Caterham R300 Superlight at the Nürburgring – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Nothing punishes quite like the Nürburgring. Drive anything around its twisting, undulating ribbon of tarmac and you know the suspension is working overtime. But it's quite another matter to see it. Unfortunately, the suspensions on most cars are hidden beneath their bodywork – but not on a Caterham Seven.

The classic lightweight roadster has its wheels placed outboard, so when the suspension is in motion, you can see the whole car working, its cycle fenders bobbing up and down. And that's just what you'll see in the video after the jump.

The boys over at Bridge to Gantry – those lovers of everything Nordschleife – headed home to the Green Hell in an R300 Superlight. Not the most powerful car Caterham has ever made (in fact you'll see its 178hp engine maxing out around 125 mph flat-out) but its low, low curb weight, coupled to the expertise of the driver behind the wheel, more than makes up for it, as he passes hot hatches, a Porsche, a motorbike and even a Chevrolet Corvette – along with one car that got spit out the top of the second Karousel. Follow the jump to see for yourself.



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      onewayroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thanks to GT5, I feel like I know that track like the back of my hand without ever being there. Pretty cool video, even at the ring, traffic is a bitch.
        JayP
        • 3 Years Ago
        @onewayroll
        Same here... spent 2 days trying to win the Brit Lightweight Seasonal with a maxed-out Mini Marcos!
      DRAGON
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now imagine the same car with a little bit better aerodynamics and an additional gear...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DRAGON
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        Georg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DRAGON
        look Donkervoort ... Donkervoort D8 RS 06 ...super 7 on sterioids... ~400PS/500Nm from a Audi 2.0l Turbo with redesigend aerodynamic to create downforce...0-125mph 9.3s The 370PS version of D8 RS with lot less of the aerodynamic parts was for a short time laprecord holder at the northloop for production cars with 7:14.89 on normal street tires Dunlop sportmaxx the D8 RS 06 http://www.arabaruyasi.com/data/media/142/donkervoort_d8_RS06_manu-06_01.jpg
      LiteNRG1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man, that white focus got passed on the from the outside. Talk about getting owned.
      shigllgetcha
      • 3 Years Ago
      love seeing a caterham blasting past a porsche
      • 3 Years Ago
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      nikescar
      • 3 Years Ago
      This thing is geared too low for the Ring.
      Maxximtl
      • 3 Years Ago
      There were a couple rather daring passes in there.....especially considering he was driving around far less experienced drivers. Good lap though. It was more exciting than your typical ring vid.
        Eric
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Maxximtl
        Nothing out of the ordinary for a touristenfahrten day. American's on track passing technique is MUCH more conservative than Europe's. Also european's ability to use rearview mirrors is also MUCH superior to our talents, something I attribute to the much more comprehensive (expensive) driving school that all Germans must attend. It's a very very weird feeling to be passed by a biker mid corner with him on the outside laying a knee down. His head being about the same level of your rearview mirror, is just something that isn't natural for an american that learned to drive on track with american rules.
      TruthHertz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nothing beats the Norma M20 that I drove with the old 3.2L M3 engine. I still get a little rubbery thinking about it. Google Norma M20 hill climb. You won't regret it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TruthHertz
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        bytor42
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TruthHertz
        Holy cripes.....I saw that vid on youtube of the 2005 hill climb. Wow! I imagine driving that car would make one a little rubbery!
      Kelly Hatcher
      • 3 Years Ago
      This suspension is brilliant! look at the depth of movement and camera stability. Absolutely fantastic.....
      jeepmover
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow...wish I could TRY that. Felt almost there though. Great video.
      jeepmover
      • 3 Years Ago
      Next time I watch, gonna have the wife grab my chair. I will have her tilt for the curves and lean me back during acceleration!
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