Vijay Pattni14 January 2011

Caterham announces SP/300.R racer

Meet the prototype mid-engined Caterham destined for a one-make race series coming soon...

Caterham-Lola SP/300.R

Tracksters, meet your new hero: the Caterham-Lola SP/300.R.

It's an entirely new Caterham - not just a rehash of the existing scaffolding und engine combo - prototype racing car and was made with the help of Lola Cars, that iconic British firm which has developed models for nearly every sphere of motorsport.

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At its heart, the SP/300.R will pack a Caterham-tuned, supercharged version of the Ford 2.0-litre Duratec engine producing 300bhp. Together with the Hewland semi-automatic FTR ‘box - geared for maximum rpm in top gear at the end of Spa-Francorchamps's Kemmel Straight - it packs 500bhp per-tonne and is estimated to hit 62mph in just 2.5 seconds. Yes, as fast as that four-wheel-drive automotive behemoth. Top speed is estimated at around 170mph.

Lola designed the SP/300.R on aerodynamic lines rather than looks, using an aluminium tub as its basic chassis, front splitter and large wing to reduce lift, and a flat underbody. It also features an F1-style raised nose section which should help weekend racers with maintenance, apparently.

The SP/300.R gets full race suspension - dual wishbones, pushrod damers, adjustable ride height - coupled with 13-inch racing rims, as well as racing gubbins such as fire extinguisher, six-point harness, et al.

Just 25 will be made a year, in preparation for the first one-make race series in 2012 which Caterham says will start initially on UK circuits, with the possibility of having one round abroad.

It costs £60,000, and you wants it.

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