The bonkers Radical RXC Turbo is going racing with an FIA-approve GT3-spec model.

Having unveiled several new RXC models over the last couple of years, Radical has finally announced that its turbocharged track-toy has been approved and homologated for GT3 racing. Dubbed RXC Turbo GT3, the new racer will give Radical customers access to top-level GT racing under the FIA banner.

As of now, the RXC Turbo GT3 can be raced in championships such as the International GT Opel, Supercar Challenge, Britcar, VdeV, Bute Motorsport Prototype Series, Endurance Racing Series, and NARRA USA GT. The car is also eligible for the Coupe Class of the Radical European Masters, the brand’s flagship championship visiting iconic race venues such as Estoril, Spa-Francorchamps, Paul Ricard, Silverstone, Donington Park, Monza, and Jerez in 2016.

In order to make the Turbo GT3 eligible for these races, Radical had to create its most advanced RXC model to date. Unlike previous models, the GT3 is fitted with an advanced traction control system and an array of data acquisition options. Customer test drives will commence later in 2016 at a range of U.K. and European race tracks.

Continue reading to learn more about the Radical RXC Turbo GT3.

Exterior

2016 Radical RXC Turbo GT3
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Even though Radical released only two photos of the race car, it’s more than obvious that the GT3 is quite similar to the road going RXC. Design-wise, it’s essentially an RXC Turbo 500 with various modifications for the race track, most of them required by the FIA. Noticeable changes from the road car include a revised splitter, large canards below the headlamps, new side mirrors, and a slightly modified rear wing.

Noticeable changes from the road car include a revised splitter, large canards below the headlamps, new side mirrors, and a slightly modified rear wing.

Much like other Radical sports cars, the GT3 features a multi-piece, glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) composite body, carbon-fiber rear wing, and gullwing doors with gas rams, and electrically adjustable and heated wide mirrors. A full LED race lighting system replaced the standard headlamps and taillights. Options include lightweight "Makrolon" side windows with sliding opening panel, a stone guard protection system, and a windscreen tear-off film. There’s also a factory decal set, which can be applied on one of the 14 available body color options.

Paints include Rosso Red, Aragon Blue, Team Green, French Blue, Tangerine, Merlin Blue, Spice Yellow, Team Grey, Brilliant White, Stealth Black, Gulf Blue, Cobra Blue, Speed Green, and Flame Red.

Interior

Radical has yet to publish photos of the GT3’s interior, but it did mention that the race car is equipped with a multi-function, fully adjustable steering wheel, EPAS multi-
point adjustable power steering, heated front screen, single windscreen wiper, adjustable pedal box, bespoke FIA-compliant HANS Corbeau seat with four-point harness, and black cloth with contrast stitching.

As far as electronics go, it comes with an AIM MXS multifunction LCD dashboard with digital rev counter and datalogger, LED gear shift lights, and an Electric Lifeline fire extinguisher system.

Options include an air conditioning system, a rear-view camera, a SmartyCam system with GPS module, suspension logging module, and a radio kit. Radical also offers a bespoke Sparco race suit that is available in various sizes.

Drivetrain

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The RXC Turbo GT3 gets its juice from a 3.5-liter, Ford EcoBoost V-6 with twin independent variable camshaft timing

The RXC Turbo GT3 gets its juice from a 3.5-liter, Ford EcoBoost V-6 with twin independent variable camshaft timing, sequential direct injection, plenum secondary injection, drive-by-wire throttle, and twin Garrett GT28RS turbochargers and intercoolers. Radical says the engine can deliver over 500 horsepower, but the final output will be subject to individual championship restrictor size and FIA’s Balance of Performance regulations.

The engine mates to a bespoke seven-speed, transverse Quaife gearbox with paddle shifters, which sends power to center-lock forged alloy wheels that are wrapped in Dunlop SP Sport slick and wet race tires as standard. However, customers can have rubber from other manufacturers on request.

The fuel system consists of a 100-liter FIA-spec fuel cell and dry-break refuelling system. Optionally, it can be equipped with Wolverine engine oil pre-heater and a storage preparation kit consisting of an Anderson plug, jump cable, and trickle charger.

Chassis and Suspension

The GT3-spec Radical uses a high-tensile strength carbon tubular spaceframe with FIA-certified crash boxes in the front and rear. It rides on double wishbone pushrod suspension systems in the front and rear and bespoke four-way adjustable Intrax dampers. The Radical is also equipped with a multi-point, adjustable traction control system. Stopping power comes from fully-floating steel disc brakes with six-piston calipers and a Bosch M4 ABS system with multi-point adjustment.

Prices

Pricing for the Radical RXC GT3 starts from £164,500 (about $238,510), not including the 20-percent VAT. There are 13 different options to choose from, ranging from the £145 ($210) engine oil pre-heater to the £1,450 ($2,100) rear-view camera and the £2,995 ($4,342) air conditioning. A fully equipped race car will set you back £176,257 (around $255,550), excluding VAT. It might sound expensive, but the RXC Turbo is quite affordable for a GT3-spec car.

Competition

Porsche 911 RSR

2013 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR High Resolution Exterior
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A favorite among professional and gentlemen racers, the 911 RSR competes in both Europe and North America. Even though it didn’t have a successful season in the United SportsCar Championship and the European Le Mans series in 2015, the 911 RSR managed to narrowly win the 2016 edition over the Ferrari 458 Italia GT2. The current model was unveiled in 2013 and uses a 4.0-liter, inline-six engine rated at around 500 horsepower.

Find out more about the Porsche 911 RSR here.

Audi R8 LMS Ultra

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The Audi R8 LMS is fresh for the 2016 season, having received an array of updates and the road car’s redesigned styling cues in 2015. Sporting a more aggressive appearance, the car has sharper body lines and a curb weight of 2,700 pounds, which makes it 55 pounds lighter than the previous model. The new R8 LMS uses an updated 5.2-liter V-10 that generates 585 horsepower. Audi’s GT3 sports car is priced at €359,000, significantly more than the Radical RXC Turbo GT3.

Read more about the Audi R8 LMS Ultra here.

McLaren 650S GT3

2015 McLaren 650S GT3 High Resolution Exterior
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Developed as a successor to the highly acclaimed 2013 McLaren 12C GT3, the 650S GT3 replaced its forerunner in various racing series around the world. Essentially an updated 12C GT3, the 650S GT3 showcases the manufacturer’s newly developed racing parts, which include a revised suspension system, a wider track, and new-generation tires. Powered by McLaren’s award-winning, twin-turbo, 3.8-liter, V-8 engine, the 650S GT3 hits the track with around 500 horsepower at its disposal.

Find out more about the McLaren 650S GT3 here.

Conclusion

With most Radical sports cars being developed as track toys, the RXC Turbo GT3 might not seem like such a big deal. But it is! Because it is one thing to race against similar vehicle in a one-make series, and a completely different thing to take it on the track against full-fledged racing teams backed by Porsche, McLaren, and Audi. It remains to be seen whether the RXC Turbo has what it takes to win races in the highly contested FIA calendar, but for now it’s one of the most affordable options on the market. And, judging by the performance that comes with street-legal Radicals, the RXC Turbo GT3 should give its competitors a run for their money at the race track.

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