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When the cars you built for racing become banned from racing and breed franchise slogans such as “Caterham Seven, the Car That's Too Fast to Race” you know you’re doing something right. The Caterham Superlight is the latest masterwork created by one of the patriarchs of racing design, Colin Chapman. The basic design of the Superlight R500 are the bones of the Lotus 7 which has existed in a mostly unaltered form for more than 50 years. Sure, there have been evolutions in materials, tweaks to dimensions, and the old live-axle rear suspension has long been replaced by a De Dion rear axle. At its heart, however, this is the same car that proved itself unfairly advantageous to race other cars. Caterham purchased the rights to the Lotus 7 in 1973 and has since been “simplifying and adding lightness” as Chapman prophesized so long ago. The Superlight R500 represents a weapons-grade thrill car that can deliver breathtaking performance anywhere it’s required. There are few cars in the world that can match its 0-60 times (at sub-3 seconds) and even fewer that can also equal its lap times that are otherwise only achievable in a purpose-built race car.
— Official description [1]

The 2013 Caterham Superlight R500 is a lightweight sports car by Caterham that appears in Forza Motorsport 5 as part of the IGN Car Pack and in all subsequent main titles of the Forza series.

It also appears in Forza Motorsport 6: Apex as part of the Power to Weight Car Pack.

Synopsis

The R500 is a track-ready model based on the Caterham 7 sports car. With a weight of only 1116 lb (506 kg) it is the lightest open-top sports car to appear in the Forza series, which allows it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in under three seconds.

The R500 debuted in 2008 and ceased production in 2014 to make room for the more powerful 620 R.[2]

The R500 utilises a front mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout with a weight distribution of (47/53)%. It is based on a steel spaceframe chassis covered by aluminium body panels with a curb weight reduced to 1116 lb (506 kg) thanks to using carbon fiber and kevlar.[3]

The powertrain of the R500 is a two litre Duratec engine by Ford with 263 hp (196 kW) at 8500 rpm and 177 ft·lb (240 N·m) at 7200 rpm. In order to match the increase of power, the R500 is fitted with a six-speed sequential manual transmission.[4]

Forza Edition

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The Forza Edition is a special variant in Forza Horizon 4 that can be won as a Wheelspin prize. It has a Drift Skills boost and an S1 class upgrade preset.

Unlock in Forza Horizon 4

It is primarily unlockable as a Wheelspin prize, but has also been made available as a seasonal reward once:

Performance

Due to a close-ratio transmission, the R500 has notably quick acceleration as seen on a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time in 2.9 seconds and 0 to 100 mph (161 km/h) time in 7 seconds. As a consequence, it already maxes out at 155 mph (250 km/h) and has strongly pronounced oversteer that requires precise throttle management in corners.

