Radical - Rapture Price: from £89,500
Last Updated On: 30/07/2019
Any car enthusiast who hasn't heard the name Radical in connection with a popular racing series must have been living under a stone for a couple of decades. In recent years the company has also created models that could be used as extreme road cars as well as very well-engineered track day slingshots.
The latest entrant is the Rapture which combines high performance with real downforce, making it an exciting track car which is accessible to both experienced drivers and novices alike. To enhance this experience each Rapture owner will benefit from a tailored track tuition package to ensure every owner gets the best performance out of their car.
Power is delivered through a turbocharged 350bhp 2.3 litre Ford EcoBoost engine, reworked by Radical Performance Engines, which is linked to a paddle shift six-speed gear change with auto-blipper to perfectly match engine revs to road speed. In a car weighing in at a sylphlike 765kg with 350bhp on tap, performance is more than adequate to wipe the smile of vastly more expensive supercar drivers at the traffic lights and to hold its own very well on the track against most opposition. 0-60mph (97km/h) is reached in 3 seconds, 0-100mph (161km/h) in 8.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 165mph (265km/h).
Featuring a lightweight spaceframe chassis with FIA-compliant safety cell and crash structure, and high-downforce composite bodywork, complete with adjustable rear wing and diffuser, the Rapture corners with phenomenal prowess. Underneath can be found a fully adjustable Nik-link suspension system optimised for road and track use and bespoke Intrax Racing adjustable ARC dampers. The Rapture is stopped by 300mm (front), 280mm (rear) 48-vane fully-floating disc brakes with four-pot calipers.
Inside the open two-seater cockpit you will find moulded racing seats, multipoint harnesses, a multifunction steering wheel with integral indicators, horn and headlight controls and an AiM MXS multifunction LCD dash display with logging function. As a nod to its roadgoing capabilities radical have included a 12v auxilliary socket, cockpit heater and courtesy light. Not forgetting the electrically adjustable, heated 'door' mirrors of course.