Racecar for the road takes on new meaning as Radical unveils the new RXC in Birmingham, England.
There are many cars on the market that claim to be racecars for the road, but few carry that mantle quite like Radical. The small British outfit makes track cars you can actually drive on the street, but while its existing models mimic the form of open-cockpit Le Mans prototypes, the new RXC adopts a new fixed-roof design. Just unveiled at the Autosport International show in England, the RXC is a suitably radical departure from the company's previous products, designed from the ground as one of the most extreme performance cars you can buy.
The Radical RXC is built around a laser-cut CDS tubular steel spaceframe with integral rollcage and tested to Le Mans standards. It's cloaked in carbon composite body panels with enough ventilation to keep the engine and brakes operating at optimal temperatures and the car itself glued to the road or track. Powering the RXC is a 3.7-liter Ford Duratec V6 with variable valve timing and electronic fuel injection, tuned by Radical's own engineers to deliver 380 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels to propel the 900kg flyweight to 60 in a quoted 2.8 seconds and on to a 175 mph top speed.
The engine was selected not only for its performance, but also for its longevity, going much longer between service than most racing cars. Those looking for an even more extreme experience can opt for a 3.0-liter V8 with 480 horsepower. Both engines are mated to a Quaife seven-speed paddle-shift sequential gearbox that can seamlessly shift between ratios in just 50 milliseconds with the foot to the floor. An Intrax racing-spec pushrod suspension, adjustable dampers and 330mm disc brakes at the front (310 at the rear) packed inside 17-inch wheels round out the package, with a racing version to follow.