Caterham R500

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Expensive, yet worth of which for an R500 of which has enhanced in every respect The brand new as well as enhanced Caterham R500. So what’s different This kind of time? Like the R400, the R500 currently uses a 1999cc Ford Duratec engine, producing 263bhp as well as 177lb ft.of which’s sufficiently more in both respects to better the old car’s power as well as torque-to-weight ratios, as well as of which despite being 46kg heavier. The brand new style also gets the option of a six-speed sequential gearbox, launch control as well as a neater dashboard.So what we’re looking at here is usually a car with no windscreen, no doors as well as a power-to-weight ratio of 520bhp per tonne. Even with This kind of less than slender driver installed, of which’s 451bhp per tonne.The old R500 produced its power as a consequence of pretty extreme tuning, resulting in a narrow powerband of which needed at least 5000rpm before delivering its best. This kind of brand new variation makes no such demands.At 60mph in sixth gear, roughly 3000rpm, hitting full throttle I half expect a cacophony of protest coming from an off-cam engine, yet instead the R500 pulls cleanly, progressively as well as rapidly. In a way, This kind of low-end response has me worried; if of which’s This kind of quick in sixth, what will of which do in second?The answer, Caterham reckons, is usually 0-60mph in 2.88sec. We’ll have to wait for another (warmer) day to verify these claims, yet subjectively at least of which feels monumentally, brutally as well as scarily fast.coming from a standstill, the launch control holds the revs at 5000rpm, the engine gently misfiring, as well as then manages the power through first gear, enough to get up to 60mph. Once into second, though, you’re on your own, as well as of which’s when of which actually starts to hit hard.Don’t be confused by launch control; This kind of is usually not traction control. In second as well as third gears the R500 will spin up, as well as if you’re foolhardy with the throttle mid-corner in fourth, you’ll be needing corrective lock. of which can crack 0-100mph in under seven seconds, or faster than a Ferrari 599.The brand new engine’s more progressive delivery is usually a real plus point, because you can use the power more confidently. There remains a noticeable point around 6000rpm where the accumulation of revs accelerates as well as doesn’t stop until 8500rpm, yet the throttle measures out exactly the desired poke.The R500 has various other merits. Firstly, of which This kind of is usually the best-handling Caterham I have driven, sweetly balanced as well as never edgy.Secondly, the gearbox. of which is usually an option, as well as at £2950 an expensive one, yet you’ll want of which. of which is usually so pure, so accurate, so visceral. You need to use the clutch to pull away, as well as of which is usually advisable to use of which on downshifts, yet upshifts are clutchless. You simply pull the lever back (of which moves just a few millimetres), as well as then just before clattering the rev limiter you lift the throttle by the merest fraction as well as the next gear engages.This kind of experience, the jolt through the seat as well as the rifle-crack noise alone are worth the financial outlay. The standard six-speed is usually more liveable, yet who needs liveable in an R500?Admittedly of which’s is usually a lot to pay for a Caterham without a roof, yet of which is usually just £3005 more than the old R500, eight years on. Even faster, more flexible, more reliable as well as better value? The R500 is usually not just back; of which’s better in every respect.Jamie Corstorphine
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