The Caterham Seven is a sports car, which mimics the third generation of the Lotus Seven. Seven engine has 4 cylinders in line of between 1.4 and 2.3 liter displacement. Its power ranges from 105-263 hp and rear traction.
Seven has a top speed of 249 km / h. Its consumption is 8.8 liters per 100 km. The vehicle measures 3,380 mm long, 1,575 mm wide and 1,120 mm high and the trunk can hold up to 200 pounds of luggage. Seven has a manual or sequential gearbox 5 or 6 speeds respectively. Classic versions include, Roadsport, Superlight, Superlight 400, 500 and CSR Superlight.
Caterham is a specialist lightweight sports cars based in Caterham, Surrey, England manufacturer. Its only current model, the Caterham Seven, is a direct evolution of the Series 3 Lotus Seven designed by Colin Chapman and originally released in 1968.
On November 5, 2008 Caterham announced its partnership with Project Splitwheel (www.splitwheel.com), with an online initiative that would use a multitude of suppliers (crowdsourcing) to design a new car Caterham performance, with the participation of owners and auto enthusiasts. The model could potentially go into production in 2011.
On April 27, 2011, team owner F1 Team Lotus (Tony Fernandes) acquired the company.
Lotus, Colin Chapman’s company, launched in 1957 Series 1 Lotus Seven. The car was immediately welcomed by enthusiasts as a low-cost car, sporty, low weight and successful in competitions. Date as the Series 2, 3 and 4 versions were released in 1960, 1968 and 1970 respectively.
Caterham cars was the largest distributor of Lotus 7 during the 1960’s founder, Graham Nearn, bought the rights in 1973 to continue the manufacture of the car designed by Chapman, this after Lotus announced its intention to discontinue the model. Caterham initially resumed manufacturing the Lotus Seven Series 4; however, when this proved not to be popular, production 3 Series model change in 1974.
The Lotus / Caterham 7 is widely seen by the media and by car enthusiasts as one of the iconic cars of the twentieth century. The 2007 under 50 years of continuous production, the Seven miraculously continues to enjoy strong support from clubs competing cars.