Caparo T1 — Road & Track

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By Gordon Murra July 2,

Gordon Murray, noted of Formula 1 cars (Brabham, and road cars (the F1, the ), is now Advanced Concepts Director of Vehicle Products, part of Vehicle Technologies, a company to high-performance, lightweight composites for the car It is based in the U.K. India and the

The firm’s first road-and-track a 2-seater named Caparo T1, to deliver 1000 bhp per ton, Murray, who stresses that the is more than a concept

As a Road Track Contributing Murray presents here his and styling analyses. We are delighted to his views with our readers, full disclosure that is a part of Caparo. We know you find these behind-the-scenes as fascinating as we do. — Ed.

Caparo T1 Analysis

Every so often in our of sports cars one comes that genuinely pushes the of design and performance just a more. These are the cars help inspire our industry and further lateral thinking. vehicles are more often not from the mind of a single or from a small team of focused engineers — the T1 is no exception.

Ben Scott-Geddes and Graham Halstead are the T1 — both of them ex Cars. Ben and Graham were the two composite designers on the McLaren F1 and racing programs and also on the SLR McLaren design and production They also worked as the engineers in my advanced concepts during my last two years at

This experience exposed to my very disciplined (if not fanatical) to lightweight by design.

Like exotic super cars, the T1 as part idea, part — to produce a road supercar using Formula 1 and technology that would racing levels of lateral and g-forces and be the first road car to 1000 bhp per ton — approximately the power-to-weight ratio of the .

Unlike most new supercar that seem to fail at the fence, the Caparo T1 exists and is going through its development prior to production. This is down to 18 months of very work by Ben and Graham’s small, team and also thanks to the from Caparo Group and its CEO Paul.

Caparo is a $1.5 privately owned engineering with a diverse range of in steel pressings, forgings, castings, through to braking suspension and chassis components and systems. Their latest is in two companies that will innovative production systems and composite materials solutions for So they have scale and a thing or two about the automotive

Technically the car benefits from the in-depth knowledge of Formula 1 and technology, but conceptually it benefits a fresh start, a lateral at performance cars and a completely piece of paper.

The T1 is fundamentally a 2-seater F1 car with a monocoque and body, wild venturis, combined with wings and a 3.5-liter V-8 engine. The of the Caparo is straight out of the form function book dictated by packaging requirements and wind-tunnel while material selection is fit for purpose.

The initial weight for the car was just 450 kg (less than 995 and therefore the guys needed to an ultra-light (and reliable) that produced at least 450 bhp not an easy task! To keep the pieces as light as possible, carbon fiber has been for the monocoque, nose box, panels, fenders, wings and parts.

The chassis itself is a construction using the 1/2-in. core and 2-mm-thick skins a mixture of high-strength woven and fibers in an epoxy resin The monocoque is molded in one piece no cold bonding necessary. The packaging is interesting with the slightly behind the driver to advantage of the shoulder to hip differential, to close-coupled seating and limit the width, rather two thirds of a F1.

Point load inserts are all in the sandwich construction in true 1 fashion. The chassis weighs 70 lb.

The primary structure is completed a high-strength steel engine Roll-over protection comes a high-strength steel roll mounted to the carbon tub.

panels are, unusually, sandwich construction with carbon skins and a Nomex core. The cored construction continues with the front box and floors or underbody panels.

The of the T1 was happily not conceived under the shadow of F1 regulations so the designers optimize the major component and packaging to achieve the required distribution and optimum aerodynamic

The aerodynamic work was conducted a sophisticated 30-percent model in the (n-e Brabham) rolling-road tunnel. The model construction studies on ground effects, and internal airflow, the latter a definite requirement for cooling

A target of 3g cornering capability that the underbody airflow included a massive program on shapes and sizes. There many aero tests on the moving ground belt to a stable center of aerodynamic under all pitch conditions.

The on the vehicle comes from major areas. The majority of the comes from the underbody the venturi and diffuser designs wilder than those in F1. Secondary downforce is achieved two adjustable Fowler flaps on the edge of the body, which can be to enhance the base suction behind the car and thereby increase the of the aero load on the floor of the

The third major downforce is a set of conventional wings. The front assembly is current racing car with a high-set nose an underslung fixed mainplane adjustable flap elements. The wing assembly is single-plane and is end-plate-mounted.

Total downforce is of the of a current racing prototype and to run on the ceiling at 150 mph. Cornering and forces should be amazing.

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