Caterham R300

Caterham R300

How many times have you seen four track cars put one next to the other on a public road? Pretty much never, we know, but now the folks over at BHP Project took four amazing track-focused cars on a trip to London. The cars included: the BAC Mono (280 horsepower), KTM X-Bow (300 horsepower), Ariel Atom 3 (300 horsepower) and Caterham R300 (165 horsepower).

What’s the idea behind this trip? Well, apparently they wanted to see how the three cars will handle on real roads, in stop-and-go traffic and, of course, what the people of London thought of them.

The cars were driven by their respective owners and, at the end, each of them offered feedback on how their car can be handled in one of the busiest cities in the world. Which one do you think is the best for city driving? Let us know in the comments section below.

Caterham released today details on the 2008 Superlight R300, an out-of-the-box racer. Because Caterham builds basically modern (not really) Lotus 7s, it’s no surprise that the R300 follows the maxim of Lotus founder Colin Chapman, "To add speed, add lightness." The basic Caterham Caterham doesn’t usually come with many creature comforts, but the Superlight series eliminates even more (such as wet weather equipment) to ’add lightness’.

The R300 is powered by a 2.0-liter Ford-sourced Caterham Powertrain (CPT) Duratec engine that delivers 175bhp @ 7000 and a peak torque of 139 lbs-ft @ 6000. It makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 4.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 140mph.

The Superlight R300 will go on sale in the U.K. in the spring of 2009 at a price of £24,995. No word yet on if it will make it to the U.S., but hopefully Caterham is keeping a closer eye on its American cousin with the launch of its North American website . Then again, we already have its bigger brother, the 263 hp Superlight R500 available in the States.

Press release after the jump.


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