British lightweight sportscar manufacturer, Caterham has revealed that they have delivered the first SP/300.R race car to US. Caterham SP/300.R is a track-only race car which is powered by a 2.0L Supercharged Ford Duratec engine generating 305 PS @ 7,500 rpm and peak torque of 335 PS @ 7,800 rpm. Being a racing car, Caterham SP/300.R has a Push-to-pass button, which when pressed, will provide the car with an extra 30 PS of power for a short period of time.
The new Caterham racing car has a wheelbase of 2600 mm, length 4200mm, height 1015 mm, and width 1700 mm. Thanks to Lola-developed lightweight aluminum honeycomb monocoque chassis and seven piece lightweight polyurethane body system, Caterham SP/300.R weighs just 545 kgs. It has a topspeed of 290 kmph and accelerates from 0-100 kmph in just 2.8 seconds.
In their own words, they describe the new racecar as a British-Engineered race technology. “As with all Caterhams, the SP/300.R has first and foremost been developed as a true driver’s car. It doesn’t matter how fast a car is, if it isn’t rewarding to drive it will never be truly thrilling. However, the SP/300.R fuses all of Caterham’s core brand values such as durability, ease of use, practicality for racing and low maintenance costs with Lola’s technologically advanced approach to research and development. Working alongside Lola Cars, we have the perfect alchemy of British engineering superiority and rich motorsport heritage to deliver a lightweight, minimalist product that amplifies Colin Chapman’s Seven philosophy, yet conveys everything Caterham and Lola stand for today.”
FIRST CUSTOMER CATERHAM SP/300.R DELIVERED
Reigning American Le Mans Series (ALMS) LMP1 champion team, Dyson Racing, will be the first to take delivery of Caterham’s SP/300.R, the company’s all-new race and track day vehicle this week.
The Caterham Cars-appointed official US distributor is one of the most successful and longest-running privateer race teams in America, having competed in IMSA GTO and GTP, SCCA Trans-Am, GRAND-AM, CART and Indy Lights championships since its inception in 1974.
The US version of the Caterham and Lola-designed car will be manufactured to specifications appropriate to that market, with final assembly taking place at Dyson Racing’s facility in Poughkeepsie, NY, following receipt of its first vehicle, which will be fully-built by Caterham at its Dartford factory.
Despatched today (Monday, 23 April), Dyson Racing’s SP/300.R will be deployed as the company’s demonstrator car, with further vehicles due to land Stateside just a few weeks later.
Dyson Racing has been heavily involved in the development of the SP/300.R, having sent former Le Mans 24 Hours winner, Guy Smith and Technical Director, Peter Weston, to Caterham’s test sessions during development.
Team Vice President and Sporting Director, Chris Dyson, said: “Like many of our customers, we can’t wait to get our hands on the SP/300.R. As in the UK, the popularity of track day driving is rocketing and the new vehicle is ideal for anybody who wants a reliable and cost-effective vehicle with very serious but accessible performance.”
Caterham Cars’ International Business Development Manager, David Ridley, said: “Working with a very successful outfit like Dyson Racing has been a pleasure. They will be first to receive the SP/300.R and we are confident that their customers will love the car’s performance and low running costs.
“Dyson’s expertise in the US market is second-to-none and, even before a fully-built car has arrived on U.S. shores, demand has been strong.”
Dyson continued: “The SP/300.R is an amazing car. It mirrors the technology and the appearance of the Lola Le Mans prototypes that our team campaigns in the American Le Mans Series, but has been carefully-designed to be affordable.”
For more information about the Caterham SP/300.R please visit http://www.caterham-spr.com/. US-based customers should contact Dyson Racing – visit www.dysonracing.com or contact Steve Potter on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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