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
engineCosworth Developed Ford Duratec Inline-4 w/Dry Sump Lubrication
valvetrain4-Valves / Cyl
displacement2261 cc / 138.0 in³
bore87.5 mm / 3.44 in
stroke94 mm / 3.7 in
power193.9 kw / 260 bhp @ 7500 rpm
specific output114.99 bhp per litre
bhp/weight460.18 bhp per tonne
torque271.16 nm / 200 ft lbs @ 6200 rpm
body / frameAluminum Body w/Composite Panels
driven wheelsRWD w/Limited Slip Differential
front tires195/45R15
rear tires255/40R15
f brake sizemm / in
r brake sizemm / in
front wheelsF 38.1 x 16.5 cm / 15 x 6.5 in
rear wheelsR 38.1 x 22.9 cm / 15 x 9 in
curb weight565 kg / 1246 lbs
wheelbase2315 mm / 91.1 in
front track1505 mm / 59.3 in
rear track1465 mm / 57.7 in
length3300 mm / 129.9 in
width1685 mm / 66.3 in
height1140 mm / 44.9 in
gear ratios:1
top speed~249.4 kph / 155 mph
0 – 60 mph~3.1 seconds