Caterham has unveiled its first forced induced Seven model ever, the Superlight R600. Powered by a supercharged, 2.0-liter Ford Duratec engine, the Superlight R600 packs 275-hp and will cost around $73,000 (£44,995).
Caterham is already expecting a 16-car field for the debut in the Superlight R600 Championship Series in 2013. The dedicated series builds on Caterham Motorsport’s ladder, that is currently topped by the highly successful R300 series.
The R600 is backed with 200 lb-ft of torque and represents a 13-percent increase over the current top-range Superlight R500. The supercharged Ford powerplant is mated to a six-speed, sequential gearbox. In addition, the R600 features a Titan limited-slip differential and Avon slicks or wets, for increased traction and lap times.
“As the fastest Seven we’ve ever built, this will provide our existing R300 racers with a real step up and a new and exciting challenge, even for experienced drivers,” said Simon Lambert, Caterham’s Chief Motorsport and Technical Officer. “The R600 represents an increase in aggressiveness, although the linear power delivery of the supercharged engine makes it superbly driveable, much like the R300.”
Current R300 owners can upgrade to an R600, though pricing has not yet been determined.