• Apr 25th 2006 at 7:06AM
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None other than His Serene Highness Prince Albert II unveiled the Caparo T1 at the Top Marques auto show in Monaco. The calm and dignified ruler of the principality was joined by hyperactive motorsports commentator Murray Walker, who has had the pleasure of a drive in another project by T1 masterminds Ben Scott-Geddes and Graham Halstead - the McLaren two-seater Formula 1 car. (Surely it's not a coincidence that the two ex-McLaren engineers chose orange - the color of McLaren's historic team cars - for the first T1.) More after the jump...

The show car is the first T1 prototype, and a second test vehicle is under construction. The car is predicted to be capable of 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and 3g acceleration in cornering and braking. Production cars should start reaching customers in 2007.

A few interesting design features can be seen in the photos, including rear-view mirrors built into the front fenders, LED taillights incorporated into the rear wing endplates, a data acquisition system display in the steering wheel and center-mounted coil-over shock absorbers in clear view of the driver. More live photos of the T1 are available at Le Blog Auto here, and at Autoweek.nl here.

[Sources: Le Blog Auto; AutoWeek.nl]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      Does it have bluetooth?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Where did you get the 2.78 seconds as the minimum 0-60 time? Top fuel dragsters do 0-100 mph in 0.8 seconds. It only takes them 60 feet to do that.
      hose c
      • 9 Years Ago
      jo man, were have they been hiding this car all my life!!!!
      • 9 Years Ago

      but definately not for everyone...
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is the closest thing you will to an F1 on the streets.... Jay Leno already has one on order!
      • 9 Years Ago
      I can't even imagine the amount of damage to the body in a hiogh speed accident.... :-(

      • 9 Years Ago
      This seems like the closest one can get to an F1 racer without the need for a FIA Super License. But won't those mirrors vibrate way too much? I see that the fenders are not connected to the shock absorbers, but the mirrors are still awfully close to the wheels.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i bet my escort goes just as slow in trafic
      • 9 Years Ago
      i wonder what the manufacturer's warranty would cover...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yeah, Corey, as opposed to other vehicles that can go through high-speed collisions unscathed. Like Ferrari Enzos, for instance.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Drool...When I win the Lotto, I'll be putting myself on the waitlist for this monster.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #1...I would think the same thing. The mirrors on my Buick vibrate like mad. It sometimes gets annoying at night.

      But I would buy two. Keep one garaged and start it up once a week. The other would be an everyday driver. Through snow, rain, hail, etc. I would trash it. Put duct tape all over the fenders. Load up the back with bumper stickers. Have half filled cups of soda in the back. The thing would be the ultimate piece of shit car. I would also replace the stock rims with donuts :)
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