During the unveiling of the 2013 AeroSeven Concept Car , Tony Fernandes, Caterham Group Co-Chairman, also revealed some of the company’s future plans. We must admit that they sound quite promising, and it looks like the Caterham name will undergo a huge transformation in the near future. .
The company plans a big expansion, especially into the Asian market, and Fernandes confirmed there will be a new crossover and small city cars, alongside a range of sports cars to meet a diverse global market.
The first step in this direction was made with the AeroSeven — a concept car that previews the company’s new sports car set to be developed in cooperation with Renault Alpine. The production version will arrive in the autumn of 2014.
However, when asked when the new models will be launched, Fernandes added: "We’re focused on developing the right products; with the right retail experience, in the right markets, at the right time. The sales will then come." Well, that is rather cryptic; so, we guess we’ll just have to wait...
Click past the jump to read more about the new Caterham AeroSeven Concept.
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
Last year, we heard the initial rumors on a possible new sports car developed by Renault in cooperation with Caterham. Now, AutoCar reports that the new sports car will arrive in concept form in the first half of next year and will target models like the Lotus Evora and Alfa Romeo 4C . Caterham also hopes that this new sports car will springboard it into to becoming a global maker.
Last week, Renault and Caterham signed a contract for joint ownership of the Dieppe factory - where the two sports car will be produced. Despite being developed in cooperation and under the same roof, the two models will have a distinctive looks, unlike the FR-S/BRZ/GT 86 triplets. Caterham officials said that their cars will feature a distinctive British style and will "be recognizable as coming from Caterham."
It’s likely that under the skin, in the chassis and running gears, the two vehicles will be identical, but reports claim that the engines will be completely different. Also, both models will use weight-saving aluminum and carbon-fiber components.
Click past the jump to read more about the Renault-Alpine concept - the vehicle which inspired the new sports car.
Caterham is preparing to unveil a brand-new model in 2016, but until then, the company is readying itself to enter the Le Mans 24 Hours . Caterham’s official Le Mans debut will be made this year at the end of June when the company plans to enter the race with a Zytek Z11SN-Nissan in the LMP2 category.
The car will wear number No. 41 and Caterham F1 Team Reserve Driver and Caterham Racing GP2 driver Alexander Rossi, and double LMP2 class-winner, Tom Kimber-Smith will be at the wheel. They will be joined by a crew of Caterham engineers, technicians and data analysts that will ensure the No. 41 car performs at its peak.
With this move, Caterham hopes to increase its position as a global authority in the sports car market. This move comes after a second season in the F1 series and a 50:50 partnership with Renault to develop and build its first new road model in 20 years.
Click past the jump to read more about Caterham’s competitors at Le Mans.
Last year at the 2012 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, the Caterham SP/300.R managed to obtain a lap record of 61.89 seconds. This year, the model will return to the narrow circuit in an attempt to defend its title. The 2013 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power takes place from June 14th through 16th and will bring together a quartet of British sports car manufacturers that will attempt to smash Caterham ’s record.
The vehicles will go head-to-head, with four distinct vehicles in an attempt to better last year’s record run. This year, the SP/300.R will be driven by the Caterham Drive Experience instructor.
TheSP/300.R will have to face lots of supercars, classics, modern race cars and track-focused machines, with the latter expected to do battle for the lap record.
Talking about the new attempt, Caterham Cars CEO, Graham Macdonald, said: "Last year’s contest was extremely close and we expect it to be even tighter this year, given that there are four British manufacturers attending, each with exactly the same aim."
Click past the jump to read more about the Caterham SP/300.R.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
Caterham believes it has the car that can change its fortunes with the CT03.
Ideally, though, you’d want a race car that’s primed and ready for competition when the season starts in March. That’s not the case with these guys because it appears that the car will head to Melbourne as presented, which means that any form of upgrades will happen during the season.
Not exactly the way you’d want to achieve your first points in Formula One. Then again, the CT03 does come with a lot of modifications, which Caterham hopes can be enough for the car to stay on track for an entire race, let alone finish with some points. The resculpted side pods have been added while the engine, the diffuser, and the cooling exits all have had their own improvements.
Like every other F1 race car, the CT03’s body is made entirely out of carbon fiber. Meanwhile, the car’s powertrain is a Renault-sourced 2.4-liter V-8 RS27-2012 engine that’s mated to a gearbox from Red Bull Technology. Dampers come by way of Penske & Multimatic while brake discs and pads are sourced from Carbone Industrie or Hitco. Other sourced parts on the CT03 include cockpit instrumentation from MES, seat belts from Schroth, fuel cell from ATL, and wheels from BBS.
All together, the team still needs to temper their expectations for the CT03 because expectations don’t match the reality that while this racecar has some improvements, it’s still a ways away from the rest of the field.