The term “race car for the road” gets thrown around a lot, but that’s exactly what British carmaker Radical builds.
However, the company’s creations haven’t been available in the United States … until now.
Radical says its RXC coupe has passed the required tests for road registration in California, and the company is now taking orders on a “case-by-case” basis, according to AutoBlog.
The process was spearheaded by Radical owner Jeffrey Cheng, who’s been driving his car on the streets of Irvine, California, and plans to take it on a cross-country tour. Meanwhile, Radical will work to get type approval for the RXC in the other 49 states.
Radical is known for building cars that are pretty, well, radical. It’s SR8 LM currently holds the production-car lap record at the Nurburgring.
The RXC is Radical’s buttoned down, civilized model. It comes equipped with luxuries such as air conditioning, an adjustable steering wheel and pedals, and a roof.
The base RXC is equipped with a 3.7-liter V6, which produces 380 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. There’s also an RXC Turbo with a twin-turbocharged version of Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, good for 454 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque.
Radical estimates that the RXC Turbo will do 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds, and reach a top speed of 185 mph. That shouldn’t be too surprising, as the car weighs just under 2,000 pounds.
There’s also a 3.0-liter V8 model with 480 hp, but it’s for track use only.
The RXC will have a U.S. base price of $171,280. Upgrading to the EcoBoost V6 will cost an additional $17,085, while the V8 model will carry a $28,960 premium. Most of the equipment – including the air conditioning – is optional as well.
So the next time you’re cruising the roads of California, don’t be surprised if you see a mini Daytona Prototype in your rearview mirror.