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Caterham Superlight R500

Caterham Superlight R500

Caterham Superlight R500

Year (of specifications) 2002 -
Engine 1.8 L, Rover K series 4 cylinder
Transmission 6-speed close ratio manual
Max speed 145 mph
0-60 mph 3.5 seconds
Horsepower 230 bhp @ 8,600 rpm
weight 470 kgs

Weighing just 470 kg, the lightweight R500 packs a 530bhp per tonne punch from the specially bored 1998cc Rover K Series engine. Impressive figures but the real clout comes from the 190lb ft of torque that kicks in at less than 4,000 revs.

The Spartan cabin of the Caterham R500 is dressed with lightweight carbon-fibre trim, carbon-kevlar race seats and the classic Superlight Stack speedometer. New lightweight 13-inch eight-spoke wheels shod with Avon CR500 tyres help convert the raw power into road performance, whilst the AP Racing brakes have been fine-tuned at endurance events at Nurburgring and in the USA.

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