Caterham Brings the SP/300.R

The British-made Caterham Seven is, by almost any metric, a rather peculiar-looking car, somewhat like something you could imagine a real-life Mr.

The British-made Caterham Seven is, by almost any metric, a rather peculiar-looking car, somewhat like something you could imagine a real-life Mr. Potato Head driving. The car is lightweight and fast. But with the various elements wrought so broadly (“Here are the tires. Here are the fenders. Here is the body. Here’s the windscreen. . . .”) it has a somewhat cartoonish appearance:

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So compare that with this:

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This is Caterham’s latest undertaking. It’s called the SP/300.R.

Mr. Potato Head, meet Tron.

The car is powered by a Caterham supercharged Ford Duratec 2.0-liter that produces 300 hp @ 7,500 rpm. It has a Lola-developed aluminum honeycomb monocoque chassis and a seven-piece polyurethane body system. The weight of the car is a mere 1,199 lb.

Top speed: 180.2 mph.

While the car as designed and engineered is meant for the track, according to Caterham, “Once we have the race car where we want it to be, we will investigate the feasibility of transferring the performance and handling characteristics of the SP/300.R to a road-legal version.” That would be road-legal in the U.K.

One interesting aspect of the seven-piece plastic body engineering is that it is designed not only for purposes of being lightweight, but panels can be quickly removed by a single person, thereby reducing repair time in the pits.

The price? £60,000 (~$95,500).