Caterham 310S: PH Videoblog
'The best Caterham ever made' versus perhaps the world's worst bobble hat
Recently rationalised into a core range of 1.6-litre Sigma and 2.0-litre Duratec models, the Seven range has gained a new version of the former known as the 310. And according to the guys at Caterham it's the best of the bunch, combining the lighter kerbweight of the smaller-engined car with a screamer of an engine harking back to the best of the K-Series cars.
Does it live up to the hype? Dan nearly froze to death trying to find out, which is his excuse for wearing a really daft hat and looking a little ashen. Given we've got a 310 on order for the PH Fleet it's a chance to find out if we really did pick the right one...
Watch the video here
Good video but I had to laugh that PH attempted to film in a 7 with windscreen but without doors- that's a Big mistake, you only need to ride without the doors for seconds to realise the vacuum effect it has and huge buffeting- either Windscreen + doors or take the lot off and go aero, in between doesn't really work.
Of course one of the best things is you can have both and swap between them in 10minutes depending if it's a Sunday afternoon blat in the country or a month long European tour, the 7 is like a multi tool, just switch it over and off you go.
ETA - I ran a 160 this winter. Drove up a Dutch beach for a quick pancake, then through Belgium, France and back to the UK in a single day. Temperatures below freezing the whole way. Roof off. My hat was even worse than yours
Just how large is the gap between a Caterham and the 'others' like a Westfield, Tiger or MK etc '7' style car?
For road and very occasional track use would it really depend more on the quality of assembly, suspension setup and type of engine.
Though I would love to, I cannot stretch to Caterham prices, plenty of the competition come in well under £10k though.
The SV chassis ruins the look, imo.