None other than His Serene Highness Prince Albert II unveiled the Caparo T1 at the Top Marques auto show in Monaco. The calm and dignified ruler of the principality was joined by hyperactive motorsports commentator Murray Walker, who has had the pleasure of a drive in another project by T1 masterminds Ben Scott-Geddes and Graham Halstead - the McLaren two-seater Formula 1 car. (Surely it's not a coincidence that the two ex-McLaren engineers chose orange - the color of McLaren's historic team cars - for the first T1.) More after the jump...
The show car is the first T1 prototype, and a second test vehicle is under construction. The car is predicted to be capable of 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and 3g acceleration in cornering and braking. Production cars should start reaching customers in 2007.
A few interesting design features can be seen in the photos, including rear-view mirrors built into the front fenders, LED taillights incorporated into the rear wing endplates, a data acquisition system display in the steering wheel and center-mounted coil-over shock absorbers in clear view of the driver. More live photos of the T1 are available at Le Blog Auto here, and at Autoweek.nl here.
[Sources: Le Blog Auto; AutoWeek.nl]