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Occasionally we learn about a new car manufacturer starting up in Mexico, but usually the country's most significant involvement in the auto industry is relegated to building vehicles and parts for other auto companies. RON Automóviles de México hopes to change that with its new line of sports cars. The flagship model, the RXX, resembles an Ariel Atom with bodywork, while the R7 was inspired by the Lotus 7.

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A chap who calls himself "Sheepo" has a habit of making custom creations out of Lego bits. These aren't kits, these are the expressions of his own automotive imagination using traditional Lego and Lego Technic parts. His year so far seems mostly devoted to suspension builds and a Land Rover Defender, but his latest work is a Caterham Seven.

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Caterham Seven Team Lotus Special Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Caterham Seven Lambretta Special Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Sunseeker Predator 108 + Caterham Se7en – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Graham Nearn helped develop and sell the Lotus 7, creating Caterham Cars in 1959 as a retail outlet for the lightweight roadster. After having seen the car through its years of broadcasting fame on the BBC show The Prisoner (that's Nearn on the right with Prisoner star Patrick MacGoohan), he then saved the 7 from the death dealer's axe when Lotus wanted to bury the car in 1973.

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Caterham R500 - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Caterham R500 - Click above for high-res image gallery

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click above for high-res gallery of the Caterham CDX Seven

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There's no arguing that the Caterham R500 is an amazing piece of four-wheeled machinery. In fact, it may just be the quickest way around a race track short of a Formula 1 car. We're equally as certain that the Ducati Hypermotard is an awesome motorcycle, so putting both of these performers on the same track and letting them have at it is certain to entertain. Autocar must have thought so, too, and udging by the video posted after the break, the event didn't let anybody down. As is usually the ca

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The Axon Eco-M sports car is a sleeker, lightweight version of the Caterham 7 and designed for maximum fuel economy. It uses the standard 1.4-liter petrol engine but the aerodynamics are improved by removing the roof and windshield. Many components made from carbon fiber remove weight. The result is a 20-percent improvement in fuel economy. In a few days, the Eco-M will make its public debut at the Sexy Green Car Show in British town of Cornwall. Axon ran Caterham 7 vehicles in the Shell Eco-Mar

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Click above image for addition high-res shots of the Caterham Seven anniversary package

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The annual Shell Eco-Marathon is a competition designed to find the entrant whose car achieves the maximum fuel economy after driving 40 minutes and completing seven laps around the track at a minimum of 15 mph. Cars can run on gasoline, diesel, LPG, or hydrogen. This year's UK event was held at the Rockingham Speedway.

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British specialist automaker Caterham, stewards of the legendary Lotus Seven ultra-minimalist sports car, have announced a wholesale switch to Ford powerplants from the Rover K-Series engines that have been the mainstay of the marque for the last 15 years.

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