Caterham has announced the arrival of its first supercharged production Seven – the Superlight R600, as it’s called, is set to be the pinnacle of the Caterham racing spectrum in the Superlight R600 Championship beginning next year.

The R600 race car is the first Seven ever to feature forced induction technology, and is a natural progression from the advances made with the SP/300.R prototype racer, which uses the same power plant.

Here, the supercharged 2.0 litre Ford Duratec engine offers 275 hp and 271 Nm, and the power is directed to the rear wheels through a six-speed, sequential gearbox. The car’s specification level includes a Titan limited-slip differential and Avon radial slicks or wets, for increased traction and quicker lap times.

The latest Seven can be bought as a new car, or existing R300 owners can upgrade their vehicles to R600 specification. Caterham is expecting at least a 16-car grid for the debut championship season in 2013, with 30 cars anticipated to compete the following year.