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2013 Caterham AeroSeven Concept

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

Competition

KTM X-Bow GT

KTM X-Bow GT

The X-Baow GT debuted at the Geneva Auto Show earlier this year as the first X-Bow to feature doors and windows. Granted, the doors and window look more like reinforced saran wrap, but so be it.

This beast carries with it a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that puts down 281 horsepower and 309 pound-feet or torque. This power is plenty for this 1,867-pound rig, as it hits 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds.

Ariel Atom 3.5

Ariel Atom 3,5

The Ariel Atom 3.5 takes all that is good in these compact sports cars and pushes the bounds. This bad-boy features a 3.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers as much as 315 horsepower — supercharged version — and sprints to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds.

Granted, it doesn’t have all of the goodies that the X-Bow GT and Caterham have, but that stuff would just weigh it down...

Press Release

Introducing the Caterham AeroSeven

Caterham AeroSeven Concept

Caterham Cars is excited to unveil a new performance concept road car that for the first time combines the skills, expertise and superior technology of the entire Caterham Group.

Caterham Technology & Innovation (CTI) has worked closely with Caterham F1 Team, Caterham Composites and Caterham Cars to bring a new evolution of the British sportscar to the market.

The AeroSeven Concept demonstrates how yet again Caterham is breaking the boundaries and raising the benchmark in the performance car market. It is stunningly unique and advanced, featuring the introduction of new technology while remaining true to Caterham’s philosophy of delivering accessible fun. The AeroSeven Concept hints a styling direction for future models, including the all-new sportscar being developed in conjunction with Renault that is due for release in early 2016.

Caterham AeroSeven Concept

The concept, which draws heavily on methods used by the F1 team, will be the first ever Caterham model to be fitted with traction control. Thanks to a newly developed Caterham Engine Management System, drivers will be able to enjoy fully-adjustable traction and launch control functionality.

Based on an updated interpretation of the highly acclaimed Seven CSR platform, the carbon-fibre bodied concept will launch to 100kph (62.5mph) in under four seconds. The engine is a naturally-aspirated, EU6-approved, 240ps (237bhp) engine developed by Caterham Technology & Innovation for the recently launched Caterham Seven 485. It’s one of the world’s highest revving EU6-compliant engines, transferring the power to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. Over the coming months, project engineers will be assessing a number of powerplant options for the final production version.

Caterham AeroSeven Concept

The AeroSeven Concept is stacked with race car-inspired features, including aerodynamic styling, an exclusive F1-style steering wheel with driver-focused functionality, and an intuitive fully active Graphical Display Unit (GDU).

Production will remain at the Caterham Cars factory in Dartford, UK. Delivery of the production version of the concept model will begin in Autumn 2014.



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