Caterham Cars India is set to be launched during the inaugural Indian Grand Prix this weekend. This is part of Caterham Cars’ worldwide expansion into new markets. The brand will be presented to the market in India together with the arrival of the most famous global motorsport in the country. The brand is supported by brothers Gaurav and Mohit Burman, who will manage this Indian operation.
You may have heard of this Burman family. They run the Dabur Group, a leading consumer healthcare and food products company in India. The brothers, who are racing enthusiasts, are planning racing and trackday activities that will be carried out by the Caterham India team.
British sportscar racer, Matt Cummings, a renowned automotive and motorsport operator in the industry, will be handling operations. Cummings said that he looks forward to showing off the “exhilarating driving experience of a Seven” whether on the road or on the circuit to the market. He said that an entirely Indian-built Seven is part of the plan.
This means that this Caterham model would be the only road, race and track car built in India. It has also been announced that Caterham’s CDX driving experience and grassroots motorsport series, the Caterham Academy, will start operations in India in 2012.
According to Caterham Cars chief executive, Ansar Ali, the brand arrives in India “just as the brand new Indian GP signals the arrival of Indian motorsport on the world stage.“ He said that the Caterham brand sees “enormous” potential in the Indian market.
Caterham Cars brings the glamorous and sophisticated spirit of Monte Carlo’s motorsport heritage to the newest Special Edition of its own classic: the Seven Roadsport 125 Monaco sports car.
This all-new version of Caterham’s timeless Seven is an unmistakable descendant of the 1957 original designed by Colin Chapman, adapting its custom retro style and lightweight design philosophy.
New Monaco is a reminder of motorsport’s golden age, with its Caterham-brushed aluminium body and black front end and wheel guards. It also displays a red-and-white stripe design along its full length, representing the colours of the Monegasque flag.
The cockpit also appropriately adapts the design theme. The interior features handmade black leather with red appliques that complement the black body trim to create a colour palette and corresponding feel seemingly taken from ‘50s Casino Square roulette wheels.
The Seven Roadsport 125 Monaco is the newest entry-level Caterham Special Edition car, continuing the line of succession of cars that hardly depreciate, if at all. In fact, the 2001 Beaulieu now goes for an average price that exceeds its original market price.
At only £20,995, the Monaco provides the exhilarating capability and thrilling drivability Caterham is known for, along with the distinctive European pizazz and sophistication. Even better, the first 20 customers will spend only £19,995 for their Monacos.
Beneath the bodywork, unadulterated Caterham engineering is evident. Its 1.6 litre Ford engine has a 227bhp per tonne power-to-weight ratio and enables a maximum velocity of 112mph.
The Monaco has a 5-speed transmission which achieves a 0-60mph time of less than six seconds, thanks partly to its light chassis of only 500kg. The car’s full weather kit also ensures that its exciting capabilities can be experienced regardless of the conditions.