Caterham is planning to offer an affordable sports car in 2015, according to its boss Anser Ali. This sports car will be available with at least three models, including a racing variant, Ali said during an interview with Car Magazine. He said that they have the financial support to offer a second Caterham to market, which will be positioned beside the Seven.
The new model comes with fixed doors and a roof. They intend to offer a coupe and convertible variants with the possibility of a third model.
Caterham will build this new model from the ground up. Ali said that the model will start “from scratch” when it comes to the platform technology and powertrain. He said that their plan is not to take the Seven and just make it “slightly bigger, slightly higher, slightly wider.” Caterham hopes that this new model will enable the automaker to increase sales by more than 500 units annually.
He is seeking to increase current sales by five times by attracting customers in new markets. Caterham is looking at the U.S. market but it is relying mostly on the Chinese market to increase sales. There aren’t many known details about this new model.
However, Caterham has revealed that it anticipates that this new model’s weight is lower than 2,200 lbs. We don’t know much about its engine but Ford’s units are a possibility since those were used in the Seven.