If the name Caterham means anything to you, it probably brings to mind images of old-school, open-top sports cars like this, the legendary Caterham 7:
Often sold in kit form to enthusiasts who build and then drive or race their own cars, the Caterham Seven has been in production for several decades and has a loyal following of drivers who love the authentic British sports car driving experience.
Caterham’s latest offering is quite different. Launched today at the Autosport International Show at the Birmingham NEC, it’s a pure racer that’s only designed for track use. The Caterham-Lola SP/300.R, to give it its full name, is also a major technological and styling departure for the company:
The SP/300.R has been designed in conjunction with Lola, a British company who are one of the leading manufacturers of customer racing cars in the world. It is powered by a supercharged version of Ford’s 2-litre Duratec engine – the same engine you’d find in a 2.0l Focus or Mondeo! However, this one is a bit different and will spit out 300bhp, propelling the SP/300.R up to 60mph in about 2.5 seconds before hurtling onwards to a top speed of 170mph.
Just 25 SP/300.Rs will be made each year, priced at £60,000 each. Caterham is planning to launch a SP/300.R racing series in 2012 and hopes that this new model will take a premier position above all the Caterham 7 racing series (of which there are quite a few).
If you’d like to learn more about the SP/300.R, visit www.caterham-spr.com.
If you’d like to learn more about the Caterham 7, visit www.caterham.co.uk.