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Caterham 7 Superlight R500

(2000 model)

Brief specs of 2000 Caterham 7 Superlight R500

2-door 2-seater roadster, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 1796 cm3 / 109.6 cu in / 109.6 cu in, 171.5 kW / 230.0 hp / 230.0 hp @ 8600 rpm / 8600 rpm / 8600 rpm, 210.0 N·m / 154.9 lb·ft / 154.9 lb·ft @ 7200 rpm / 7200 rpm / 7200 rpm, manual 6-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 235 km/h / 146 mph / 146 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)CaterhamIssued from2000
Model7 Superlight R500Issued until
Serie7Number made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerCaterhamCountryUK

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typeroadsterNumber of seats2
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)3550 l / 125.37 cu ft / 125.37 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length3100 mm / 122.0 in / 122.0 inTotal (curb) weight460 kg / 1014 lb / 1014 lb
Width1575 mm / 62.0 in / 62.0 inDry weight
Height800 mm / 31.5 in / 31.5 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2225 mm / 87.6 in / 87.6 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1336 mm / 52.6 in / 52.6 inTowing weight
Track rear1336 mm / 52.6 in / 52.6 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearance80 mm / 3.1 in / 3.1 inFuel capacity
Length/wheelbase ratio1.39  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.07 m2 / 11.5 sq ft / 11.5 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders4
Engine Typestraight (inline) (Inline, 4 cylinder)Total number of valves16
Engine ManufacturerRoverValves per cylinder4
Engine constructionBore80.0 mm / 3.15 in / 3.15 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke89.3 mm / 3.52 in / 3.52 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio0.9
Fuel supplyEFiEngine displacement1796 cm3 / 109.6 cu in / 109.6 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity449.00 cm3/cylinder / 27.400 cu in/cylinder / 27.400 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignDOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam)Compression ratio11.5 : 1
SumpMax. output power171.5 kW / 230.0 hp / 230.0 hp at 8600 rpm / 8600 rpm / 8600 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque210.0 N·m / 154.9 lb·ft / 154.9 lb·ft at 7200 rpm / 7200 rpm / 7200 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)54.9 kW / 73.6 hp / 73.6 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output95.5 kW/l / 2.098 bhp/cu in / 2.098 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converteryesSpecific torque116.9 N·m/l / 1.02 lb·ft/cu in / 1.02 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears6
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio1
  Final gear (drive) ratio3.62

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed235 km/h / 146 mph / 146 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)3.40 s / 3.40 s / 3.40 sPower-to-weight ratio500.0 kW/ton / 378.8 bhp/ton / 378.8 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)8.10 s / 8.10 s / 8.10 sFuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)
Standing ¼mile time11.90 s / 11.90 s / 11.90 s (top 117 km/h / 73 mph / 73 mph)Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions
  Range

Chassis

Engine locationfrontEngine alignmentlongitudinal
Steeringrack & pinionSteering details
Turns lock-to-lock2.12Turning circle10.0 m / 32.8 ft / 32.8 ft
Suspension frontIndependent, Wishbone (A-arm, control arm), Anti-roll (anti-sway) bar (ARB)Suspension rearde Dion axle, Watt's linkage, Coil springs, Anti-roll (anti-sway) bar (ARB)
Wheels front6.5J x 13Wheels rear8.5J x 13
Tyres front185/55 R 13Tyres rear215/50 R 13
Brakes frontventilated discBrakes reardisc
Brake diameter front254 mm / 10.0 in / 10.0 inBrake diameter rear228 mm / 9.0 in / 9.0 in
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Caterham 7 Superlight R500

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