The Radne History from 1960 - Today
1960Leif 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
1966Leif Radne on IKEA parkinglot
Leif Radne in his twin engine Tecno Parilla on the parking lot of the first IKEA warehouse in Skärholmen, Stockholm.
1966Company "Motorfirma Leif Radne"
Company "Motorfirma Leif Radne" was registered
1966First commercial product
Radne produces his first commercial product, a mechanical disc brake. The production of the brakes continued until 2006.
1967Radne 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.
1972The 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
1973Radne 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.EEEEEEEEEEE
1975Radne Karting becomes dealer for Komet.
Radne starts to sell the most popular brand for 100 cc karting engines
1975Generation 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.
1978Radne partners with Dino karts
Radne starts to sell Dino karts in Sweden, it became a big success for many years
1980The Raket Brand
New model of 85 cc Partner is being produced. And the name Raket is born
1985The 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.
1982The 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.
1987Radne Motor AB is created
Radne Karting becomes Radne Motor AB a public company
1988Radne and Rotax
Radne Motor AB becomes distributor for Rotax
1989Raket 85 is upgraded
Introduction of a new and modern crank case for Raket 85.
1990Radne 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
1993First website created
Radne skapar sin första hemsida. En första textbaserad hemsida skapades.
1994First try on E-Commerce
Radne developed its own e-commerce, but the customers who had an internet connection are missing
1995Raket 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.
1996Internet is a thing
Internet becomes more common, developed version of e-commerce launched in two different languages
1997Radne catalogue in A5 format
The new generation Radne Catalog is printed - now in A5 format that becomes the new standard
1999The first Max Challenge Race
The first Rotax Max Challenge race was started in Sweden
2005An idea of a new engine was born
Endless hours in the workshop and by the computer developing the first low emission karting engine
2006The first prototype was presented
The first prototype was presented to federations
2008The 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
2012Radne 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
2013Radne 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
2020Website in more languages
We launched the website in Dansih and Finnish languages as well, and the positiv growth of the company is a fact.
Sale is increasing and the need of more efficiant workflow. The warehouse expanded 60% and more office space.
20224rd generation E-Commerce
We launched our forth generation of website with new technology from Norce and design from R3.
We are always working on new ideas, check in from time to time to see what we are doing.
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