A Little Formula-1 for Everyone
At first glance, the design of the car looks like something you would only see at an exotic imports show. It is low to the ground, with a very noticeable aerodynamic based shape, which includes a high-rise spoiler, top mounted scoop and side ducts for keeping the brakes nice and cool. From the top it looks like a bullet with wheels. Ironically, thats probably the best way to describe it.
The heart of this mighty machine is all aluminum 3.5 liter V-8. Amazingly it is naturally aspirated and still produces in excess of 500 horsepower. That may not seem like too much until you take into account the car barely weighs over 1000 pounds. To bring that into perspective, the Bugatti Veyron weights 4162 pounds and makes 1001 horsepower. If you divide the total weight by the power, you get about 4 pounds per horsepower. The Caparo T1 gets just over 2 pounds per horsepower, double that of the Veyron. All of that power gets routed through a 6-speed paddle-shift gearbox straight to the rear wheels.
Once you wiggle your way into the driver's seat, it becomes very clear that you are in a car that is made for speed and nothing else. Even at idle it is loud enough to make your ears ring and gives some slight body shake from the motor. However, it more than makes up for that when you hit the gas and blast from 0 to 60 in a mere 2.5 seconds, and hit 100 in just under 5. Wait a little longer and you will hit a top speed of over 200 miles per hour.
The good news is the T1 will only set you back about $355,000. The bad news is that it is currently only street-legal in Britain. It will still be released in the United States, but only for track going purposes. (Just for the record, if I had the money, I would pay just for the track use:)
Source: T1 Homepage