't sound like a particularly bad bargain in our eyes, especially considering that Radical has built in an effective way to climb the company's ladder and into faster, more hardcore products.

Xcar took a day to sample the SR1 and see what 37,500 pounds could get you. As you can see by watching the video below, it's way more than just a car and a firesuit. Scroll down and have a look, and then head into Comments. If you had the disposable income for an all-in racing program like this, would you consider it? What kind of car on this side of the pond would work with a Radical-like program? Let us know down below.


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      Trent
      • 6 Months Ago
      We need this in the US!
        jack smith
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Trent
        We already have something fairly similar in the U.S., the company is called "Factory Five". But you do need to have the basic understanding of how to turn a wrench, if not, you'll need to pay someone who can. That being said, you can build a 500-600hp, 2,500lb car capable of racing in the SCCA Super Unlimited and NASA Super Touring one, and all for around $60k in USD, about $15k less if you don't mind only having around 400hp and racing in lower divisions. Oh, and another point....the FF GTM is also street legal in most states, but good luck trying to get an insurance company that will insure you for a reasonable price.
      Brodz
      • 6 Months Ago
      Britain isn't what I'd call a haven for motoring enthusiasm. Cold wet weather, nanny state speed traps in abundance, cultural preference for small, small capacity cars. This program changes all that.
      cd
      • 6 Months Ago
      Or you could spend $600-$800 and get a two hour stint in Chump Car which probably has better talent than this series.