Well it’s been a fascinating few days since news of a tie-up between Team Lotus and Caterham emerged. The Hingham-based outfit announced a major press conference to be held at Duxford Airfield next week , prompting rumours about what’s likely to be on the agenda.
A new Caterham Supersport was unveiled today, although you’d be forgiven for asking what’s new about a design that’s been around for more than 40 years. Caterham describe it as “..the first brand new addition to the world-renowned Seven range in two years”, although that probably only serves to confuse you even more, so let’s cut to the chase and outline exactly what the term ‘new’ applies to.
If like me you’re sitting with your mouth wide-open staring at these pictures, then you’ll be pleased to hear this is not a concept car, but in fact a real vehicle that you can buy. Soon.
Road Magazine starts 2011 with a track and race theme… following the UK’s catalyst to the motoring industry, Autosport International at the NEC in Brum. We’ve got two of the most exciting cars from the show in full detail…to drool over, and they are both British.
This morning at the Autosport International Show Caterham revealed their first all-new model in over 20 years – the SP/300.R is a joint project between Caterham and Lola Cars that they describe as “..the perfect alchemy of British engineering superiority and rich motorsport heritage”.
I received a heads-up early last week when Steve Hindle, ex-Motorsport Manager for Westfield Sportscars, contacted me and mentioned Lola and Caterham were definitely getting together soon to produce something along the lines of Westfield’s XTR.
It is perhaps ironic that Caterham face a similar challenge to their erstwhile neighbours up the road at Lotus, as they look towards the future shape of their model range. Just like Lotus they have a loyal and fanatical customer base whom the company depends on for their current success, but the relationship can sometimes been a fragile one – some of the core enthusiasts have been around longer than the current management team and take it upon themselves to regularly remind them of their responsibilities to the marque.
Caterham Cars is evoking the elegance, class and rich motorsport heritage of Monte Carlo with the latest Special Edition of its similarly timeless sportscar, the Roadsport 125 Monaco.
No mention of the scrappage scheme, but even so this looks like another bargain from Caterham.
The Drivers Republic Caterham Roadsports Championship kicks off in April at Silverstone and we are delighted to be the title sponsors.
Caterham are all about providing pure no-frills driving enjoyment, right? So what are they doing fitting a gimmick like ‘Launch Control’ to their ultimate R500?