New Caterham Superlight R300

Tuesday November 4th, 2008 at 2:1111 PM
Posted by: tonyb

Ah, now THIS, is a car.

I know, I know … “It doesn’t even have a heater or a roof!” you say. “Paint is an option!”

You’re right. Who am I to argue? Things like heaters and paint and roofs and airbags are very nice things to have in a car, but you know what’s also nice to have in a car? As little as possible.

Caterham Sevens, heirs to Colin Chapman’s immortal Lotus Seven, are just such a car, if not the standard bearer for that idea. If it doesn’t make the car go faster, it’s not there. Lightness is the goal, because the llighter you get things, the better the car will perform. Lighter means shorter braking distances. Lighter means achieving higher G-loading in the turns. Lighter means better acceleration. Lighter means better mileage (c’mon, you can’t win a race sitting in the pits getting gas kiddo).

How light?

Well, the Caterham Superlight R300 tips the scales at right around 1100 pounds, and that results in some pretty impressive numbers. 0 – 60 in 4.5 seconds, skid pad figures that’ll slosh your brain to one side of your skull, braking like Roadrunner cartoons.

The only downside is top speed, which is only 140 or so since the thing is as aerodynamic as a packing crate.

The full press release is after the jump.

Source: Autoblog

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Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Friday July 18th, 2008 at 10:77 AM
Posted by: Derek

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

We visited the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum located on the grounds of Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. For anyone remotely interested in motorcycle history and Lotus race cars, the Barber Vintage Museum hosts one of the largest motorcycle collections in the world. George Barber (no relation to Skip Barber) has collected almost 1,400 motorcycles and has the largest collection of Lotus race cars in the world. The building itself is a 80,000 square foot modern steel, concrete, and glass structure that contains five floors of over 500 motorbikes and Lotus race cars on display. The facility also has a complete metal workshop and restoration capabilities so that almost anything can be fabricated and restored to mint condition.

The collection now has over 1,300 vintage and modern motorcycles and as well as a substantial collection of Lotus and other race cars. It is considered the largest collection in North American. There are approximately five hundred motorcycles on display at any given time. These bikes range from 1904 to current-year production. There are bikes from 16 countries that represent 143 different marques. The common street bike is represented, as well as rare one-off Gran Prix race machinery. Bikes have been purchased from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, and Sweden, but also as close as down the street.

(picture slideshow of my museum tour at then bottom of the article)

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum - motorcycle collection

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