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The Impressive Caparo T1 Race Car

December 17, 2007 by  
Filed under Features

British automobile manufacturer Caparo Vehicle Technologies has produced a two-seater, mid-engine, rear-wheel drive car, which they have named the Caparo T1. The design of this new auto racing car was inspired by Formula One; with the goal of being to create an affordable race car that is also street legal. With the ability to achieve zero to 60 mph in just below 2.5 seconds and zero to 100 mph in 5 seconds, with a top speed of 200 mph, the Caparo T1 is considered to be the fastest car in the world.

The exterior of the Caparo T1, which is very similar to a Formula One auto racing car, makes use of high-strength, low-weight carbon fiber in the construction. The interior of the Caparo T1 is devoid of any unnecessary features, also with the aim of reducing the overall weight of the car. The multi-function dashboard includes race data logging, as well as speed sensors to monitor traction control and launch control. The driver’s seat is set slightly forward from the passenger’s seat to allow the seats to be positioned close together, resulting in a reduction of the car’s overall width. Six-point harnesses for the driver and the passenger, as well as a head protection system are included in the safety features of the interior design. A central safety cell consisting of a high-strength steel roll hoop with a fire system contribute to the overall safety of the Caparo T1. The aerodynamic light-weight design of the Caparo T1 is a large contributing factor toward the speed achieved, as well as the overall efficiency of the car.

The design of the engine went through a number of changes before developers were satisfied with the current powerful 3.5 liter V-8 engine, which has resulted in the Caparo T1 having an exceptionally high power-to-weight ratio (acceleration capability).

Due to the diligence and commitment of the Caparo Vehicle Technologies development team, any problems that were encountered during the development of the Caparo T1 have been overcome and the race track debut of this new street legal auto racing car is an event that auto racing fans are eagerly looking forward to.

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