Literally a Race Car for the Road
Radical Sportscars has many racing cars for sale, but it just recently released a new road legal vehicle called the Rapture at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The car looks like a race car. That’s because, for the most part, it is a race car. The company focuses on lightweight construction and strong power. This car has both.
The car is built for UK roads and complies with the Individual Vehicle Approval framework. While the car will start in the UK, Radical Sportscars does have plans of taking this vehicle to other markets around the world. That will come at a later date, though. So, what is the Rapture, really?
The car is an exercise in lightweighting and aerodynamics. Its aerodynamic design means it creates plenty of downforce for track maneuvers. The car’s spaceframe chassis and composite bodywork help keep its weight down to only 1,687 pounds. Because the car is so aerodynamic and lightweight, it doesn’t need a massive engine.
Speaking of the engine, the car features a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine sourced from Ford. That engine is mated to a six-speed sequential transaxle transmission and tune to 350 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. To say this car is fast for a street-legal car is an understatement. It’ll do 0-60 mph in three seconds flat. The sprint up to 100 mph takes 8.4 seconds. The car tops out at 164 mph.