Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Lighten Up, Man: Caterham CSR260 Ultralight

The Caterham CSR260 Superlight

Because the top-of-the-line Caterham CSR260 is apparently not extreme enough, the company has one-upped itself and unveiled the CSR260 Superlight. Mechanically, the car is generally the same as its heavier sibling, save for one significant difference we'll get to shortly. Power still comes from a 2.3 liter Ford Duratec engine that pumps out 260 horsepower - enough to send the 1300 lb. rocket from 0 to 60 mph in a mind-numbing 3.1 seconds. Top speed is 155 mph, and considering how low and small the little open-topper is, it probably feels like double that from the seats.

The CSR260 Superlights goes from zero (above) to 60 mph in a paltry 3.1 seconds.

The Superlight has identical performance numbers, but is different in that it sheds 55 pounds of its total weight. To that end, the windshield, carpeting, heater and weather equipment (wipers, etc.) all get tossed. Sitting in the area vacated by the windshield is a carbon fiber wind deflector. The lightweight material is also used for the dash and wings. The cockpit gets a powder-coat treatment, and most of the exposed aluminum gets blacked out (Caterham calls that the "black pack"). The Superlight also gets faster steering, a new limited slip differential, and new "Dynamic Suspensions" dampers developed by Multimatic. Cementing the racecar feel is a removable MOMO steering wheel.

New dampers are dialed in by Multimatic.

Finished cars start at £37,995 (around $70,000 USD), and can be ordered now. Deliveries to customers begin in August.

Source: Caterham Cars Ltd.
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