XCAR: Mustang powered Radical RXC challenges you to tame it
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XCAR: Mustang powered Radical RXC challenges you to tame it6:06 /
The Radical RXC is one of the maddest cars you can still legally drive on public roads, but is it too much power to handle? XCAR takes it out on some soaking wet roads to find out.
[MUSIC]. Last year visited radical to see his brand new creation the first ever [INAUDIBLE] radical rxc. It's a pretty formidable-looking machine. And we were lucky enough to see it take its first baby steps onto public roads. Today, though, we're here to see what it can do. But since we've seen a Radical last year, a lot has changed. When we were there, they had one RXP, their prototype. They were just about to test for the road. And now, we've been there. And there's an absolute transformation. Gone to the assembly line of SR3's, and now it's RXC's. And you can have them in any color. And not just the standard V6. People [LAUGH] are flocking in their droves, to Radical's own V8. That's right, they develop and build, on site, their own V8. With no traction control or ABS this slightly is the real driving experience, and as we've picked an incredibly wet road for me to have my RXC Debut, it's a little intimidating. There's such a race car feel to be sat in here and you can tell, this isn't really a race car for the road. This is a race car that you can incidentally drive on the road. When you look in your side mirrors and you see a bloody great wing staring back at you. You can change your steering assist from one to five, but even in five, it still feels remarkably intuitive, it feels like the car is an extension of yourself, the feel in the pedal is a pure race car, I don't know why they like this, you don't need to tell it twice to get a little bit out of shape. But it's the responsiveness that gives you confidence. The ride is just, it's shocking how good it is. It's obviously not gonna be comfortable enough to drive cross-continent, but you'd be stupid for thinking you'd want to do that anyway. You'd have to be a bit mad, quite radical. [MUSIC]. This is the Ford V6 out of the Mustang. 350 brake horsepower. And that will take you to 60 in 2.8 seconds. And to a top speed of 175 miles an hour. Limited by gearing. And I imagine you get to that, pretty quickly. A Rather cool, a design to be communicative, and the response on the throttle is just astounding. It's forever wired proper. You literally, you put your foot down and, wha, whoa, yeah you need to be careful with that. And if you want to drive it to daily or if you know, if you're on your way to the race track or you're on your way home, and you're not fasting a jolt in the back, you cannot seem ditch the clutch that goes up, and down through the [INAUDIBLE], like though you're not putting it down change. But if like me, you're childish and instantly when you want to get in this, you want to feel like you're flat out everywhere. You can flat shift, and you get that jolt, and that sound, that makes you smile. [MUSIC] Anyone who thinks Radical might have gone soft, needs to have a go in this. They are absolutely [UNKNOWN] and I love that they exist. That a company as big as them can choose to make something like this, and it be financially viable. You just find yourself pushing harder, and harder in this thing. I would not be able to own one of these because it is addictive. You drive everywhere thinking you're on a race track. You see the white lines, you're so low to the ground, you thrust forward. And immediately, your at 7 10ths. It's just a race car through and through. I can't say that often enough, but yet here I am, on the road, allowed to drive it. [MUSIC]. It's not cheapest of things, but I think 100,000 pounds. The race car like this, if you could, why would you? It's facing the obvious to say this isn't the daily commute. Nor is it a luxury GT. This thing needs and deserves to be taken by the scruff of the neck. Straight to the track. But threading it through country roads, hearing that V6 roar, and seeing people's gobsmacked reactions as I drove past them was an absolute joy. And if that's the kind of reaction it can provoke from me on the road, I cannot wait to get this thing on the circuit. [MUSIC]