After Caterham recently teased a mysterious new concept on their F1 cars, the model is now out in the open thanks to a leak from Auto Express – we have here a bold and stylish car with a futuristic twist to the design.
The concept has a distinctive front fascia with a massive grille and LED headlights. Moving further back, we can see a side-exiting exhaust, bulging rear wheel arches and a two-seat cockpit. Caterham Cars will officially unveil the concept at the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix on September 22 and it signals the brand’s intentions in terms of product engineering processes, speed to market, as well as a hint to its styling direction for future models, including the all-new sportscar being developed in conjunction with Renault and due for release in early 2016.
The AeroSeven Concept, which draws heavily on methods used by the F1 team, will be the first ever Caterham model to be fitted with traction control. Thanks to a newly developed Caterham Engine Management System, drivers will be able to enjoy fully adjustable traction and launch control functionality.
Graham Macdonald, Managing Director of Caterham Cars, said: “Over the coming years, we will be expanding our range of sportscars as we look to meet the differing needs and desires of potential customers – from the lifestyle customer to the ultimate thrill-seeker. The AeroSeven Concept is the first model in that journey.”
The car is based on an updated interpretation of the Seven CSR platform, as the carbon-fibre bodied concept vehicle, which will reach 100kph (62.5mph) in under 4 seconds, will initially draw its power from the normally-aspirated, EU6-approved, 240ps (237bhp) engine developed by Caterham Technology & Innovation for the recently launched Caterham Seven 485.
The AeroSeven Concept is also stacked with race car-inspired features, including aerodynamic styling, an exclusive steering wheel with driver-focused functionality, and an intuitive fully active Graphical Display Unit (GDU).