Caterham Will Try to Defend its Lap Record at the Cholmondeley Pageant

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Last year at the 2012 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, the Caterham SP/300.R managed to obtain a lap record of 61.89 seconds. This year, the model will return to the narrow circuit in an attempt to defend its title. The 2013 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power takes place from June 14th through 16th and will bring together a quartet of British sports car manufacturers that will attempt to smash Caterham ’s record.

The vehicles will go head-to-head, with four distinct vehicles in an attempt to better last year’s record run. This year, the SP/300.R will be driven by the Caterham Drive Experience instructor.

TheSP/300.R will have to face lots of supercars, classics, modern race cars and track-focused machines, with the latter expected to do battle for the lap record.

Talking about the new attempt, Caterham Cars CEO, Graham Macdonald, said: "Last year’s contest was extremely close and we expect it to be even tighter this year, given that there are four British manufacturers attending, each with exactly the same aim."

Click past the jump to read more about the Caterham SP/300.R.

Caterham SP/300.R

Caterham SP/300.R

The SP/300.R was built using a Lola-developed aluminum honeycomb monocoque chassis with a seven-piece lightweight polyurethane body system.

It is powered by a 2.0-liter supercharged Ford engine that delivers a total of 300 horsepower. The engine is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox and will sprint the sports car from 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds and up to a top speed of 180 mph.

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Caterham SP/300.R

After taking the honours last year, Caterham aims to defend its lap record at the 2013 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power (14-16 June) with its SP/300.R.

This year, a quartet of British sportscar manufacturers will go head-to-head, with four distinct vehicles in an attempt to better last year’s record run.

With a best time of 61.89 seconds on the narrow circuit in 2012, Caterham’s spectacular sports prototype racer will compete against exotic supercars and specialist track-day vehicles.

Caterham Drive Experience instructor, Scott Mansell, will once again take the wheel of the SP/300.R for the event.

The racer will join supercars, classic and modern race cars, as well as specialist track-focussed machines, with the latter expected to do battle for the lap record.

Caterham SP/300.R

Caterham Cars’ CEO, Graham Macdonald, said: “Last year’s contest was extremely close and we expect it to be even tighter this year, given that there are four British manufacturers attending, each with exactly the same aim.”

The SP/300.R is powered by a 2.0-litre Supercharged Ford engine, producing 300bhp via a six-speed sequential gearbox. Flat out, it is capable of topping 180mph and will reach 0-62.5mph in 2.6 seconds.

The sports prototype vehicle has attracted strong demand among the premium trackday community with sales across the UK, North America and France.

Tickets for the three-day Pageant of Power event, celebrating automotive power and performance in all its forms, are priced £28.


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