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RE: Caterham 310S: PH Videoblog

RE: Caterham 310S: PH Videoblog

Sunday 19th March

Caterham 310S: PH Videoblog

'The best Caterham ever made' versus perhaps the world's worst bobble hat



Ever wanted a Caterham? If there's even a dribble of petrol in your veins we'd hope so. We're certainly fans at PH - Dan and Matt have raced in them, James and Ben used to work for them and there's no such thing as a boring drive in a Seven.

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

 

 

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griffgrog

Original Poster:

545 posts

163 months

Thursday 16th March
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Absolute peace of a car. I'm racing the 310R and it really is a sweet package.

ambuletz

5,400 posts

98 months

Thursday 16th March
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"this is a caterham build for -shall we say- a powerfully built driver*

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Lordbenny

6,864 posts

136 months

Friday 17th March
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It's a shame that anyone over 13 stone and 5'8" needs the Sv chassis as it just looks so out of proportion compared with the standard chassis.

TheDeadPrussian

675 posts

134 months

Friday 17th March
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Lordbenny said:
It's a shame that anyone over 13 stone and 5'8" needs the Sv chassis as it just looks so out of proportion compared with the standard chassis.
Not exactly true...I'm 6'1" and fit nicely in an S3 with lowered floors. Although the more 'powerfully built company director' may wish to try an SV if shoulder room is a little tight...

ambuletz

5,400 posts

98 months

Friday 17th March
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friend of mine years back at the london motor show managed to fit into a caterham fine for some free burnouts they was offering. and he was 5'7'' and weighed some 17 stone. he fitted easier in that then he did some of the rides at southend!
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smilo996

1,284 posts

87 months

Friday 17th March
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Quite close to the HPC?

This seems to be the perfect blend of performance and fun.

scubadude

2,604 posts

114 months

Friday 17th March
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I'm 6ft 2" and "powerfully built" however manage in a S3 as only have Size 9 feet, albeit narrow shoes required, I don;t even have lowered floors but am blessed with short legs so have the seat forward and reclined to get nice and low :-)

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.

hman

7,024 posts

111 months

Friday 17th March
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fit a roll cage to it then see how difficult it is to get in and out of one!

Lordbenny

6,864 posts

136 months

Friday 17th March
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I visit the showroom in Crawley regularly and have never sat in any of the standard bodied cars with 'sports' seats (Carbon jobbies) without being uncomfortable.

The Crack Fox

12,260 posts

109 months

Friday 17th March
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Dan - The range does not start with the Ford sigma engined 260, it starts with the Suzuki engined 160! I would argue, having driven the lot, that the 160 is all the sports car you'll ever need. In drinking terms it's a satisfying glass a port, compared to the 260's six pack of Stella and the 620's 8 litres of white lightening and a skip full of e.

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 wink

Edited by The Crack Fox on Friday 17th March 11:11


Edited by The Crack Fox on Friday 17th March 11:12

SpudLink

1,724 posts

109 months

Sunday 19th March
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For some reason I've never owned a Seven. I'm 5'8" and 11stn with size 9 feet, so I really have no excuse.
I shall be eagerly watching the PH reports of their own 310 when it arrives.

Rick1.8t

407 posts

96 months

Sunday 19th March
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May be slightly off topic but.....

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.

ash73

13,163 posts

138 months

Monday 20th March
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Good review. One thing that isn't mentioned is the power to grip relationship; unless you care about the traffic light grand prix it doesn't matter what power you've got as long as it isn't over-tyred. That's why the 160 works well on skinny wheels.

The SV chassis ruins the look, imo.

coppice

3,697 posts

61 months

Monday 20th March
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You get used to the confines of an S3- I am 5-11, a fat git , 32 inch inside leg (cheeky ) and fit mine perfectly . But without a lowered floor it's appallingly uncomfortable . Size ten feet mean pixie boots but so what?I have tried an SV and found it almost comically oversized .

g4okt

1 posts

2 months

Monday 20th March
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5' 11" and 15 stone and I fit the SV, S3? not a hope in hell, I'm just the wrong shape......I have the 310R SV i Porsche Arena Red, what a package! The lightened flywheel really quickens that throttle response through the gears.

den

101 posts

194 months

Monday 20th March
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My nearly 6foot, nearly 16stone frame needs the SV. My shoulders and hips are just too wide for the normal bodied Caterham. I've done many track days in an SV 300R and find it absolutely perfect.