Caparo T1

Caparo T1

On April 20, 2006, the world of super-light, street legal race cars became a lot richer. It was the day when the Caparo T1 was unveiled at the Top Marques auto show in Monaco. Developed by Ben Scott-Geddes and Graham Halstead, two engineers formerly involved in the creation of the McLaren F1 , the T1 was designed as a lightweight race car for the road and track. Tipping the scales at only 1,040 pounds, the Caparo, which blended styling cues specific to racing prototypes and Formula One cars, was bolted on a carbon-fiber and aluminum chassis, and fitted with a 3.5-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 engine. Generating as much as 575 horsepower at 10,500 rpm, the mill gave the T1 a power-to-weight ratio of 1,223 ponies per tonne, a figure that not even the most expensive production supercars can’t match. Performance figures are equally impressive. The incredibly light T1 needs 2.5 seconds to accelerate from naught to 60 mph and reaches a top speed of 205 mph. In 2014, eight years since its inception, Caparo is developing the T1 Evolution — a revised version meant to push T1 even further.

Details are scant as of August 2014, but Caparo has already opened the order books for the T1 Evolution. The Brits promise significant updates for the supercar, including revised aerodynamics and engines, as well as a redesigned and modern body.

Click past the jump to read more about the Caparo T1 Evolution.

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Remember the days when the Caparo T1 was in the news just about every day? And not for good reasons either. This was a machine that caught fire and burned a presenter from Fifth Gear and then gave Jeremy Clarkson all sorts of fits when he attempted to test it. Well, it was EVO magazine’s turn and everything seemed to go fairly well as they took the T1 around the Nürburgring Nordschleife .

The British car magazine was given a once in a lifetime chance to be able to take out this amazing machine. It might not seem fast when there is little traffic present, but just watch how quickly it blows by the other drivers in their brilliantly fast machines. It really makes you wonder what it’s like to drive such a wonderful piece of automotive engineering.

Also, be sure to check out the Jaguar XFR’s drift midway through the video, as it must have had the EVO’s Phil Bennett making a mess of his pants.

If you wanted just one car to drive on the road that can closely simulate the feeling of being behind the wheel of a Formula One car, you can’t get any better than the Caparo ’s own T1 .

And while most of us would probably not even get a sniff of this machine, the folks over at EVO are about the luckiest bastards in the world. Not only were they given a chance to run aroud the track with the T1, but they were also given free reign to take superduper road racer out on the streets.

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to think of what the EVO boys felt while blasting the road-legal Formula One race car along a country road.

Source: EVO UK

The Caparo T1 is a road legal Formula 1 car, designed by the same engineers that built the legendary McLaren F1. The T1 offers the experience of an open wheel racecar with the ability to carry two occupants. The UK based company has just released an even more potent version, the Caparo T1 Race Extreme; the greatest track toy in the world.

Caparo T1 Race Extreme

The vehicle is powered by an all aluminum dry sump V8 (very racy) that produces 620 HP at 10,500 RPM and is shifted with a six speed sequential transmission. The vehicle’s lightweight F1 inspired monocoque weighs in at only 550 Kg, this gives the T1 outstanding acceleration and handling. The vehicle can sprint to 60 MPH (100 km/h) in only 2.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 208 MPH (334 km/h) and will pull 3.5 G’s while cornering.

Combined with the endless amount of adjustability in the ECU and the suspension, the Caparo T1 Race Extreme owners will never get bored of their newest big boy toy.

Press release after the jump.

If you own a Caparo T1 or you intend to buy on in the near future, Caparo is now offering you a new climate pack priced at £21,760 (or $31630 at the current rates).

Caparo T1 Climate

The climate pack includes: a plexiglass canopy and air conditioning. The canopy, made from a toughened acrylic used in armored windshields and helicopters, slides forward over the nose of the vehicle.

For an extra £3,750 ($5450) you can also get air conditioning.

Press release after the jump.

Caparo will make its first ever appearance at the 24 hours of Le Mans this year, after signing a partnering agreement with the Barazi Epsilon team. The team will be competing in the LMP2 category and will provide Caparo with the opportunity to develop lightweight structures and components in a competitive motorsport environment.

“The 24 hours of Le Mans is one of the most challenging races in the motorsport calendar and we are delighted to be involved with the Barazi Epsilon team,” says Angad Paul, chief executive officer, Caparo. “We intend to use this year’s events to gain valuable experience of sportscar racing and understand how we can apply our various technologies across the Caparo Vehicle Products companies.”

Caparo’s automotive expertise covers many areas where it is applying innovative design and manufacturing techniques to help vehicle manufacturers reduce lead times. In addition the company is increasingly focused on weight reduction, one of the key strategies for fuel economy and emissions improvement. “The design of lightweight components for motorsport applications provides substantial benefits for teams,” continues Paul.

Safety systems and materials developed for Formula One make the Caparo T1 one of the world’s safest ultra-performance vehicles. The world’s fastest ever track-biased production car is constructed using an exceptionally strong carbon composite tub and an energy-absorbing carbon nosecone, giving extremely high levels of driver protection.

The world’s fastest ever track-biased, ultra-performance road car, the Caparo T1, has smashed the lap record on BBC TV’s popular motoring programme Top Gear. The two-seater sports car, which utilises lightweight materials and technology more commonly found in Formula One cars, set a new lap record time of 1:10.6; an astonishing seven seconds quicker than a modified Koenigsegg CCX which held the previous record.

TopGear tested in their latest the scariest car in the world - the Caparo T1. Enjoy!

TopGear tested in their latest the scariest car in the world - the Caparo T1. Enjoy!

The bad boys are now in big trouble as Caparo has just unveiled a 200 mph police car! The Met Police has a teamed up with Brit supercar manufacturer, Caparo, to conceive a brand new Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) for the future – on show at MPH ’07 this weekend.


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