Time for Tea? R500 vs 996 GT2

It's quite an old video, this one, having been shot way back in 2009. But 8m 29s of a buzzy little 500kg Caterham R500 terrorizing a 996 GT2 around the Nurburgring is always worth a look, even if you've seen it before.

Although the GT2 clearly has the legs of the Caterham on the straights, it simply can't keep up on the tighter sections, even when the driver is indulging in some, er, rather lairy cornering techniques.

Talking of the driver, it's one Dario Margutti of Mythos Cars, the Italian distributor for Caterham and Gardner Douglas (you may remember him from this equally heroic Gardener Douglas GD70 video). A man with balls of tungsten, clearly...

Thanks to PHer Plotloss for reminding us of this fab pair of videos...



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  • Gary C 13 Nov 2014

    Good camera mount in the 996. Seems to maintain a level position despite the car movement.

  • monthefish 11 Nov 2014

    Christ, that boy in the Caterham can drive!!
    (GT2 pilot pretty handy too)

    And if there's any doubt about how bumpy the ring is (it was the most surprising thing I found when I first went there), just see how much suspension travel the Caterham is using!

  • Lordbenny 30 Oct 2014

    Sorry but I can't get excited about a video of a Porsche driver in his rear view mirror no matter how good the driving is!

  • Reardy Mister 30 Oct 2014

    Few people can say they can literally take an R500 by the scruff of the neck and properly wring it, let alone around the 'ring. That man is a deity.

  • RegMolehusband 26 Oct 2014

    However, having owned a couple of 400+ bhp/tonne Caterhams I would have to say it's just wrong to have an R500 with a full screen. It would have performed significantly better without it.

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