Caterham Seven

Caterham Seven

When it comes to cars that deliver pure driving pleasure, the Caterham Seven is tough to beat. Maybe this is why the roadster has used the same recipe for more than 50 years. Caterham has been working to improve it since 1973, but we mustn’t forget that Colin Chapman, who built the first Lotus 7 in 1957, penned the Seven. It’s true that the technology behind it has changed over the decades, but Chapman’s iconic "simplify, then add lightness" philosophy remained printed in the Seven’s DNA. Caterham sells a host of iterations nowadays, ranging from the bone-stock 165 model to the lightning-fast 620 R, but, from time to time, it also releases special-edition models that become prized collectibles.

For instance, the Brits created quite a stir with the Seven JPE, a Vauxhall -powered Seven developed with input from F1 driver Jonathan Palmer and launched in 1993. More than 20 years have passed since then, and Caterham turned to another Formula One driver to create a new limited edition track rocket. This time it was Kamui Kobayashi’s turn, a Caterham F1 Team ace that has five Grand Prix seasons to his name.

As with most Caterham special editions, the Kobayashi Seven is gifted with a unique appearance and the latest tricks in carbon-fiber embellishment. It packs the same no-nonsense attitude present in all Caterham Caterham -badged vehicles and it has everything it needs to make a petrol-head grovel at its wheels. There is a catch though; the possibility that we may never see one blow past us on the highway is very low. But you’ll have to join us in our in-depth trip to find out why.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Caterham Seven Kamui Kobayashi Special Edition.

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Jethro Bovingdon from the British magazine EVO wanted to find out what the best track car of 2013, so he made a test that included some of the coolest cars out there: the McLaren 12C GT Can-Am , Caterhan Seven 620R , Radical RXC , BAC Mono , Litchfield Subaru BRZ Spec S , Mini JCW GP , Supercharged Ariel Atom 3.5 and Porsche Cayman S .

The test was made at the Blyton Park and the result seems to be a little bit surprising. Of course, we will not ruin the surprise and will let you watch for yourself to see that car was declared "Track Car of the Year."

All we can tell is that you will be surprise to see that the Cayman S was just a couple of seconds behind the 380-horsepower Radical RXC, which, by the way, weights only 900 kilos (1,984 pounds).

Enjoy the video and trust us it worth spending half an hour watching it!

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Known as the Caterham Seven 165 on the European market, the new Seven 160 is now officially available for order in the UK, and will be put into production in January 2014. The model occupies the entry-level slot in the Caterham Seven lineup, and is priced from £14,995 — about $24,200 at the current exchange rates.

As standard features, the new Seven 160 comes with a set of 14 inches steel wheels combined with a live axle rear suspension. On the inside, the model offers cloth adjustable seats and inertial reel seat belts. For buyers that need a little extra comfort, there are lots of other optional features to choose from.

The new Seven 160 is no powerhouse by any stretch of the imagination, but the 80 ponies that it packs are plenty to get this super-lightweight car to highway speeds in under seven seconds.

Click past the jump to read more about the Caterham Seven 160

Caterham’s F1 team hasn’t had the success it probably expected when it signed up to compete in the world’s most prestigious racing series.

So with little to show for at the track, the Malaysian-owned, UK-based company decided to catch some attention this weekend at the Singapore Grand Prix by bringing a new concept called the AeroSeven Concept that it developed with Renault.

On the back, bulging rear wheel arches create an aggressive shoulder, while the exhaust system, which usually has its pipes on the back, has them exiting out of the sides like a hot rod . It’s strange for a Caterham to be described as such, but one look at the AeroSeven Concept and you’ll immediately know that this isn’t exactly what you’d come to expect from the British marque.

On the inside, this model boasts an F1-inspired steering wheel and a fully active Graphical Display Unit.

In terms of drivetrain, the Caterham AeroSeven Concept makes use of an EU-6 compliant, naturally aspirated engine that produces 237 horsepower. The power runs through a six-cog manual gearbox and out to the rear wheels. Thanks to the combination of traction control — a first on a Caterham model — an a new Caterham Engine Management System, which adds in launch control, this compact race can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in under four seconds.

What’s more, this is not only a concept model, as Caterham plans to release a production model in early 2016. The production model should carry a similar design and a wider range of engine options. More to come on that later.

Click past the jump to read more about the AeroSeven Concept

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Caterham is teasing for quite some time now a new entry-level version for its Seven lineup. The model, described as a "uncomplicated, easy to run and, most important of all, an intuitive and exciting drive," will be making its world debut in a prototype version at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Production version will arrive a few months later and will be put on sale in the Spring of 2014.

The new Caterham Seven 165 will be powered by a 660cc, three-cylinder, turbocharged Suzuki K6A engine that, after some improvements made by Caterham will deliver a total of 80 horsepower and a peak torque of 78 pound-feet.

