British sports car maker will reveal an all-new model at next month's Autosport International show
13 December 2010

Caterham has revealed plans to launch an all-new model at the Autosport International show next month.

The firm is providing few clues as to the identity of the new model, but has said the model will not be another variant of the Seven and will be the first all-new Caterham since the 21 from the 1990s.

Powered by Caterham’s next-generation Motorsport engine, the car will be pitched at the track day and racing markets and is a “logical expansion” to the firm’s current portfolio of models.

The firm is promising the new model will stay true to the “lightweight, minimalist DNA of the legendary Seven”.

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13 December 2010

Good, because whilst the 21 never quite cut it they make a good car but nearly everyone over the age of 13 must surely be bored by now with the look if not the performance of these myriad Seven derivatives.

13 December 2010

The question has to be are they going down the Radical etc, route or are they going to be KTM Crossbow different?


 

 

It's all about the twisties........

13 December 2010

I wonder if the rights to the Lotus Elise will become available?

13 December 2010

[quote every thing you say is right]I wonder if the rights to the Lotus Elise will become available?[/quote] My thought too. This would be the most logical option and would fit in well with Lotus' declared aim to move upmarket. I can't see Caterham having the resource to develop a new car from scratch... and their last effort was none too successful!

13 December 2010

Didn't they already intend do this with the CSR - which turned out to look pretty much like the Caterhams we know and love?

13 December 2010

I seem to remember the mag and Caterham asking us what we would find to be the perfect car - this was about 7 years ago - maybe it took them that long to make it look like a caterham rather than a toilet on wheels which all readers put together had come up with :0(

13 December 2010

[quote every thing you say is right]I wonder if the rights to the Lotus Elise will become available?[/quote]

The production process for the Elise is significantly different to that of the current range. Whilst it wouldn't be impossible for Caterham to build an Elise, the costs involved in getting that production facility up and running and still produce their current cars would possibly be prohibitively expensive.

I would imagine it will still be a tubular based chassis, just to a different design.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

13 December 2010

It will be interesting to see what form it takes, and whether any of the input from their 2009 Open sourced 'Project Splitwheel' experiment will be evident. http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/235792/ Very interesting!

13 December 2010

[quote TegTypeR]

The production process for the Elise is significantly different to that of the current range. Whilst it wouldn't be impossible for Caterham to build an Elise, the costs involved in getting that production facility up and running and still produce their current cars would possibly be prohibitively expensive.

I would imagine it will still be a tubular based chassis, just to a different design.

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You may well be right that the new car will use a fabricated tubular chassis but I disagree that the Elise's would be more difficult or expensive to manufacture.

If Lotus were to sell the Elise rights, it stands to reason that some of the bonded chassis tech and tooling would need to form part of any deal. In terms of ease of manufacture I bet the Elise chassis is about as easy to assemble as it gets.

All this is just our wild speculation; lightning, or should that be lightening, rarely strikes twice :-)

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