Caparo T1 to star at the Melbourne International Motor Show
The ultra high performance Caparo T1 two-seater, which looks and goes like a Formula One car, will make its first ever appearance in the southern hemisphere as the main attraction at the Melbourne International Motor Show.
The Caparo T1 will make its Australian debut today (Wednesday 28 February) as part of a motor show cavalcade before taking centre stage at the show, which opens Friday 2 March and runs until Monday 11 March 2007.
The T1 is designed and produced by Caparo Vehicle Technologies, a new engineering design company created by the rapidly expanding Caparo group to provide advanced technology, materials engineering and design services to automotive, motorsport and aerospace clients. Coupled with its global manufacturing capabilities, Caparo aims to help accelerate the use of lightweight composite materials in vehicle structures.
As a technology demonstrator the T1 will help showcase Caparo’s ability to help car makers reduce carbon emissions in normal road cars by applying the principles of lightweight vehicle design.
The Caparo T1 however is more than just a demonstration of the company’s technical know-how, since a small number of cars will be built for an elite group of customers seeking the ultimate in affordable track day performance. With the first cars being readied for production this summer, the lucky few who will get to own and drive a T1 will experience previously unimagined standards in handling and safety.
Just like a Formula One car the Caparo T1 promises a top speed of more than 200mph and so much aerodynamic downforce that it can achieve cornering and braking forces of three times the force of gravity… in fact so much so it and could even drive upside down in a tunnel. Everything in the Caparo’s specification reads like a Formula One race car: it accelerates to 100 mph (0-160 kph) in less than five seconds; brakes back to a standstill (160-0 kph) in less than three seconds; and its 0-60 mph (0-100 kph) time is an astounding 2.5 seconds.