The K-Series Superlight R500 was launched in 2002 and immediately became the fastest Caterham ever to be manufactured for sale. The Sevens already ultra light-weight design was taken to extraordinary new levels, with grams being shaved off everything possible. This included fitting the car with carbon fibre front and rear wheel arches as well as a carbon fibre nose cone and dashboard. The aluminium panels which made up the side and rear skins were made from a thinner, lightened piece of aluminium. Even the engines sump and bell-housing were cast from magnesium to further reduce every last ounce of weight.
In addition to the extreme weight saving, Caterham installed a freshly designed, naturally aspirated 1.8L VHPD K-Series engine producing a eye watering 230bhp! The combination of these power gains and weight losses pushing this Sevens power-to-weight ratio to 500bhp per tonne. Thats Bugatti Veyron territory!
This extreme Caterham may not be for the faint of heart, but it is sure to raise the pulses of even the most experienced drivers and has gone down in history as perhaps being Caterham’s purest ultimate performance machine.
This well kept example has been excellently maintained, no matter the cost, chalking up more than £25,000 in service bills over its 21 year life. The result however is an excellently original example of one of the rarest and most highly regarded Caterham’s in history.
Please feel free to contact us for any questions. All our cars come serviced, inspected and MOT’d. We also provide all our cars with an in-house guarantee, to ensure the peace of mind that we care about our vehicles and our customers’ experience.
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Exterior & Weather Equipment
Mercedes Platinum Silver paint
Painted carbon fibre nosecone with exposed carbon tip
Carbon fibre cyclewings
Painted carbon fibre rear wheel arches
Full Superlight roll cage
Carbon fibre aeroscreen
Lighting & Electrical
7″ Black headlamps
Standard Indicator pods
Standard rear light clusters
Master battery isolator switch
Engine & Transmission
1.8L K-Series VHPD R500 engine 230bhp
Ultra light-weight flywheel
R500 carbon fibre Octapus Induction system
4-into-1 R500 exhausts system
Magnesium dry sump and bellhousing
Limited slip differential
Brakes & Suspension
Adjustable platform Caterham Bilstein R500 suspension
Aerofoil wide-track front wishbones
De-Dion rear suspension
Adjustable rear anti-roll bar
Uprated front brake callipers with ventilated discs
Uprated brake master cylinder
Wheels & Tyres
13×6″ Black and diamond cut Apollo alloys
185/50R13 Avon CR500 tyres
13×8″ Black and diamond cut Apollo alloys
205/50R13 Avon CR500 tyres
Caterham Tillet carbon kevlar seats
Red Caterham 4 point harness
Carbon fibre dashboard
MOMO quick release steering wheel
Push button start
Change up lights
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