Radical Rapture Debuts As Road-Legal Track Toy With Focus RS Engine
First deliveries are planned for August.
Radical Sportscars is at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed and it has a big debut happning there. The automaker is unveiling the new Rapture, a flagship road-legal sports car designed and built especially with track weekends in mind. Or, as Radical puts it, it is made to deliver “unparalleled performance to the street by building on the British marque’s extensive experience of top-level motorsport engineering and design.”
The company uses a lightweight construction as a foundation of the Rapture, which is combined with an aerodynamically-optimized body. Power comes from a Ford-sourced 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine reworked by the engineers of Radical, who installed an all-new turbo and air induction system. The peak output of the motor stands at 350 horsepower (261 kilowatts) and 320 pound-feet (434 Newton-meters) of torque. The four-cylinder unit is mated to a six-speed paddle-shift gearbox.
The Rapture rides on an improved version of Radical’s Nik-link suspension, optimized for both road and track use and equipped with new adjustable dampers. The cockpit features two molded racing seats with integral headrests and multi-point harnesses. The minimalistic dashboard is home to an LCD display with a data-logging system and a multi-function digital steering wheel. Interestingly, the car uses an old Ford switch for the adjustable side mirrors.
Radical explains its new flagship road-legal sports car is designed for both regular road and track use and should be accessible to both experienced drivers and rookies. To ensure every customer gets the most out of the new Rapture, the company has a tailored track tuition package. The car is already approved for street use in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe with homologation for markets outside the Old Continent to follow.
Pre-order books are now opened and Radical is proud it has already received orders from customers in France and Germany. No pricing details are released but Radical says first deliveries are scheduled for the beginning of August this year.
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