Caterham Cars U.K.

Caterham Cars U.K.

Caterham Cars U.K.


Graham Nearn

Crawley, Sussex, England


Caterham is a British automobile manufacturer company established since 1973 by “Graham Neam”. The company headquartered located in Crawley, Sussex, England. The special list of lightweight sports cars established in Caterham, Surrey, their current model, the Caterham 7, originally issued since, 1973. It was a direct evolution of the Series 3 Lotus Seven designed by Colin Chapman. In the 1990s the company made the Caterham 21, a two-seater soft top alternative to the MGF and Lotus Elise, (both models sold many more units). A track-only car, the SP/300.R, in 2010 a joint project with Lola was released, for customer testing and was listed for issued since 2013. On 27 April 2011, Team Lotus owner Tony Fernandez introduced that he had bought Caterham.



Lotus origins

Colin Chapman's Lotus Cars introduced the Series 1 Lotus Seven in 1957 and the car was instantly embraced by enthusiasts as a low-cost, lightweight sports car and successful race car. Revised Series 2, Series 3 and Series 4 models were afterward appeared in 1960, 1968 and 1970 serial wise. Since 1974, under the name of Seven Cars Limited, Caterham produced 20 production cars with chassis numbers 1-20 and one models, with chassis number 0 (CS3 3550 - CS3 3570). Of the 21 cars manufactured in the first year, all were fitted with the Ford Lotus Twin Cam 1557 cc engine, with the exception of chassis number 7 which, intended for racing, was built-in with a 1962 cc twin cam engine sourced from Alfa Romeo.

In 2006, Caterham Cars has been run by an ex-Lotus organization team handled by Ansar Ali (CEO) and Mark Edwards (COO). In June 2012 Ansar Ali introduced and he was to leave Caterham Cars and Graham McDonald's (the company's earlier CFO) became the new CEO.



As with its Lotus Seven precursors, Caterham are created of aluminum sheet joint with a tubular steel chassis. All Sevens are front engined with rear-wheel drive and 2 seats. Their very high performance is achieved through lightweight (less than 500 kg (1,102 lb) in some models) rather than mainly powerful engines. The Safety features included as a fixed roof, doors, radio, air-conditioning, airbags, traction/stability control, ABS, satellite navigation or cruise control.


Kit format

Chapman and Lotus assisted to pioneer the British kit car business. The Lotus 7 was available in kit form to allow buyers to avoid new car tax in the UK. Modern Caterham kits differ from the many of kit cars as all parts are supplied ready to manufactured, not requiring a donor car, creation or any special skills.



Even, the Seven has always famous with enthusiasts outside of the UK marketplace, safety and releases rules in the modern era. As a result, the chassis/engine flaming, specifications, pricing and kit-form accessibility vary broadly between countries. In the past in the United States Caterhams were sold as kits only, lacking some modern safety features required of producers, but which are not needed for personally manufacturing vehicles. Usually the engine and transmission are sourced separately as a unit-often from Caterham-but all other components (including frame, suspension, differential, driveshaft, interior, wiring and instruments) were provided in kit form.



In the past, engines have been complete and supplied by Ford, particularly Ford Kent engines or Cosworth-resulting race-prepared BDA/R units, raised to 1.7L and producing 150–170 bhp. In the early '90s, the least expensive models using 1.4-litre K series engines from MG Rover for the base model, and Vauxhall engines including full race versions of the 16 valve 2.0XE "red top" as fitted to 1990 Vauxhall Works Touring Cars.

The many aftermarket tuning companies for these cars have also available the Ford Zetec, Honda Fireblade, Honda Blackbird, Suzuki Hayabusa and even the Mazda Rotary engine. Usual power station output ranges from 140 bhp (104 kW, 142 PS) to over 300 bhp (224 kW, 304 PS), depending on features and modifications. The most extreme engine/chassis combustion available from the factory as of 2008 was the R500 with the 263 bhp (196 kW, 267 PS) Ford engine, bringing the car's 506 kg (1,116 lb) from zero to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 2.88 seconds. The earlier versions also seize a production car world record for zero to 100 mph (160 km/h) back to zero at 10.73 seconds (faster than many modern family saloons can reach 60), set on 27 April 2004.


Caterham 7 Model lineup

  • Series 3 (S3)
  • Series 5 (SV)
  • CSR (Series 6)



Model/Trim variants

  • Classic
  • Roadsport
  • Roadsport A
  • Roadsport B
  • Superlight
  • Superlight R300
  • Superlight R400
  • Superlight R500
  • Superlight R600
  • Superlight 620R
  • CSR


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