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Caterham SP/R

Caterham SP/R

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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 Seven Supersport

Caterham is one of those love-it-or-hate-it kinds of automakers that make cars that are fast but not necessarily user-friendly. In the UK, the Caterham lineup is vastly popular, but in the States, it only sells a small number of vehicles, via its Caterham USA arm, to folks looking to hit the tracks.

With the Caterham Seven -based R500 getting ready to see its final days of production, Caterham is now planning its successor. Evo had a short interview with Caterham’s CEO, Graham MacDonald, in regards to the future plans with the Seven and if you are good at reading between the lines, a huge announcement may have been slightly leaked.

Evo brought up the potential of using the SP/300.R’s 305-horsepower, supercharged 2.0-liter engine the Seven, which Caterham is committed to building for the foreseeable future. MacDonald responded with “Potentially, yes. I would love that, of course – especially if we took the next step and made it an R600.”

This would lead any warm-blooded human to the fact that the R600 is already on the tip of Caterham’s tongue and will likely see the light of day. MacDonald also addressed that installing the 2.0-liter would not be a straightforward process, as there are big cooling system issues that Caterham engineers would have to sort out, among other details.

With Caterham also looking to build more user-friendly vehicles – you know, ones that you can actually use on government-owned pavement – this R600 may even become that friendlier Caterham that ever traditional sports car company fears.

With its traditionally low prices and extreme performance, Caterham could really shake up the sports-car world, should it choose to build a more street-friendly R600 with the SP/300.R’s engine. Unfortunately, this is all purely speculation and reading deeply between the lines of a potentially ambiguous statement… But that’s what we do best! Additionally, the “Supercharged” teaser that Caterham released recently also lends a little validity to this potential scenario.

We’ll keep an eye out for any more announcements on the potential of the R600 and the possible use of that nasty 2.0-liter engine sitting in the Seven.

Source: Evo

Caterham’s SP/300.R just gave a very important lesson to some of the most amazing supercars out there. The sports car delivered the fastest lap during the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, the annual show held in the grounds of Cholmondeley Castle. Some of the world’s most expensive and fastest supercars, including models from Aston Martin , Bentley , Bugatti , Lamborghini , and its direct competitor, the Ariel Atom V8 500 attended the event in hopes of overtaking the record, but Caterham was the clear winner.

With Caterham Drive Experience instructor, Scott Mansell behind the wheel, the SP/300.R lapped the 1.2 mile course in am impressive 61.89 seconds. The previous record was help by Lamborghini who established a time of 62.68 seconds back in 2010.

Andy Noble, Caterham Cars Sales and Marketing Director, said: “The Cholmondeley Pageant of Power has been growing in statue for several years now and it is a truly excellent event, anybody who’s anybody is here and that is partly why it is so satisfying to take the lap record and secure the fastest time for a car around this beautiful circuit."

Posted on by Brad Anderson

The market for track-only race cars available to all members of the public has grown substantially over the past few years, so much so that various manufacturers are now building cars specifically for track-days. At the upper end of the market, we have the Pagani Zonda R and the Ferrari 599XX , but there are more affordable alternatives available for U.S. buyers, and the Caterham SP/300.R is the latest. Dyson Racing recently received its first unit, before Caterham ships more 300’s across the pond.

Dyson Racing will be the sole distributor of the SP/300.R in the U.S. market, and this latest delivery will surely prompt Caterham to sell more in the U.S. If, of course, there are enough prospecting customers out there. As a matter of fact, Dyson Racing received chassis #1 and plans on using the vehicle for demonstration purposes to convince wannabe-racers to splurge around $95,000 for the car.

It’s worth keeping in mind that the SP/300.R isn’t road-legal in any state, so if you live in the middle of nowhere with no race tracks in sight, then this incredible track-car obviously isn’t for you. Fortunately however, all citizens will be able to enjoy the following two videos which Caterham recently released in conjunction with Dyson Racing taking delivery of the first SP/300.R.

Enjoy the second video after the jump!

Source: Caterham

This weekend will mark one of the most important moments in Caterham ’s history: the company is set to enter a Grand Prix as a standalone team. As a celebration of this, the company has released a teaser video of the new SP/300.R race car as well as historic Caterham racing models, the legendary Caterham Seven and Caterham’s first ever F1 car, the CT-01. The test was performed on the Jerez track in Spain and includes a series of very impressive activities, including a few donuts.

The video is just 1:43 minutes long, but it is still long enough to provide a pretty good idea on just how serious Caterham is about their first F1 racer. Let us know if you believe the company has any chance of success in their new race debut in the comments below!


A month after announcing that they were debuting an all-new model at the Autosport International Show, the day has finally come. And true to their word, Caterham didn’t disappoint.

Hoping to build momentum on the recent sales success of the Lotus Seven-derived Roadsport and Superlight , Caterham officially unveiled their latest baby, the SP/300.R.

As a point of clarification, the new SP/300.R will not be replacing the company’s existing models. Instead, Caterham is hoping that the SP/300.R will join the existing range to complement each other and give customers a wider range of models to choose from.

The SP/300.R is the latest in a long line of Caterhams , one that remains true to the lightweight, minimalist DNA of the legendary Seven . Caterham built the SP/300.R in collaboration with Lola Cars and together, the two companies have created a wondrous piece of machinery that should catapult Caterham into the consciousness of younger generations that were too young to enjoy their racers back in their heyday.

UPDATE 06/18/2012: Caterham’s SP/300.R just gave a very important lesson to some of the most amazing supercars out there. The sports car delivered the fastest lap during the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, the annual show held in the grounds of Cholmondeley Castle. Some of the world’s most expensive and fastest supercars, including models from Aston Martin , Bentley , Bugatti , Lamborghini , and its direct competitor, the Ariel Atom V8 500 attended the event in hopes of overtaking the record, but Caterham was the clear winner.

With Caterham Drive Experience instructor, Scott Mansell behind the wheel, the SP/300.R lapped the 1.2 mile course in am impressive 61.89 seconds. The previous record was help by Lamborghini who established a time of 62.68 seconds back in 2010.

Details on the Caterham SP/300.R after the jump.


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