New Caterham Cars boss Graham MacDonald popped in to the Autocar office for a chat and a coffee this morning, to bring us up to speed on what’s been happening at the company.
MacDonald is a Caterham long-termer who was chief financial officer before sliding into the hot seat in place of Ansar Ali, who left suddenly last month after six years in charge.
It’s an interesting time for MacDonald to take the helm of the company, which has been owned by Malaysian aviation entrepreneur Tony Fernandes since 2011 and is in the process of moving to a new technical base in Leafield, Oxfordshire.
On the road car side, MacDonald told us that he’s about to call his management team together for a ‘clean sheet of paper’ meeting to thrash out Caterham’s model strategy for the near to mid-term future.
Don’t expect MacDonald to preside over a radical (no pun intended) shift away from Caterham’s traditional lightweight, minimalist performance car ethos, although it might seek to exploit one or two gaps in its current range.
One car that’s under consideration is a two-seat coupé that would offer more in the way of comfort-oriented appeal. MacDonald said that as well as having a roof, the car could have more in the way of creature comforts and luxury in the cabin and would be easy to get into and out of. If built, it could cost between £40k and £45k, putting it in the ballpark of the current range-topper, the CSR260.