Caterham boss reveals plan to develop a supercar

Article by Christian A., on November 20, 2012

The Asian market is what the new partnership between Caterham and Renault is targeting with the production models that they’re planning to build. Tony Fernandes, the Caterham boss, wants the company to soon be Asia’s Porsche. This suggests that it will offer more mainstream models with the help of its collaboration with Renault.

He also revealed a plan to develop a supercar as soon as the brand has already offered a reputable lineup. Caterham has a lengthy experience and expertise in assembling race cars so it’s confident that it will be able to build an extraordinary supercar for the road. The engineering and design work on the Caterham/Alpine sports car have already begun.

A concept is scheduled to be revealed in 2013. Mike Gascoyne, former F1 technical director and current head of Caterham Technologies, said that this project benefits from Caterham’s knowledge on motorsport, carbonfibre, and aerodynamics. He added that he is tasked to basically commercialize its motorsport involvement and to show off its expertise in a halo car.

Caterham has built a great addition to its impressive family of Sevens and a brother to the world-famous Supersport, the Caterham Supersport R which fires up 180 bhp of power and is known to have track-bred dynamism.

Similar to the regular Supersport, the latest edition is made of several circuit-oriented performance features. It is however built with a five-speed gearbox and a larger engine that significantly improves its efficiency and performance.

Being developed during Caterham’s R300 championship race, the Supersport R is designed and developed to stand next to its 1.6L sibling in the exceptional Seven family. It is equipped with the new 2-liter Ford Duratec engine whose performance and durability has already been proven on the race track.

With the fully-built model reasonably priced at £27,995 or £24,995 (including taxes) for the self-build form, the Supersport R offers the mid-range ‘punch’ advantage and highlights a significant 25% performance enhancement on the Supersport. It also boasts of 5 bhp greater than the standard R300 car.

Caterham Cars has just publicized and provided details about its exciting joint venture and engineering partnership with Renault. This undertaking will surely lead to the development of a range of innovative vehicles, beginning with a promising everyday sports car which will embody the brand’s philosophy of bringing fun to a wider market. The Caterham Supersport R recently shows the company’s pledge to continue with its development of the great Seven.

Topics: caterham, supercar

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