Caterham unveils new AeroSeven Concept
Called the AeroSeven, the open-top two-seater points the way to an all-new production model from the British marque, due in 2014.
It's based on the same platform as Caterham's long-standing and highly accomplished Seven CSR platform, with the body fashioned from light-weight carbon fibre.
At its heart sits the same 2.0-litre Ford Duratec engine seen in other Caterham models. Developing 237bhp, it will get the AeroSeven from 0-62mph in "under four seconds". Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.
It is also the first ever Caterham model to be fitted with traction control. The fully adjustable system has been introduced thanks to Caterham's newly-developed engine management system, which also sees the AeroSeven fitted with a launch control function.
Anti-lock brakes are also being assessed for suitability, though Caterham fans will be pleased to hear that the Seven's traditional inboard front and fully-independent rear suspension setups remain intact, though with new dampers, springs and anti-roll bars.
The normally spartan Caterham interior has been livened up slightly with the addition of a new graphical display unit, which shows the usual driver information – speed, gear selection, traction and brake settings etc – on a 3D rendered display.
The Caterham AeroSeven will be produced at the company's facility in Dartford, with the first customer deliveries expected in Autumn 2014. Currently there is no word on potential prices.