Radical introduces a Le Mans-inspired racer for the road

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 14, 2012

The Radical Xtreme Coupé may just be the most road-biased model yet from this sports car company. In fact, Radical refers to this 175mph two-seater as “a Le Mans-inspired racer for the road.” Powering the RXC is a Ford- produced 3.7-litre V6 engine that delivers 380bhp at 6750rpm and 320lb ft at 4250rpm.

Radical is building road and race versions and just like what it went through with the SR3 SL (the company’s former street-legal offering), it’s waiting for European type approval. This enables Radical to offer the car throughout the EU, where its models have become very popular. This race can qualify in international GT and sportscar championships but the sports brand boasts that the road-going RXC can be used on road trips, trackdays and race weekends too.

The coupé has a relatively low weight of 900kg, resulting to a power-to-weight ratio of 422bhp per ton. It can also achieve a 0-62mph acceleration time of 2.8 secs. The rear wheels receive power from a seven-speed Quaife gearbox with paddle shifters. The RXC, which measures 4300mm long, 1960mm wide and 1127mm high, is the longest and widest model that Radical has ever built.

Several composite body sections make up the body. Underneath this is a tubular steel spaceframe with FIA-spec front and rear crash structures and double wishbone suspension front and rear. The RXC has a full-width carbonfibre bi-plane rear wing and front and rear diffusers can deliver 900kg of downforce at top speed. The RXC is equipped with gullwing doors, power steering and air conditioning. It also gets an adjustable steering wheel and pedal box and a heated front screen. The RXC also has the added equipment of race-specification Corbeau seats with six-point harnesses.

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