Car Reviews, Opinion

Caterham Super 7 Super sport – From track to road

Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman was a skilled British design engineer, innovator, and builder in the British automotive industry, but never did he in his wildest dreams think that his Caterham Seven would be renowned even decades after him passing away and be considered as a standard for automotive genius even in the 21st century. One of the most underrated production lines in the world, Caterham has come up with really mind-boggling creations which include Caterham Seven 360, Caterham Seven 480, Caterham SP/300.R and its newest Aeroseven Concept which looks like an absolute bloodthirsty demon straight out of the gates of hell itself.

But now, they have come up with yet another new Seven which looks exactly like any other Seven but they claim that it’s a bit on the faster side. “Well how different could it even be?” I thought, until I took a closer look at it. The shocking revelations blew my mind.

Caterham Super 7
Source: www.theonecar.com

Under the hood it sports a 4 Cylinder, 2.0-litre Ford Duratec Engine which produces about 180 Bhp much unlike the older R300 which came with a 140 Bhp, 1.6-litre ‘Sigma’ unit. This doesn’t sound like much I know but with the car’s weight at just 535 kilograms those figures are bound to do some damage on the roads. If we actually do the math for this, then, 180 Bhp and 535 Kilos would equal to 336 Bhp per tonne which would put the car’s power to weight ratio way higher on the list than, say, a Lotus Elise. How’s that for a fact? 0 – 60 Mph takes about, something like, 4.8 seconds which makes it quicker than most of the cars out there. The Duratec part comes into play when you’re going from maybe 40 Mph to 70 Mph where it provides the additional pump which you can feel clearly. There are no turbochargers that you have to wait to kick in for as you try reaching that top speed of 140 Mph. The limited slip-differential and the rear tires which are just 175 mm wide should make the ride on this just as playful as it should be. It’s just plain and simple raw automotive engineering running through every vein of this car’s body. Though this can be driven on-road still you would prefer driving it on a racetrack or an open highway since the suspensions on this thing can be a pain in the bottom (Yes we have to censor it and NO we don’t like doing that). The hard suspension is supposed to work well enough on the racetrack (if you can actually find one somewhere here). It also comes with racy not-so-comfortable low seats and a four point safety harness so that you don’t fly off while pushing it to its limits. But you make your drive a tad bit simpler in this car if you opt for the Removable Weather Pack which comes with a much longed for roof, a pair of doors and a windscreen so that you don’t tear your face off while driving this little beast of a machine. It has a Five-speed Manual transmission which is pretty nice but it will probably be a little stiff while reaching for those magic figures on the track. A Six-speed Manual transmission can be fitted but it costs an awful lot and would probably be a waste of your hard-earned or hardly inherited money. The pedals on this thing are pretty close to each other which might lead to problems at first but I guess it can be overlooked due to the sheer brilliance of every aspect of this car. Overall it’s almost like a quirky little dragon spitting fire with every subsequent gear shift. It looks like a race car, it sounds like a born racer too and Caterham has detailed every inch of it to make it road legal, atleast in the United Kingdom. It’s a simple balanced machine which is not very fast or not stiff. People who seem to be complaining about it’s performance should simply try it’s elder sibling the R500 or maybe the KTM X-Bow or an Ariel Atom, whichever toots their horns, since this car is everything it was expected to be and it’s doing pretty darn good at it.

Caterham Super 7 How it looks from inside.
Not what you expected for INR 2.5 Million?
Caterham Super 7 engine
Might this change your mind?

 

Coming to the looks and ergonomics…..

It has a very classy look and feel to it. Let it be the bright orange or the custom racing stripe running through the very centre of the car, it looks absolutely stunning. You could probably put a tutu and ballet shoes on and still look manlier than ever while driving it. The simplicity of this car is what brings its elegance to our eyes. The low rung body of this might be a sort of an inconvenience from time to time but that shouldn’t matter if you’re actually in for the enthralling ride it has to offer. The fun thing about this car is that this little wonder is shipped to you by Caterham in a large box as tiny bits and bolts which you’re supposed to assemble for yourself. How’s that for a kick? But if you’re a lazy bum then you can just call them up and ask them to do it for you for a price of which you can buy a firsthand Maruti Suzuki Alto. But oh well if you’re among the very few who can afford to buy this generously priced car for your weekend fantasies then that shouldn’t be a problem. Priced at around   £ 24,995  or INR 25,73,152 it’s not for the average Indian buyer. But as a car it is absolutely delightful and playful and you won’t regret a penny you’ve spent after it. Presenting, the Caterham Super 7 Supersport, it’s the perfect machine that can be so much fun on the roads for you. Everytime you’re driving this elegant piece of British engineering, it will leave you with a big fat grin on your face like you used to have decades back while playing with your hot wheels.

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