New road-legal Radical sports car ready for Goodwood debut

New manufacturing facility at Radical Sportscars

The new Radical Sportscars road-car production centre has been officially opened at the company’s HQ in Peterborough.

HRH The Duke of Gloucester was in town to open the Rapture Production Centre, which will make Radical’s new road-legal model.

The Rapture will debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, with the company claiming it ‘blurs the lines between road and race performance’.

Seventy of the company’s 130-strong staff will handle the design, engineering and manufacture of the Rapture.

The Duke was given a tour of the fabrication, composites, engine building and assembly areas, with chief designer Nick Walford on hand to provide details of Radical’s back catalogue.

Radical’s stable includes the SR3, the record-breaking SR8, the RXC Spyder, RXC 600R and RXC GT3.

‘Air of excitement’

Radical Sportscars factory

Darryl Roberts, Radical’s operations director, said: “There has been an air of excitement across the business since we knew HRH The Duke of Gloucester would visit. His recognition of the in-house skills and capability of Radical is testament to our dedicated employee base.

“It was an inspiration for our team members and apprentices to have the opportunity to speak with him and share their expertise.

“Radical is enjoying a busy summer of activity across the globe. This visit has taken place in the same week as Radical Championship racing in Belgium and the USA, and just days away from the most important product launch for the company in over five years; that of the new Rapture open sports car.

“It was an honour to have His Royal Highness officially open the Rapture Production Centre.”

Little is known about the new car, with the company saying it ‘will introduce a new generation of performance driving’. A short teaser video was uploaded earlier this month.