The Radical RXC500 sports car looks like the next car to smash the Nürburgring road car lap record, which is currently held by its older sibling, the Radical SR8LM and stands at 6min 48sec.
After the reveal of Radical’s new SR8 at the Autosport International today, they said that it had already run an RXC500 at the ‘Ring on an open track day, with a very convincing time. The British brand held back from announcing its target time for the model, but noted that the SR8LM’s lap would be “easy to beat”.
The SR8LM’s time is 9sec faster than the Porsche 918 Spyder’s, although it is often not acknowledged as a lap record for true road cars. The reason for this is that the open-top Radical is such an extreme model based on a thoroughbred racer. On the other hand, the RXC500, with its fixed roof, is comparably road friendly.
Radical RXC500 produces 530bhp and 481lb ft of torque from its twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6
Having this engine, the car is able a 0-60mph time of 2.6sec and 185mph top speed. The car’s main strengths come from the fact it weighs just 1129kg and it has downforce-focused bodywork.
Elemental RP1 is another British made model that could be a top rival for the Radical lap record attempt. The RP1 conforms to road legislation but features a track-focused setup. The car is claimed to produce more than 1000kg of downforce, but it’s still in under development. Radical’s RXC500 could therefore be the first to make a timed attempt. It has been on sale since 2015.
Radical’s focus at the Autosport show is its new SR8 track car. The 2017 model, unlike the car’s predecessor, has been developed only for the racing circuit, so its bodywork has been designed with a more aerodynamic focus. They made no changes to the car’s engine, so it keeps a 2.7-litre V8 unit that is capable of producing 430bhp. We’re hoping to see it on the race track in sports car championships in 2017.
Radical also premiered a new logo. It changes the paintbrushed R for a winding road logo.