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How the Caparo T1 Works

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The Caparo T1 Engine
A rear view of the Caparo T1 highlighting the wings used to create road-hugging downforce.
A rear view of the Caparo T1 highlighting the wings used to create road-hugging downforce.

To propel the T1, a rear-wheel-drive car, Caparo uses a 3.5 liter, naturally aspirated V-8 engine with an all-aluminum block. This replaces the original engine, which was to be smaller, but supercharged [Source: Autoblog]. While the car's 480 horsepower (hp) can't touch W-16 beasts like the Bugatti Veyron, the T1 is so light that it will seem like it's powered by a solid fuel rocket. The dry sump system typical of high-performance cars drops the center of gravity by allowing lower engine mounting. The power plant is linked to a 6-speed gearbox made of carbon and magnesium with a limited slip differential, all controlled via steering wheel mounted thumb paddles, just like those found on an F1 car. Tech-savvy owners will have several gear and final drive ratios to choose from when their T1 is ordered.

Although Caparo has not submitted any T1s for independent testing, they claim a top speed of about 200 mph, with a 0 to 60 time of 2.5 seconds and a 0 to 100 time of five seconds.


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