Η Radical θα παρουσιάσει στο φετινό Autosport International Show το RXC, το νέο Coupe αυτοκίνητο της βρετανικής αυτοκινητοβιομηχανίας. Είναι το πρώτο κλειστό σπορ αυτοκίνητο της και θα βγει τόσο σε έκδοση παραγωγής, όσο και σε αγωνιστικό, το οποίο θα παρουσιαστεί το καλοκαίρι του 2013. Στιλιστικά διαθέτει ένα carbon bodykit εμπνευσμένο από τα αγωνιστικά του Le-Mans με τεράστια αεροτομή και gullwing πόρτες.
Μηχανικά θα φορά έναν 3,7-λίτρων V6 κινητήρα προερχόμενος από τη Ford, που θα αποδίδει 380 άλογα και συνδυάζεται με ένα 7-τάχυτο σειριακό κιβώτιο με paddles στο τιμόνι. Ζυγίζει μόλις 900 κιλά με τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα να τα κάνει σε 2,8 δευτερόλεπτα ενώ έχει τελική ταχύτητα 280+ χλμ/ώρα. Έχει μήκος 4.300 mm, πλάτος 1.960 mm και ύψος 1.127 mm. Η ανάρτηση του αποτελείται από διπλά ψαλίδια και το σασί του είναι σωληνωτό από χάλυβα υψηλής αντοχής, εγκεκριμένο από τη FIA.
Τα φρένα του αποτελούνται από εξαπίστονες δαγκάνες με δίσκους 330 mm μπροστά και 310 mm πίσω ενώ υπάρχουν διαθέσιμοι και carbon δίσκοι.
Στην Αγγλία ξεκινά από τις £89.500 +ΦΠΑ (€111.000).
[Πηγή: Autosport International]
The Radical RXC blows apart what was previously thought possible in the supercar marketplace. RXC is faster, more visually aggressive, more dynamic and performance-focused than anything this sector has ever seen.
From the makers of the Nürburgring production car lap record holder and the world’s most prolific producer of race cars comes a Le Mans-inspired racer for the road alongside a race variant ready for international GT and sportscar championships. Road trips, trackdays and race weekends will never be the same again.
History of the RXC The RXC is the culmination of three and a half years of design and development to create the world’s most extreme road-legal coupe. Influenced and inspired by contemporary LMP design, it brings a true taste of Le Mans to the road. Dramatically styled, uncompromising in performance but with class-beating running costs, the RXC opens up hyper-GT ownership to a wider audience than previously possible.
The RXC is a completely clean-sheet design for Radical with only a handful of components carried over from its present range. Everything from the chassis and suspension design to the new V6 engine and seven-speed gearbox configuration has been developed specifically for the RXC under the guidance of Radical’s MD Phil Abbott and Chief Designer Nick Walford and his development team
‘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,’ said Phil Abbott. Quite a statement considering he was one of the founders and is the engineering driving force behind the whole company. ‘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. But more important than that it’s going to be incredibly thrilling to drive.’
Design The RXC experience starts the moment you set eyes on its dramatic styling. Using experience from the SR9 Le Mans project – as well as extensive CAD modelling – the RXC breaks the mould in bringing current LMP styling and aerodynamics to the street. Carefully directed airflow means the RXC generates 900kg of over and underbody downforce, equalling the car’s mass at speed.
Cooling for the engine and braking systems is directed though vents in the nose and sidepods whilst a GT3-specification rear wing is adjustable to suit different circuit configurations. The cockpit is easily accessed by the gullwing doors, part of the most complex body that Radical has ever produced and incorporating both composite and carbon fibre sections. This multi-piece bodywork comes in a wide palette of colours and is designed to be easily and cost-effectively repaired or replaced.
The bodywork clothes a high-tensile, laser-cut CDS tubular steel spaceframe, developed in the same way as Radical’s FIA-approved SR series chassis. The integral rollcage ensures maximum occupant safety and vehicle stiffness, with both the nose and tail of the car boasting monocoque crash boxes. To prove the strength and very high level of safety the chassis will be submitted the same comprehensive FIA crash test that Le Mans cars are subjected to.
Powertrain At the heart of the RXC beats a high-performance, low maintenance V6 engine. The Ford Duratec 37 Ti-VCT engine used in the RXC has been optimised by in-house engine division RPE and engine management partner AER to create a reliable, high-power yet low running cost powertrain.
The engine is a 3.7-litre 24-valve V6 unit with twin-independent variable cam timing and sequential multi-port electronic injection, controlled by a bespoke Radical/AER Life engine management system as employed successfully on the SR3 SL roadster. A fly-by-wire throttle ensures immediate power and response and the car will meet full Euro 5 emissions compliance for markets across the world. Despite their racing specification the engine and gearbox service intervals are up to 10,000km.
For territories and championships that allow it, Radical can also offer a 3.0-litre 480bhp variant of its RP-series V8 engine. In production since 2006, the RP V8 is a proven high-performance powerplant used by Radical’s SR8 RX racecar and many other racecars worldwide. This latest 3.0-litre configuration takes the Radical concept to the absolute, while still offering affordable running and rebuild costs well below any other bespoke racing engine.
Both engine options drive the rear wheels through an all-new bespoke RPE/Quaife seven-speed transverse gearbox that is low in weight and ensures the overall weight balance remains very close to that of an SR3. Featuring paddleshift and an integral Quaife Automatic Torque Biasing differential, gear ratios are quickly and easily changed from the side of the gearbox like current F1 design practice. The in-house developed paddleshift system allows full-bore, 50ms seamless upshifts and automatically blips the throttle for clutchless downshifts without the need to heel-and-toe.
