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Three Caterhams Join Project CARS

Following the first batch of licensed cars that have been revealed two weeks ago, Slightly Mad Studios are excited to announce the addition of another three fully-licensed cars to the lineup of their WMD-powered Project CARS title.

Project CARS Team Members will be able to experience three stunning cars build by Caterham Cars Ltd., a British company specialized in lightweight sports car machinery.

Founded in 1973, Caterham is building lightweight sports cars that go back to the iconic formula of the Colin Champman-designed Lotus Seven.

While the original recipe for driving fun, Caterham’s “performance through lightweight” formula paired with an affordable price, has remained unchanged over the years, Caterham has continuously pushed the concept by adding state of the art technology to their vehicles.

While buyers have the choice between different models, engines and gearboxes, all Caterham Sevens share the same base layout for maximum performance and fun.

The cars are front-engined and rear-wheel driven, seating two people and saving weight by offering little comfort features such as no fixed roof, doors, air conditioning or even completely covered wheels.

Project CARS will be giving players the chance to drive three different Caterham models, you can meet our exciting new additions in detail below:

Caterham Classic

The Classic is Caterham’s base model, giving drivers access to a powerful driving machine for an affordable price. The car is powered by a Rover 1.4 litre K-Series engine, putting out 105bhp.

Due to its low weight of just 525 kilos, the Classic accelerates from 0-60 miles in just 6.5 seconds, reaching speeds of up to 110 miles per hour. The car features a 5-speed gear box, alloy wheels, a De Dion rear suspension and adjustable double wishbones with anti roll bar.

Caterham R500 Superlight

For those who are looking for an even bigger thrill, the R500 Superlight offers even more performance by being even lighter and more powerful. Stripped to the bare essentials needed for performance driving, the R500 Superlight weighs just 506 kilos despite being much more powerful than the Classic model.

The car is powered by a 2 litre Ford Duratec engine, its 263bhp of power allow a sprint from 0 to 60 miles in just 2.88 seconds. Using a 6-speed gear box and a limited slip differential, the R500 Superlight reaches speeds of up to 150 miles per hour.

Caterham SP/300.R

Unlike the other two models, the brand new SP/300.R is not based on the Lotus Seven but an all new development made in co-operation with race car builder Lola Cars Ltd. The SP/300.R isn’t street-legal either but an all-out performance prototype for track days & racing competition.

Powered by a supercharged 2 litre Ford Duratec engine providing 305bhp, the car sprints from 0 to 60 miles in just 2.5, topping out at 170 miles per hour. The SP/300.R is packed with racing technology, including a double-wishbone suspension with pushrod dampers, a sequential 6-speed gearbox with a paddle shift unit, air jacks and AP performance brakes.

The SP/300.R is fully race-ready, coming with a fire extinguisher system, a cutoff-switch and a FIA-approved roll cage. Caterham plans to build 25 examples per year, a one-make racing series featuring the SP/300.R will be launched in 2012.

Want to be among the first to try these three cars and follow their development step by step? Then join WMD and become a team member today.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF CATERHAM CARS


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