Caterham to unleash quickest Seven yet

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 by
Caterham will unleash the most powerful Seven ever at Goodwood

will unleash the most powerful Seven ever at Goodwood

Caterham Cars will launch its most extreme Seven to date at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend.

As the company celebrates 40 years of developing and building the Seven, Caterham will launch the Seven 620R setting a new benchmark in outrageous performance.

A newly-engineered, two-litre supercharged Ford Duratec engine pumps out 310bhp, providing even more of a kick in the back for the driver and propelling the Seven 620R from 0-60mph in under 2.8 seconds.

Priced at £49,995 ($75,000) fully built, its extreme performance will put the 620R at the top of the current Caterham range, replacing the legendary Superlight R500. The newcomer is said to have a top speed of 155mph,

Caterham F1 Team driver Charles Pic will drive the 620R up the famous Goodwood hill at the Festival of Speed, as will Caterham F1 Team reserve driver and Caterham Racing GP2 driver, Alexander Rossi.

Caterham Cars CEO, Graham Macdonald, said: “The 620R is the most hardcore production Seven ever built for the road.

“The R500 claimed its place in motoring history as a benchmark for lightweight sportscar performance but this new vehicle pushes the boundaries even further.

“While I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this car for those inexperienced in driving Caterhams, we always ensure that even our fastest cars retain the manageable delivery of power that makes them accessible, despite the daunting statistics.”

The 620R sits in stark contrast to the ultra-efficient, affordable entry-level Seven that will sit at the opposite end of the range when Caterham unveils it in Autumn this year.

Carbon fibre interior panels and dash and a Q/R race steering wheel complete the sports feel to the interior.

Carbon fibre interior panels and dash and a Q/R race steering wheel complete the sports feel to the interior.

As well as producing more horsepower and torque than any previous incarnation of the Seven, the 620R also features several other new enhancements.

The car sports a unique gunmetal chassis, an air-flow optimised nose cone and a race-developed cooling package. De Dion rear suspension and wide track front suspension units are complemented by high-performance dampers all round, while the car sits on lightweight, 13” alloy wheels fitted with track-inspired Avon ZZR tyres.

The cockpit features performance-focused instrumentation, ergonomic switchgear, carbon fibre interior panels and dash plus carbon fibre race seats and a Q/R race steering wheel.

The cockpit features carbon fibre race seats

The cockpit features carbon fibre race seats

“The Seven 620R is an extreme piece of kit,” concludes Macdonald. “We know there is demand for cars that re-write the rules of performance and, if you’re brave enough to take it on, the 620R will be an enormously rewarding, fun car to pilot.”

A slightly less hardcore ‘S’ pack, which harnesses all the power of the original but offers a little more accessibility will be launched later this year.

Engine2.0-litre Ford Duratec (supercharged)
Max Power (bhp/rpm)311bhp @ 7,700rpm
Max Torque (lbs ft/rpm)219lbsft @ 7,350rpm
WeightTBC
0-60mph2.79 seconds
Power-to-weightTBC
Top Speed155mph

 

The new car will accelerate from rest to 100km/h in under 3 seconds.

The new car will accelerate from rest to 100km/h in under 3 seconds.

 

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