The car is the sister vehicle to the new Renault Alpine, and is being co-developed at Renaultsport's factory in Dieppe and Caterham's base in the UK. As of last week, Renault and Caterham signed-off their joint ownership of the Dieppe factory, as part of the expanding deal between the two companies.
Company sources say that the Caterham sports car will have 'distinctively British' styling and that it will look significantly different from the Alpine. "It will look British and it will be recognisable as coming from Caterham," said the source. Although the company has targetted the Lotus and Alfa as benchmarks, it is also known to have benchmarked the class leader in their likely £50,000 price bracket, the Porsche Cayman.
The likely reveal after the Geneva motor show ties in with the announcement that the two companies would collaborate earlier this year, a shock decision that was revealed shortly after the show. The two partners are believed to have decided that launching a small volume sports car amid the motor show launch timetable would leave them struggling to get the attention they feel their project deserves.