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Radical Coupé RXC from 2014: Closed street version with V8

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Radical Coupé RXC from 2014
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Radical RXC Coupé with gullwing doors and wide body

F ure 2014, the British small-series manufacturer Radical is developing a closed version of the purist vehicles for the first time. Like the top-of-the-range SR8 RX, the Radical RXC has an eight-cylinder engine that is co-developed by the Radical engine department, Radical Performance Engineers (RPE). 'The RXC will be significantly wider than the previous vehicles,' reveals Will Brown of Radical United Kingdom. Compared to the SR8 RX with a width of 1,790 millimeters, the RXC grows to 1,950 millimeters vehicle width.

Radical RXC Coupé with V8 and seven-speed gearbox

The radical reminiscent of a closed LMP1 racing car RXC Coupé will be available both as a racing version and as a street-legal version. Like the open two-seater SR8 RX, the closed racing car will also be powered by an eight-cylinder. 'The car will have around 650 hp,' said Radical Brown, quantifying the performance. The street version should also get an eight-cylinder. The most important innovation in power transmission: The Coupé gets a sequential seven-speed gearbox with steering wheel rocker switch.

Radical RXC Coupé gets electronic driving aids

In addition to gullwing doors, the Radical Coupé also has one thanks to its larger dimensions Significantly larger engine cowling and a wider rear wing with two center bars, which is part of the revised aerodynamics compared to the open variants. “We're also developing electronic driving programs,” explains Will Brown. While the previous Radical models were built entirely without driving aids, the Radical RXC Coupé comes with ABS and traction control. An ESP would also be conceivable.

Road approval for Radical SR3 SL

Thanks to European small series approval the Open mid-engine two-seater Radical SR3 SL will also be approved in Germany with immediate effect. 'We have already delivered two vehicles in Germany and six more pre-orders,' explains Alexander Tauer, of Radical Sportscars Germany based in Wiesbaden. The Radical SR3 SL is a further development of the most successful Radical model, the SR3 RS presented in 2002. So far, over 600 RS versions have rolled out of the factory in Peterborough in Eastern England. Unlike most of the other Radical models, the SR3 SL doesn't have a hot rodHayabusa motorcycle engine, but a 243 hp Ford Ecoboost four-cylinder.


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