Caterham’s new joint-venture sports car with Renault Alpine will cost £35,000 and be aimed at the premium sports car market when it goes on sale next year.
Caterham says it wants to fill what it sees as a 'significant market gap' left by Lotus’s recent woes. In particular, the brand wants to appeal to the professional female market.
Sales will be limited — Caterham is aiming for 3000 units per year — and up to 70 per cent of parts on the car will be shared with the Alpine version.
Engineers are now looking at 1.6-litre and 1.8-litre options, having reportedly rejected a 2.0-litre design put forward by Renault. A turbo 1.6 putting out about 300bhp is most likely.
Caterham is keen to link its road cars to Formula 1, so it is exploring the possibility of a KERS system being fitted.
The Asian market — and Malaysia in particular — is where Caterham is hoping to push most of its sales.
Caterham Technologies CEO Mike Gascoyne said: "When you’ve got an owner with an airline that will fly 40 million people there next year, you’ve got a big target market.