Caterham believes it has the car that can change its fortunes with the CT03.
Ideally, though, you’d want a race car that’s primed and ready for competition when the season starts in March. That’s not the case with these guys because it appears that the car will head to Melbourne as presented, which means that any form of upgrades will happen during the season.
Not exactly the way you’d want to achieve your first points in Formula One. Then again, the CT03 does come with a lot of modifications, which Caterham hopes can be enough for the car to stay on track for an entire race, let alone finish with some points. The resculpted side pods have been added while the engine, the diffuser, and the cooling exits all have had their own improvements.
Like every other F1 race car, the CT03’s body is made entirely out of carbon fiber. Meanwhile, the car’s powertrain is a Renault-sourced 2.4-liter V-8 RS27-2012 engine that’s mated to a gearbox from Red Bull Technology. Dampers come by way of Penske & Multimatic while brake discs and pads are sourced from Carbone Industrie or Hitco. Other sourced parts on the CT03 include cockpit instrumentation from MES, seat belts from Schroth, fuel cell from ATL, and wheels from BBS.
All together, the team still needs to temper their expectations for the CT03 because expectations don’t match the reality that while this racecar has some improvements, it’s still a ways away from the rest of the field.