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Published on April 28th, 2012 | by Seán Ward

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First Caterham SP300 R Delivered

If you’ve been wanting to drive around in a car built with input from the Caterham F1 team, and have a spare £80,000 in the bank, then look no further than the Caterham SP/300 R.

The first customer car was delivered this week to the reigning American Le Mans Series LMP1 champion team Dyson Racing, who have confirmed that they will be taking delivery of more cars in the next month.

Team Vice President Chris Dyson said: “As in the UK, the popularity of track day driving is rocketing and the new vehicle is ideal for anybody who wants a reliable and cost-effective vehicle with very serious but accessible performance.

“It’s an amazing car. It mirrors the technology and the appearance of the Lola Le Mans prototypes that our team campaigns in the American Le Mans Series, but has been carefully-designed to be affordable.”

The SP/300 R has been built using all the best technology Caterham has to offer, including ATS centre-lock, 13 inch Formula 3 wheels, AP Racing brakes, incredible LED rear lights, a host of aerodynamic features (including a blown rear-diffuser), a low weight, low cost polyurethane body, an aluminium chassis, rollover hoops, and an adjustable rear wing.

Most important, though, is the engine: a supercharged 2.0 litre Ford engine with 300 bhp and 215 Nm of torque at 7500 rpm. And because it weighs just 545 kg, 0-60 mph takes 2.8 seconds and the top speed is 180 mph.

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