One thing is for certain, among those that build sportscars and supercars, the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife matters. While using the Nurburgring to dial in the setups, power, and suspension is important, the real goal for when you take each car to the ‘Ring is lap times.
Right now, the Nurburgring’s lap board is dominated by the small British sportscar manufacturer Radical. Their first record was set in 2005 when Radical took its SR8 to the track and blitzed the lap in just 6 minutes and 55 seconds. Then 4 years later, Radical came back with the SR8 LM and somehow shaved an additional 7 seconds off their time to set a lap at 6 minutes and 48 seconds.
Radical’s latest track-day weapon is called the RXC 500 (standard RXC pictured), and according to them, their newest car’s engineering “resulted in a road car with performance capabilities that exceed those of dedicated racing cars.”
Rather than the V8 Radical used in the previous two cars, the new car is powered by Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. In this guise, the engine ultimately makes an incredible 537 horsepower and 481lb-ft of torque. That high horsepower figured coupled to the cars low weight, just 2,072lbs, allow the car to reach 100mph in 6.8 seconds.
This car will be in barely street-legal form when it shows up in Geneva next month. And it will ultimately ruffle some feathers in the process. Nevertheless, this Radical will most likely crack the fastest street legal time for the company once again.