lb-ft @ 8500 rpm
500 hp @ 10,000 rpm
lbs per hp
208.3 hp per liter
under 3 seconds
(from Caterham Cars
and RS Performance Press Release) Caterham announces official
powerhouse V8 engine delivers 1,000 plus bhp-per-tonne
For those wanting an expression of British sportscar exclusivity,
Caterham Cars has joined forces with RS Performance to offer the
ultimate in bespoke Seven coachbuilding.
Caterham has long been the epitome of personalised motoring with
almost every version of the 12,000 Sevens on the road differing from
one another. The joint venture takes that famous philosophy to an
altogether new level.
RS Performance is an exclusive, niche engineering house. Born out of
the passion and pedigree of its founder, Russell Savory, it will
offer an everything is possible service to Caterham customers
wanting cars truly built to order.
Using the motorsport-honed Caterham chassis and benchmark technology
as a cosmetic and engineering base, RS Performance, will turn
imagination into reality, says Savory.
The heartbeat of every RS-monikered Seven will be the unique RST-V8
With more than 16 years of development behind it by Russell Savory,
the 40-valve, 2.4 litre engine reliably delivers an incredible
400bhp in normally aspirated mode, or over 500bhp as a supercharged
varient, whilst weighing only 90kg in full running gear.
The unbridled lightness of the RST-V8 matched to the already
featherweight Seven chassis delivers a power-to-weight ratio of over
1000bhp per tonne more than double of a Bugatti Veyron.
This unique partnership will be open to customers looking for the
ultimate in exclusivity, and carry a price tag to reflect the
tailoring, detail and hand-built craftsmanship that will go into
every RS-badged Caterham.
Validation of the engineering houses abilities comes in the form of
the supercharged Levante. This is the first Seven to rollout of RS
Performances Hertfordshire doors and which only seven more of this
type will be available.
With a 12 week waiting time and costing over £115,000, this
supercharged engineering masterpiece boasts a modern interpretation
of the Sevens classic looks with a sophisticated electronics
package with traction and launch control to help get the phenomenal
power to the floor. Weight reduction runs throughout the car, from
the carbon fibre interior finished with Kevlar seats down to the
hosing used on the cooling systems
The RS Performance badge will sit alongside the established, and
soon to be expanded, Ford powered Caterham Seven range.
Caterham and Russell Savory have a long history, and this seemed a
natural progression of that relationship and shared engineering
philosophy, explained Ansar Ali, Caterham Cars managing director.
For more information visit
www.rsperformance.co.uk or call 01883 333 700
RS Performance RST-V8 Engine
Capacity 2.4 litre
Construction Aluminium main frame with dry sump
Max Power 380 bhp @10,000rpm / 500+bhp @ 10,000rpm
Max Torque 190 lbsft @ 8500rpm / 300 lbsft@ 8500rpm
Overall length 45.6mm
Overall width 45.6mm
Service intervals 8000 miles (minor) / 30,000 miles
(major service & belt change)
RS Performance Levante Technical
115,000 (dependent on specification)
Chassis Caterham SV
Engine 2.4-litre, 40-valve RST-V8 supercharged
Max Power 500+bhp @ 10,000rpm
Max Torque 300 lbsft @ 8500rpm
Supercharge boost 0.8 psi
Gearbox 6-speed sequential, paddle shift option
0-60mph (claimed) Less than 3 seconds
Top Speed 150mph (limited)
Overall length 3530mm
Overall width 1685mm
Weight From 520kgs
Suspension de Dion rear, Nitron 3-way adjustable shocks
Wheels Image Billet; front 8 x 15, rear 10 x 15
Tyres Avon CR500; front 195/45-15, rear 245/40-15
Brakes Hi Spec; front 280mm vented, rear 260mm.
Exhaust system BTB 2 x 4-2-1 rear exit
Dashboard Farringdon and SPA design
Driver aids Traction Control, Launch Control
Additional Two day driver training course provided on
delivery of vehicle