Caterham SP/300.R

It's not every day that Caterham comes out with a new car. After all, the core of its business is centered around a 55-year-old design. But the SP/300.R is an all-new product, a clean-sheet design. And after unveiling the track car built in collaboration with renowned racing chassis manufacturer Lola, the first example has been delivered.

The recipient of SP/300.R #1 is the car's US distributor, Dyson Racing. Dyson will use its SP/300.R as a demonstration vehicle to drum up sales for the racer, which promises to rival Radical in the growing market for purpose-built, LMP-style track cars. Want to see more? We've added more photos to the gallery and a pair of videos after the jump (along with the press release).
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FIRST CUSTOMER CATERHAM SP/300.R DELIVERED

Reigning American Le Mans Series (ALMS) LMP1 champion team, Dyson Racing, will be the first to take delivery of Caterham's SP/300.R, the company's all-new race and track day vehicle this week.

The Caterham Cars-appointed official US distributor is one of the most successful and longest-running privateer race teams in America, having competed in IMSA GTO and GTP, SCCA Trans-Am, GRAND-AM, CART and Indy Lights championships since its inception in 1974.

The US version of the Caterham and Lola-designed car will be manufactured to specifications appropriate to that market, with final assembly taking place at Dyson Racing's facility in Poughkeepsie, NY, following receipt of its first vehicle, which will be fully-built by Caterham at its Dartford factory.

Despatched today (Monday, 23 April), Dyson Racing's SP/300.R will be deployed as the company's demonstrator car, with further vehicles due to land Stateside just a few weeks later.

Dyson Racing has been heavily involved in the development of the SP/300.R, having sent former Le Mans 24 Hours winner, Guy Smith and Technical Director, Peter Weston, to Caterham's test sessions during development.

Team Vice President and Sporting Director, Chris Dyson, said: "Like many of our customers, we can't wait to get our hands on the SP/300.R. As in the UK, the popularity of track day driving is rocketing and the new vehicle is ideal for anybody who wants a reliable and cost-effective vehicle with very serious but accessible performance."

Caterham Cars' International Business Development Manager, David Ridley, said: "Working with a very successful outfit like Dyson Racing has been a pleasure. They will be first to receive the SP/300.R and we are confident that their customers will love the car's performance and low running costs.

"Dyson's expertise in the US market is second-to-none and, even before a fully-built car has arrived on U.S. shores, demand has been strong."

Dyson continued: "The SP/300.R is an amazing car. It mirrors the technology and the appearance of the Lola Le Mans prototypes that our team campaigns in the American Le Mans Series, but has been carefully-designed to be affordable."

For more information about the Caterham SP/300.R please visit http://www.caterham-spr.com/. US-based customers should contact Dyson Racing – visit www.dysonracing.com or contact Steve Potter on dysonracingcars@gmail.com.