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Caparo T1 - First Look

The next racecar for the road

Feb 9, 2007
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This is the Caparo T1. It's a two-seater that delivers 1000 bhp-per-metric ton, twice the power-to-weight ratio of a Bugatti Veyron. This has been achieved by applying the principles of lightweight vehicle design, mating a compact 2.4-liter V8 delivering 480 bhp to a hybrid aluminum, steel and carbon composite car whose entire vehicle mass is no more than 1025 pounds. In other words, the Caparo T1 shares the same power output of a typical American muscle car with only a quarter of the weight. The T1 promises phenomenal agility with acceleration, braking and cornering bordering on the insane. How about a reported 3g cornering and acceleration from zero to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds?

The men behind the T1 are design director Ben Scott-Geddes and engineering director Graham Halstead. The two honed their design talents with Gordon Murray, and Professor Murray has joined Caparo as director of advanced concepts. All three worked on the McLaren F1. Now, 14 years later, the T1 is less than half its weight. That's progress.

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Caparo also claims that the T1 has been designed using aerospace and F1 technology for privateer race drivers wanting to experience maximum possible track performance, but without incurring the cost or reliability issues of running a formula racer. A road car's performance can only go so far at the track, so Caparo has designed a track car that could be driven on the road. In its home market, the car will be street legal through the established process of single vehicle approval. Caparo is not yet sure if it can make its T1 street legal in the US. Taking advice from its American distributor, Mann Motor Company, Caparo is to focus on track opportunities and possibly a race series. Caparo feels 165,000 (approximately $311,000) is fair. Most prospective customers are probably in a position where they don't even need to ask the price.




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