If you’ve been following this morning’s announcement of the acquisition of Caterham Cars by Team Lotus Enterprise (TLE), then you’ll already have spotted this tasty looking Caterham Seven – decked out in the Team Lotus Formula One squad’s colours – posing for photos with the official 2011 Team Lotus F1 cars.
Just 25 of the Team Lotus upgrade packages, which can be applied to any variant up to the top-of-the-range 263bhp, 150mph Superlight R500, will be built in the UK, with the same number allocated to the Company’s thriving export markets.
For an additional £3,000 over the price of your chosen car, the Sevens will be specially-liveried in the famous green and yellow colours of Lotus and will come with a raft of bespoke Team Lotus additions.
Included in the upgrade package will be an invitation to a customised tour of the Team Lotus F1 factory in Hingham, Norfolk.
As custodians of Colin Chapman’s original ‘50s concept for the Seven since 1973, Caterham Cars’ current product range remains true to Chapman’s philosophy of lightweight, minimalist sportscars.
Outside, the cars will be coated in a Team Lotus-inspired livery and the theme continues in the cockpit, with a plaque carrying the signatures of Team Lotus F1 drivers, Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen. Owners will also receive a Seven history book signed by chief designer, Mike Gascoyne.
Caterham managing director, Ansar Ali, said: “Caterham Cars is starting an exciting and hugely important chapter, so it’s entirely fitting that we celebrate our opportunity to take Colin Chapman’s ‘less is more’ philosophy global, with this special car.
“Owners of the Special Edition Sevens will have not only a fabulous British sportscar, but a genuine piece of automotive history in their garage.”
The current range of Caterham Seven products starts with the Caterham Classic, priced at £13,650.
To place an order, or for more information, visit http://www.caterham.co.uk or call +44 (0)1883 333 700.