27 April 2004

Caterham’s new R500 Evolution has shattered its maker's own world record at Autocar’s 0-100-0 event, held at Bruntingthorpe proving ground, and published in Autocar this week.

The superlight two seater posted the fastest recorded dash to 100 mph and back, beating the likes of Pagani's Zonda, Porsche's Carrera GT and Mercedes-Benz' SLR McLaren, and carving out an even stronger position in the record books. Last year, a record of 11.25sec was set in Caterham’s Superlight R500 two-seater; this year, the more potent R500 Evolution, with editor Sutcliffe at the wheel, smashed that marker by more than half a second, setting a new target of 10.73sec. Ferrari’s Enzo supercar also went faster than last year's record, beating even this year's Caterham to 100mph, but losing its advantage under braking, and finishing in 10.98sec.

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