As a result of this cooperation, Renault will have their Alpine brand brought back to life and Caterham will get a sports coupe that will rival models like Porsche Cayman .
The yet-to-be-named model, will be powered by a modified version of a Renault-sourced four-cylinder engine and will deliver about 270 horsepower. This power will be enough to sprint it from 0 to 60 mph in about 5 seconds, but knowing Caterham ’s history, we expect to see a more powerful version that will target high-end variants of the Cayman. The engine will be offered with a standard six-speed manual or a paddle-shift automatic transmission as an option.
As you probably remember, when asked about this upcoming model, Caterham commercial director David Ridley confirmed that it will look completely different when compared to the Renault Alpine version.
With this in mind we have created a rendering of what we think this model will look like. Though Caterham claims that this new coupe will look completely different than the Renault Alpine, we think it will share the same basic shape, but with minor variances to distinguish it. The grille will no longer span the front end and the headlights will be more pronounced than the ones we saw on the Alpine concept.
We’ll see just how close we are once the Caterham coupe arrives – if it ever arrives…
A few months ago, it was announced that Renault’s new Alpine sports car would be developed in cooperation with Caterham . Now with the partnership pretty much confirmed, it looks like Renault won’t be the only one to benefitting, as Caterham will also get its own sports car that will target models like Porsche Cayman .
The model will be powered by a heavily modified version of a Renault-sourced four-cylinder engine that will develop a total of 270 horsepower and will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds. The model won’t target those hardcore enthusiasts, but it will aim a much wider audience. In fact Caterham hopes to sell a total of 25,000 units during the car’s lifetime.
The engine will be mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission, and a paddle-shift automatic unit will be offered as an option. You shouldn’t expect the new Caterham sports car to feature the same design language as the Alpine, as Caterham commercial director David Ridley claims that the British car will look "utterly different.”
Expect to see the new Caterham sports car launched sometime in 2015 at a starting price of £40,000 (about $65,000 at the current exchange rates).
A year after Caterham launched their low-cost karting championship, the British automaker is pushing through with those plans with the debut of the CK-01 kart at the AutoSport International in Birmingham, England.
Created to give youngsters a chance to get their feet wet in the world of motorsports, the Caterham kart championship will be open to any child between the ages of 13 and 16 with a maximum of 120 entries. Each applicant, or to be specific, their parents, will have to pay €6,200 plus tax, or about $8,100. The season package includes a number of add-ons, including a race-ready CK-01, a paddock trolley, an ARKS race license, entry to the six-race season and technical support.
The six events will be held on various circuits across the UK and will comprise of practice sessions, a qualifying session and the actual races, which will carry points with it.
The inaugural season isn’t expected until 2014, which gives all the little tykes out there plenty of time to get their racing groove on.
According to Tony Fernandes, CEO of the Caterham Group, Caterham is the perfect place is to enjoy an affordable and competitive kart series, providing the upstarts racers a chance to showcase their skills in motorsports.
"Caterham Karting will once again make this fantastic sport accessible to everyone, without losing any element of the competition and experience," he said.
With the way the series is shaping up, who are we to disagree?
Just recently, Caterham confirmed its desire to become more mainstream by producing traditional sports cars, SUVs and even city cars, thanks in part to its new collaboration with Renault . This doesn’t mean that Caterham will give up on its roots of producing lightweight, small-displacement-engine vehicles built specifically for track use. This is made evident, as the British auto firm has just announced an all-new variant to its Seven lineup. This new variant is dubbed the Seven Supersport R.
The Supersport R takes what Caterham has done with the Supersport and straps 25 percent more power to it, making it one of the most impressive models in its lineup. Caterham boss, Graham Macdonald, had glowing compliments about the Supersport R, as he said: “The performance of the car is very impressive but, teamed with the accessibility of the suspension specification that works so effortlessly on the road and track on the base model, it is well-balanced, satisfying and fun in terms of the driving experience it offers.”
While Macdonald’s comments are striking, he does have just a little bit of a bias when it comes to the Supersport R, so let’s have a look at it and see if it is all Macdonald says it is.
Click past the jump to read our full review of the Caterham Seven Supersport R
Renault and Caterham have joined forces to develop the new Alpine sports car. As a result of this agreement, Renault will get its coupe and Caterham will get its roadster sports car. Caterham boss Tony Fernandes is now offering new details on the company’s future plans, including a possible range-topping supercar.
In a conversation with AutoCar, Fernandes said: "The ultimate ambition is to do what Porsche has done, and grow beyond being a sports car manufacturer into a mainstream car brand – SUVs, city cars, whatever the market wants. There is a long way to go, but we can see a day when we’d like to have a true halo car."
Such a decision should not be a big surprise, considering Caterham’s experience in Formula 1 and its in-house composites business.
Currently the most impressive model offered by Caterham is the SP/300.R . It is powered by a supercharged 2.0-liter Ford Duratec engine that delivers 301 horsepower. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 180 mph. But this is a track-only car and not many people have the chance to enjoy it. A new supercar will change Caterham’s image, but until that finally happens, Caterham will focus on developing the new Alpine supercar.
Some automakers build super-luxury cars and nothing else (see: Bentley and Rolls-Royce ). These companies couldn’t care less if 99.9 percent of the world can’t afford their cars, they will just keep on building them. Well, Caterham is similar to Bentley in the fact that it builds nothing but cars designed to go really fast on a track and it has no issue asking you for tens of thousands of Pounds for said vehicles.
