In his wildest dreams, Colin Chapman had not believed his lightweight sportscar would last half a century, that it would still be a bench mark for performance and handling, being sold in 30 countries worldwide and providing unrivaled opportunities in motorsport. The Caterham Seven has achieved all of this and more. Caterham Cars is a British manufacturer of exclusive lightweight sports cars established in Caterham, Surrey, with their headquarters located in Crawley, Sussex. Their current model, the Caterham Seven, originally launched in 1973, is a direct evolution of the series 3, Lotus Seven designed by Colin Chapman himself. It may be over 50 years old in spirit, but the Seven will always be a work in progress. Consequently, the company doesn't stand still. The history of the Seven reads as an annual catologue of technical development, innovation and functional design and this is not set to change any time soon, which is evident by the work that they conceive.
In September 2013 Caterham made a car called the 620R. It was based on the R500, but was supercharged. This increased the power output to 310hp at 7,700rpm and the torque to 219lb.ft at 7,350rpm. It also reduced the 0-100Km acceleration time to 2.79 seconds. It has a power weight ratio of 568hp and a top speed of 249Km. Wide track front suspension, a 2.0 litre Ford Duratec motor with a supercharger attached, making a pleasing driving performance, with the help of a sequential six-speed gearbox and limited slip differential. The Caterham Seven 620R features a wide range of performance enhancements, that will see it surpass the R500's legendary status. By harnessing the technical prowess, sheer desire, experience all around.
The car has been developed and honed to not only be capable of withstanding the power, but to harness it. With an entirely new sequential gearbox and updated drivetrain coupled to newly developed suspension components, this develops more feel and handles better. The engineers at the company have done some neat work and all of it has added into the decrease of body weight of the car, it weighs 549Kg. The super light weight is intended for track and fast road usage. Super light detailing includes performance options such as carbon bodywork and a close ratio 6-speed gearbox. A wind deflector in place of the windscreen makes a helmet more or less mandatory.
The 620R has familiar Seven handling qualities, loads of lateral grip, very little understeer, a progressive breakaway and fabulously communicative, sub two turns, lock to lock steering, only with all those qualities turned up in their immediacy. The vehicle is equipped with a MOMO quick release steering wheel. The Caterhams cockpit is a bit crammed up, but beautifully finished for the price tag. As standard all Caterhams are supplied unpainted in aluminum finish with colored fibre glass or unpainted carbon wings and nose. For an additional fee the Caterham can be painted in the owner's preferred color.
Caterham Seven 620R is available as a factory built car only, hand-built by the company's skilled team at their factory in Dartford, Kent. This legal track, road car is priced at £49,995.
The fastest road car ever made of the Seven series, claims the British manufacturer Caterham.
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