With a list of successful racing series in place, Caterham has decided to bring forth the latest in lightweight high-performance for its road going Seven range – the new Supersport.
It has been two years since Caterham has introduced an all-new Seven model, and this latest model has been designed with the track-day enthusiast in mind. Essentially a road-going version of the race cars in Caterham Supersport series, it comes with a four-cylinder 1.6 litre Ford Sigma engine, tuned by Caterham Motorsport to produce 140hp at 6900 rpm and 120 lb ft of torque at 5790 rpm.
The Supersport is equipped with a five-speed manual transmission and weighs a very low 520 kg (around 1146 lbs), which means it can accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 120mph. Combine the low weight with that power and you get a power-to-weight figure of 269 hp/tonne – which is more than a Porsche 911 Carrera.
The transmission is equipped with “sprint ratios,” which should mean that it has been designed to aid acceleration and favour quick engine responses. Other goodies include a lightweight flywheel, race-prepared suspension, rear limited-slip differential, and 13-inch wheels wrapped around in CR500 Avon tyres.
The Supersport driver will be surrounded by a track-biased dash with integrated change up lights, an aero-screen, anti-roll bars, and racing seats with a four-point race harness in place of a standard seat belt.
Buyers can get the Supersport as a self-build kit for £19,995, or factory-built for £22,995.