January 22 2011

Caterham launch radical new track car the SP300R

Caterham last week unveiled an exciting new sports prototype Caterham-Lola SP300R at the Autosport International show at the NEC.

The mid-engined car has been developed in conjunction with Lola Cars, runs a new supercharged version of the Ford Duratec motor.

Expected to produce around 300bhp, with up to 330bhp available for short bursts via a button. The sub-600kg kerb weight will give the car around 500bhp per tonne.

Caterham reckons this should allow the SP300R to reach 60mph in just 2.8secs, while the gearing has been developed to allow the car to hit its maximum 170mph on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit's Kemmel straight.

Only 25 SP300Rs will be built each year, and the finishing touches are currently being put to the car's powertrain and chassis before a one-make race series is launched for the car in 2012. Deposits are already down for this years first models.

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