Caterham AeroSeven Concept Revealed Ahead of Singapore GP Launch
Caterham has unveiled a striking new model that’s been inspired by their motorsport activities. The Caterham AeroSeven will go into production in 2014 but ahead of that the British sports car maker has released images of their latest creation.
Ahead of the 2013 Singapore Grand Prix where the car will be unveiled to the press and public, Caterham has released some details of the first car to be built with co-operation between the firm’s three divisions: Caterham Technology and Innovation (CTI), Caterham Cars and the firm’s Formula One team.
The new two-seat sports car uses the underpinnings from the Seven CSR and includes independent rear suspension and pushrod front suspension. When the car goes into production there will be a number of different powerplants available but this concept machine’s powered by the Ford Duratec that’s also fitted in the Caterham Seven 485. It’s been mated to a six-speed manual transmission that pushes power to the rear wheels. Maximum power is 237bhp and peak torque is 152lb ft.
With a claimed 0-62mph time of 4.0 seconds and a power to weight ratio of 397bhp per tonne this is an extremely quick machine. The car’s 635kg base weight has been achieved thanks to the use of carbon fibre for the body panels. Caterham has not yet announced the car’s drag coefficient but their press release states that the distinctive body shape was developed by Caterham F1 Team performance director John Iley and the CTI design team to maximise aero efficiency.
Inside the cabin the normal Caterham minimalist approach has changed as the cabin showcases new technologies that will eventually filter down to the other car’s in their range. All of the dials and instruments are shown in a new graphical display unit developed by CTI which shows information like the car’s speed, brake setting, fuel level and gear selection.
Caterham has not announced the car’s price as it’s still at concept stage but they’ve confirmed that it will be available in 2014.