The Caterham Supersport, the latest model to be released by lightweight sports car maker Caterham Cars, is the first brand-new addition to the Seven range in two years. The new Supersport is built to be one of the sports car’s purest versions ever.
As intended, the new Caterham Supersport is a direct derivative and a road-legal version of the race car that currently participates in the Caterham Supersport championship. This street-going version has all the performance highlights of the track version but it has received some fine tuning.
The new Caterham Supersport – boasting of a motive power of up to 140 bhp of output -- in self-build form carries a price tag of £19,995 (including tax). For this tag price, the buyer gets a sports car that is reminiscent of Colin Chapman's 1950s concept that proves that ‘less is more'. The new Supersport is a lightweight minimalist vehicle that offers excellent handling and the excitement of driving at its core.
The new road-legal vehicle is powered by a Caterham Motorsport-tuned 1.6-liter Ford Sigma engine that is paired with a five-speed 'sprint' ratio gearing. It has been fitted with a lightweight flywheel as well as race-prepared suspension. The new Caterham Supersport rides on CR500 Avon tires on 13" wheels.
The Ford powerplant has a weight of only 520 kg and partly due to this light weight, the new Caterham Supersport is able to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and it can easily achieve a top speed of 120 mph.
Moreover, the new Caterham Supersport has been installed with a motorsport-honed limited-slip-differential and gearing intended for sports driving. It has also been given uprated springs and dampers that took inspiration from its race car counterpart.
Adding to this effect are stiffer anti-roll bars, track biased dash with integrated change up lights and an aero screen. Instead of the standard seat belt, the new Caterham Supersport has composite race seats and a four-point race harness.
The latest Caterham Seven may be designed for the track but it is meant to be driven on the road too. From right out of the factory, the Caterham Supersport can cost £22,995. But in component form, it can be purchased for £19,995.
Based in Surrey, United Kingdom Caterham Cars is a specialist manufacturer of lightweight sports cars. Caterham Cars was a major dealer of Series 1 Lotus Seven in the 1960s. In 1973, founder Graham Nearn purchased the rights to continue the production of the Seven design from Colin Chapman of Lotus Cars.
In 1974, Caterham, under the name of Seven Cars Limited, manufactured 20 units of the Seven. This model became to be widely seen as one of the iconic sports cars of the 20th century. The Seven celebrated its 50th year of continuous production in 2007.