Caterham unveils new SP/300R track car
British manufacturer Caterham has launched its new £60,000 track day special at Autosport International in Birmingham.
Rather than the motor industry's knees up in Detroit, Caterham chose Autosport International in Birmingham as the venue to announce to the world details of its first all-new car since 1994.
Called the SP/300R, the latest machine to emerge from Caterham's Dartford factory is a two-seater sports prototype racer designed in collaboration with Cambridgeshire-based Lola Cars for both the track day market and a single-make race series.
The sub-600kg car will be powered by a supercharged 2.0-litre Ford Duratec engine developing in the region of 300bhp and able to power the SP/300R from 0-60mph in an estimated 2.5 seconds.
The gearbox will be a semi-automatic Hewland unit and drivers will also be able to take advantage of built-in data logging and a "push to pass" power boost on their way to the SP/300R's top speed, which is reported to be "around 170mph".
As technical design consultant, Lola is responsible for the car's design, which features an aluminium tub with a longitudinally mid-mounted engine coupled to a stress-bearing rear transaxle, while downforce is taken care of by a flat underbody, front splitter and large rear wing.
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