Looking for a new track toy? Britain is the place to go. UK's niche automakers will be glad to hook you up with an Ariel Atom, BAC Mono or Lotus Exige, but for the truly hard-core, you'll want a Le Mans-style prototype for the road and track. And that's just what the likes of Radical and Caterham have in store.
Caterham's SP/300.R, built in conjunction with Lola, set the lap record at the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power last year at 61.89 seconds. But not to be outdone, this year Radical rolled in to Cholmondeley with its latest SR8 RX, obliterating the previous record by 6.6 seconds to lap the narrow track in 55.29 seconds.
Not that Caterham didn't try to defend its title. The SP/300.R finished just behind the Radical at 56.53 seconds - considerably faster than the time it set last year, not to mention the rest of the field, but not enough to out-shine the SR8, different versions of which top the Nurburgring leader boards as well.
It's unlikely that Caterham will take this lying down. Expect the battle of the track toys to continue, to everyone's benefit except old records.