Front view of the Caparo T1.

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Drive It Upside Down

The fully tunable suspension and adjustable aerodynamics, including adjustable front wing, rear wing, "fowler flaps," and alternate wing options for road or track operation mean the T1 truly sticks to the road. At 150 mph, and with the proper wing configuration, Caparo claims the T1 generates enough downforce that it could drive through a tunnel upside down (at which point the downforce would be "upforce") [Source: Yahoo.com].

This means the T1 can generate more aerodynamic downforce than the actual weight of the car. That is possible, in part, because the T1 is one of the lightest supercars ever built. At 470 kg (about 1,036 pounds) and 480 hp, the T1 has an incredible power-to-weight ratio, fulfilling Caparo"s goal of a car with 1,000 hp per metric ton. An aluminum and carbon fiber monocoque chassis, carbon fiber body panels and a host of other ultralight materials help keep the T1 in racing trim.

The suspension is primarily inspired by F1 cars, with in-board shocks, a double wishbone in the front and rear, and adjustable anti-roll bars in the front and rear. Fully floating steel race disc brakes with machine race calipers provide stopping power, and are fully adjustable through the brake bias pedal box. The ECU is tunable as well, and the dashboard data readout includes options for data logging.