Caterham celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Seven sports car by cutting donuts.
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The new car would require cooperation with another automaker.
It's expensive, but you get leather and green paint.
Here to kick off the Lotus Seven's 60th Anniversary.
Caterham shows that you don't need insane power for brilliant driving.
Caterham is experimenting with a production method usually for bicycle frames and adapting it to make the Seven's chassis 10 percent lighter. It could be a major innovation to take pounds off any vehicle with a space frame platform.
You'll be able to build your own blocky kit car soon. We're stoked.
Having trouble figuring out the difference between a Caterham Seven Roadsport 140 and Supersport R? Yeah, so were we, until Caterham made it nice and simple: now you can get a 160, 270, 360, 420 or 620.
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.
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.
News recently broke that Caterham is soliciting new investment to carry on with its ambitions plans. However, that's not keeping the sports car builder from moving forward with new projects. Case in point is its latest creation: the limited edition Seven 250R Kamui Special Edition in honor of its F1 driver, Kamui Kobayashi.
Auto Express wanted to put the Caterham Seven 620R in a hot-lap battle against a KTM X-Bow at Blyton Park. Unable to procure an X-Bow, they substituted another open-air KTM: the Super Duke R 1290, a streetfighter that the company nicknamed "The Beast." That set up a 310-horsepower, 1,100-pound four-wheeler up against a 180-horsepower, 416-pound two-wheeler... and English weather.
Morgan Three-Wheeler or Caterham? That is a decision we desperately wish we had to wrestle with. Both are truly iconic vehicles, boasting a cult-like following. With the Morgan, it's unique layout and vintage look make it one of the single most interesting vehicles on the road, even if its V-twin engine doesn't deliver a ton of grunt.
It doesn't get much more basic than the Caterham Seven. The original Lotus design was – and remains – the ultimate embodiment of Colin Chapman's "add lightness" ethos. But even among Sevens, some are more basic than others. And this is the most basic of them all.
Caterham's fastest car used to be the R500 Superlight. The new fastest car from the UK-based company is the Seven 620R. Where the R500 uses a 263-horsepower, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, the 620R straps a supercharger onto the Ford mill, for a total of 310 horsepower and 219 pound-feet of torque. At only 1,200 pounds, that's a huge amount of thrust, and will scoot the blown Seven to 60 miles per hour in around 2.8 seconds. In short, this car, which is built in a small town in Surrey, will hit 60 in
Caterham is lowering the price and adding lightness to its newest entry-level Seven, with a sub-17,000-pound ($26,061) window sticker and a new engine from Suzuki, a 660cc turbocharged three-cylinder mill that will produce less horsepower than the current 125-hp entry level model (it was not mentioned if the Suzuki-powered Seven will replace any models). The new, lightweight engine complements a re-engineered chassis featuring major suspension revisions.
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.
Caterham will be radically expanding beyond its core market of track-day specials with a new Renault-based CUV and city car. Following our initial reports back in November, the new models, which we can only hope are as ridiculously sporty as Caterham's other offerings, have been confirmed by Chairman Tony Fernandes to news agency Reuters.