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Caparo Freestrea, T1 – a street legal F1 car

Two former McLaren engineers and the Caparo automotive consultancy want you to be able to enjoy the benefits of driving a Formula 1 class vehicle without having to become a Formula 1 driver. Ben Scott-Geddes and Graham Halstead worked on the McLaren F1 supercar and the Mercedes-Benz SLR ventured out on their own to create the Freestream T1 supercar. Now called the Caparo T1 after Caparo bought in, the car is a two-seater that weighs only 465 kg, thanks to a carbon-fiber body. The 2.4-litre V8, which meets 2006 specifications, kicks out 480 bhp, which lets the car go from 0-100 mph in just 5 seconds and top out at 200 mph. The car will be capable of 3g acceleration in the corners.

Interesting features of the T1 include rear view mirrors built into the front fenders and a data acquisition system display in the steering wheel. The car will be street legal and will, if all goes well, hit the road by December. The cost will be $250,000, but you had better hurry if you want one. They will only be making 25 per year, and 20 are reportedly already sold.

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