Radical RXC supercar

12 Dec, 2012 6:46pm Tom Phillips

The 175mph British Radical RXC supercar has been revealed, ahead of its public debut next month

These are the first pictures of the all-new 175mph Radical RXC supercar. RXC is short for Radical Xtreme Coupe, and the car is described by the Peterborough-based firm as a “Le Mans-inspired racer for the road.”

The RXC is powered by a 380bhp 3.7-litre V6 sourced from Ford. This drives the rear wheels through a seven-speed paddle shift gearbox.

As the RXC only weighs 900kg, the car can sprint from 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds - a tenth of a second faster than a Lamborghini Aventador - and has a power-to-weight ratio of 422bhp per tonne.

Talking about the car, Radical MD, Phil Abbott, said: “‘In the whole history of Radical I don’t think I’ve been more excited about a new car than I am now with the RXC… it’s the car we’ve always wanted to make, and by applying our extensive knowledge and understanding we have produced a GT car that - just like our other products - will outperform machinery costing many times more.”

Despite measuring 4,300mm long, 1,960mm wide and just 1,127mm high, the Radical RXC has space for two in its cabin, and equipment like electric wing mirrors, air conditioning and a heated windscreen are standard.

The RXC’s bodywork is inspired by current Le Mans racers, and features front and rear diffusers, a huge carbon-fibre rear wing and gullwing doors. The bodywork covers a tubular spaceframe chassis that meets FIA motorsport safety regulations.

The RXC is Radical’s sixth model, and will make its public debut at the Autosport Show in January. Road-going and race versions will be offered, and both will be available at a special launch price of £107,400.