The suspension and brakes For the first time on a Radical the RXC features a bespoke Intrax Racing Suspension inboard push rod suspension system with double wishbones all round to reduce unsprung mass and further improve Radical’s class-leading ride quality and handling. Four-way adjustment is available as an option on the RXC-optimised dampers, with all cars benefitting from GT3-style camber and suspension geometry adjustment.
330mm front and 310mm rear fully-floating disc brakes with six-pot calipers take care of braking. Carbon ceramic discs and calipers are available as an option. The brakes sit inside 17” centre-lock wheels front and rear – the biggest ever fitted to a Radical production car.
Electronics The AiM MXL2 LCD multifunction dashboard debuts on the RXC and provides a comprehensive snapshot of both engine information and performance figures. The optional datalogging system adds a comprehensive portfolio of configurable inputs, from brake pressure and temperature logging to G forces and suspension travel. AiM’s acclaimed SmartyCam system can also be added to the system to provide video with a realtime overlay of data, ideal for lap time improvement or corporate use.
Interior Not only is the RXC Radical’s most technically advanced car but it is also its most comprehensively specified. The interior of the RXC features a multi-function fully adjustable steering wheel, EPAS power steering, electrically adjustable and heated wing mirrors, air conditioning, heated windscreen with single wiper and an adjustable pedal box. Occupants sit in bespoke Corbeau FIA-compliant trimmed bucket seats with six-point racing harnesses.
- Power: 380bhp @ 6750rpm
- Torque: 320lb ft @ 4250rpm
- Weight: 900kg
- PWR: 422bhp/ton
- 0-62mph: 2.8 sec
- Top speed: 175mph
- Engine: Ford V6 Ti-VCT, 24-valve, 3700cc, DOHC, variable camshaft timing, sequential multi-port electronic injection
- Transmission: Bespoke 7-speed transverse Quaife gearbox with paddle shift and autoblip
- Dimensions: L 4300mm W 1960mm H 1127mm
- Chassis: High-tensile strength CDS carbon tubular steel spaceframe with FIA specification crash boxes front and rear
- Body: Aerodynamic multi-piece composites (optional carbon sections), front and rear diffusers, full-width carbon bi-plane rear wing, gullwing doors with gas rams, full lighting system with LED daytime running lights
- Downforce: 900kg at max speed
- Interior: Multi-function fully adjustable steering wheel, EPAS power steering, electrically adjustable and heated wing mirrors, air conditioning, heated front screen, single windscreen wiper, adjustable pedal box
- Seat: Bespoke FIA-compliant HANS compatible Corbeau seat with six-point harness
- Fuel tank: Road: 100-litre aluminium tank Race: FIA fuel cell
- Electronics: AIM MXL2 dash (optional data logging package)
- Suspension: Front and rear double wishbone, pushrods, bespoke inboard adjustable Intrax dampers (optional 4-way adjustable system)
- Brakes: Fully-floating disc brakes with six-pot calipers (optional carbon ceramic discs and calipers), front 330mm, rear 310mm
- Wheels: Centre-lock cast alloys (forged option), front: 17×9.5, rear: 17×11.5
- Tyres: Road: Dunlop, front 235/620R17, rear 290/645R17 Race: Dunlop SP Sport, front 215/45ZR17, rear 255/40ZR17
British manufacturer Radical will launch its RXC at Autosport International 2013.
Autosport International will proudly host the international launch of British manufacturer Radical’s brand-new RXC, the 175mph supercar available for only £89,500+VAT for the first ten customers.
From one of the world’s leading constructors of racing and trackday cars, the Radical Xtreme Coupé will be unveiled at Birmingham’s NEC on 10 January 2013 and will remain on show throughout the 10-13 January event.
While Radical already holds the production car lap record at Germany’s famed Nürburgring Nordschleife, the RXC is faster and more performance-focused than anything built in its sector before, and is Radical’s first model with an enclosed cockpit.
Powered by a 3.7-litre Ford V6 producing 380bhp and tipping the scales at just 900kg, the RXC accelerates from 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds, and is capable of a top speed of 175mph. A space frame chassis is coupled with an aggressive, Le Mans-styled body including a full-width, carbon bi-plane rear wing and gullwing doors.
Three-and-a-half years in the making, the RXC will be available in both road and race versions from summer 2013.
“In the history of Radical I don’t think I’ve been more excited about a new car than I am now with the RXC,” said Phil Abbott, Radical Sportscars Managing Director. “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. But more important than that, it’s going to be incredibly thrilling to drive.”
Since the company’s formation in 1997, Radical Sportscars has sold over 1,600 cars. The world’s favourite racing car, the 800th Radical SR3 RS will join the new RXC on display at Autosport International, along with the 200th SR8 constructed at its Peterborough factory.
“Radical Sportscars is one of the real success stories of the British motorsport industry,” said Ian France, Autosport International Show Director. “It’s a real market-defining manufacturer, continuing to evolve its product range and offering to customers, including track days and its own race series’ around the world. As the first enclosed Radical, the RXC is another example of this growth, I’m looking forward to seeing it launched.”
The Radical RXC joins a host of sensational machinery on show at the NEC. Running alongside Autosport International in Hall 19, The Performance Car Show: Powered by PistonHeads.com will feature a multi-million pound collection of exotic supercars and rare and historic models.
The likes of Lamborghini’s 700bhp, V12 Aventador, the fastest Ferrari ever built, the F12berlinetta, Audi R8 V10 Spyder and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG will headline the stunning showcase, while local manufacturers Ariel Motor Company, Hawk Cars, GKD Sports Cars and MK Sports Cars will all exhibit their latest road and race models.
Tickets for the show are on sale now. Adult tickets are available from £31 and children’s tickets available from £20. For more information call 0844 581 1420 or visit www.autosportinternational.com.