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Malaysian media reports that Caterham chairman Tony Fernandes has put the automotive group up for sale with an asking price of £350m

A report in Malaysia suggests that Tony Fernandes has put the British-based Caterham Group of motorsport, automotive and engineering companies up for sale.

Malaysian business journal The Edge, citing an unidentified source, reported on Sunday that group chairman Fernandes is looking for $589m (about £350m) for the whole business. 

In addition to Caterham Cars and the Formula 1 team, the group includes engineering specialist Caterham Technology and Innovation (CTI ) and Caterham Composites. 

The Edge’s report also said that a memorandum detailing the intention to sell has been circulated in the Middle East.

Back in 2011, Fernandes appeared to have secured the long-term future of Caterham Cars when he acquired the company from venture capitalist group Corven.

His ambitions to expand the size and scope of Caterham Cars experienced a setback earlier this year when it was confirmed that its sportscar collaboration with Renault had been annulled.

Additionally, the manufacturer’s plans to bring the striking AeroSeven concept to production have been delayed because customer feedback prompted an overhaul of the car’s design.

At the start of the year Fernandes said he could quit Formula 1 unless his team’s results improved. 

After six races Caterham is bottom of the constructors’ championship, and lost ground when fellow minnow Marussia scored its first-ever points in Monaco on Sunday.


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jonboy4969 27 May 2014

What a load of crap spouted

What a load of crap spouted here yet again from people that know fuck all.

Where has it been said that caterham has been mismanaged, or not profitable, it has not, they are very profitable, and are expanding across the globe, sales, income and profits are ALL UP, Lotus too, MG will make a profit in the UK this year, and as a company have made significant billions of income and profits, TVR, well we will see what happens there.

But to say that profitable companies should die, shows what a prat you are, wanting all those thousands of people to lose their jobs and livelihoods, you Ignorant little pillock.

disco.stu 26 May 2014

Been a while coming?

One senses that this has been a while coming, and that Fernandes' grand plan was originally based around Lotus. But fallout with the Malaysian owners and the silly F1 Lotus name saga put paid to that and he focussed on trying to build up Caterham into a brand that went beyond Lotus Seven - at a time of motor industry decline.

It would be nice to see Caterham once again closely linked to Lotus, especially as the Elise comes to the end of its life. As they did with the Seven, Caterham could carry it on for the future.

gridlock 26 May 2014

Foreign Investment

Caterham was always going to struggle. Just like Lotus is currently.
It would be nice to see a British investor come in instead of all the foreign helpers, but without the foreign investment I doubt we would have any car industry in this country at all. A sad indictment of how the people with the money won`t invest in long term manufacturing projects. Give thanks to the Germans who nurture our brands and Japanese who keep production numbers up.