Caterham's Superlight R600 To Star In New Racing Series

The Caterham Superlight R600

Caterham is best known for its continuation versions of the iconic Lotus Seven roadster, available in everything from road-going to full-race versions. While all are fast thanks to their light weight (1,133 pounds for a Superlight R300), Caterham has just announced a car it’s calling the fastest Caterham Seven race car to date.

The Superlight R600 comes powered by a supercharged 2.0-liter Ford Duratec engine, good for some 275 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque. Power goes to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox, and a Titan limited-slip differential ensures optimal traction from the Avon racing slicks.

Since building a track car without a dedicated racing series is a bit pointless, the Superlight R600 will star in the 2013 Superlight R600 Championship, which gives drivers the ability to compete in a faster series than the current range-topping (and very successful) R300 Championship.

Caterham is expecting a minimum of 16 Superlight R600 cars racing in 2013, with 30 anticipated on the grid in 2014. Customers in the U.K. without cars can purchase a new Caterham Superlight R600 for £44,995 ($72,478), while those with R300 can have their cars upgraded for a yet-to-be-specified price.

Sadly, those of us on this side of the pond need not apply. The R600 Championship, like the R300 Championship, is U.K.-based with events at Donington Park, Silverstone, Oulton Park, Brands Hatch, Snetterton and Rockingham. Its sole excursion off British soil is a single event staged at Germany’s Nürburgring.

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