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Benur

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66 posts

26 months

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On top of enjoying and having fun tomorrow that I am testing a Caterham for the very first time... any other practical advice?

I will use some not-very-wide shoes so I don't have any problem with the pedals and I will bring my sunglasses (yeah, it will be quite sunny!). I am bringing also a friend and a telephone with camera so I can have an "external view of how the car suits me" ;-)

Any other advice?

Yes, I am excited...

framerateuk

1,502 posts

70 months

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Take it easy until you get used to it, but just enjoy it smile

If you've never driven a car without brake servos before you might be surprised how hard you have to push the pedal - just a get a feel for it before you give it the beans!

Benur

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66 posts

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framerateuk said:
Take it easy until you get used to it, but just enjoy it smile
Thanks hehe

framerateuk said:
If you've never driven a car without brake servos before...
Do we accept a small kart as a car? rolleyes

HustleRussell

6,425 posts

46 months

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Make sure you strap yourself in tight. If the car is fitted with harnesses, you shouldn't be able to move your shoulders forward by more than about 4". Ensure that the keys to the car and the steering wheel (if removable!) are within easy reach before you do this!
Be aware that you have no ABS or TCS, so take care around low grip road surfaces.
Once the engine is warm, use the revvs- these cars really come alive when you're towards the top of the rev range, because the amount of engine braking you get at high engine RPMs and the engine's response and readiness to accelerate the car are sharper. Due to the low weight of these cars, if you approach a bend in too high a gear, the car will feel like it wants to 'push on' and it won't turn in as well. Get used to downshifting under braking before turns. They are so light that it is easy to get lazy and just grunt along using the torque in a high gear, but I guarantee you'll have more fun closer to the rev limit in a lower gear.
Don't leave the indicators on and don't forget to figure out how to work the immobiliser before you go!

Neil W

6 posts

28 months

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We got a Caterham 7 a few months ago as a none runner. We have now fitted a Zetec engine, MOT'd Wednesday, first drive Wednesday night. It's different! You certainly have to stand on the brakes but the biggest surprise was the steering. Let’s say you’re involved, which is a bit disconcerting to begin with. It couldn’t be much more different to drive than a modern car.
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HustleRussell

6,425 posts

46 months

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^ As above, Also remember that 7s are very sensitive to set-up. It is worth getting a proper tracking set up done by someone who knows the cars and knows your intended use. If it feels overly unsettled and you feel that it's too responsive, or it is tramlining, you'll want to add some toe-in.

Neil W

6 posts

28 months

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That's interesting. I haven't driven a Caterham before so have nothing to compare with, but I may well follow your advise and get it checked out, it is just as you describe. Thanks

Mach 7

61 posts

32 months

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Drive with headlights on.

Don't brake in the middle of corners.

Don't accelerate too harshly out of corners.

Be alert for idiots.

Mainly have as much fun as possible with your cloths on. biggrin

Take sunscreen if really sunny.

Incorrigible

13,658 posts

147 months

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HustleRussell said:
^ As above, Also remember that 7s are very sensitive to set-up. It is worth getting a proper tracking set up done by someone who knows the cars and knows your intended use. If it feels overly unsettled and you feel that it's too responsive, or it is tramlining, you'll want to add some toe-in.
And make sure you have enough fuel.....

framerateuk

1,502 posts

70 months

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I've been told to top up the tank whenever it gets to a 1/4 tank full because the gauge isn't that accurate.

Also, massive +1 on the sunscreen!

Dave J

635 posts

152 months

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earplugs

sjmmarsh

416 posts

106 months

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Unlike modern cars, if you stamp on the throttle it just thinks "you want more power? Ok!" rather than "that's not good for emissions- let me smooth that out for you". In other words you need to modulate the throttle more than you may be used to.

Steve

mickrick

3,011 posts

59 months

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Dave J said:
earplugs
Eh ? Never used them. What ? ears Getting m'self a staight cut sequential.
wavey Dave. Spoke to one of your sheep loving pals the other week. He's sending me one of those adjustable ARB's wink
<Hijack mode off>.

Enjoy the test drive. Is it in Espana, or Francia ?

Benur

Original Poster:

66 posts

26 months

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Thanks for all the advice. This is a really nice forum beer

Maybe no need for earplugs as it is a "continental" car, so extra exhaust silencer, I think. South France, by the way Mick ;-)

I'll tell you ASAP how is my first experience, fortunately with some pictures - and one thousand new questions!!!

Cheers!

Edited by Benur on Saturday 15th September 00:01

Dave J

635 posts

152 months

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wouldn't bother mick , they snap frown

mickrick

3,011 posts

59 months

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Dave J said:
wouldn't bother mick , they snap frown
Oh well, it's a bit late now, it's paid for frown It wasn't cheap either !

Benur

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66 posts

26 months

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A-MA-ZING!

Will come later with details and pictures. Now I have to put my feet back on Earth spinbouncewobblenutsclaprotate

HustleRussell

6,425 posts

46 months

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Incorrigible said:
And make sure you have enough fuel.....
getmecoat thanks for crane lendage Ben!


Benur-Don't forget to take your cheque book with you when you return the car!

Edited by HustleRussell on Saturday 15th September 11:54

SimonRogers

59 posts

44 months

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I have seen the Older Freestyle adjustable bar fail on one or 2 cars.

I used my own for 8 years with no sign of a problem but because of the known issue when I started producing our own version of the ARB we re designed the female end of the blade to forma cotton reel shape. This allows Arch to weld a thin strap around the boss and back along the bar.

Thanks to Bruce and his main engineer they are confident this small alteration will ad a significant step up in the strength of the weld.

So now they should not fail. None of the first 15 have had issues over the past 15 months.

mickrick

3,011 posts

59 months

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Good old Arch ! thumbup and thanks for that Simon. I thought you'd be along soon wink

Back to the OP. Sold then ? wink
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