Caterham promised that the new Seven 165 will be priced under €25,000 ($33,000 at the current exchange rates), while the British market will get a Seven 160 version that will be priced at under £17,000 ($26,000 at the current exchange rates).

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Caterham Seven.

The car still looks the same, but rest assured, it’s shape is probably the only thing it has in common with its predecessor: the R500 .

This is the Caterham Seven 620 R, the sports roadster that Caterham is touting as the replacement model of the range-topping R500.

Despite having the similar body character of pretty much everything Caterham has built in recent years, underestimating what the 620 R is capable of is an unwise thing to do. For one, it comes with an improved nose that allows for freer airflow. It also has a new gunmetal chassis, a race-spec cooling system, a De Dion rear suspension, a wide front track and a set of 13-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Avon ZZR tires.

Inside, the modifications were kept to simple yet profoundly indicative to the kind of car this sports roadster is. A "performance-focused instrumentation and ergonomic switchgear" was added, as was a new Q/R race-spec steering wheel, carbon-fiber racing seats, a carbon-fiber dash and carbon-fiber interior panels.

The Caterham Seven 620 R is powered by a 2.0-liter Ford Duratec engine that develops 311 horsepower and 219 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful and torque-filled Seven to date. This is enough oomph to hit 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds with a top speed of about 155 mph.

If you’re looking to see this car live and in the flesh for the first time, you should head over to the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month because that’s when Caterham will officially introduce the Seven 620 R to the world.

The 620 R will hit British showrooms in late 2013 at a base price of £49,995 ($74,272 at the current exchange rates). There is no mention of whether Caterham will release the 620 R in the U.S., but we’re pretty sure it will see our streets at about $65,000. For those that find this price a little too rich, Caterham plans to unveil a less expensive and milder 620 S later in 2013.

Click past the jump to read about the Caterham Seven

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A few days ago, a rumor popped up that Caterham would continue to celebrate its 40th anniversary with the unveiling of a new and more affordable entry-level Seven. Today, the company released the first teaser image for the new model that is set to arrive in the autumn of this year. First deliveries should come before the end of 2013.

According to Caterham Cars CEO, Graham Macdonald, the new entry-level Seven will be "uncomplicated, easy to run and, most important of all, an intuitive and exciting drive." It will pay homage to the brand’s engineering DNA of "adding lightness" and will be powered by a super-compact, flexible and EU6-compliant engine. Additionally, the new model will also be the most fuel-efficient Seven ever built.

Caterham promised to keep the car’s price in the £17k range ($25k at the current exchange rates), so we are pretty sure the new model will quickly enjoy tons of success.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Caterham Seven.

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Earlier this month, Caterham unveiled the Seven Limited Edition Pack - a model specially developed to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Now, it looks like the company will continue its celebration with the unveiling of a new entry-level version of the Seven.

According to the first details we have on the car, it will take the firm back to its roots and will pay homage to the brand’s DNA. Talking about the new model, Caterham Cars CEO Graham Macdonald said: "Colin Chapman designed the original Seven to be entirely ‘fit-for-purpose’ – a racing car for the road with the driving experience at its heart. With that in mind, the new entry-level Seven will be uncomplicated, easy to run and, most important of all, an intuitive and exciting drive."

The new entry-level Seven will be unveiled in the autumn of 2013 and will be priced at about £17,000 - or around $25,000 at the current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Caterham Seven.

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Caterham is celebrating its 40th anniversary with the launch of a special equipment package offered as a free purchase for the first 40 Seven orders taken from today (May 9, 2013). The new Limited Edition Pack can be applied to any car in the Seven range.

The models built with the Limited Edition Pack will be painted in a Ruby red "40YOC" exterior color combined with bespoke bonnet stripes. The car sits on 15-inch silver alloy wheels wrapped in Avon ZV3 tires.

Caterham is also offering a grey-painted chassis - replica of the original Lotus Seven color - and for the interior, it adds hand-tailored leather seats, with grey piping and a grey leather dashboard.

The new package will also add: a bespoke tunnel top, with grey handbrake and gearstick gaiters; unique, numbered dash plaque; and of course, "40YOC" badges on the wheels center and the ignition key.

On the British market, prices for the Caterham Seven range from £19,995 (about $30k) in the Roadsport 125 and go up to £42,495 ($65,800) in the Superlight R500.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Caterham Seven.

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From the series: "Which was first: the chicken or the egg?" we present you the latest series of Sealed Air’s Professor Packaging called "Will it Break?" It is pretty clear that the new series if a spoof of Top Gear’s "Will it Drift" question, except that it is more fun to watch!

Professor Packaging took an egg to a famous racetrack where he tied it to a the back of a Caterham 7 racecar in an attempt to see if the egg would break or not while the car is driving at high speeds. Behind the wheel was young driver Daniel Lloyd – AKA “Stag” – who did quite an amazing job behind the wheel.

So, what do you think; did the egg brake or not? Check the video to learn the answer to this question and also let us know what show do you prefer: "Will it break?" or "Will it drift?"


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