Caterham R600 video review

30 Jan, 2013 10:30am

We put the new Caterham R600 through its paces on track

Caterham has long been a maker of lightweight, road-going racecars but the brand-new R600 racer doesn’t even have lights, let alone a tax disc.

The feather-light 550kg body has been paired with a 2.0-litre, 275bhp Ford engine – giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 500bhp per tonne. This allows the stripped out racer to hit 62mph in only 2.6 seconds – meaning nothing this side of a Bugatti Veyron can touch it in a straight line.

Unfortunately, due to its lack of lights, tax disc and numberplates, this Caterham is reserved exclusively for the racetrack. If you want similar thrills on the road, you’ll need to plump for the 263bhp Caterham R500 Superlight.

So how can the British carmaker justify its £44,995 price tag? News reporter, Damion Smy, has been to Blyton Park to find out.