Mud, noise, the British summer – there’s something about the British with spending time in the muck and filth but having a heck of time. What we’re featuring here is a lot like Glastonbury minus the hippies and hipsters, replaced by motor heads and speed enthusiasts. What we’re talking about here is the elegantly-named Cholmondeley Pageant of Power (CPOP). Held at – go figure, within the grounds of the Cholmondeley Castle near Crewe and is a bit like the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed but just a lot less glamorous and a lot newer (since 2008). On the plus side, the CPOP also runs fast boats and aircrafts.
But let’s get straight to the meat of it. The public got an eardrum-full of watching the Caterham SP/300R.R in action making its way through the road course – of course, just like at Goodwood. But despite up against other fast machines namely the GT-R, Noble, Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Ariel Atom, the hardcore Caterham still delivered the fastest lap for a car since first held. It also bettered the times of fully-fledged race cars and classic Formula 1 machines.
Caterham’s first new model in more than 15 years demonstrated just some of its potential by shattering the previous lap record of 62.68 set by Lamborghini in 2010. The new Caterham competed against other ultra fast British-built vehicles including the BAC Mono and Radical SR3 SL, which were all vying to take the overall win and fastest lap.
The new lap record for the 1.9km course, which previously stood at 62.68 seconds, was completed in 61.89 seconds by Caterham Drive Experience instructor, Scott Mansell.
The recently for sale supercharged racer, created in partnership with Lola Cars, sits alongside the legendary Seven in Caterham’s product portfolio, remaining true to its lightweight, minimalist DNA to deliver thrilling performance.