The Defender may not be dead yet if a billionaire has his way.
Considering that Caterham essentially only makes one vehicle, its array of variations on the theme can be bewildering. But the latest word from the UK has it that the British sports car manufacturer is planning on streamlining things, and making its nomenclature more straightforward.
Ever since the bankrupt Caterham F1 Team launched its crowd-funding campaign to get back on the grid, everyone's been wondering which drivers it would be bringing to Abu Dhabi – especially since one of its usual drivers jumped the sinking ship for Sauber. But now they need wonder no more as the team has announced it's giving Marcus Ericsson's seat to newcomer Will Stevens.
Octogenarian billionaire, briber and Bond villain caricature Bernie Ecclestone is not popular with the fans of the sport he oversees with an iron fist, and somehow, we don't think that's set to change after the 84-year-old gave a pretty wide-ranging interview with Campaign Asia-Pacific.
You might have thought that the Caterham F1 team, currently sitting dead last in the standings without a single championship point to its name, had already hit rock bottom and couldn't sink any lower. But apparently it has. As we reported just recently, Caterham Sports Limited – the factory that produces the F1 cars that the team fields in the FIA Formula One World Championship – was facing bankruptcy. And now, it seems, the team itself could fall apart as well.
Boutique sports car companies pop up every now and again, hoping to challenge the big (well... bigger, at least) boys before slinking away shortly thereafter as a failure unable to make a dent in the crowded market. However, that common story might not apply to new British automaker Zenos, especially if Autocar is to be believed in a new video.
To say that there's been some instability at the Caterham F1 team lately would be a gross understatement. Caterham owner Tony Fernandes sold the team a couple of months ago, its team principal Cyril Abiteboul left for Renault, and a consortium of investors took over. They named former F1 driver Christijan Albers as team principal, supported by former HRT exec Manfredi Ravetto and advised by veteran strategist Colin Kolles. All the while it's been switching drivers back and forth, briefly replaci
While we've seen professional racing drivers bounce back and forth between disciplines, generally speaking, a racer has to choose at some point in his career what he's going to focus on: stock cars, single-seaters, rally, touring cars, endurance prototypes...But we've been seeing a lot of exceptions to that rule in recent years, and the latest exception is André Lotterer.
We could hardly count all the variants of the iconic Seven which Caterham has produced over the past 40-plus years. Some of them make it to the North American market and some don't, but the British automaker has just announced two new variants heading straight for American shores.
A little over a month ago, rumors surfaced that Tony Fernandes was planning to sell Caterham. The company subsequently refuted the rumors, but now we appear to have the truth: while the automaker responsible for building continuation Lotus Seven street cars isn't going anywhere, the Formula One team is.
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