The Superlight R500 represents the ultimate expression of Colin Chapman's fundamentals
Stripped to the bare essentials, all unnecessary comforts are removed to save weight and reduce mass. As with the other Caterham 7 Superlight models, the result is a car with performance to take your breath away by delivering driving thrills in the purest form. However, the R500 takes these values and triple distills them into super refined Class A, 101 octane, artillery caliber, weapons grade driving thrills.
Whilst the Superlight R500 shares some common parts with the other Superlight model, it has many bespoke standard and optional items that define its intentions of being the ultimate performance model in our range. Weight savings are achieved through a philanthropic application of carbon-fibre goodies, bringing the total weight of the car in at just 506kgs. Extreme performance is attained through cramming the engine bay with as many horses as possible - 263 of them to be precise. Mathematicians amongst you will have already calculated that anyone committed enough to strap themselves into the Kevlar race seats will be deploying a mighty 520 bhp-per-tonne with their right foot, capable of firing the car from 0-60 mph in just 2.88 seconds.
The R500 incorporates the motorsport expertise of Caterham Engineering, gained through 20 years of its industry leading one-make race championships. The Caterham Seven is among the most raced car models in the world, with over 700 competitors across 11 countries. Everything Caterham has learnt about performance and safety is incorporated into the design of the Superlight. Indeed, the R500's optional sequential gearbox has been tested thoroughly through our motorsport programme, clocking up track time equivalent to over a full season's worth of testing, practicing, qualifying and racing in just a few months. What's more, in another first for Caterham, we utilised the experience of over 50 racing drivers from various Caterham race series' to test the gearbox. In all of this testing, the gearbox did not experience a single failure and was unanimously well received.
If you want a pure driver's car that delivers blistering on-road performance, raw driving thrills and outrageous track-day ability in equal measure then the Superlight R500 is for you.
The Superlight R500 is available as a factory built car only, hand-built by our skilled team at our factory in Dartford, Kent.
|2.0 litre Ford Duratec|
|Limited slip differential|
|6 Speed gearbox|
|De-Dion rear suspension|
|Wide-track front wishbones|
|High performance dampers|
|Ventilated front brake discs + quad piston calipers|
|Powder coated interior|
|Carbon fibre front wings|
|Carbon fibre rear wings|
|Carbon fibre nose cone|
|Carbon fibre dashboard with bespoke switch gear|
|STACK digital dashboard|
|Alloy wheels with AVON CR500 tyres|
|4 point race harness|
|Carbon fibre seats|
|Push button start|
|Sequential shift light|
|Carbon aero screen|
|Momo Q/R steering wheel|
|Lowered floors (driver and passenger)|
|6-speed sequential gearbox|
|Full weather gear|
|Leather adjustable seats|
|Carbon fibre track day airbox|
|Track day roll bar|
|Battery Master Switch|
|Race 4 point harnesses|
|Avon ZZR trackday wheel and tyre package|
|Large diameter trackday silencer|
|Interim catalyst bypass pipe|
|Caterham Seven Superlight R500|
|Engine: 2.0 litre Ford Duratec|
|Max Power (bhp/rpm): 263 @ 8500rpm|
|Max Torque (lbs ft/rpm): 177 @ 7200rpm|
|0-60mph: 2.88 seconds|
|Top speed: 148mph|
As standard all Caterhams are supplied unpainted in aluminium finish with coloured fibre glass wings and nose. For an additional fee your Caterham can be painted in one of our standard finishes or request in any colour you wish.
Want an alternative colour? Request another finish
Vehicles shown may include optional extras that are not included in the standard specification.
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