Caterham has revealed the first glimpse into its future with the amazing AeroSeven Concept.
Unveiled at the Singapore Grand Prix, the new AeroSeven won’t remain a concept car for long, either – Caterham has committed to launching a production version by autumn 2014.
Based around the Caterham CSR chassis and 2.0-litre Ford Duratec engine, the new model boasts carbon fibre bodywork that’s been tested in the Caterham F1 wind tunnel and detail-designed using CFD analysis. It’s thus called AeroSeven for a reason, says the firm.
The styling previews the brand’s future design direction, which will also be seen on the 2016 new Caterham sports car being co-developed with Renault-Alpine.
Producing 240hp, the Euro 6 engine features a new Caterham engine management system that also offers traction control and launch control – the first time they’ve featured on a Caterham. The firm adds it’s the highest-revving Euro 6 compliant engine launched to date: peak power is produced at 8500rpm.
Caterham’s also talking about introducing a Bosch-sourced race-spec ABS system.
The interior is also all-new, with an F1-inspired, button-packed steering wheel and central ‘graphical display unit’ replacing boring old instruments.
Boss Tony Fernandes says this is the first sign of Caterham’s serious intent.
“Caterham will show itself to be a progressive, open and entrepreneurially powered car brand that will deliver and surprise in equal measure.
“It has been a British institution for the last 40 years, and automotive secret in many ways, but in the very near future, the Caterham name will sit proudly on crossovers, city cars as well as a range of sportscars for everyone.”