After a failed partnership with Group Lotus, entrepreneur and Team Lotus boss, Tony Fernandes, has recently expanded his automotive profile with the acquisition of British sports car maker, Caterham Cars. The official confirmation was given at a special event at Duxford’s Imperial War Museum. Both companies have a strong link to Colin Chapman’s philosophy of ’less is more’ and Fernandes’ opportunistic interest in road cars places Caterham’s unique Seven on a pedestal. Proof of that is in the new special edition Team Lotus Special Edition Seven created to start this partnership off on the right foot.

The only distinguishing features for the Team Lotus Seven will be its Team Lotus-inspired livery paint job with matching interior. The most important addition will be a plaque carrying the signatures of Team Lotus F1 drivers, Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen. Owners will also receive a Seven history book signed by chief designer, Mike Gascoyne.

Caterham managing director, Ansar Ali, said: "Caterham Cars is starting an exciting and hugely important chapter, so it’s entirely fitting that we celebrate our opportunity to take Colin Chapman’s ‘less is more’ philosophy global, with this special car. Owners of the Special Edition Sevens will have not only a fabulous British sportscar, but a genuine piece of automotive history in their garage."

The new Team Lotus Seven will be limited to only 25 units, each priced at £13,650 or about $22,500 at the current exchange rates. The package can also be applied to any model in the line-up, up to the top of the range Superlight R500.


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  (569) posted on 07.11.2011

Well, I guess this is better compare to the Superlight R500. The platform of this vehicle seems quite interesting. BTW, I want to know the figure performance of this car.

  (553) posted on 07.11.2011

Its great to see a racing-bred road car. I have witnessed on how the Caterham improved the look and speed performance of this vehicle. And I would say that it looks amazing on its newer version. I wonder on what does the Abarth can say about this?

  (534) posted on 05.11.2011

hmm. They haven’t mentioned about the engine performance of this car! I just wonder if it has the engine of the Lotus since the paint job was based there? BTW, I think the aesthetic of the Supershot is better than this car.

  (780) posted on 05.11.2011

Its aesthetic is quite different from the traditional look of sportscar. However,I think it would be better if they make it a two seater car! And I bet driving this car is better than golf carssmiley

  (445) posted on 05.4.2011

hmm. I don’t get why they have categorized this car as a sports car when they haven’t too much details about it. I wonder how this car will perform. BTW, this car looks so sporty but I think its not a good idea to drive one in the regular road.

  (449) posted on 05.4.2011

hmm. Based from what I remember the Lotus said that they are going to review
this newer version last January..Well, guys what happened? BTW, its newer version is much better compare to the old one.

  (364) posted on 05.2.2011

This car is best used off-road and looking for a nature adventure! However, you just enjoy it yourselfsmiley

  (666) posted on 05.2.2011

IMO, I think this car is kind of just good to be displayed but I don’t think that its a good idea to drive it around in the townsmiley

  (648) posted on 05.2.2011

Since this one is just a special edition car, it is likely that they didn’t change a lot of thing under it’s hood. So this would probably perform the same with regular Seven cars.

  (599) posted on 04.29.2011

For me, this is the best Caterham design that I have seen. It really look so sporty!BTW, I think they should indicate the performance of this car.

  (619) posted on 04.29.2011

Hey, since Team Lotus now owns Caterham Cars, it would be a good idea if they would revive the Seven races held each year. It would definitely be a great time for Caterham owners.

  (579) posted on 04.29.2011

The latest design looks so sporty compare to the previous production. I like the whole body package and those wheel I bet they are powerful.

  (474) posted on 04.29.2011

I doubt that this one would actually be good off road as it is. But probably with a few tweaks here and there, you can always get the Caterham Seven to be all terrain.

  (553) posted on 04.28.2011

When I first saw this car, I was impressed with the look of this car and its aggressiveness. I bet it will perform at its best in off road adventure.

  (325) posted on 04.28.2011

I really like the old school feel of the color scheme that they have used on this one. Kinda brings back the glory days of racing cars like this.

  (345) posted on 04.28.2011

Wow, isn’t that rather an interesting twist. As for as I can remember, the Caterham cars were based off from the Lotus Seven, and now Team Lotus gets to own the Company.

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