Developers of the high performance two-seater Caparo T1 are putting the final touches on a near production ready prototype, with the car set to make its debut at this month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in full production trim. The first customer cars are already being readied for the start of production, with orders filling fast at dealers in the UK, US, South Africa and Dubai. The first lucky buyer will receive their F1 car built for the road sometime in July, which comes with a price tag of £190,000 including taxes.

The Caparo T1 is the first series production car ever to break through the 1,000bhp-per-tonne barrier, which features an amazing 1,045bhp-per-tonne power-to-weight ratio. This has been achieved by installing a hand-built 3.5L Caparo V8 engine, which produces 575bhp (425kW) at 10,500rpm and 420Nm (310lbft) at 9,000rpm, into an extremely lightweight body and chassis constructed of advanced composite materials and weighing just 550kg.

The end result is a 0-60mph time of less than 2.5 seconds and the ability to reach 100mph within five seconds. Braking performance is no less impressive with 100mph to standstill being delivered in 3.5 seconds. This means the Caparo T1 is lighter and faster even than a race-winning Le Mans sports car.

Click ahead to see the car’s complete specification list.

Caparo V8 engine specification:

• Bespoke 3.5 litre normally-aspirated fuel-injected V8

• 575bhp (425kW) at 10,500rpm

• 420Nm (310lbft) at 9,000rpm

• Original concept tested at up to 700bhp (515kW) on methanol

• Limited to 10,500rpm for reliability but designed for maximum 12,000rpm

• 90 degree V8, 4 valves per cylinder, 4 overhead camshafts

• 93mm bore / 64.3mm stroke

• Finger follower valve train system

• Lightweight titanium valves

• Aluminium head

• Aluminium block

• Steel billet ‘flat plane’ crankshaft

• Internal piston cooling system

• Aluminium / Nikasil liners

• Gas filled ring cylinder head sealing system

• Dry sump with one-piece sump / ladder frame for increased stiffness

• 8 butterfly throttle system

• Electronic sequential fuel injection system with twin-spray fuel injectors

• Engine concept is essentially to Indy racecar specification but with revs dropped to 10,500rpm for extended reliability in Caparo T1

• Pectel SQ6 engine control unit (ECU)

• Engine is fully stressed but installed in T1 to take torsion loads only

• Longitudinal, lateral and vertical loads taken up by tension and compression links to the rear of the chassis

• Engine runs on 98RON pump fuel at a fuel pressure of 5bar

• Fuel system is a return top tank system to eliminate fuel vapourisation

• Engine bottom end modified from race engine specification to increase main bearing tolerances and help cold start of the engine

• A bespoke carbon air-box and filter tray has been designed and installed to suit the Caparo T1

• Air filter is a mesh and washable filter system

• All up engine weight with ancillaries is circa 116kg

Caparo T1 vehicle specification

Overall description

• Advanced technology composites for ultra lightweight construction

• 575bhp V8 engine / 550kg kerb weight

• 1,045bhp-per-tonne power-to-weight ratio for ultra high performance

• Fully tuneable aerodynamics

• 2-seater

• Rear mid-engine layout

• Built for discerning customers but also technology flagship for Caparo Vehicle Technologies - demonstrating principles of lightweight vehicle design which can also be applied to everyday cars


• Front cockpit road aero screen, other options available for track use

• Ground effect diffuser

• Adjustable front twin element wing

• Adjustable rear single element wing

• Adjustable fowler flaps

• Low drag body design

• Range of wing options for road and track


• Magnesium cased lightweight high ratio steering rack

• Bespoke removable steering wheel


• Dry sump tank 8 litres

• Fuel tank 70 litres


• Carbon fibre multi part body with tuneable aerodynamics

• Designed in sections for easy repair

• Carbon/glass and Nomex panel construction


• 2-seater carbon/aluminium honeycomb monocoque

• Separate front composite crash structure

• Rear tubular aerospace grade steel space-frame


• Streamline double wishbone front and rear

• Tuneable front and rear anti-roll bar

• Five-way adjustable race dampers


• Central safety cell with high strength steel roll hoop

• Composite front crash structure

• Head protection system

• 6-point harness for driver and passenger compatible with HANS (head and neck restraint system) device

• Fire system


• Fully tuneable engine ECU

• Bespoke wiring aerospace grade loom

• Multi-function race dash including data logging

• Speed sensors for traction and launch control

• Fly-by-wire throttle for optimum tuning


• Bespoke magnesium pneumatic paddle-shift gear change

• Paddle-shift gear change control

• Limited slip differential

• Equal length hollow tripode driveshafts

• Various gear and final drive ratios available


• 355mm diameter steel race discs front and rear

• Fully floating discs

• Front 6 pot billet machined race callipers

• Rear 4 pot billet machined race callipers

• Fully adjustable brake bias pedal box

• Pad compound options available


• Road legal SVA approved road version and full track versions available

• Road and track parts fully interchangeable

• Wet weather canopy/bib screen or race screen

• Further bespoke options to individual customer requirements


• 550kg (dry weight)