SHOOTOUT. Radical RXC Turbo 500R vs BAC Mono 2.5

The 600bhp Radical RXC Turbo 500R takes on the 305bhp BAC Mono 2.5 in an on-track head-to-head with EVO Magazine. But which wins?

Radical Engine Power Torque 0-100kph Top speed Weight Basic price
RXC Turbo 500R V6, twin-turbo, 3500cc 600bhp @ 6700rpm 465lb ft @ 4200-6200rpm 2.8secs (claimed) 298kph 1070kg (561bhp/ton) $251,500

BAC Engine Power Torque 0-100kph Top speed Weight Basic price
Mono 2.5 Inline 4cyl, 2488cc 305bhp @ 8000rpm 227lb ft @ 5500rpm 2.8secs (claimed) 274kph 580kg (535bhp/ton) $204,200

EVO Magazine is going head-to-head on-track again this week, but how do you follow a shootout between a Ferrari 488 GTB and a 458 Speciale? A BAC Mono 2.5 and a Radical RXC Turbo 500 are a good place to start…

In the incredibly red corner we have a track weapon that, even for specialists Radical, is on another level. The 500R for instance packs not only more aggressive aero and larger brakes over its more road-orientated counterpart, but a 3.5-litre twin-turbo Ford Ecoboost V6 that packs 600bhp and 465lb ft of torque. That’s impressive enough in its own right until you realize the 500R weighs just over 1050kg, meaning a power-to-weight ratio of 561bhp/ton. That’s more than a freaking Veyron…

In the other, considerably cheaper corner (the Radical costs quarter of a million dollars), is the BAC Mono 2.5. Okay, the Radical top trumps the Mono in several areas, given that the BAC has ‘only’ 305bhp and 227lb ft of torque from a 2.5-litre four-cylinder. And that is until you realize the BAC and the Radical have the exact same 0-100kph time (2.8 seconds) and the Mono weighs almost half that of the Radical at 580kg. Suddenly the machete at a knife fight has some serious competition.

Both take on the Anglesey Circuit, EVO’s go-to testing facility in the UK. But which comes out on top? The result may surprise you…

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Radical RXC Turbo 500R
Engine: V6, twin-turbo, 3500cc
Power: 600bhp @ 6700rpm
Torque: 465lb ft @ 4200-6200rpm
Transmission: Six-speed sequential, rear-wheel drive
Front suspension: Double wishbone pushrod
Rear suspension: Double wishbone pushrod
Brakes: Six-pot calipers, 360mm (front), 330mm (rear)
Wheels: 9.5 x 17in (front), 11 x 18in (rear)
Tyres: N/A
Weight (kerb): 1070kg
Power-to-weight (dry): 561bhp/ton
0-100kph: 2.8secs (claimed)
Top speed: 298kph
Basic price: $251,500
BAC Mono 2.5
Engine: Inline 4cyl, 2488cc
Power: 305bhp @ 8000rpm
Torque: 227lb ft @ 5500rpm
Transmission: Six-speed sequential, rear-wheel drive
Front suspension: Pushrod-activated double wishbones
Rear suspension: Pushrod-activated double wishbones
Brakes: Ventilated, 295mm (front and rear)
Wheels: 7.5 x 17in (front), 8.5 x 17in (rear)
Tyres: 205/40 R17 (front), 245/40 R17 (rear)
Weight (kerb): 580kg
Power-to-weight (dry): 535bhp/ton
0-100kph: 2.8sec (claimed)
Top speed: 274kph
Basic price: $204,200

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