The new Radical Rapture tops the brand’s range, bringing race-inspired design to the road
Following the reveal of the new BAC Mono R, Goodwood Festival of Speed has provided us with yet another race-inspired road-legal car, the Radical Rapture.
Unlike BAC, Radical’s primary interest is in the development of track-only racers, something it’s using to its advantage with the Rapture. Focus is on aerodynamic efficiency and a lack of weight as opposed to tarmac-tearing power, a theme found in all of its models.
This aside, power isn’t something you’ll be missing, as a 2.3-litre Ford EcoBoost four-cylinder puts 260kW and 433Nm to the ground through a six-speed paddleshift gearbox. Radical has added all-new turbo architecture and a new air induction system itself for a little more go.
The main attraction, though, is the Rapture’s aerodynamics and race-inspired set-up, making even some track-only models look a little vanilla. A lightweight space-frame chassis with an FIA-compliant safety cell lies under the skin, alongside a tweaked version of the firm’s Nik-link suspension, complete with adjustable dampers. A bi-plane rear wing and double-tunnel rear diffuser are also included for downforce.
Further reminding you of its racing origins, you’ll find two moulded racing seats with multi-point harnesses inside, alongside an LCD display with data-logging abilities.