2006 Caterham Seven CSR 260 Lightweight

In a perfect example of automotive alchemy, Caterham Cars is set to deliver all the driving excitement associated with its stripped-out Superlight versions to the range-topping Caterham CSR260 model, to create the brand new Caterham CSR260 Superlight.

Aimed at the enthusiast, the 2.3 litre Cosworth-powered road legal Caterham CSR260 Superlight brings all the performance credentials associated with its stablemate, like a supercar-humbling 0-60mph time of 3.1 seconds and a licence-losing top speed of 155mph, yet swaps the windscreen, carpet, heater and weather gear for a limited slip differential and a quicker steering rack. Decisively, it also premiers Dynamic Suspensions dampers manufactured by MTCe as original equipment for an undiluted performance driving experience.

The result is a breath-taking Caterham experience that blends no frills road legal agility with devastating track capability.

Twenty five kilos lighter than the standard CSR260, this model variant also adds distinctive Superlight styling to the exterior, including a wind deflector, a carbon fibre dashboard and wings, a black powder coated cockpit, quick release MOMO steering wheel and black pack that disguises otherwise aluminium detailing.

A natural extension of the CSR range, this Superlight model delivers all the thrills of frantic acceleration, pin-sharp steering, high revving eager performance mated to a close ratio six speed box, in a sportscar that is perfectly balanced to focus the driver solely on driving and smiling.

With a power-to-weight ratio of 460 BHP per tonne, the Caterham CSR260 Superlight finds itself in similar company to the 323 000 GBP Porsche Carrera GT or the 118 000 GBP Ferrari F430.

In a now customary move, Caterham has developed an options list that highlights the cost alongside the weight of items such as windscreen, heater, weather gear, dry sump, track day roll-over bar and fire extinguisher.

Caterham is taking orders now with the first cars delivered in August. Prices start at 37 995 GBP fully built. Visit www.caterham.co.uk for further information.

Story by Caterham Car Sales & Coachworks Limited, edited by Supercars.net

In Detail

price $ $ 33 950 GBP
engine Cosworth Developed Ford Duratec Inline-4 w/Dry Sump Lubrication
valvetrain 4-Valves / Cyl
displacement 2261 cc / 138.0 in³
bore 87.5 mm / 3.44 in
stroke 94 mm / 3.7 in
power 193.9 kw / 260 bhp @ 7500 rpm
specific output 114.99 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 460.18 bhp per tonne
torque 271.16 nm / 200 ft lbs @ 6200 rpm
body / frame Aluminum Body w/Composite Panels
driven wheels RWD w/Limited Slip Differential
front tires 195/45R15
rear tires 255/40R15
f brake size mm / in
r brake size mm / in
front wheels F 38.1 x 16.5 cm / 15 x 6.5 in
rear wheels R 38.1 x 22.9 cm / 15 x 9 in
curb weight 565 kg / 1246 lbs
wheelbase 2315 mm / 91.1 in
front track 1505 mm / 59.3 in
rear track 1465 mm / 57.7 in
length 3300 mm / 129.9 in
width 1685 mm / 66.3 in
height 1140 mm / 44.9 in
transmission 6-Speed
gear ratios :1
top speed ~249.4 kph / 155 mph
0 – 60 mph ~3.1 seconds