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Lots of cars claim the "race car for the road mantle", but few manage to pull it off with as much authority as the Caparo T1. Bringing all that competition technology to the road isn't easy, though – during one media test drive, the front suspension actually snapped because the journalist riding on that side was heavier than calculated – and the T1 has been in development for years now. Caparo, the conglomerate that financed the T1's development, apparently feels the supercar is ready and has presented it to the public for the first time at London's Salon Privé at the exclusive Hurlingham Club, where the T1 took center stage.

As part of the debut, Caparo is expected to announce the T1's final specifications, which will include five trim levels, ranging form a bare-bones track car all the way up to the top-of-the-line Race Extreme model, packed with the highest-spec engine, advanced electronics, carbon brakes and lightweight magnesium rims. The full announcement is expected shortly, but in the meantime you can check out the press release after the jump and the updated gallery below.

[Source: Caparo]


Caparo T1 2009 launch at Salon Privé

Caparo T1, the fastest performance super car available, is set to make its debut at Salon Privé on 12th February 2009 at London's Hurlingham Club. The prestigious event will also be used to announce the T1's 2009 programme.

True to form this year's Salon Privé, the UK's ultimate Super Car and Lifestyle Event, will once again attract a number of high profile guests with its promise of getting up, close and personal with the most exotic modern and vintage super cars in the world. Held in the luxurious and exclusive environment of the Hurlingham Club, the show is regarded by many as London's favourite motoring party because of its mixture of fashion, style, luxury and automotive haute couture.

Caparo T1, the two-seater performance car that recently took the racing world by storm, will occupy centre stage during the event and is expected to attract a high level of interest. Alongside the car's distinctive profile, information will also be available on its five new levels of specifications; stating from the most cost effective race track option, to its Race Extreme version, boasting the T1's most powerful engine, a upgraded electronics package, fully carbon brakes and the latest light weight magnesium wheels.

The Caparo team will shortly be unveiling the brand new partnership with one of the most reputed prestigious car dealerships in the country. The agreement will see Caparo concentrating on the continued development of the T1 and associated technologies, with the continued evolution of the car's driving experience and pushing further its track and on-the-road performance. The chosen Caparo partner is going to take control of the super car's sales, marketing and after sales service.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Not a car to take to dinner, and not for the obvious reasons. Eat too much, and you'll bust your car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd have one if I know it wouldn't kill me...or if I could even afford one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      so i guess they can only these cars to skinny people? lol i dont think i would want to be one of the first to buy one either you might get burned or fall through the floor.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can anyone else access their Profile? I've even tried creating new accounts with different emails, but I can't even access their Profiles when using the random numbers autoblog emails to use as a temporary password. And, I can't email service@autoblog.com.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thank you, Michael, a thousand points to you. Unfortunately, there just leftover "Whose Line?" points so they don't matter.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You'll probably have to go to a different blog under AOL, make a comment and click on your name there. You'll be able to log in using your random number password there. That's what I had to do (hence the one comment on "Download Squad" that you'll see on my profile). I still can't log in on Autoblog, even after changing my password over there.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Graham Chapman would be proud. This thing is lucky if it holds together for an entire testing session. It's almost a real race car!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Didn't the floor fall out of the car when Clarkson drove it? And catch fire when Fifth Gear drove it?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yep. Even that car knows Top Gear is better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very unique, very cool.
      • 6 Years Ago
      it's a cool car but i haven't heard much about it in the news recently until now

      i assumed it was out already but i guess not
        • 6 Years Ago
        I thought it was out too. I have even seen a youtube video of (what I assumed was a private car unlike the earlier test mules) one driving around on some backroads over in the UK, here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZjd2OWYINg
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah (FWIW) clarkson deemed it basically undriveable...but this looks to have undergone some modifications...
      • 6 Years Ago
      "...during one media test drive, the front suspension actually snapped because the journalist riding on that side was heavier than calculated..."

      Poor bastard... I'd hate to be the one who's lard butt broke the suspension on this masterpiece.
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