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