Thursday, 28 October 2010

Adding Lightness 50 years on - Caterham 7 Superlight

The Caterham 7 Superlight comes in two sizes regular S3 as the original Lotus 7 and the SV which is 4.3" wider to accomodate those of us who were not born with jockey size hips.

Colin Chapman's guiding principle when conceiving his vehicles including the Lotus 7 of which the Caterham 7 is the direct descendent was to add lightness, which in his day meant extensive use of aluminium and on the Superlight shown here means extensive use of carbon fibre including the mudguards and dashboard.

Engine options for the Superlight are 150 hp Ford Sigma, 210 hp or 263 hp Ford Cosworth Duratec. The latter option should be able to propel you from 0 - 60 in 2.88 seconds and if your head is still attached to the rest of your body on to 150 mph.

I'd like to finish by wishing my fellow 'The Prisoner' fan and 'Rowdy' buddy from Brevard, North Carolina, Steve Arnaudin a very Happy Birthday.

Thanks for dropping by, don't forget to come back now ! BSY !


  1. I've heard of these Caterhams - thanks for putting the pics to my knowledge base!

    Happy Birthday, Steve!

    Art, you break records every day?!

  2. I've had a "thing" for Lotuses ever since Colin Chapman and Jim Clark appeared at Indy in the early 60s. Thanks for the birthday greeting and for posting a Lotus on this day.

    Be seeing you (typed out in full!) :-)

  3. @ Racer agreed :-)

    @ Chief your always welcome :-)

    @ Steve hope you enjoyed your beer in the shower and had a fabulous day :-)

    Be seeing you :-)