Caterham Readying 'Entirely New' Car

New car will keep 7's motorsport ethos
New car will keep 7's motorsport ethos
In a move that is pretty much as rare as a full solar eclipse, Caterham Cars has announced that it plans to introduce an "entirely new model" At the Autosport/ PistonHeads show in January.

These days, when Caterham says it is bringing out something new, we all expect a new 'limited edition' of some sort, but this time Dartford's finest sports car company seems to be planning something rather bigger.

Caterham is keeping tight-lipped about its plans, but this is definitely the biggest thing for Caterham since the CSR evolution of the Seven in 2004 - and possibly the most radically new model since the ill-fated Caterham 21 of the 1990s.

All Caterham will say for now is that the new car will be powered by the next-generation Caterham Motorsport engine and that it will "provide a logical expansion to the company's racing and track day portfolio" as well as remaining true to the Seven's lightweight,minimalist ethos.

The car itself will be unveiled officially on 13 January 2011, but we'll get more details in the next week - so watch this space...

For more information on Autosport International and the PistonHeads Show see here

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  • ph123 25 Dec 2010

    ... yep, mid engined with driver ahead of motor. Called a Lotus-23 Caterham ...
    logical guess?

  • Martin Keene 25 Dec 2010

    surrey7er said:
    JonRB said:
    surrey7er said:
    surely it's too much of a leap compared to their current activity? tubular vs bonded Aluminium; front engined vs mid engined;
    The Caterham 7 *is* mid-engined - the engine is between the two axle lines.
    Alright clever clogs!
    As it goes, I did hear a whisper that the new car Has the engine behind the driver (to be a bit more factual)... Proper midengined.
    It would make a lot of sense. It opens up a whole new world of FWD drive donors for the engine and gearbox, and if you wanted to go that far, subframe, brakes, suspension, etc.

    Sadly I am expecting something 'all new' that looks shockingly like what we have today. I would dearly love to be proved wrong though...

  • surrey7er 24 Dec 2010

    JonRB said:
    surrey7er said:
    surely it's too much of a leap compared to their current activity? tubular vs bonded Aluminium; front engined vs mid engined;
    The Caterham 7 *is* mid-engined - the engine is between the two axle lines.
    Alright clever clogs!
    As it goes, I did hear a whisper that the new car Has the engine behind the driver (to be a bit more factual)... Proper midengined.

  • thinfourth2 24 Dec 2010

    I don't know why caterham have this urge to reinvent the wheel.

    They do this every decade bring in a new model and it tanks. While the venurable 7 plods along in the background selling hand over fist.

    The SV has been a reasonable success because its a 7 for fat people. But the CSR doesn't seem to be a huge success while the 21 didn't sell that well.

    To take on radical would be insane to buy the rights to the S1 elise would be a HUGE gamble but it might just work.

  • Noger 24 Dec 2010

    When I asked Santa for "some tt" for Christmas, I didn't realise he would be this quick smile

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