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Wait, THAT’S A Caterham?

Posted in European Rides, Fast Cars, General, Track Events by Kurt Ernst | January 14th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

Meet the Caterham SP/300R, the latest track day terror from the builders of the Caterham 7. Like the Caterham 7 and it’s variants, the SP/300R has limits best explored in the safe confines of a race track. Unlike the Caterham 7, you won’t be driving the SP/300R to the race track, since the current version is not road legal. Caterham feels that there’s enough demand for “track only” cars to go this route for the car’s introduction, although a road-going version is said to be under consideration.

Built in cooperation with Lola, the SP/300R is light, tipping the scales at just 1,300 pounds. Power comes from an in-house tuned, supercharged 2.0 liter Ford Duratec motor that Caterham claims will make 300 horsepower. That’s enough to get the SP/300R from 0 to 60 in about 2.5 seconds, which is liter-sportbike territory. That’s seriously quick, as is the top speed of around 170 miles per hour. The car was actually geared for the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, since it’s among the most popular track day venues in the EU, and will hit top speed down the Kemmel Straight.

As for cost, if you have to ask you’re probably not a serious customer. In the UK, the SP/300R will start at around $95,000, which doesn’t include the cost of a trailer or a tow vehicle. There are definite plans for export, as well as a spec series for SP/300R owners, so I’d suggest you start hitting the Megamillion lottery on a weekly basis.

Source: Autoblog

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4 Responses

  1. BigRuss says:

    doesnt that kind of kill the idea of having a car you can drive to the track and beat down on some Civic’s, and then go home…. look at the KTM X-bow… not very street friendly…

  2. Kurt Ernst says:

    The upside is that it’s faster than anything you could drive to the track.

  3. Paul Davis says:

    I’m so looking forward to seeing one of these in flesh out on a track for a photoshoot