Leif Radne started with karting
22 year old Leif Radne started with karting and experimented with engines in his parents garage in Mälarhöjden just out side stockholm
Leif Radne on IKEA parkinglot
Leif Radne in his twin engine Tecno Parilla on the parking lot of the first IKEA warehouse in Skärholmen, Stockholm.
Company "Motorfirma Leif Radne"
Company "Motorfirma Leif Radne" was registered
First commercial product
Radne produces his first commercial product, a mechanical disc brake. The production of the brakes continued until 2006.
Radne makes a reed valve for karting engines
Radne converts Parilla BA13 from rotary valve system to reed valve system. To suit national classes. The system was copied by several importers. The system is common on nearly all kart engines from middle of the 80s.
The birth of an engine
Years had passed in karting and now suitable engine for young driver was available, Leif hooked up with a developer at Partner Chainsaw company and they put their brains togheter and found a solution. See full story here
Radne makes the first electronic ignition for karting
The first version of the Radne electronic ignition system is produced. Lasse Forsman used this in his first world final, became no 2 in the prefinal and no 5 in the final.
Radne Karting becomes dealer for Komet.
Generation two of the electronic ignition
The next version of the electronic ignition system is in production. The system becomes a great succes. Especially in 50 cc motor cross.
Radne partners with Dino karts
Radne starts to sell Dino karts in Sweden, it became a big success for many years
The Raket Brand
New model of 85 cc Partner is being produced. And the name Raket is born
The company moves out of the garage to the present location
The small garage got to small, we moved to the present location just a few kilometers from the garage. Now we hade 100 square meters to work on and we could produce more.
The first Radne Karting catalogue
We could see that mail order was successful in other branches, but could the karting people also but stuff by mail order?
Yes! We have since then produced the catalog annually, from 24 pages black and white to 300 pages full color in 2015 distributed all over the world.
Radne Motor AB is created
Radne Karting becomes Radne Motor AB a public company
Radne and Rotax
Radne Motor AB becomes distributor for Rotax
Raket 85 is upgraded
Introduction of a new and modern crank case for Raket 85.
Radne Motor and CRG
Radne Motor starts to work with CRG and we are still doing it after a few decades
Production start of Raket 60 Cadet
Raket 120 for ultra light
Production start of Raket 120 for ultra light air craft and karting. Introduction of catalytic converter on all engines, if you so wish.
The first Max Challenge Race
The first Rotax Max Challenge race was started in Sweden
An idea of a new engine was born
Endless hours in the workshop and by the computer developing the first low emission karting engine
The first prototype was presented
The first prototype was presented to federations
The Raket 95 Dual Charge starts to race
The first race with Raket 95 Dual Charge was a fact, over 50 drivers with the new engine for the first race
Radne acquires Forsman Motor AB
Radne Motor acquires the leading Sparco distributor in Sweden: Forsman Motor AB in a step to widen the business into Rally & Racing.
Radne Motor has now 9 employees
Radne invests in better storage
Radne takes a big step and makes a large investment in an automatic storage machine that goes through the ceiling up the top of the building that can store and retrieve all material that is in stock. Faster deliveries to the customer
Radne releases the R95 Cadet version
Radne Motor releases the R95 Cadet version, a cheaper version the the 95 but only ropestart and 9800 rpm rev limiter.
We are still developing our company so check in from time to time to see what we are doing, we always have some news...