• Nov 20, 2007


Performance figures don't give an accurate picture of just how well a car performs overall. A given car may be the fastest to sixty, but that doesn't mean it has the highest top speed, tightest cornering or sharpest brakes. Lap times around a given track paint a more accurate, comprehensive picture of a car's abilities, but picking one track as the gold standard is dicey business. That's where Top Gear's Power Lap board comes into play.

Although weather conditions can vary, BBC's Top Gear puts all the cars through the paces at the same test track outside their studio, and what's more is that they're driven – or at least, so we're lead to believe – by the same driver: The Stig.

The latest high-performance supercar to make a run for the top of the record board is the Caparo T1, which, at 1:10.6, easily trounced the previous record holder, the Koenigsegg CCX, by an astonishing seven seconds. Unfortunately the Caparo was disqualified because, in its track set-up, it lacked the adjustable ride height to enable it to clear a requisite speed-bump. Caparo insists they deserve a second chance with a road-spec version. If the show's producers give the Ultima GTR an official run, meanwhile, the Caparo's reign as king of the Power Lap could be short-lived, adjustable shocks or not.

[Source: PistonHeads]



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      Zonda Lover
      • 3 Years Ago
      im amazed it didnt catch fire :) or break down....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Top Gear Schmop Gear! We all know a Hennessey Viper pulling a Bugatti Veryon could beat the Caparo like it was a babies toy. That new Vector could probably do it as well not to mention that mustang boddied Lambo.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Are you an idiot? The Caparo was not made for top speed performance. Any scumbag (read: Hennessey) can tune a car to go fast. The Caparo was made to dominate a track with a real driver (read: not drag racer) behind the wheel.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes! My Malibu Max rules the world.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Kinda odd after 30 years of migrating away from gimpy, dicey sports cars, parts of the industry is headed right back now in order to win a numbers war. And now we have one exhibiting Colin Chapman's principles of racing cars on TV during the tests.

      Neither of the two cars mentioned are decent road going cars, they don't really deserve to be compared to street cars. Top Gear has gotten way off track now.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @LS2 I know you're the site troll, but did you even read the article? Top Gear refused to let the Caparo T1 on the hot lap board precisely because it shouldn't be compared against true road-going cars. (And it's certainly not the first track-day or full-on race car they've thrown around the track, they have a whole separate board for these kind of cars)

        Top Gear has also so far refused to even test the Ultima, nonetheless attempt to compare it to a street car.

        So, what exactly are you griping about? Seems like Top Gear is doing exactly what you want.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Atom has adequate speed bump clearance. Meanwhile that certain Caparo has not. The Pagani can also clear a speedbump without trouble, the problem with the parking garage was due to steep angle, not a height problem. Please read and think before you speak.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What, and the Atom would be considered a true road going car?

        Also, doesn't the Zonda F have a silly-low nose? I remember all the shenanigans they went through to get out of that parking garage...and that's on the board...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Quit being a troll, and gtfo. The show is awesome and its always fun seeing how a car each week will stack up against the rest. Oh any btw isn't the new Civic Type R a car normal people would get ? And it only barely beat the Golf GTI witch was also on the list.

        Get your stuff right before you troll on and look like an idiot
      • 7 Years Ago
      A car that ugly better be fast. I bet it would be a fun ride though, probably wouldn't be able to wipe the smile off my face the whole time.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is the Ultima GTR really much faster and cheaper?

      • 7 Years Ago
      All i gota say is top gear and fifth gear pale in comparison to Motor Week. Pat goss's garage kicks some serious ass

      LOL
        • 7 Years Ago
        Motor Week Motor Week Motor Week

        And that Anqoinette Crosby is she a fox or what?
        • 7 Years Ago
        You are joking right? because if you're not, then you have no appreciation for the journalistic+petrolhead-ness of Top Gear ....you sir, are an idiot.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "What, and the Atom would be considered a true road going car?"

      Hmm that is a good point, i also live not far from where they make those, and they can actually be driven kinda like a bike in a similar sense.

      I think the main reason it didnt make the lap board is because its in a league of its own, that should go up on a formula one board (if they have one)...

      Remember the episode where they tested a Renault F1 car, did like a 59 second run, yet it didnt stay on the board, because it didnt meet any of the base segments of a street legal car, it was a race car.

      The Caparo is basically a race car, its what it comes down to, race cars tend to be very unreliable and break down all the time compared to a supercar that can handle anything and will run for a hell of a lot longer with less problems
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it was fair that they took it off the board. Yes it was so unreliable, it had its problems, yes it also did an amazing time, but the biggest thing is, it needs to compete with the other cars that made it onto that list, it needs to be able to be a "car" and if it can barely do that let alone drive and crazy fast as the others for atleast one lap without something major going wrong, then it doesnt deserve to be on the board with everything else, if that did make it, then alot of other F1 stripped out racing cars can go on there as well, and this auto program is for the road car street legal slightly practical segment, and the caparo doesnt meet any of that
      • 7 Years Ago
      It kind of depends on what their speedbump definition is. Apparently the legal maximum height for speedbumps in the UK is 100mm. This is exactly the ground clearance of the Koenisegg. The Caparo has 90mm maximum I believe, which is enough for the standard UK speed bump (75mm), but not enough to negotiate the tallest legal speed bump.

      Also i guess the clearance can be a lot lower right next to the wheels, but i guess the clearance refers to the height of the front spoiler and stuff.

      Anyway the Caparo is hella awesome. I wonder how much slower it'd be jacked up to 100mm clearance.

      The Ultima has 5 inch ground clearance, which is more than enough, and it went round in 1.12.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Top Gear has become a joke. No objectivity. Almost like watching Benny Hill. Only Benny was more relevant.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I somewhat agree, but still much more entertaining than Fifth Gear. Tiff + name any car + track = only good parts of fifth gear.
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