Caparo Lays Claim To Top Gear Power Lap

But could Ultima be quicker?
But could Ultima be quicker?
Caparo, maker of the outlandish T1, has asked Top Gear for another crack at the programme’s Power Lap leader board.

The T1 set a lap time of 1:10.6 - seven seconds quicker than the Koenigsegg CCX which held the previous record.

However the rules state a car is only allowed on the leader board if it can drive over a speed bump.

Top Gear’s makers decided the Caparo T1 would be unable to do this and removed it from the top of the leader board.

Caparo now claims the production car will be fitted with an adjustable suspension and will therefore be eligible for the Power Lap.

Angad Paul, chief executive officer of Caparo, said: 'We certainly hope that the Caparo T1 is given another chance by Top Gear to take its rightful place at the top of the leader board; even if they put a speed bump on the track we are confident of our success.

The vehicle’s designer, Ben Scott-Geddes added: 'The model we supplied to Top Gear was one of our final engineering vehicles without adjustable ride height and electronic active driver control systems which are standard on our production models.

'When driver’s select the "road" setting, the car is more tractable in slower speed conditions and the ride height is fully adjustable to bring the car up to 90mm clearance, making it more than capable of driving over speed bumps.'

But the Caparo could face stiff opposition if another car, the Ultima GTR720, gets a chance at the Power Lap leader board.

British supercar manufacturer Ultima recently celebrated its 15th anniversary by smashing the lap record on the Top Gear test track.

The Ultima used was fully road legal, with standard tyres, and was even driven to the test track.

Ultima’s director, Richard Marlow, said the company has approached Top Gear on a number of occasions to let the Stig take the wheel of the GTR but has been repeatedly turned down.

They used their own benchmark driver to get the independent figure of 1:12.8, two seconds off the Caparo.

But Mr Marlow wouldn’t rule out further attempts at an even quicker lap with their more powerful and faster GTR800 variant.

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  • AlexKP 20 Nov 2007

    Neither of these are really "road" cars by any sensible definition of the word IMHO. They are track cars that are just about road legal. So to be honest, I am much more interested in the times put up by a Ferrari or Porsche or Lambo than I am in these cars.

  • CommanderJameson 20 Nov 2007

    AlexKP said:
    Neither of these are really "road" cars by any sensible definition of the word IMHO. They are track cars that are just about road legal. So to be honest, I am much more interested in the times put up by a Ferrari or Porsche or Lambo than I am in these cars.
    By that measure, do you want to remove the Atom? After all, that doesn't even have doors!

    I'm actually more interested in the Caparo and the Ultima than I am in the latest Ferrari/Porsche/Lamborghini, because I like the idea of things made in sheds by men in brown overjackets with woodbines behind their ears.

    If it's road legal, it's a road car and should be given a chance at the lap.

  • 900T-R 20 Nov 2007

    CommanderJameson said:
    I'm actually more interested in the Caparo and the Ultima than I am in the latest Ferrari/Porsche/Lamborghini, because I like the idea of things made in sheds by men in brown overjackets with woodbines behind their ears.
    yeshehe

  • Juraise 20 Nov 2007

    Like a Ferrari/ Lambo is practical, yes the Caparo does stretch the boundaries but it is road legal, if we should only include practical cars then it should only include people carriers etc. We should encourage small companies for taking on the big boys not be critical of them.

  • lord summerisle 20 Nov 2007

    900T-R said:
    CommanderJameson said:
    I'm actually more interested in the Caparo and the Ultima than I am in the latest Ferrari/Porsche/Lamborghini, because I like the idea of things made in sheds by men in brown overjackets with woodbines behind their ears.
    yeshehe
    exactly.

    heck, caterham beat the record too with the CSR260 lapping in 1:17.2

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