2011 Caterham SP/300.R

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.

Exterior and Interior

Caterham SP/300.R

Looking like the modern-day race car Caterham always wanted it to be, the SP/300.R was built using a Lola-developed aluminum honeycomb monocoque chassis with a seven-piece lightweight polyurethane body system.

Apart from the chassis, Lola Motors also developed an aero package exclusively for the SP/300.R that includes an adjustable carbon rear wing, a composite front splitter, a composite rear diffuser, aero-optimized dive planes, front low/high beam lights with permanent LED running lights, rear LED running lights with integrated brake lights, high-intensity rain light, and a three-stage down-force configuration.

On top of that, the SP/300.R also features a quick lifting on-board air jack system, a Hewland sequential gearbox with paddles on the Momo steering wheel that has its own integral driver display system, left or right hand drive configurations, race-spec Schroth six-point harnesses, MSA specification twin roll over protection hoops and front crash structure, an FIA-approved fuel cell with an external filling point, and a set of ATS center-lock Formula 3 wheels with bespoke Cooper tires.

Performance

Caterham SP/300.R

The SP/300.R is powered by a 2.0-liter Ford Duratec Supercharged engine that delivers 301hp at 7,500 RPM with a maximum torque of 290 Nm at 7,500 RPM and a Lola Formula 3 derived gearbox mounted rear suspension system.

According to Caterham, the SP/300.R can run north-to-60 in just 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 180mph.

Pricing and Sales Date

The British company has yet to release a price tag on the SP/300.R, but if we could venture a guess based on what other Caterham models are priced, we’re guesstimating that it’s going cost a little under six digits.

If you are interested into testing the new SP/300.R model, Caterham Cars has released the first series of dates on which racing drivers and trackday enthusiasts can get their hands on the new SP/300.R sports prototype.They are as follows: * Saturday, August 27 at Donington Park, Wednesday, September 7 at Donington Park, Thursday, September 15 at Snetterton, Wednesday, September 21 at Donington Park. Customers who have already placed orders will be given priority booking slots, after which the extensive list of people who have registered an interest with Caterham will be offered one of the strictly limited drives.

In October 2011, Caterham announced that the SP/300.R would be headed over to the US. It will be distributed by sportscar team, Dyson Racing, who will get their demo car in early 2012 followed by deliveries to other customers by Spring 2012.

The SP/300.R was obviously designed by Caterham, but will head over to Lola cars to ensure US-spec compliance. After approved, the SP/300.R will be assembled at Dyson Racing’s facility in Poughkeepsie, NY, north of New York City.

Competition

Caterham SP/300.R

We’re trying to resist the urge given that this other vehicle is also scheduled to debut at the Autosport International Show, but we’ll throw it out there anyway.

If both cars ever make it out on track, you can expect the Caterham SP/300.R and the Radical SR3 SL to have a serious throw-down.

LOVE IT
  • Less cutesy and more in-tune with its new racer look
  • High-grade materials ensure top-notch quality
  • Top speed of 180mph is rather juicy
LEAVE IT
  • Give us a price, please?
  • Body still looks a little bare
  • No word on availability either
Caterham SP/300.R

23 comments:

The look of the car is very impressive. You will really notice that it fits on a track. I’m pretty sure that it will be pricey because the materials used are high-grade thus, creating a quality output. I hope they can put this into production.

Most probably we couldn’t expect this car to have a great look since it is a racing car! And beside, what the matter most is the speed performance.

I don’t like its body, it look so huge but the materials used is high quality!
But top speed has a limit though.

Looks cool, wonder how it will sound with this supercharger. Should be awesome too. I bet it can lap the N-Ring in less then 7 min and be the fastest kit-car there.

Why not?? our very own Le Mans style car!! if I can have one in other colour, why wouldI chose Peugeot 908 black, hahaha, simply astonishing, as all Caterhams.

wow looks and sound like a good competitor of Red Bull X2010. right? I want to see this two cars come head to head on track and declare whos the best..

wow looks and sound like a good competitor of Red Bull X2010. right? I want to see this two cars come head to head on track and declare who’s the best..

Considering the 2.0 engine and the 0-60 in 2.8 seconds this is one extremely well engineered car!

From the front, it looks like a up side down boat smiley

After I saw the Redbull car this one looks like a joke toy smiley

this is very disappointing, they only create this for track only and not for the regular road. i wish they will also build a for road edition of this baby.

well they projected that they can sell up to 200 unit, but unfortunately they only sell below 50 units.. shame does it? with the disappearance of lotus i would say that I like the spe t step up to the plate and create something new and different.

I love this design, it is perfect for the car like that!

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