Radical has announced its most road-biased model yet – a 175mph two-seater that the Peterborough sports car company describes as “a Le Mans-inspired racer for the road”.
The Radical Xtreme Coupé, or RXC, is powered by a Ford-built 3.7-litre V6 engine producing 380bhp at 6750rpm and 320lb ft at 4250rpm.
Road and race versions are being built and, like Radical’s previous street-legal offering, the SR3 SL, European type approval is being sought. This will allow Radical to sell the car across the EU, where its models have proved popular.
While the race car will be eligible to compete in international GT and sportscar championships, Radical hopes the road-going RXC will be used for “road trips, trackdays and race weekends”.
The coupé weighs just 900kg, giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 422bhp per tonne and a 0-62mph time of 2.8sec. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed Quaife gearbox with paddle shifters.
The RXC is Radical’s longest and widest model to date, measuring 4300mm long, 1960mm wide and 1127mm high. The body is made up of composite body sections, under which lies a tubular steel spaceframe with FIA-spec front and rear crash structures and double wishbone suspension front and rear.
A full-width carbonfibre bi-plane rear wing and front and rear diffusers mean the RXC can produce 900kg of downforce at maximum speed.
The RXC features gullwing doors, power steering and air conditioning, as well as an adjustable steering wheel and pedal box and a heated front screen. Race-specification Corbeau seats with six-point harnesses are also fitted.
Braking is via six-pot calipers with 330mm discs at the front and 310mm discs at the rear, although carbon-ceramic discs will be an option. The road variant of the RXC rides on 17-inch wheels and tyres.
A race version of the RXC will be unveiled during the Autosport International show at Birmingham NEC on 10 January, with the type-approved road car scheduled to go on sale next summer at a launch price of £89,500.