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Thursday 4th October 2012

Caterham confirms supercharged R600

275hp Superlight R600 for new flagship Caterham race series - hold onto your hats!



We've already had a sneak preview of the supercharged Caterham Superlight R300 at the 'ring and damned exciting it was too! Now confirmed as the Superlight R600, the new 275hp racer - sharing much of its engine tech with the SP/300.R, has been officially confirmed by Caterham and will debut as a new flagship race series next year.

All traditional Seven cuteness is gone!
All traditional Seven cuteness is gone!
Costing £44,995 (including VAT) as a standalone car or available as an upgrade package for existing Superlight R300 race cars ("from £15,995" including VAT), the R600 package creates the fastest, most powerful Seven racing car yet seen.

"Caterham racing just got even more interesting," says Caterham motorsport boss Simon Lambert in a press releases peppered with words like 'extreme' and 'aggressiveness'. Like it needed to, going by our experience in the more lowly Roadsport Championship recently!

Lambert continues, "as the fastest Seven we've ever built, this will provide our existing R300 racers with a real step up and a new and exciting challenge, even for experienced drivers. The R600 represents an increase in aggressiveness, although the linear power delivery of the supercharged engine makes it superbly driveable, much like the R300."

Now imagine 20-odd similar cars around you...
Now imagine 20-odd similar cars around you...
Based around the same 2.0-litre Ford Duratec engine as the rest of the Superlight range, the R600's 200lb ft of torque is 13 per cent more than even the R500 and drives through a six-speed sequential gearbox and a Titan limited-slip differential. Put basically, it's an SP/300.R without the downforce, which is a pretty exciting recipe, especially on a grid that, ultimately, should comprise 30 cars. The Superlight R600 Championship therefore provides a next step for drivers who've progressed through the various Caterham championships and are looking for something even more thrilling.

 





   
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alexaras

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YES !!!

GranCab

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With lights and 'plates please ...

adma23

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Book me one as soon as they're road legal. Put some wet weather gear on while you're at it. That's the same power as my Exige S... only MUCH lighter.

Beefmeister

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Will this be available as a road car?

FWDRacer

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My only worry is that whilst the car gets "lairyer", the cage tubes don't get any thicker...
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GroundEffect

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DDg said:
Difficult to put on a number plate - there's an oil cooler where it normally goes.
That's a CAC wink

MagicalTrevor

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drivingcloud9

Wonderful! And as somebody up there ^ said... with lights and a license plate please smile

A Scotsman

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They should run this as one make series as part of the BTCC programme and dump the Clios. It would be much more interesting to watch..

FWDRacer

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Charge Air Cooler

The Crack Fox

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yes. yes. yes. oh baby, yes. yes. yes. YES. OOOOH YES ! YES. YES. YESSSSS. SAY MY NAME, BIATCH ! OH YEAH !!!! YESSSSS OH CATERHAM, YESSSSSSSSSS !

....and what are the finance options for this car ? I have no p/x. I'll take mine in grey please and lose the stripes.


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Mark B

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Fantastic..

Dan Trent

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PH Editor Bloke

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Just taken a call from Caterham with some bad news! The price quoted in the release supplied to us was a little optimistic and the confirmed RRP, including VAT, is actually £44,995. Main story updated accordingly and as soon as we have a price on the upgrade package to go from R300 > R600 we'll add that too.

Cheers!

Dan

smartypants

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That will be brutal!

chrisironside

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BEAST.

DaveH23

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FWDRacer said:
My only worry is that whilst the car gets "lairyer", the cage tubes don't get any thicker...
I refer you back to clarksons comment about TVR with no airbags or ABS.... Dont Crash it.

Krikkit

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£45k for that level of mentalness. Wow.

ikarl

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I'm actually really excited about this!


Shewie

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GranCab said:
With lights and 'plates please ...
What he says... yes

thinfourth2

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adma23 said:
Book me one as soon as they're road legal. Put some wet weather gear on while you're at it. That's the same power as my Exige S... only MUCH lighter.
You can always tell those that have never owned a caterham

They want the wet weather gear

Caterham owners normally realise a hat is far more sensible, lighter, cheaper and crucially dryer

Krikkit

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Or, for wet-weather work commutes, a set of waterproof overalls and full-face crash helmet!
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