Caparo T1 is manufactured from the stables of British auto mobile giants Caparo Vehicle Technologies. The T1 is a mid engine, two door, two seats, rear wheel drive, super sports car designed by car designer, director Ben Scott Geddes and engineering director Graham Halstead – initially associated with car designing at the Formula One league, also in charge of designing the McLaren F1. T1 is inspired by the F1 design and is a street legal racing vehicle. The T1 was introduced in the market in 2007 and approximately 25 cars were built every year by Caparo.
The Caparo T1 is powered by a 32 valve, 260 lb, 3,496 cc displacing naturally aspirated Menard V8 engine which is all aluminum and lubricated via a dry sump oil system. The T1 originally had a smaller 2.4 L super charged unit which did not give as much performance as the present engine. The engine produces 525 hp, 429 kW @ 10,500 rpm with a maximum torque of 310 ft lb @ 9,000 rpm which gives a massive power to weight ratio of 1,223 hp per ton. The car has a top speed of 205 mph and does a 0 – 100 mph in 4.9 seconds, which is heavenly.
Caparo T1 has the basic air bag system which saves the driver and passenger in case of an accident. The car also comes with the option of a parachute in place of an emergency brake. Climate control and air conditioner is present. However, other fancy features like LED screens, Bluetooth connectivity, etc have been avoided. This cuts out on weight by a large margin and hence the car achieves its top speed in less than 20 seconds.
The Caparo T1 is a two seat car lacking all luxury features to keep the weight at a bare minimum. The passenger seat and the driver seat are close to each other, this arrangement saves a considerable amount of space and also reduces the overall length of the car. There is a head protection system, six point harnesses for both the driver and the passenger designed for safety and a steel roll cage just in case of an accident. The dash board is advanced in comparison to the car, as apart from the basic tachometer and the speedometer, the car has speed sensors, traction control, data logging as well as launch control.
The Caparo T1 is heavily inspired by the McLaren F1 cars and it has rampant use of carbon fiber parts. The car is aerodynamic and has a low drag body design. The car has a rear wing and spoiler which allows the car to get a massive 875 kg down force at speeds over 150mph. There are many sleek lines leading back to the rear of the vehicle and the car is available in sporty colors like sun set orange, moon shine white, sunflower yellow, etc. The wings of the car are electronically controlled which propels the wings upwards automatically on crossing a certain speed limit.