Statistics

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Speed 5.8
Handling 5.4
Acceleration 8.7
Launch 8.4
Braking 5.7
A 632
DLC:
Requires the IGN Car Pack
Unlock Requirements
Car Dealer:
Purchase from the car dealer for 82,000 CR
Performance & Body Family
Body Family:
Track Toys
Speed:
Top Speed: missing data
Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): missing data
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): missing data
Braking:
60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): missing data
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): missing data
Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): missing data
120 mph (193 km/h): missing data
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Speed 5.8
Handling 5.5
Acceleration 8.6
Braking 5.4
A 676
Unlock Requirements
Car Dealer:
Purchase from the car dealer for 82,000 CR
Performance & Division
Division:
Track Toys
Speed:
Top Speed: missing data
Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): missing data
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): missing data
Braking:
60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): missing data
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): missing data
Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): missing data
120 mph (193 km/h): missing data
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Speed 5.8
Handling 5.5
Acceleration 8.6
Launch 8.1
Braking 5.4
A 674
DLC:
A downloadable content pack is required
Unlock Requirements
Car Dealer:
Available from the beginning
Performance
Speed:
Top Speed: missing data
Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): missing data
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): missing data
Braking:
60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): missing data
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): missing data
Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): missing data
120 mph (193 km/h): missing data
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Speed 5.8
Handling 5.5
Acceleration 8.6
Braking 5.4
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A 679
Unlock Requirements
Unlock:
Purchase from the car dealer for 135,000
Performance & Division
Division:
Track Toys
Collection Tier:
Tier 3 - Rare (+245)
Speed:
Top Speed: missing data
1/4 Mile: missing data
Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): missing data
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): missing data
Braking:
60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): missing data
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): missing data
Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): missing data
120 mph (193 km/h): missing data
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Speed 5.8
Handling 7.2
Acceleration 8.5
Launch 8.1
Braking 8.9
S1 824
Unlock Requirements
Autoshow:
Purchase from the Autoshow for 82,000 CR
Performance & Championship
Championship:
Extreme Track Toys
Speed:
Top Speed: missing data
Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): missing data
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): missing data
Braking:
60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): missing data
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): missing data
Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): missing data
120 mph (193 km/h): missing data
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Speed 5.8
Handling 6.8
Acceleration 8.4
Launch 7.9
Braking 7.9
A 751
Unlock Requirements
Autoshow:
Purchase from the Autoshow for 105,000 CR
Auction House:
Can be purchased or bid on through an Auction House listing
Performance & Championship
Championship:
Extreme Track Toys
Speed:
Top Speed: 155.3 mph  (249.9 km/h)
Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 2.900 secs.
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 7.014 secs.
Braking:
60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 141.5 ft (43.1 m)
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 343.3 ft (104.6 m)
Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): 0.92 g
120 mph (193 km/h): 0.90 g
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Speed 6.4
Handling 6.9
Acceleration 6.8
Launch 7.9
Braking 7.1
S1 804
Unlock Requirements
Autoshow:
Purchase from the Autoshow for 82,000 CR
Auction House:
Can be purchased or bid on through an Auction House listing
Performance & Car Type
Car Type:
Track Toys
Rarity:
Rare
Speed:
Top Speed: missing data
Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): missing data
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): missing data
Braking:
60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): missing data
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): missing data
Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): missing data
120 mph (193 km/h): missing data
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Forza Edition
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Speed 6.4
Handling 7.0
Acceleration 6.7
Launch 8.4
Braking 7.1
S1 804
Unlock Requirements
This vehicle can not be purchased from the Autoshow, but can be rewarded from a Wheelspin or Super Wheelspin
Auction House:
Can be purchased or bid on through an Auction House listing
Seasonal:
This vehicle may appear as a listed item in the Forzathon Shop or as a Festival Playlist reward.
Forzathon Shop:
Series 4 (Winter) for 275 FP
Festival Playlist:
Series 11 (Spring) - 50% season completion
Series 13 (Autumn) - "Stock Superlights" The Trial
Series 24 (Winter) - "10 Downing Street Scene" championship
Performance & Car Type
Car Type:
Track Toys
Value: 332,000 CR
Rarity:
Forza Edition
Boost: Drift Skills
Speed:
Top Speed: 191.8 mph  (308.6 km/h)
Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 2.552 secs.
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 5.808 secs.
Braking:
60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 112.9 ft (34.4 m)
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 265.3 ft (80.9 m)
Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): 1.27 g
120 mph (193 km/h): 1.52 g

Conversions

Icon Engine.png Conversion - Engine
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport5.png 3.0L V8 - Racing
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport6.png 3.0L V8 - Racing
Icon Game ForzaHorizon2.png 3.0L V8 - Racing
Icon Game ForzaHorizon3.png 1.6L I4 - Turbo Rally
3.2L I6 (321 hp)
3.0L V8 - Racing
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Icon Game ForzaMotorsport5.png AWD Drivetrain
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport6.png AWD Drivetrain
Icon Game ForzaHorizon2.png AWD Drivetrain
Icon Game ForzaHorizon3.png AWD Drivetrain
Icon Aspiration.png Conversion - Aspiration
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport5.png Single Turbo
Positive-Displacement Supercharger
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Positive-Displacement Supercharger
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Positive-Displacement Supercharger
Icon Game ForzaHorizon3.png Single Turbo
Positive-Displacement Supercharger

Trivia

  • The R500 featured in Forza Motorsport 7 has a non-stock rollcage that cannot be removed.

Gallery

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References

  1. Description - forzamotorsport.net
  2. Production - autoblog.com
  3. Specifications (platform) - rac.co.uk
  4. Specifications - carmagazine.co.uk
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