Caterham presents the Seven Kamui Kobayashi Special Edition

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 27, 2014

If yesterday we were reporting about a possible sale of the Caterham Group, today we bring you some good news from the British carmaker as it unveiled a brand new special edition of the Seven. Dubbed Caterham Seven Kamui Kobayashi, this special edition is based on the Seven 250 R, which means it is powered by a 1.6-liter Ford Sigma engine that generates 125 bhp.

Thanks to the small engine, the Caterham Seven Kamui Kobayashi Special Edition accelerates form 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.9 seconds, while top speed is limited at 122 mph or 196 km/h.

The engine uses a six-speed manual transmission with a limited slip differential. Regarding its design, the Caterham Seven Kamui Kobayashi comes with a high-gloss black paint with matt black sport stripes and each edition wears a number 10 badge on its nose, which is Kamui’s F1 driver number.

In addition, the front wings and rear wing protectors are finished in carbon fibre infused with a unique Caterham green lacquer. Unfortunately, the new Caterham is a single-seater as on the passenger seat area it ffeatures an aluminum tonneau cover.

There is also a single-sided rollover hoop fixed to the rear bulkhead. Caterham’s new vehicle comes with a sport seats made from carbon fiber, with green contrasting stitching, the Kamui logo in the headrest and a green green Takata-branded 4-point harness.

Other interior highlights are the Kamui gauge inlays, an anodised green gear knob with Kamui wordmark and an anodised green key. Caterham will only build 10 units of the Seven Kamui Kobayashi Special Edition, each priced at ¥6,000,000 or 43,000 euros or $58,900 (including local taxes).

Kamui drove a Caterham Seven for the first time earlier this year at Silverstone circuit, speaking about the special edition, he said: “For me, the Caterham Seven is a pure car; when you drive a Seven it feels like you are driving, not like the car is driving you. In my Caterham F1 car, I have electronics that control everything but to drive the Seven is to truly understand the car and to truly understand the enjoyment of driving.I hope my styling of the Seven adds something special to a car that is already awesome to drive.” [source: Caterham]

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