You’d have to be more than a little crazy to drive the original Caparo T1, but the gloves are officially off with the latest Caparo T1 Evolution. Now in its third iteration, the British-built Caparo T1 Evolution carries on the same tradition as a wild, super lightweight race car with a limited run and a lofty price tag.
The Caparo T1 Evolution will receive a handful of performance upgrades, including a new 700-hp powertrain. There’s still no word on details for the new engine, but it will undoubtedly provide some significant extra muscle to the original T1’s 575-hp, all-aluminum 3.5-liter V-8 and six-speed sequential-shift transmission. An updated chassis, stiffer suspension configuration, and redesigned aerodynamic body are also part of the new Caparo T1 Evolution, making it an even more brutal speed demon out on the track.
At the same time that the Caparo T1 Evolution hopes to leave its predecessor in the dust, it’s now engineered to be more drivable. The T1 now offers ABS, traction control, stability control, and a more comfortable cockpit with telemetry and communication technology. The increased attention to comfort, although Caparo hasn’t explicitly confirmed it, leads us to believe the T1 Evolution will be built as a street-legal racer. If so, expect a (probably optional) enclosed canopy with available air conditioning.
Don’t let Caparo’s sensitivity to your need for creature comforts and bacon-savers fool you, however. The Caparo T1 Evolution promises to ramp up performance compared to the 2009 Caparo T1 Race Extreme, which featured a wound-up version of the same 3.5-liter V-8, tuned to make 620 hp at a crazy 10,500 rpm. The Race Extreme’s 1200-lb weight and hardcore aerodynamics helped it sprint from 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds, to 100 mph in 5.8 seconds, on its way to 208 mph. If the Caparo T1 Evolution has been cooking for the last five years, we’re mildly terrified at what it’s going to be able to do.
The Caparo T1 Evolution will be sold with a list of available performance parts, now divided into Silver, Gold, or Platinum levels. Pricing for the Caparo T1came to around $460,000, so it’s reasonable to assume the latest British race car will be positioned north of that mark.