As you may know already, Caterham launched the Caterham-Lola SP/300.R racing car back in January at the 2011 Autosport International Show at Birmingham’s NEC. After only one month and a half the British manufacturer announced that it already sold 14 of the 25 Caterham-Lola SP/300.R racing cars that will be built this year.
Caterham announced that it will build only 25 of the lightweight, 300bhp sports prototype racers a year because it will focus on enhancing build quality and maintaining its acclaimed one-to-one customer service.
According to the manufacturer, the SP/300.R will form the basis of its own one-make race championship in 2012 and will compete alongside the Cooper Tire British F3 International Series.
For those who don’t know, the Caterham-Lola SP/300.R was created in partnership with British engineering brand, Lola Cars, and it is powered by a Ford Duratec 2.0-liter engine delivering around 300 bhp.
Thanks to this engine the car, which has a total weight of sub-600 kg, is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 2.5 seconds and has a top speed of around 170 mph or 273 km/h. The Caterham-Lola SP/300.R is priced at £60,000, excluding local taxes.
Caterham Cars, in partnership with Lola Cars, has unveiled the new Caterham-Lola SP/300.R -- its first ever sports prototype racing car developed for a one-make series and for the track day population -- at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham, United Kingdom. This prototype racing car is powered by a new supercharged version of the Ford Duratec engine that could generate around 300bhp.
This means that the Caterham-Lola SP/300.R is not just stylishly lightweight as it is also fast and a confidence-booster. The UK-based carmaker is now in the final phases of development of the powertrain for the Caterham-Lola SP/300.R. It is also in the final stages of development for the vehicle’s handling attributes. All of these developments are in preparation for a one-make series that will commence in 2012.
Interestingly, Caterham is also considering whether it is feasible to create a road-legal version of the Caterham-Lola SP/300.R, which should provide the ‘top end’ natural progression for the carmaker’s already thriving local and international racing ‘ladder.’ It should also offer a new potent model that track day enthusiasts could use. In terms of styling, the Caterham-Lola SP/300 borrows some design cues from the Seven.
Caterham tapped Lola to serve as the technical design consultant for the vehicle’s aerodynamic styling and downforce development. Seven’s engineers were tapped to further develop the car’s Ford Duratec engine and its braking system.
These engineers were also tapped to ensure the Caterham-Lola SP/300.R would still feature the ride and handling characteristics of the famous Caterham Seven. Caterham is planning to build 25 examples of the SP/300.R every year as it wants to focus on further improving the build quality of every car while maximizing the one-to-one customer service it is known for.