Caterham unveiled today its all-new AeroSeven Concept at the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix. This is company’s first model designed with significant input from all of the Caterham Group’s specialist business arms, and as expected its design will influence future models, including the new sportscar developed with Renault and due for release in early 2016. Inspired by the technology used in Formula 1, the AeroSeven Concept features a newly developed Caterham Engine Management System enabling fully-adjustable traction and launch control functionality.
Powered by a normally-aspirated engine with 240 ps (237 bhp) developed by Caterham Technology & Innovation for the recently launched Caterham Seven 485, the AeroSeven Concept hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 4 seconds.
In terms of design, the AeroSeven Concept comes with car-inspired features such as aerodynamic styling, an exclusive steering wheel with driver-focussed functionality, and an intuitive fully active Graphical Display Unit (GDU). Comparing it with the current lineup, the AeroSeven Concept is completely different and we are glad that the British carmaker will update its design philosophy.
The AeroSeven Concept also incorporates a completely new rollover structure, to aid safety and improve aerodynamic performance and enhance aesthetics.
AeroSeven Concept is stacked with racecar-inspired elements, which includes aerodynamic styling, a unique steering wheel with driver-focused functionality, and an ingenious, completely dynamic Graphical Display Unit (GDU).
Graham Macdonald, Managing Director of Caterham Cars, mentioned that over the coming years, they will be extending their range of sportscars as they hope to satisfy the differing demands and wishes of potential clients - from the lifestyle customer to the ultimate daredevil. The AeroSeven Concept is the first model in that adventure.
Delivery of the manufactured version of the concept model will begin in fall 2014.
It is in the vehicle’s full bodywork styling that the most stunning contrasts to previous Caterham items lies.
The striking display of the two-seater balances function and frame to enhanced downforce while remarkably enhancing the drag coefficient; the fresh body shape likewise gives different handling qualities to supplement the overhauled chassis.
Using inputs from Caterham F1 Team performance chief, John Iley, and the CTI design group, the central shape of the vehicle was made. Ongoing optimization continues to take place using Computational Fluid Dynamics skills from the F1 aerodynamic group, in line with circuit and wind tunnel testing.
The Caterham AeroSeven Concept integrates a totally new rollover structure, to aid safety and enhance aerodynamic performance and upgrade aesthetics.
At each corner, the AeroSeven Concept will sit on Avon's renowned CR500 tires, the motorsport-inspired performance rubber that is likewise the OE fit on some of Caterham's high performance-orientated Sevens.