Race car builder Radical has taken the wraps off a new road car that it claims gives a driving experience closer to proper racing machinery than any other track-focused car, the Radical Rapture.
The Rapture’s architecture is familiar from Radical’s race car range – lightweight spaceframe chassis, mid-engined layout, Le Mans prototype-alike composite bodywork. It weighs just 765kg.
Power comes from Ford’s 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, here producing 350bhp and 320lb/ft of torque thanks to a new turbo and air intake system, and forged internals. It’s rear-wheel-drive – obvioulsy – and features a six-speed, paddle-shift sequential gearbox.
No performance figures, but expect the 0-60mph time to be very small and the top speed to be pretty large.
Radical’s ‘Nik-link’ suspension is used with adjustable dampers. A high level of set-up adjustability is promised.
The big, bi-plane rear wing and double-tunnel diffuser generate serious downforce though, again, we don’t know how much.
According to Radical, the amount of driver input to steering, brakes and so on needed to get the best from the Rapture is on the same level as its mid-range SR3 racer – a pretty senior machine itself.
What little interior there is features moulded seats with integral headrest, multi-point harnesses, data logging system and multi-function steering wheel. About the only concession to luxury is a heater and electric mirrors. You can add an on-board camera system to record your laps and an interior trim pack.
A Performance pack adds race car tech like brake pressure logging, an engine mode switch and adjustable brake bias.
Every buyer gets a tailored track tuition package to help them get the best out of the Rapture.
Prices start at £89,500 – considerably less than rivals like the Lotus 3-Eleven and Dallara Stradale.
We reckon you’d need to be pretty committed to drive one of these on the road, but it could well turn out to be one of the exhilerating cars ever.
By Graham King