Our SR3 0376 from 2008 with RS upgrades
by Nikki Schumann / 672 views / Popular
We purchased 376 in 2014 from a private seller in the UK. One of the latest “pre RS” models, it was (according to a Radical source) one of the first 5 cars to receive the Life Racing ECU. The ECU is still mounted on the bulkhead at the front of the engine with the Diagnostics cable running to the left and coming out near the left side shoulder of the twin seat.
In it’s early years it was owned and ran by RAW Motorsport’s Rob Wheldon who fitted some interesting upgrades to it (coolant swirl pot among others). It was also fitted with a bespoke STACK 8916i dash which it still has though I don’t know if this was a factory fitting or if it was fitted later in the car’s life. After being with Rob W. it moved on and was raced by Alex Sims in the UK and subsequently sold to private owners. While with the previous owners it received most “RS” upgrades including floating 280 mm front brakes and the full “high downforce” bodywork.
When we purchased 376 in 2014 it was fitted with the manual sequential gear lever. Shortly thereafter we had RAW Motorsport fit a closed loop paddle shift system. The car has run (almost) flawlessly since then. Because of the bespoke STACK 8916 dash (I understand that STACK ran a limited series of specific 8916i dashes for Radical) engine data such as oil pressure and temperatures (oil and water) were collected using specific STACK sensors. Because these sensors were fitted to different locations in the system than those used by the LIFE Racing ECU, they were showing significantly different temperatures (up to 10 deg. C). During last summer I therefore ran a CAN BUS lead from the ECU to the dash and now read pressures and temperatures directly from the ECU.
We are now in the process of rebuilding the engine and have the car ready for rental again for the 2019 season.
- Listing ID: 8454
- Year Produced: 2008
- Chassis Serial Number: SR300376
- Driver Position: Right Hand
- Engine size: 1500
- Gelcoat Color: White
- Graphics Color / Description: Blue and red striping
- Paddle Shifting: Yes
- Bodywork / Aerodynamic Options: Air Jack System, Le Mans-style Carbon-composite Rear View Mirrors, Carbon-composite Dive Planes
- Rear Wing Options: Aluminum
- Brake Options: 280mm Front Floating Disk (upgrade)
- Shock Absorber Option: Single Adjustable Bespoke Mono-Tube
- Fuel Tank Options: 77L Aluminum
- Dry-Break Re-fueling System: Yes
- Logging Options: Brake Pressure Logging
- Dual Control System (Brake & Clutch for driver and passenger): No
- IVA / SVA Type Approval kit (to make road legal). Includes road lights, switches, programmable ignition, hand brake calipers, horn,quiet silencer &catalytic converter, collapsible steering column, rear view mirror, bodywork trim and molding: No
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Nikki, This is fantastic information. I have been trying to narrow down when the first Life ECU’s were installed so this is great that you have that documented. I was told that they started some time in 2009 so this is a great data point. It is interesting that the ECU is mounted on the firewall because they are normally mounted on the side of the car. Can you add some pictures of the ECU installation? Also you video of SPA is fantastic! That is one of my dream tracks.
Hi Charley. Thanks for your comment. Indeed our other car (484 – so one of the early RS models) has the ECU in the usual location on the right behind an inspection panel.
376 is currently in our workshop in France but I’ll probably go there next week so I’ll take some pictures for you – there is a big metal heat shield in front of it to protect it from exhaust manifold heat radiations, but hopefully I can get some decent pictures… 🙂