• Dec 13th 2010 at 3:58PM
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Is Caterham an automaker or merely another replicar manufacturer? Considering that the British company currently produces continuation models of the original Lotus Seven exclusively, it'd be tough to argue the former. But Caterham seems intent on breaking new ground, and to that end has announced plans to unveil an "entirely new model" in January.

Little in the way of details have been announced, but Caterham says its new car will mark "the beginning of a new dawn for the Company, but one that remains true to the lightweight, minimalist DNA of the legendary Seven." Intriguing, to say the least.

The model is slated to use a new in-house engine, be built alongside the Seven (pictured above) and debut at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham (England, not Alabama) on January 13, so stay tuned. Official announcement after the jump.

[Source: Caterham]
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British sportscar maker, Caterham Cars, will introduce an entirely new model to its line-up at next month's Autosport International Show.

The latest addition to the renowned Caterham stable marks the beginning of a new dawn for the Company, but one that remains true to the lightweight, minimalist DNA of the legendary Seven and will complement its continuing global success.

Powered by the next-generation Caterham Motorsport engine, the model will provide a logical expansion to the Company's racing and trackday portfolio and open an exciting new chapter in its future.

The new model makes its world debut on Thursday, January 13, 2011, at the Autosport International Show, NEC, Birmingham.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Since Lotus is planning to abandon it, Caterham should start building the Elise.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That would be pretty cool, tbh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this could be really cool
      • 4 Years Ago
      please stick with your lovely sevens, don't take too much risk,
      still want to build a seven sometime in the future~
      • 4 Years Ago
      Evolution, British way. Too little too late.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Lotus 7 style will likely always be available to those who want it. There are tons of different providers, almost as many as Shelby Cobra replicators.

      a new thing would be interesting... either a full-fendered car, based on the same backbone, like the 21 was, and updated from that.

      Or something even more elemental, more like an open-wheel race car for today, whether that be a formula race car for the road, or a front-mid engined Ariel Atom clone (although something a bit more original as a whole might be nice...)

      It will be interesting to see.

      Something a bit like the Caterham 21, but with a bit more aggressive TVR Sagaris like styling, and at least a roof beam, for ultimate rigidity, would be very cool. Ginetta seems to go that direction a bit... but something new and interesting would be nice.

      It will be interesting to see if they stick with the engine in front of the driver, or behind the driver.

      If they want to replicate a Lotus, and go mid-engined... How about a replica of the XJ13's body, with a readily available engine, and a slightly more sane interior space. That would be slick.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Shelby modified the AC Ace with a Ford engine transplant to create the cobra, as a low production car. The Shelby Cobra is partly an AC Ace, but AC didn't build a "cobra" without Shelby American's installation of a Ford engine. Call it a Shelby Cobra, or an AC Cobra, it is a british body with an american engine, not the original AC Ace, which was all british. That is adaptation.

        Companies copy the Cobra as closely as possible, with mostly accurate bodywork, and usually a similar Ford crate engine. That is replication. a direct copy, not a lot of distinct changes in the appearance or major equipment.

        Replication and adaptation are two different things.

        What I suggested for Caterham above, is some of both, in replication of the XJ13 body, but with some adaptation for better interior space, and fitment of a more available and affordable engine than an original Jaguar V12 on board. And also hopefully making it easy to own and maintain, as well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Heh. "Shelby Cobra replicators".

        Shelby is an AC Cobra repicator...

        But yes. Go mid-engined.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They're going to start making the Caterham Atom...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just a wild guess but maybe Caterham is gonna try to fill the shoes of Lotus since Lotus is expanding to compete with Porsche and Aston Martin with all those new cars. Maybe it will be something like what the Elise is now.
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