Track Battle: Can The Ultra-lightweight Caterham 360R Take On The BMW M3 xDrive Competition - gallery

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  • Track Battle: Can The Ultra-lightweight Caterham 360R Take On The BMW M3 xDrive Competition - gallery
  • Track Battle: Can The Ultra-lightweight Caterham 360R Take On The BMW M3 xDrive Competition - gallery
    Two cars represent two very different performance formulas. Which is better around a technical circuit?
    The ultra-lightweight Caterham 360R takes on BMW M3 Competition xDrive, around a racetrack. Simplicity and lightness vs big power and technology
  • Track Battle: Can The Ultra-lightweight Caterham 360R Take On The BMW M3 xDrive Competition - gallery
    BMW M3 Competition xDrive
    BMWs are notoriously tricky to launch. Luckily, this one comes with the company's xDrive AWD system. That said, the M3 Competition is a tech-heavy car and tips the scales at over 4,000 lbs
  • Track Battle: Can The Ultra-lightweight Caterham 360R Take On The BMW M3 xDrive Competition - gallery
    The inline-6 engine is a signature BMW trait
    The Bavarian carmaker never stopped making inline-6 engines, and this S58 unit is something to behold. The 3.0-liter twin-turbo unit makes 503 hp and 479 lb/ft
  • Track Battle: Can The Ultra-lightweight Caterham 360R Take On The BMW M3 xDrive Competition - gallery
    With xDrive, the BMW M3 Competition is even quicker than advertised
    BMW sometimes underrate their power output, but in this case, the same is true for the 0-60 mph time. Officially, the car can sprint to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, but xDrive-equipped versions are known to be capable of sub-3-second times
  • Track Battle: Can The Ultra-lightweight Caterham 360R Take On The BMW M3 xDrive Competition - gallery
    Caterham 360R
    Like many other British sports car manufacturers, Caterham relies on simplicity and lightness. The 360R is as analog as possible and does not spoil with unnecessary (for the racetrack) luxury. It tips the scales at just over 1,200 lbs
  • Track Battle: Can The Ultra-lightweight Caterham 360R Take On The BMW M3 xDrive Competition - gallery
    The engine in the 360R provides more than adequate performance
    It may be a plain, 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated inline-4, but it makes 180 hp and 143 lb/ft. This is enough for a 0-60 mph sprint in 4.8 seconds. Power, of course, goes to the rear through a 6-speed manual
  • Track Battle: Can The Ultra-lightweight Caterham 360R Take On The BMW M3 xDrive Competition - gallery
    The Caterham 360R is built for short and technical circuits
    It's safe to say, the lightweight "Brit" is on its home turf. It also has superior power-to-weight ratio pf 321hp/ton vs BMW M3 Competition's 271 hp/ton
  • Track Battle: Can The Ultra-lightweight Caterham 360R Take On The BMW M3 xDrive Competition - gallery
    The lap times
    After teh same pilot got to know the cars and did flying hot lap with them, the winner was clear. The BMW took 1:18.6 to lap the track while the Caterham - 1:22.8. A clear win for the much heavier and more powerful BMW
  • Track Battle: Can The Ultra-lightweight Caterham 360R Take On The BMW M3 xDrive Competition - gallery
    Swipe up for more on both cars and the race
    The race between these two very different performance machines proves that the power-to-weight ratio no longer tells you who the faster car is. On the other hand, the lap times are a clear indication, you don't necessarily need a bare-bone car for fast ti
  • Track Battle: Can The Ultra-lightweight Caterham 360R Take On The BMW M3 xDrive Competition - gallery
  • Track Battle: Can The Ultra-lightweight Caterham 360R Take On The BMW M3 xDrive Competition - gallery
  • Track Battle: Can The Ultra-lightweight Caterham 360R Take On The BMW M3 xDrive Competition - gallery
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