With the Superlight R500 slowly getting up there in age and the R300 just not cutting it for some racecar drivers, Caterham knew it needed something with a little more oomph. Well, it gave us a little sneak preview just a few weeks ago by releasing an unfamiliar sight: a “Supercharged” badge on the back end of a Caterham racecar.
To date, Caterham has been content with taking small displacement, naturally aspirated engines and turning them into racecar engines. This addition of a supercharger will be the first time that Caterham has ever used forced induction. Now, Caterham has chosen to let us in on this new, mold-breaking model, the Superlight R600.
To read all about the Superlight R600, click past the jump.
Caterham is one of those love-it-or-hate-it kinds of automakers that make cars that are fast but not necessarily user-friendly. In the UK, the Caterham lineup is vastly popular, but in the States, it only sells a small number of vehicles, via its Caterham USA arm, to folks looking to hit the tracks.
With the Caterham Seven -based R500 getting ready to see its final days of production, Caterham is now planning its successor. Evo had a short interview with Caterham’s CEO, Graham MacDonald, in regards to the future plans with the Seven and if you are good at reading between the lines, a huge announcement may have been slightly leaked.
Evo brought up the potential of using the SP/300.R’s 305-horsepower, supercharged 2.0-liter engine the Seven, which Caterham is committed to building for the foreseeable future. MacDonald responded with “Potentially, yes. I would love that, of course – especially if we took the next step and made it an R600.”
This would lead any warm-blooded human to the fact that the R600 is already on the tip of Caterham’s tongue and will likely see the light of day. MacDonald also addressed that installing the 2.0-liter would not be a straightforward process, as there are big cooling system issues that Caterham engineers would have to sort out, among other details.
With Caterham also looking to build more user-friendly vehicles – you know, ones that you can actually use on government-owned pavement – this R600 may even become that friendlier Caterham that ever traditional sports car company fears.
With its traditionally low prices and extreme performance, Caterham could really shake up the sports-car world, should it choose to build a more street-friendly R600 with the SP/300.R’s engine. Unfortunately, this is all purely speculation and reading deeply between the lines of a potentially ambiguous statement… But that’s what we do best! Additionally, the “Supercharged” teaser that Caterham released recently also lends a little validity to this potential scenario.
We’ll keep an eye out for any more announcements on the potential of the R600 and the possible use of that nasty 2.0-liter engine sitting in the Seven.
"Britain’s most exciting racing series just became supercharged."
This is how Caterham is describing their upcoming race car set to be unveiled in October 2012. No other details have been offered, but the first teaser image revealed shows the word "supercharged," meaning, of course, that the new race car will be powered by a supercharged engine.
This new race car could be the bigger brother of the R300 and could be powered by a supercharged version of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine sourced from Ford. This would lead us to believe that we may be looking at about 250 ponies, at least that’s what we are hoping for.
A few weeks ago, it was rumored that Caterham was working on a new sports car that featured a new roof and a more comfortable cabin, as well as supercharged Ford four-cylinder engine to increase output. This teased model should most definitely be the vehicle he was talking about, but we’ll have to wait until October for confirmation.
It is not a new concept that Caterham remains one of the most popular boutique sports cars in all of Europe, despite the fact that it only builds about 500 models each year. It is also not a shocker to know that England’s former boutique powerhouse, Lotus , has taken a huge hit in recent years, but still has an international presence.
Caterham’s flagship car, the Seven , is built with extreme care to keep the power-to-wight ratio as high as possible. This has worked so far, but Caterham needs to expand into other places, like the U.S., which only sees about 50 Caterham Sevens per year. Caterham is careful, though, and that’s what has made it the success it is today, so expansion needs to be carefully plotted out.
One thing that could help Caterham expand is to join forces with a like-minded car company to produce high-quality, lightweight sports cars that the American market would enjoy. One possibility is Lotus, which is sinking fast, but already offers up its lightweight bodies and chassis to other companies, like Hennessey , to build into lightweight monsters, so why not Caterham?
Combining the two could result in sweet profits for both, as Lotus could provide its lightweight chassis technology and its recognized name, and Caterham could provide its high-revving performance engine technology. With the Lotus name and body, and Caterham technology heading to the U.S., Caterham gains a stronger foothold in the U.S. and Lotus gets a chance to regain its presence in the states, all while sharing the cost and profits.
There are some whispers spreading around on the good ol’ Net that Renault and Caterham may be teaming up to facilitate the return of the Alpine name. The ball has already started rolling with the introduction of the Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept , but a French report is stating that this team effort will benefit the lineups of both manufacturers.
Renault’s goal is to create a light and agile Alpine which will be easier with the help of a smaller company, while Caterham is looking to build a new range-topping sports car that will be made possible with the knowledge provided by a larger, more experienced manufacturer. It’s the classic, "You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours" scenario. What we’ll get out of it is a light rear-engined Alpine priced somewhere between $44,000 to $50,000 which is expected to be unveiled sometime in 2015 .
"We’ve had talks with potential partners," said Carlos Tavares, Renault’s Chief Operating Officer in a previous interview. "We’ll decide whether or not to revive Alpine before the end of this year, but I think there’s a good chance that a new Alpine will see the light of day."