New 275-hp R600 Superlight is the fastest Caterham Seven ever

Caterham has produced a successor to its 263hp Caterham Superlight R500 racecar, launching the track-ready Seven Superlight R600.

The model’s design focuses on the basic concepts of balancing light weight and heavy power, is the first supercharged one of its kind and is the fastest Seven racer that’s been made so far.

A 2.0-liter Ford Duratec inline-four makes the R600’s 275hp and 200 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox. While Caterham is keeping the R600’s specs under wraps for now, we do know that the R500 did the 0-60mph sprint in a highly impressive 2.88 seconds, so expect to see an even faster time then that for the upcoming model. A set of Avon radial slicks or wets and a Titan limited-slip-differential are all available, as well.

Owners of the R300 have the option to upgrade to the R600 spec, with price tag information to come. Simon Lambert, Caterham’s Chief Motorsport and Technical Officer, commented: “Caterham racing just got even more interesting. As the fastest Seven we’ve ever built, this will provide our existing R300 racers with a real step up and a new and exciting challenge, even for experienced drivers. The R600 represents an increase in aggressiveness, although the linear power delivery of the supercharged engine makes it superbly driveable, much like the R300.”

-By: Alexandra Koken