• Oct 27, 2006

It is the supreme testament to the capabilities of the Caterham CSR260 that it captured the track record on Top Gear's test track. The unsuspecting CSR260 lapped TG's test track faster than a Koenigsegg CCX, a Pagani Zonda F, a Maserati MC12, or even an Enzo. If this isn't an advertisement for the less-is-more philosophy of Colin Chapman, we don't know what is. The real cool bit is you can watch the fast Caterham do its business in real time at Dunlop's Injection.tv by clicking the Read link. Check it out, it's the best 1 minute 17.4 seconds you'll spend today.

[Source: Dunlop via Pistonheads]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow that track had good weather for once. At least several of those other car's times have been set in the "wet".
      • 8 Years Ago
      Around second 36 driver's feet are shown. How may pedals does this have?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, the CSR260 is on the top of my dream car list along with the Atom. I like the CSR more cause it is "relatively" more streetable. the CSR will cost you around $70K (yup, I asked)

      "Hello Aaron,

      A CSR less engine and transmission will run you about 44K. Right now the only engine package we are offering is the Cosworth 260 hp dry sump Duratec with Caterham 6 spd. transmission. That package will run you about 22K. While it is expensive to many seven enthusiast- it is a cheap supercar with supercar numbers! If I can answer more questions- let me know,

      Cody"
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, it's faster than "the Maserati MC12, the Ferrari MC12, and the now toppled champion customised Koenisgsegg CSX."
      Jesus, who wrote that?
      • 8 Years Ago
      response to #8
      4 pedals are shown
      from right to left are
      1 throttle pedal to accelerate, blip for downshifts and slow up-shifts, and for cornering yaw control
      2 brake pedal to slow down, stop and cornering yaw control
      3 clutch pedal for standing starts, changing gears and spin-outs "both feet in"
      4 false pedal to rest left foot when not using the clutch pedal
      warren m
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love Caterhams for their pure rawness. Cool video.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Where can I get me some of them special tires?
      My friends all have Z07 Corvettes, Ford GTs, Ferrari F430s and Dodge Vipers
      and I want to beat their pants off with my Caterham Classic!
      Wonder how much faster the Stig would go?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sorry for this post being mildly off-topic.

      This brings back memories of my first game of Gran Turismo 4. I was a GT3(A) junkie and so I transferred over my game to 4 (all the licenses and 100k extra cash to start). I browsed through the car listing. A Caterham Seven! I had wanted to drive one, but this was probably as close as I was going to get. I bought the Seven, and used ALL of my extra cash to 'trick it out.'

      With my pristine Seven ready in all of its modified glory, I headed to the first set of races. What!?!? 'The Caterham Seven is a special car and cannot be raced here' (I'm paraphrasing, but it was something to that effect). I tried racing elsewhere, only to meet similar failure. Turns out you can't really race the seven anywhere in the game except the test track. So I'm stuck with an awesome car, all my licenses, but no money and nowhere to race.

      So I reset the game and started over with a Lotus instead :-)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Gee...and to think you can get this here in the states...save roughly $480,000 from the lowest priced model to buy a house, a garage, spare parts, a sweet TV, and plenty of lap time to really hone my skills and I can still beat *almost anything on the road! Ill take one please! Chapman had it right all along...when will other car manufacturer's realize this?


      *almost denotes the existance of "modified" cars on the road that might be able to run faster...but blow up quicker.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Lighter = faster = better handling = better mileage = better acceleration
      Not necessarily safer though.

      Caterham (and other light kit cars) definitely rules.

      Now is it available in the us?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Course it had special track tires on it, while the other top performers had street tires, so its a completely irrelevant comparision, nice try though.

      Since the tires were completely road legal and a factory option on the 7, it might not be as irrelevant as you think.
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