Top American sportscar team, Dyson Racing, has been named by Caterham Cars as the official U.S. distributor for the new Caterham-Lola SP/300.R sports model when the first batch of this brand new race and trackday automobile arrives in the country by early 2012. The two companies share a mutual partnership with Lola Cars.
Dyson Racing’s connection with Lola Cars goes back more than twenty years. Dyson Racing is among the most successful and oldest privateer race teams in America, having played in IMSA GTO and GTP, SCCA Trans-Am, GRAND-AM, CART and Indy Lights championships since its creation in 1974.
Dyson, which sealed the 2011 ALMS LMP1 Drivers and Team tournament on September 17, will get its demonstration vehicle early next year, with consumer automobiles being shipped to the States from Spring onwards. Team Vice President and Sporting Director, Chris Dyson, commented that Dyson Racing is "pleased" to work with Caterham as the exclusive importer of the SP/300.R for the country.
He added that trackday driving is a "rapidly-growing phenomenon in America" and the vehicle will be "ideal for the many enthusiasts" of the sport. He further stated that there is no vehicle company " more dedicated to producing cars that are pure fun to drive than Caterham," adding that they expect that the SP/300.R will make driving more enjoyable while spending less money.
Caterham Cars has once again turned on a new page to the most exciting happening in its fifty-year history. That’s because the One-make Series and Trackday Community have made them build the first special sports car prototype for the event.
The Caterham-Lola SP/300-R was unwrapped at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham, UK. The limited edition sports car is up to the standards of the renowned Seven models but it is faster, more lightweight and has better confidence on the road.
Caterham and Lola Cars are two famous engineering brands with British heritage. The one-off prototype model is built in partnership with Lola Cars. Caterham Motorsport will also feature the new and improved Ford Duratec powerplant on the beautifully designed SP/300-R. The supercharged Duratec can deliver as much as 300bhp.
Caterham will be almost ready to show off the SP/300-R prototype at the 2012 championship. It comes as no surprise why the British engineering brand is bent on developing the “handling” and the powertrain’s optimum performance. Interestingly, a road-legal version is also being thought about but it’s too early to tell if it will push through.
Apparently, only twenty-five SP/300-R units will be produced yearly. Caterham wants to maintain the brand’s high quality standards as well as the exclusive customer-care service for its clients. Still, the Caterham SP/300-R will take the company a step higher when it comes to the local and international racing scene. The Caterham-Lola prototype will also provide inspiration to the ever-growing Trackday Community in the UK as well as around the world.
Caterham’s core motorsport principles have always been geared towards accessibility, reliability and affordability. For this reason, the new model bears design cues from the legendary Seven. In fact, this is the latest model since the Caterham 21 road car was released.
Together with Lola Cars, Caterham engineers were able to produce the most impressively designed “downforce” and aerodynamic styling for the two-seater SP/300-R. Likewise, they also developed the most flawless braking system and powerplant so that the Caterham-Lola will deliver the best riding and handling experience to anyone behind the wheel.
Overall, the legendary Seven’s motorsport heritage will continue to shine on the new Caterham-Lola SP/300-R. This is just in time as the brand is on its way to expand globally. Be that as it may, loyal customers will continue to benefit from the Company’s motorsport infrastructure without having to worry about the price and quality standards being affected in the process.