Super-quick F1-inspired road car will make first runs at hill climb
22 March 2007

The Caparo T1 will make its first appearance as a running vehicle at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this June.

The T1 – a radical new supercar that’s about as close as it gets to an F1 car for the road – has been displayed at several shows over the past year or so, but this will be the first time we’ll get to see it on the move.

Significantly, the T1 will also be running with an entirely new specification of engine from that originally planned. Gone is a high-revving turbocharged 2.4-litre 480bhp V8, to be replaced by a new Caparo-designed and built naturally aspirated 3.5-litre V8, claimed to produce over 550bhp.

“The new engine delivers both the performance and reliability we’re looking for in the T1, the two key factors vital to our customers when running this type of car,” said the car’s co-designer Ben Scott-Geddes.

Given the T1’s featherlight kerbweight – said to be around 500kg, which is less than an F1 car – performance should be extreme. Caparo reckons the T1 is good for 0-60mph in 2.5sec.

The price is also pretty extreme – Caparo reckons the T1 will be £180,000 plus taxes, so at least £211,500 in the UK.

Festival-goers will be able to see the T1 in action along the 1.16 miles of Goodwood’s hill climb, and also as a static display in the new technology pavilion.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed runs from 22-24 June. Click here for more details.

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