If you're looking for the ultimate racecar for the road, look no further than the Radical RXC. The trouble is that while the RXC is nominally capable of driving on public roads, like most Radicals it wasn't certified for the United States. But now it has been.

According to a statement released by the manufacturer, the RXC has passed "the required tests for road registration in California." The type-approval process was apparently undertaken principally by Radical customer Jeffrey Cheng, who can be seen in the video below (and the photo above) driving his orange RXC to Cars and Coffee in Irvine late last month. However exceptional the approval may be, it has paved the way for Radical to begin taking orders for the new RXC in the US. Radical tells us that the first registrations are being undertaken on a case-by-case basis, but that it is working on getting type-approval for sale across the United States.

Interested customers can expect to pay a minimum base price of $171,280 for a US-delivered RXC, but of course that's just the starting point. Upgrade to the new 454-horsepower EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 (which was apparently developed with the US market in mind) and you'll have to fork over another $17,085, or if you want the 500-horsepower V8 option, it'll set you back an extra $28,960 over list. The carbon kit will set you back another $3k, air-con almost $5k,, the same again for an FIA-compliant fuel tank, $3,655 for an air jack system, and $5,500 for telemetry system. As you can see, it doesn't take long to break through the $200k mark with all the options available, and you'll have to put down 25 percent upon placing the order.

Whichever options are (or are not) selected, you're looking at what essentially boils down to a road-going Daytona Prototype if we've ever seen one. So it's only fitting that it should be available Stateside.
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Radical RXC Now Road-Legal In The USA
16 January 2014

The Radical RXC passes the required tests for road registration in California, paving the way for road registered RXC and RXC Turbo sales across the USA.
Working closely with one of America's first Radical coupe owners, Jeffrey Cheng, the RXC has been inspected and approved for use on the road - a landmark step for the Radical brand in the USA as road registration is traditionally difficult with low-volume British sportscars.

The RXC has been designed to meet stringent Small-Series Type Approval regulations for both Europe and worldwide in all key criteria areas, such as visibility, crash safety, noise and emissions, enabling a swift and straight-forward completion of the process.

Jeffrey plans to tour the USA with his distinctive tangerine RXC through 2014 as well as continuing to enjoy its on-track performance at the Spring Mountain Motorsport Ranch in Nevada. During approval Jeffrey has already been spotted on the highway near Irvine, CA - click here to watch the video.


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      tump
      • 11 Months Ago
      How does that low splitter handle the sleepy policeman test (i.e., speed bumps)
      DanDotDan
      • 11 Months Ago
      This car demonstrates the difference between street-legal and streetable.
      tony36619
      • 11 Months Ago
      All that really comes to mind is who would purchase this and why. 175 k can buy some equally exciting cars. Audi r8, a gt2, the coming zo6 .. a 458. Why this? what for ? If I had my choice Id choose the new zo6 coming out and save 75K + for mods which would most definitely surpass this car's performance. Additionally with daily amenities in consideration it just seems like a very questionable vehicle to own.
      audisp0rta4
      • 11 Months Ago
      I've always dreamed of being able to legally drive a race car on the streets. I've also dreamed of owning a Lambo or Ferrari. At this price point, I'm not sure which dream I'd rather make a reality. The obvious response is whoever is in the position to own a Radical, likely already has, or easily can purchase a Lambo or Ferrari as well. Since I'm still working on getting to that level and have to save for everything...it's hard to imagine spending slightly used Lambo or Ferrari money on something as limited in function as a Radical.
      Peter
      • 11 Months Ago
      Styling inspired by a Corbin Sparrow
      Scott Meyer
      • 11 Months Ago
      Love it.
      machineman
      • 11 Months Ago
      you can't fix UGLY
        DRAGON
        • 11 Months Ago
        @machineman
        Ugly maybe but efficient and fast on the track!
        john96xlt
        • 11 Months Ago
        @machineman
        Sure you can, just slap some new skin and a new name (looking at you, 1st gen Chrysler 200).
        dearest rat
        • 11 Months Ago
        @machineman
        Fast beats ugly.
      Allaround
      • 11 Months Ago
      Or, save yourself $100k and get a Superlite. Save $150k and build and yourself a Miami GT. or how about a 2011 GT3RS? So many better options, and better looking options, for under $200k.
        EZen
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Allaround
        So, don't buy a racecar for the road - BUILD yourself a racecar for the road? What if they don't want to spend a year on building the SL-C? Considering the immense speeds it can achieve, not everyone trusts themselves with building that kind of car. Plus, I've visited Superlite and seriously looked into the Razer and Nemesis kit cars. Their support and community seems almost non-existent.
      cotodecompton
      • 11 Months Ago
      im all for fast cars, but why on earth would anyone buy a car like this for street use?
        tump
        • 11 Months Ago
        @cotodecompton
        Because race car.
        BipDBo
        • 11 Months Ago
        @cotodecompton
        When it comes to fast cars, one should not ask "Why?"
        edward.stallings
        • 11 Months Ago
        @cotodecompton
        Compared to a motorcycle, it would be way more comfortable in the freezing cold, like it is now, or in the pouring rain. People buy lots of motorcycles for the same reasons people would like this - fun, fast, and they want to.
        DRAGON
        • 11 Months Ago
        @cotodecompton
        To get on the track without using a trailer, truck to pull it etc...
      Morgan Reale
      • 11 Months Ago
      overpriced kit car ----
      ItMe George
      • 11 Months Ago
      For that kind of money I would buy a Nissan GT-R NISMO, and have left over cash...
        EZen
        • 11 Months Ago
        @ItMe George
        For THAT kind of money I would buy a Toyota Corolla and have left over cash... You see why your statement makes no sense, right?
          William Flesher
          • 11 Months Ago
          @EZen
          Comparing the Radical to a GTR makes more sense than comparing it to a Corolla. I think the point is that 170K will buy some pretty amazing performance cars, and the vast majority of buyers will choose one of them over the Radical. It can be safely assumed that NONE of those buyers is considering a Corolla, and that your statement makes even less sense than the one you found fault with, right?
      Hedo D
      • 11 Months Ago
      Oh my gosh, this car is butt ugly from side. Once you've seen the old GTP and Group C cars, these cars don't stand a chance.
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