Awesome! If I didn’t have kids (and to send all three of them to college)…
If you want the V-6 in your Ford Mustang to work harder, you could fit hotter cams and larger valves. Or you could sling it behind your head and clothe it in Le Mans-lookalike bodywork. How about 1985 pounds of curb weight and an equal dose of downforce, a power-to-weight ratio that dusts a Ford Shelby GT500 and a 0-60 mph time of 2.7 seconds? Yeah, that’d do it. That, in a nutshell, is the Radical RXC. Built in the United Kingdom, the RXC is now available in the U.S. The really radical bit is that it will be street legalized on an individual basis.
+Subaru UK has announced plans to attempt to set a new lap record at the Isle of Man TT course with the 2015 #WRX #STI.
Set to be driven by British rally champion Mark Higgins, the model will attempt beat the previous record of 19 minutes and 56.7 seconds. That particular record was set by Higgins in the previous-generation WRX STI in 2011.
As a refresher, the 2015 WRX STI has turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 227kw and 393nm of torque. It is connected to a six-speed manual transmission and a symmetrical all-wheel drive system.
While Subaru says the car is a standard production model, it will be equipped with retuned springs and dampers to “minimize any potential damage when the car encounters the many bumps – and jumps – at high speed along the course.” The model will also be outfitted with a roll-cage, a racing harness and a fire suppression system.
According to Higgins, “Setting the record was totally exhilarating and one of the highlights of my career – Bray Hill certainly added to the thrill! As a Manxman, I love the TT Races and I have a huge amount of respect for the TT riders and what they do. It will be a real honor to attempt a new fastest car lap.” (WorldCarFans)
As with all UK-market Evos since 2003, the MR’s numerical badge denotes its power rating. Offered only in white, the FQ-440 achieves its 440 hp via an ECU remap, high-flow fuel injectors, revised intercooling piping, and a new manifold-back exhaust courtesy of Janspeed. Torque also gets a slight bump, from 400 to 412 lb-ft. Mild Eibach suspension tweaks help hunker the FQ-440’s nose down 1.3 inches, with the rear sitting 1.1 inches lower than stock.
Only 40 examples of the Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR will be produced, each with a £50,000 ($83,000) price tag.
The last FQ sold in the UK was $82,000 (equivalent USD). I posted this article up on IWSTI and someone mentioned that the pricing was inflated due to UK-specific issues and that it would likely be a lower price if offered in the US. I’m not sure I agree with that, because some cars in the US are always offered at an inflated price (or not at all). We’ve never received an FQ version of the Evo. And if we did, it would certainly not be even close to the pricing of a standard USDM Evo. The FQs are not standard offerings, so they’re always going to be quite expensive in comparison to non-FQ Evos. Also, not the production count of the FQ-440…only 40 examples will be produced. Yes, pricing is affected because of that, too.