The Durham CS-R is a supercar designed and built by British manufacturer Durham between 1993 - 1999. It is derived from the contemporary CS-GT racing car.
Inspired by the earlier CS2, CS3 and CS-LMR models, the CS-GT was originally intended as a pure racing car. However, public interest was sparked among rumors of a road-going version. Following this, Durham developed and produced the road-going CS-R alongside the CS-GT racing model.
The CS-R uses a full carbon-fiber tub and body panels, making it one of the first road-going vehicles made entirely of carbon fiber. This also results in a very low kerb weight, at just 1259 kg.
The overall design is strongly influenced by the Durham CS2 race car from the 1950's, putting emphasis on smooth, rounded lines. This also creates a very aerodynamic body, which rides low to the ground. The car is fitted with dual headlights similar to that on the Durham CS3.
While Durham originally intended to use a V8 for the CS-R, it was swapped to a high-revving twin-turbocharged 3.8L V6 late in development. It was argued this engine would undermine the car's performance, as supercars of the era were generally known to have large-displacement engines with 8 or 12 cylinders (i.e. the Di Inferi DC221). Regardless, Durham went ahead with the V6.
The "CS-RS", RS meaning Racing Sport, was introduced as a more pure and hardcore option to make the CS-R more capable on a race track while still remaining road legal. It was developed in cooperation with WSR.
The option, introduced in 1995 and costing £90,000 on top of the car's price, added a large front lip kit with additional air intakes, a larger hood vent, unpainted black headlight casings as well as a large black rear spoiler and additional rear air diffuser. Engine power was also increased to 696 horsepower.
The CS-RS is quite challenging to drive, but also incredibly rewarding thanks to its speed, power and agility. I hope you enjoy it!