This morning at the Autosport International Show, Caterham unveiled its first all-new model in over 15 years – the SP/300.R is a joint project between the Caterham Cars and Lola. They describe as “.. the perfect alchemy of the superiority of British engineering and motorsport heritage rich. ” Instead of kneeling at the Detroit motor industry, Caterham Autosport International in Birmingham chosen as the venue to announce to the world the details of their first completely new car since 1994.
Called the SP/300R, the last machine to leave Caterham Dartford factory is a sporty two-seater pilot prototype designed in collaboration with Cambridgeshire-based Lola Cars for both the track day and a single career.
At its heart, a pack SP/300.R Caterham-tuned, the engine supercharged Ford Duratec 2.0-liter that produces 300 bhp. Along with the Hewland FTR box semi-automatic “- is aimed at maximum rpm in top gear at the end of Spa-Francorchamps Kemmel is right – that packs 500bhp per tonne and is expected to hit 62 mph in only 2.5 seconds. Yes, as fast as the monster four-wheel drive car. The top speed is estimated at about 170 mph.
Lola SP/300.R designed in the streamlines and is not, with an aluminum tub chassis as the base, front splitter and large wing to reduce lift, and a flat bottom. It also has a raised section F1 style nose, which should help runners weekend maintenance, apparently.
The gearbox is a Hewland unit semi-automatic and drivers will also benefit from a data recording function and a “push to pass” power surge on its way to the SP/300R ‘s maximum speed, which reported to be “about 170 mph. As a technical design consultant, Lola is responsible for the design of the car, which has an aluminum tub with a longitudinally mid-mounted engine coupled to a rear-wheel drive a stress, while downforce is cared for by a flat bottom, front splitter and large rear wing.
The SP/300.R get the full race suspension – double wishbones, pushrod damers, adjustable height – along with racing tires 13 inches and Gubbins careers such as fire extinguisher, six-point harness , et al. Only 25 will be a year in preparation for the first of a series of races in 2012, says Caterham will begin initially in the UK circuits with the possibility of having a round abroad.
Check out Caterham SP/300.R launch video,