• Nov 5th 2008 at 12:41PM
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Caterham is making a new sportscar. But we can't tell you what it is, because you haven't designed it yet.

The British sportscar company has made its name by producing the Super 7 of Lotus fame long after Lotus had moved on. They've made a whole basketful of versions since, but it all boils down to that bare-bones, long-nose, cabin-over-rear-axle design. The format has legions of faithful fans around the world, but Caterham is preparing to move on with a second range to accompany the 7, and is opening up the design process to user submissions. The project is being undertaken in conjunction with Project Splitwheel, an open-source collaborative project that seeks to combine the efforts of gearheads around the world into one resource. Interesting idea, and Caterham is committed to producing at least a working prototype of the final design. The project kicks off in January, with the first prototype scheduled to debut sometime in 2010. Follow the jump to watch a brief explanatory video, or the link to Splitwheel's website for more info.

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[Source: Project Splitwheel via Autocar]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      The 7 is such a simple and great design - that is why it has lasted so long. I hope the new design will be able to do this. My vote is for an MR design.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Mmmmm. Catered ham...

      Definitely not kosher.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't know... design by committee is what created the Aztec... and big government...

      I see a left wheel drive lifted sports car with a V-7 engine on the roof in our future
      • 6 Years Ago
      series electrical design.

      torque on demand, insane revs. put the motor in the driveshaft tunnel to a 2 or 3 speed transaxle out back to keep motor output at efficient motor range. use a capacitor bank for high output dump at line or out of corner for a 2 sec "boost". recharge capacitor bank on decelleration.

      under the bonnet make a drop-in rack for a veggie/greaser/deisel generator that stop/starts at peak fuel effiencey or for high output. you could slide it in as a single unit or replace with some other form of modular power (batteries slide in, fuel cell slides in, ect.) depending on need or budget.

      Electric motor on the tunnel could easily heat the car too...

      could be done with most off the shelf stuff just need one hell of a controller.
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