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Caterham goes Superlight with CSR260

 Caterham goes Superlight with CSR260
Caterham CSR260

A perfect example of automotive alchemy

Press Release

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 Porsche Carrera GT or the £118,000 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.  

PECIFICATION CSR260 SUPERLIGHT   

Performance:                  

  • Maximum speed:                          155 mph / 250 kph             

  • Acceleration 0-60 mph:                   3.1 seconds

Construction:         

  • Tubular steel space frame.

  • Stressed Aluminium Body Panels.

  • Aluminium honeycomb impact protection.

  • Glass fibre reinforced plastic nosecone and wings.

Drivetrain:                

  • Front engine rear wheel drive

Weight:                                              

Gross

565 kg

bhp per tonne

460bhp per tonne

Engine:                  

Number of cylinders

4 in line

Bore

87.5 mm

Stroke

94.0 mm

Swept Volume

2261 cc

Compression ratio

12.0:1

Maximum power (DIN)

260PS / 192kW   @ 7500rpm

Maximum torque

200lb/ft / 272Nm @ 6200rpm

Fuel requirement

Unleaded Gasoline - 97RON / (95RON minimum)

Induction System

Caterham Roller-Barrel port throttles

Cylinder Head

Ported, Matched, Machined Combustion Chambers

 

Light Weight Cam Cover.

Camshafts     

Cosworth Profile, High Lift
Uprated Valve Springs

Spark plugs

NGK BR7EFS


Pistons

Cosworth Forged


Connecting Rods

Bespoke High Strength Steel


Lubrication

Internal, Twin Scavenge Pumps


 

Combined Bellhousing, Oil Tank and Oil-air Separator tower


Exhaust

Equal Length 4-1 Stainless Steel
Manifold Performance Catalyst
5” Diameter Silencer, Side Exit.


Engine Management

MBE ECU with Caterham-Cosworth Developed Calibration and Data Logging.


Transmission:

Forward speeds:

 

6 – Manual Selection

Ratios -

1 st

2.69:1

 

2 nd

2.01:1

 

3 rd

1.59:1

 

4 th

1.32:1

 

5 th

1.13:1

 

6 th

1.00:1

 

Reverse

2.96:1

 

Clutch actuation

Hydraulic

 

Final drive ratio

3.38:1

Suspension:

Front    -

Independent Double Aerofoil section Wishbones

 

Pushrod actuated, inboard mounted, coil over spring-damper units

 

Anti-roll bar

 

Adjustability: Ride Height, Camber, Caster, Toe, Bump Steer, Roll Bar

 

 

Rear     -

Independent Double Wishbone

 

Coil Over spring-damper units

 

Adjustability: Ride Height, Camber, Toe, Bump Steer        

Brakes:          

Two circuits, split front / rear, un-assisted, no ABS


Front    -

Calliper

4-piston Cast Aluminium Alloy

 

Disc   

254 mm, Vented       

Rear     -

Calliper

Single Piston Aluminium Alloy,

 

 

Integral Parking Brake.

 

Disc    

254mm, Solid           

Steering:

Unassisted bespoke rack & pinion, 2 turns lock-to-lock.

Wheels and Tyres:

Front    -

Wheels           -

15” x 6.5J 10-Spoke Aluminium alloy – Anthracite Finish

 

Tyres   -

195/45 R15 Avon CR500

 

 

 

Rear     -

Wheels           -

15” X 9.0J 10-Spoke Aluminium alloy – Anthracite Finish

 

Tyres   -

245/40 R15 Avon CR500

Dimensions:

Wheelbase

2300 mm

Front track

1490 mm

Rear track

1465 mm

Overall length

3300 mm

Overall width

1740 mm

Overall height (hood up)

1140 mm

Overall height (hood down)

1115 mm

Ground clearance

85 mm

Turning circle (between kerbs)

11 m

Fluid Capacities:

Fuel tank

41 Litres

Engine oil (inc filter)

5 Litres


CSR260 SUPERLIGHT OPTIONS

Track Options

Option Price

Weight Penalty/Reduction

Battery Master Switch

£100

N/A

Hand Held Fire Extinguisher

£53.46

+1KG

Dry Sump Lubrication System

£1000

+11KG

Track Day Roll Over Bar

£175

+3.94KG


Road Options

Option Price

Weight Penalty/Reduction

Full Windscreen & Weather Equipment

£855

+14.4KG

Heater

£250

+3.9KG

Leather Seats

£250

+10.8KG

Spare Wheel (Including Carrier)

£325

+11.5KG


Individual Options

Option Price

Weight Penalty/Reduction

Race Filler Cap

£80

N/A

Tonneau Cover

£125

+1.6KG

Carbon Fibre Seats

£940

-3.2KG

15” Wheel and CR500 Tyres

£100

N/A

Standard Non-Metallic Paint

From £795

+2.5KG


Source: Text & photos courtesy Caterham Car Sales & Coachworks Limited
Published Jun 8, 2006 2:48 pm
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