Sort of like an automotive big box store, Superformance is rapidly becoming the destination for anyone interested in modern kit cars. Besides the normal spattering of Shelby Cobra replicars, Superformance also offers replicas of the GT40 and Corvette Grand Sport. Now, we can add an altogether different type of DIY car to the company's portfolio - Caterham.

Superformance has just been announced as the new US distributor for Caterham Cars, effectively adding the entire suite of Lotus variants to the company's catalog. While there will be a large variety of models available, according to Caterham the mix will skew toward more powerful offerings. As much as we like the affordable appeal of a Seven 160 or Roadsport, simply having the wildly powerful 620 R or Superlight R500 available in the US is a good thing for enthusiasts.

"In the last two years, Caterham has significantly broadened its reach internationally and signing a new official distributor in the form of Superformance in America is a natural extension of how our brand is expanding, rapidly, across the globe," Caterham Group CEO Graham Macdonald said. Read more in the press release below.
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Caterham signs new US distributor

Caterham Cars and its iconic Seven will be officially sold in the USA with a new US distributor as of January 1st 2014.

Superformance (www.superformance.com) is based in Irvine, California and will sell several variants of the Seven.


Increased American interest in the legendary British sportscar was sparked earlier this year, when X Factor supremo Simon Cowell took delivery of a Seven CSR 260 at his home in Los Angeles.

Superformance will stock a range of Seven variants, although primarily the higher-power incarnations of the car, which have traditionally been more popular in the American market. The range will include the Seven 480 and the new Seven 620R, which will top the US line-up initially.

Caterham Group CEO, Graham Macdonald, said: "The US market has always been a difficult one for us, thanks to the stringent federal homologation rules. But we know there is an appetite for our particular brand of lightweight and performance and we already export our SP/300.R to the States through Dyson Racing.

"In the last two years, Caterham has significantly broadened its reach internationally and signing a new official distributor in the form of Superformance in America is a natural extension of how our brand is expanding, rapidly, across the globe."

Sevens will be shipped to the USA in part-built form and sold as rolling chassis via Superformance's nationwide dealer network for customers to then complete the build personally.


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      Josh
      • 11 Months Ago
      Should be a great first step to getting these things to proliferate in the US!
      Armon
      • 11 Months Ago
      This is awesome news.
      thedriveatfive
      • 11 Months Ago
      Check out the Superformance site, they are bringing the Seven 620 R over! 0-60 in 2.7 seconds and 310hp in a 1200lb car.
        CarMar
        • 9 Months Ago
        @thedriveatfive
        Yes we are! I actually work at the Superformance head quarters in Irvine, CA. Feel free to email me at maral@superformance.com if you would like more details or to just be added to our Caterham newsletter. There has been so much hype over these Caterham cars that we're trying to keep all the fans updated about the new distribution partnership.
      ERNSTEVERYTHING
      • 11 Months Ago
      would be nice to have a dependable dealer in the US for Caterham.. ordering parts from the Uk is getting old..
      sundude
      • 11 Months Ago
      Hmm. Superformance used to offer its own Lotus 7 style vehicle -- the S1 roadster -- but they cancelled it as it was a very slow seller. Caterham makes a great product and Superformance has an experienced dealer network across the USA, but I wonder how strong demand will be this time around. Nonetheless, I wish them good luck as it's always better when consumer choice includes exciting cars like this.
      Sir Duke
      • 9 Months Ago
      I first saw one of these waaaaaay back in 1966 (I was 8 yrs old), it was doing battle on track with an E-type Jaguar and a Lotus Elan. Back then, I only had eyes for the Elan. The driver of the E-Type was considered to be a jerk, so he and his car were cast in the role of the villians. I always sat in the grand stands near the gooseneck series (right/left/right-hairpin) of turns. Clockwise, the starting line was about a 1/8 mile from the gooseneck, then onto the back straight (a little more than a 1/4 mile) into the high speed bend, down through the gears to the low-speed bend through the esses and onto the front straight (start/finish) line. The Jag always grabbed the lead off the line, but lost it in the gooseneck and have to chase the Elan and the Super 7 down the back straight. If he caught and passed them before the highspeed bend, it was pretty much "rinse and repeat". If he didn't pass them, the race was pretty much over, unless one of them got into trouble or traffic. Later on, a couple of Ford Escorts (Mark 1) joined the party. Hey, I'm back from my trip down memory lane.
      CarMar
      • 9 Months Ago
      http://superformance.com/ is the link btw.
      diffrunt
      • 11 Months Ago
      love the camber