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Caterham R500 news - Speed of light - 2008

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Prepare to be afraid. We’ve got all the
details on the awesome Caterham R500, that we
showed you a little bit of last week, and a bunch more pictures showing the
lightweight face-reshaper in all its pearly-white glory.

The R500 gets a 263bhp two-litre Duratec
four-pot that’ll rev to a migrane-inducing 8,500rpm. That power will be put to
the road through a six-speed manual or six-speed sequential box - and we know
which one we’d take.

You want more techie specs? The R500 gets
13-inch anthracite wheels, ‘aerodynamically shaped front wishbones’ (we’re
pretty sure they’re good), fully-adjustable dampers, a dash straight out of a
1960s sci-fi film and Ferrari 599-style launch control as standard. Quite what
it’ll launch you into remains unclear.

To shave nine kilograms from the Seven’s
chassis, the Caterham engineers went wild with the Kevlar ‘n’ carbon fibre -
there’s even a carbon leather boot cover - and also developed bespoke thinner
body panels and even aluminium rear light housings.

All that added lightness means 520bhp per
tonne - and a staggering 0-60 time of 2.88 seconds. Yep, we thought we’d save
that stat until the end. Two point eight eight. Enough said.

Well, nearly. Just one more stat for you:
£36,995, which is what you’ll pay for the R500. That might sound a lot, but put
another way it’s a mere £74 per kilo.

When you
consider albino caviar costs £22,000 per kilo - and how much fun can you have
with albino caviar and an open road? - that R500 looks like a veritable
 bargain.

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