Caparo T1 in final development stages
The Caparo T1, a high performance two-seater sports car, is in its final development stages. The company is putting the finishing touches to the first car it has ever produced. The vehicle is designed for customers that seek the ultimate track day experience in a road drivable vehicle.
“We said a year ago, at the outset of this programme, that the only way to truly convince carmakers that we have the experience and skills to design a safe, reliable, cost-efficient and high-performance car is to actually design and build one,” says Ben Scott-Geddes, the car’s co-designer and operations director at Caparo Vehicle Technologies. “We’ve now done so … we’re proud of what we’ve achieved … and we now have something real and tangible to discuss.”
Powered by a 3.5-litre Caparo V8 engine, the T1 is the first vehicle to break through the 1,000 bhp-per-tonne barrier (1,045 bhp-per-tonne power-to-weight ratio). The engine produce 575 bhp at 10500 rpm and a peak torque of 310 lbs-ft at 9000 rpm. It only weights 550 kg.
The final car will make its debut at the Goodwood festival of Speed, from 22 to 24 June. It will be available for sale starting July. In the UK will be priced at £190,000.