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Radnes Historia från 1960 - Idag

1960

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

1966

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.

1966

Company "Motorfirma Leif Radne"

Company "Motorfirma Leif Radne" was registered

1966

First commercial product

Radne produces his first commercial product, a mechanical disc brake. The production of the brakes continued until 2006.

1967

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.

1972

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

1973

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.

1975

Radne Karting becomes dealer for Komet.

Radne starts to sell the most popular brand for 100 cc karting engines

1975

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.

1978

Radne partners with Dino karts

Radne starts to sell Dino karts in Sweden, it became a big success for many years

1980

The Raket Brand

New model of 85 cc Partner is being produced. And the name Raket is born

1985

The company moves out of the garage

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.

1982

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.

1987

Radne Motor AB is created

Radne Karting becomes Radne Motor AB a public company

1988

Radne and Rotax

Radne Motor AB becomes distributor for Rotax

1989

Raket 85 is upgraded

Introduction of a new and modern crank case for Raket 85.

1990

Radne Motor and CRG

Radne Motor starts to work with CRG and we are still doing it after a few decades

1992

Raket 60

Production start of Raket 60 Cadet

1993

First website created

Radne skapar sin första hemsida. En första textbaserad hemsida skapades.

1994

First try on E-Commerce

Radne developed its own e-commerce, but the customers who had an internet connection are missing

1995

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.

1996

Internet is a thing

Internet becomes more common, developed version of e-commerce launched in two different languages

1997

Radne catalogue in A5 format

The new generation Radne Catalog is printed - now in A5 format that becomes the new standard

1999

The first Max Challenge Race

The first Rotax Max Challenge race was started in Sweden

2005

An idea of a new engine was born

Endless hours in the workshop and by the computer developing the first low emission karting engine

2006

The first prototype was presented

The first prototype was presented to federations

2008

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

2012

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

2013

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

2020

Website in more languages

We launched the website in Dansih and Finnish languages as well, and the positiv growth of the company is a fact.

2021

Larger warehouse

Sale is increasing and the need of more efficiant workflow. The warehouse expanded 60% and more office space.

2022

4rd generation E-Commerce

We launched our forth generation of website with new technology from Norce and design from R3.

2023

Constant development

We are always working on new ideas, check in from time to time to see what we are doing.

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