Caterham 7 hits max economy

Slippery Caterham Seven
Slippery Caterham Seven
Caterham is famed for producing some of the fastest cars in the world, but what about one capable of returning 131 miles per gallon?

That’s exactly what a modified Caterham Seven achieved at the recent Shell Eco-Marathon at Rockingham.

Customised by carbon fibre specialist Axon Automotive, with the support of Energy-Efficient Motorsport (EEMS), the standard Caterham Seven Roadsport 1.6-litre K Series used enhanced aerodynamics, new lightweight seating, narrow low rolling resistance tyres and economic driving techniques to ensure it maximised every drop of fuel. The sportscar smashed the team’s initial 100mpg target.

The Shell Eco-Marathon is an annual competition to determine the car with the greatest fuel economy after 40 minutes driving and seven laps of the track at a minimum of 15mph. Each entry must meet strict safety requirements and drive using as little petrol, LPG, diesel or hydrogen as possible.

Axon Automotive project leader, Dr Steve Cousins comments: "We are showing that careful driving and relatively simple modifications to conventional cars can lead to significant fuel savings. Significantly the Caterham 2R was the only car in the competition that was moulded from a road-legal vehicle."

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  • mafioso 27 Jul 2006

    Hmmmmm well done to them(!), but it ain't the prettiest Caterham i've ever seen!! But can you imagine how slowly the fuel guage would go down!?

  • marsdalebear 27 Jul 2006

    15 MPH???????????????? Not exactly the reason to buy a Cateringvan

  • Jon Ison 27 Jul 2006

    The fuel gauge is not one I worry about with this type of car, when there empty I put some in, if anyone asks whats the mpg I give an honest answer, aint got a clue.

  • errek72 27 Jul 2006

    Well that should shut up the green nutters. Catherhams all round for everyone.
    If they want to ban SUV's, we want free Caterhams in return.
    Although I won't promise I'll leave mine tuned to max mpg

  • MrKipling43 27 Jul 2006

    Well, I got nearly 300 miles out of the tank in the SV - it was press car and lets just say it wasn't driven in an economically sympathetic fashion.

    They're just so light the motor hardly has to do any work.

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