liter Ford Duratec inline-4
lb-ft @ 7200 rpm
hp @ 8500 rpm
lbs per hp
131.5 hp per liter
(from Caterham Press
Release) THE NEW CATERHAM R500 HARDER, BETTER, FASTER,
0-60mph in 2.88
2.0 litre Ford
Duratec engine tuned to produce 263bhp
dashboard including keyless ignition
sequential gearbox & launch control
For those really
serious about their driving, the famous supercar-slaying R500
moniker is back with the arrival of the all-new Caterham Seven
The latest model from
the British sportscar manufacturer takes the minimalist, lightweight
Seven philosophy to a new level with more power, sharper handling
and for those venturing on track the option of launch control and
the Caterham Motorsport engineered sequential gearbox.
Weighing just 506kg and producing 263bhp, R500 is the most potent
race-tuned production Seven yet.
The Series 3 chassis flagship model blasts out 520bhp-per-tonne and
is capable of propelling itself from 0-60mph in 2.88 seconds,
delivering a pure adrenalin fix for those committed enough to strap
themselves into the Kevlar race seats.
The original R500 was legendary, with the old Rover K-series powered
machine rewriting performance records for 0-60mph and 0-100-0mph
times. This new variant has been equipped to supersede its
predecessor by embracing the very latest in lightweight engineering
techniques and technology.
Lurking under the lightened bonnet is the all-alloy 2.0 litre Ford
Duratec engine. Fed by its roller barrel throttle bodies, the
normally aspirated, four-cylinder mill is tuned by Caterham
Powertrain (CPT) to unleash a monster; 263bhp with a heaving 177
lb-ft of torque transmitted to the rear wheels. The relentless
acceleration is transmitted through each ratio by either the
standard 6-speed gearbox or the optional Caterham Motorsport
engineered sequential transmission.
To help reign in such extreme performance are race-developed Avon
CR500 tyres and a suspension set-up that includes weight saving aero
wishbones and fully adjustable dampers. Bringing things ferociously
to a halt are four-piston calipers clamping on vented discs at the
front and lightweight twin piston rear calipers.
Performance upgrades for the R500 aimed squarely at the track day
market include a sequential transmission, launch control, a gulping
Carbon Induction Airbox and Eibach Springs and dampers derived from
the Caterham C400 race series.
The R500 isnt just about big performance statistics though;
refinements and Seven firsts feature throughout and help distinguish
it from its stablemates.
In true Colin Chapman spirit, engineers sought to add lightness to
the chassis in order to improve the overall performance.
To shed a massive 9kg from the already featherlight chassis utilised
by the R400, Caterham left no bolt unscrewed - more carbon and
Kevlar feature than previously, thinner body panels have been
utilised right through to aluminium rear light housings.
Discreet exterior styling tweaks carried over from the flagship CSR
models offer both form and function - the carbon winglets increasing
downforce and the cats tongue grill aiding cooling and
aerodynamics. A carbon leather boot cover and clear rear lights are
Housed within the revised chassis is keyless ignition, a
quick-release Momo steering wheel with integrated indicator switches
and an innovative dashboard featuring flush fitted switchgear, ACES
sequential gear change lights and a new Stack display with scrolling
text. The carbon dash is also finished with a detailed engraved
plaque to show each cars number.
On sale immediately, the factory built Superlight R500 starts at