Malcolm Flynn | Oct 8, 2012

Caterham has released details of its fastest Seven-based model to date, the Superlight R600.

The dedicated racer is also the UK sportscar manufacturer's first forced-induction model, using a supercharged Ford Duratec-based 2.0 litre engine producing 205kW and 268Nm.

Set to compete in its own one-make series in the UK in 2013, the track-only model directs power rearward via a six-speed sequential transmission, with the options of slick or wet-weather tyres and a limited-slip differential.

Caterham assures that owners of the previous R300 racer can upgrade their cars to full R600 spec - at an undisclosed price.

The R600 produces just 9kW more than the road-going 2008 R500 Superlight model, but eschews road-vehicle performance hindrances like a windscreen or headlights.

In track-form, the Superlight R600 will carry a UK price of £44,995 (AU$71,500), with a slightly more affordable road-going variant also expected in the near future.

These are not likely to be the only new models in Caterham’s near future, following the recent corporate restructure of the organisation to focus on such new models, along with the strong rumours of an upcoming Renault/Alpine tie-up.

This mooted Renault/Alpine partnership is expected to spawn an all-new Caterham model, which would form a landmark for the UK manufacturer who has to date focused solely on Lotus Seven-based sportscars.

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