Caterham may have found a new distributor in the US, but it will still be some time before buyers get the chance to pick up a production version of its AeroSeven Concept. The lightweight sports car that we thought looked pretty unique and special is going back to the drawing board after criticism from customers in one of the brand's most important markets – Malaysia.

"A lot of the customer feedback we've had so far said that the front was too flat, that it was too much like a slab," Caterham CEO Graham MacDonald told Autocar. "We're looking at redesigning the front end slightly, and we'll be looking at a windscreen and putting a roof on as well."

Doors, windows, roofs and windshields are all fine and dandy on most cars, but the concept of adding these things on a Caterham, a car that so devoutly follows the "add lightness" philosophy of Colin Chapman, is at the very least, unusual. But it's not just what the customers want – it's what the money wants. "Our shareholders are keen that especially in the East, to drive a car like this you need doors and air conditioning and an enclosed space," MacDonald said.

The redesigned AeroSeven is targeted for a debut in 2015.


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      Narom
      • 11 Months Ago
      Quite like it the way it is. But i wouldn't mind more pronounced wheel bulges like with LMPs.
      Autoblogist
      • 11 Months Ago
      When it debuted, I thought John Deere was getting the car business.
      imag
      • 11 Months Ago
      Good. I think they can do a lot better. There's no need to keep the seven vestigal "grill" on the nose. But then I still think the Caterham 21 was a pretty good looking car. Doors and a roof are going to require major re-engineering of the seven frame. That said, it will be cool to see an enclosed version.
      bK
      • 11 Months Ago
      Cowabunga!!
      Shiftright
      • 11 Months Ago
      I guess I like flat cars
      pickles
      • 11 Months Ago
      Too bad. I was just looking at that Corvette above and thinking it's the same ol' recipe. Too many lines, overly complicated grille, un-original, then I scroll down to see this thing and it's fun, doesn't look like a doorstop, and kind of reinvents how we view the way a car should look. Alas- they'll probably make it look like a Corvette. Oh well, back into the Sienna for some real fun.
      • 11 Months Ago
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      waetherman
      • 11 Months Ago
      This doesn't make a lot of sense to me; Caterham doesn't really make a car with a roof so how is it that suddenly the thought of selling cars in Malaysia requires one? I mean, I get that shareholders might want to broaden the market, but going from retro roadster to modern coupe seems to stretch the Caterham name too far.
        johnnythemoney
        • 11 Months Ago
        @waetherman
        Caterham 21, have a look at it. Not a modern car, but definitely not a Seven tin can either.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 11 Months Ago
      I don't know that it needs a roof necessarily, but the whole design is just awkward and ugly. Back to the drawing board literally.
      Acre
      • 11 Months Ago
      Reminds me of the Aston CC100 but not nearly as good looking.
      EZen
      • 11 Months Ago
      It rains in Malaysia every single day. Do they really expect to sell the most cars there? Ridiculous. The Factory Five 818R is the car for people here that like a flatter design without a windshield. $20k and crazy performance.