Caterham Superlight R500 Sports Enough Power

Written by tonks on May 13, 2008

Caterham Superlight R500The 2008 Caterham Superlight R500 has been given the amount of power that we all need and love in a true racer and also sharper handling to help control it when we are cruising at high speeds. It weighs 506kg and has the ability to push out 263 bhp with 177 pound per ft of torque that is transferred to the rear wheels. With the kind of power that it holds it can shoot from 0 – 60mph in only 2.88 seconds.

Lurking under the hood is the alloy 2.0 liter Ford Duratec engine. Fed by its roller barrel throttle bodies, the normally aspirated, four-cylinder mill is tuned by Caterham Powertrain to unleash a monster. The continuous acceleration is transmitted through each ratio by either the standard 6-speed gearbox or the optional Caterham Motorsport engineered sequential transmission.

The performance of the R500 is controlled by race developed Avon CR500 tires and a suspension set up that includes weight reducing aero wishbones and fully adjustable dampers. Bringing the R500 to a steady halt is the four piston calipers clamping on vented discs at the front and light weight twin piston rear calipers. The new performance upgrades for the R500 include a sequential transmission, launch control, a gulping Carbon Induction Airbox and Eibach Springs and dampers derived from the Caterham C400 race series.

Housed within the modified 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 2008 Caterham superlight R500 is on sale from a starting price of £36,995.


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