Dyson Racing, the incumbent American Le Mans Series (ALMS) LMP1 champion team, will be the first to receive Caterham's SP/300.R this week. The SP/300.R is the Caterham Cars' new track and race day automobile. The team is one of the longest-running and most successful race teams in America. It has competed in IMSA GTO and GTP, GRAND-AM, SCCA Trans-Am, CART and Indy Lights championships since it was established in 1974.
The US variant of the Caterham and Lola-designed automobile will be built to specifications suitable to the American market, with final assembly made at the Poughkeepsie facility of Dyson Racing in New York after receiving its first vehicle. This automobile will be fully-built by Caterham at its Dartford factory. The SP/300.R of Dyson Racing has been dispatched on April 23, 2012, and will be deployed as the company's demonstrator automobile.
More units are due to arrive in the country just a few weeks later. The team has been closely involved in creation of the SP/300.R. It has sent Guy Smith, who is a former Le Mans 24 Hours winner, as well as Technical Director Peter Weston to the test sessions of Caterham during the development phase. Chris Dyson, Team Vice President and Sporting Director, commented that they can't wait to get hold of the SP/300.R. He related that similarly in the United Kingdom, track day driving becomes more popular faster.
He also said that the new automobile is "ideal" for those looking for a cost-effective and reliable vehicle "with very serious but accessible performance." David Ridley, International Business Development Manager at Caterham Cars, shared that collaborating with a "very successful outfit like Dyson Racing" has been a "pleasure." He added that they are confident that Dyson Racing's customers will love the low running costs as well as the performance of the SP/300.R. He noted that the expertise of Dyson in the US market is "second-to-none" and that even before a fully-built automobile was introduced in the country, demand has been strong.