Despite the funky name, the Caterham SP/300.R is a sleek little beastie, built for track days and wheel-to-wheel racing. In the U.S., Dyson Racing has signed on as the car's distributor, and now, the first of the customer cars has shipped.

Designed by Caterham and Lola, the car is aimed at replicating the design and much of the performance of the Lola-built American Le Mans Series prototype cars like those raced by Dyson, but at a more affordable price point, widening access for private buyers.

The car, shipped today, is expected to arrive in the U.S. in a few weeks. It will be used as the demo car for potential buyers. Dyson got the honor of the first customer car to leave the workshop because of its role in helping to develop the car.

The demo car will also serve as the model for future SP/300.Rs, as this one will arrive fully-built, but future versions will come only partially assembled, with final assembly taking place at Dyson's Poughkeepsie, New York facility.