Radical Sportscars revealed its new road-legal sportscar, the Rapture, at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The Rapture is built in accordance with the UK’s Individual Vehicle Approval framework to ensure it is road legal. It is also intended for European markets from launch, with homologation for worldwide territories to follow. It will also be solely built, engineered and designed at the company’s Peterborough (Cambridgeshire) production facility.
It features a lightweight spaceframe chassis with FIA-compliant safety cell and crash structure and features high-downforce composite bodywork, complete with bi-plane rear wing and double-tunnel diffuser.
Powering the Rapture is a 2261cc turbocharged EcoBoost engine, supplied by Ford and reworked by Radical Performance Engines, featuring an all-new turbo architecture and air induction system. The unit produces 350bhp and 320lb/ft of torque. The drive comes through a six-speed paddle-shift gearbox.
Drawing on Radical’s past experience with both the road-going SR3 SL and RXC Coupe, the Rapture features an enhanced version of the firm’s proven Nik-link suspension system, optimised for both road and track use, and is complete with adjustable dampers.
For driver comfort, the Rapture’s cockpit incorporates two moulded racing seats, with integral headrests and multi-point harnesses. The sculpted dash offers an LCD display with data-logging functions as well as heating and a multi-function digital steering wheel.
While the Rapture is a high-performance product, the car remains accessible to both experienced drivers and novices alike, and each Rapture customer will benefit from a tailored track tuition package to ensure each gets the most out of the new machine.
Radical Sportscars CEO, Joe Anwyll said: “Radical has always been a business to push the boundaries; in developing Rapture, we listened carefully to our global customer base to ensure that whilst road legal, the Rapture remains an undiluted, out-and-out track car at its core.
“We’ve distilled over two decades of motorsport heritage into the most focused, open sportscar possible. In Rapture, cutting edge direct-injection turbocharged powertrain technology and advanced underbody aerodynamics contribute to a unique package with an electrifying performance.”
The order books for the Rapture will open imminently, and Radical has already received pre-orders from both France and Germany. Subject to availability, early build slots are now available, with the first deliveries scheduled for the beginning of August.