Lot 326: Caterham R400
The car presented here today occupies an interesting place upon the Caterham world stage; it was entered into the 2002 Nürburgring 24hr driven by Chris Harris, Chris Cooper and Clive Richards. It performed so well that it won its class by over 10 laps and was allegedly subsequently banned by the L'Automobile Club de l'Ouest. Originally built and run for Caterham by Team Parker Racing and following its Nürburgring success, it was subsequently kept in the Caterham South Showroom. It was fitted with a new sealed R400 race engine for a one-off race for a 'Circuit Driver' Magazine piece. It then remained in the Caterham Showroom for a number of years. In 2006 it was sold to the vendor from their 'Caterham Legends' Auction. Since then, it has been raced from time to time, with approximately eight outings in total with the 750MC and what is now the Classic Sports Car Club 'Magnificent Sevens' Series. It also competed in the 2007 Caterham 50th Anniversary festival at Donington Park in the Eurocup category and in the 2008 Birkett 6hr race. The car maintains the competitive edge it first acquired back in 2002 when it was built. Such works upgrades include air jacks (AP Racing) and 55 litre ATL Bag Tank with twin external fuel pumps and filters. Quick release engine bay and transmission tunnel access panels, removable gearbox cross member and long (lead-in) wheel studs have also been fitted. The engine is a circa 2003 Caterham R400 EU2 Race Spec (MSA seals broken to be upgraded with MLS Head Gasket by PTP in 2008) with MBE engine management and Caterham Roller-Barrel throttle bodies/injection and dry-sump with remote 'easy-clean' oil tank. Power is transferred through a Caterham 6-Speed (with oil filler in top cover plate accessed in engine bay) limited slip differential. The cockpit is a business-like affair with exactly what one would expect in a competitive racing car. The instruments are represented by a Stack unit with Caterham ACES shift lights and a Momo quick release steering wheel. All of this is protected with a fully plumbed in fire-extinguisher system. The track is wider and there is a standard competition external master cut-off. Spare bodywork is also included in this highly potent package as well as additional wheels and tyres. Sensibly reserved and extremely competitive, in the right pair of hands, this would almost certainly be the fast track to the Moët and Chandon.
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