Go back in time with the new Caterham Supersprint

Posted on Sep 9, 2017 by

British sports car specialist celebrates the 60th anniversary of Colin Chapman’s with a new limited edition retro racer for the road called the Seven Supersprint

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When Colin Chapman, the founder of Lotus, designed the original Seven sports car, he envisioned the most simple way to have fun on four wheels.

The recipe was right in 1957, and it’s right 60 years later in 2017 — a lightweight tubular frame; rear-wheel drive; manual transmission; a front mounted four-cylinder engine naturally aspirated and zesty for revs, and that’s about it. The Seven was so basic Chapman nearly forgot the bodywork — it was an afterthought at best.

Today the iconic little sports car carries on, though not in the Lotus name but as the Caterham, and the British marque has just put a smile on every enthusiasts’ face with the news of a retro-tactic racer launch.

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The new Seven Supersprint is a special edition model celebrating the anniversary of the original that will start from AED145,000, and fittingly the car will be limited to just 60 examples.

Instead of going all out Caterham correctly commemorated Chapman’s little gem with a dinky racer sitting on 14-inch wheels and narrow 155/65 Avon tyres.

Available as a two-seater or even a single-seater with a tonneau cover for the passenger side, the Supersprint comes in a choice of six colours all inspired by and named after great circuits, such as Aintree in the UK (green, obviously), Germany’s Hockenheim (silver, natürlich), Italy’s Imola (it can only be red), and the French circuit Dijon (it’s not mustard yellow…)

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Other ‘period’ touches include a sixties’ style livery, folding aeroscreens, quilted seats, wooden steering wheel, and mesh grilles up front and along the sides.

The best touches of all though are the limited-slip differential and a three-cylinder engine rated at 95 horsepower, which must make this one of the neatest little cars to take to the limit that money can buy.

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