The BAC Mono 2.5 has already proven itself as one of the most extreme track toys on the market. It dethroned the mighty P1 GTR by laying down lap times almost a full second faster than the $3+ million hypercar. The two battled it out at the Anglesey Circuit and both cars beat the course record that day. Prior to the P1 GTR and BAC crushing its lap time, the record was held by the Radical RXC Turbo 500. And now Radical wants to reclaim the title and called out the champ for a head to head battle.
Radical is not a commonly known car manufacturer outside the moto enthusiast world. However, they’ve been building race cars and purpose built track day cars for two decades. A Radical is about as close as you can get to an actual race car. They’ve made quite a few models over the years and they all have a few things in common, they’re lightweight, they have amazing traction and corning abilities, and they’re fast, really fast. For example, the official current production car record at the Nurburgring is held by the Radical SR8LM with 6 minutes 48 seconds.
The RXC Turbo 500 is even more powerful than the SR8LM thanks to a variant of the Ford 3.5L Ecoboost V6 that puts out 530hp. That’s a ridiculous amount of power for a car that only weighs just over 2,000lbs. According to reports, this thing can scream from 0-60 in 3 seconds and will hit 100mph in just 6.8 seconds. It’s also claimed to pull as much as 2.5 lateral G’s in the corners thanks to the downforce from the rear wing made out of carbon fiber. If you dared to keep your foot buried all the way to the claimed top speed of 185mph, that wing will be producing 900kg of downforce, which is nearly the weight of the car.
Needless to say, the RXC Turbo poses a genuine threat to the BAC Mono 2.5 even though the Radical’s record lap time was almost a full three seconds slower. As a reminder, the Mono uses a new 2.5L four-cylinder engine that produces “only” 305hp. However, it only weighs 1,279lbs so the power to weight ratio is fairly even matched between these two extreme track toys. EVO compared the lap times from each at the Anglesey Circuit and the end results may be slightly predictable. However, it’s still interesting to know that either one of these cars would blow the doors of almost any mass-produced supercar around a track.