Radical Sportscars today announces the SR8 RSX, the Peterborough manufacturer’s most advanced, powerful and aerodynamically-developed open racing car yet. The SR8 RSX is Radical’s new flagship racing car offering an experience closer to LMP competition than ever before – at a purchase and running cost far below the competition.
Using the latest-generation technology shared with the RXC V8 coupe including a new sevenspeed paddleshift gearbox and variable-assistance power steering, the SR8 RSX enjoys larger dimensions than the current SR8 RX, allowing for a bigger and more generously-appointed cockpit than any previous open Radical and with a greater range of driving aids and benefits than previously available.
A specification to beat all rivals
The SR8 RSX is the only car in its class and price range to offer a bespoke racing engine designed specifically for race and track use. The latest-generation RPE 3.0-litre V8 engine develops an incredible 440bhp at up to 10,500rpm, yet is also warranted for up to 40 hours between rebuilds – the equivalent of a whole season’s racing use. The SR8 RSX is also the only open race car at this price to feature a seven-speed, paddleshift transverse gearbox, with architecture identical to Le Mans prototype and top-end single-seater design.
The all-new FIA-compliant chassis will feature inboard pushrod suspension for a greater range of adjustment, and 350mm six-pot ventilated disc brakes behind either 17″ or 18″ wheel options to suit a variety of control tyre brands. The SR8 RSX is also the first open Radical to feature electrically powerassisted steering with variable assistance options.
The unique body shape draws styling cues from its sister RXC closed-cockpit model as well as Radical’s SR9 LMP2 model. Modular composite bodywork construction reduces servicing and repair costs whilst giving the SR8 RSX a contemporary, fluid look clearly distinct from Radical’s existing open-cockpit range.
Inside the cockpit, the dash is dominated by the brand-new AIM MXG dash logger, featuring a high-contrast 7″ TFT display and integrated WiFi connectivity for data download. The central instrument pod is styled seamlessly into the nose for optimum visibility and airflow. Each FIA-certified bucket seat – specially designed for the requirements of the SR8 RSX – is adjustable, perfect for trackdays and corporate as well as race use.
The larger platform allows an FIA fuel cell capacity of up to 100L, with dual dry-break refuelling an option for endurance racing.
Pre-orders for the new SR8 RSX will commence immediately with deliveries in Q1 of 2015. The SR8 RSX will be eligible for the 2015 Radical European Masters championship, Radical’s premier pan-European racing series visiting revered Grand Prix circuits across the continent and racing alongside Radical’s existing SR3 RS, SR8 RX and the new SR3 RSX models.
72° 3.0-litre RPE V8 engine with steel flat plane crankshaft, incorporating a high flow-rate oil system, integral 4 pump oil scavenge system, 2 oil pressure pumps and rotating vane water pump. 45mm eight-throttle body induction system
Bespoke 7-speed transverse Quaife gearbox with paddle shift and autoblip
High-tensile strength CDS carbon tubular steel spaceframe with FIA specification crash boxes front and rear
Aerodynamic multi-piece composites front and rear diffusers, full-width carbon bi-plane rear wing, full lighting system with LED daytime running lights
Multi-function fully adjustable steering wheel, EPAS power steering, adjustable carbon-composite wing mirrors, adjustable pedal box
Bespoke FIA-compliant HANS compatible bucket weatherproof seats with six-point harnesses
70-litre foam filled aluminium tank.
AIM MXG dash logger with a high-contrast 7″ TFT display, integrated WiFi connectivity, digital rev counter and display, LED gear shift lights
Front and rear double wishbone, pushrods, bespoke inboard adjustable Intrax dampers
Fully-floating disc brakes with six-pot calipers front 350mm, rear 310mm
Centre-lock cast alloys front: 17 x 9.5, rear: 17 x 11.5
Dunlop SP Sport, front 235/620 R17, rear 290/645/R17
L 4300mm W 1960mm H 1127mm
900kg at max speed
Power: 440bhp @ 9100rpm
Torque: 280lbft @ 7500rpm
Weight from: 860kg
Power to weight ratio: 558hp/tonne