In his wildest dreams, Colin Chapman would not have believed his lightweight sportscar would last half a Century, that it would still be a benchmark for performance and handling, be sold in 30 countries worldwide and provide unrivalled opportunities in motorsport. The Caterham Seven has achieved all of this and more.
It may be over 50 years old in spirit, but the Seven will always be a work in progress. Consequently, we don't stand still. It's not in our nature, nor that of the car. The history of the Seven reads as an annual catalogue of technical development, innovation and functional design; and this is not set to change any time soon and we will stretch the envelope even further. There is so much we want to do, limited only by the number of hours in the day – if the passion and commitment of our staff is anything to go by!
Further to this continued passion for development and evolution, Caterham as a business has changed immeasurably in recent years following the acquisition by business entrepreneur Tan Sri Tony Fernandes. His leadership has led to the birth of the Caterham Group, which is now home to a range of cutting-edge automotive, motorsport, technology and specialist engineering companies that sit within a single group business. The group companies are divided into three sectors:
Any racing driver will tell you that success is a function of a team's dynamic and cohesion - and the Caterham Group is no different. Here at Caterham Cars we're extremely proud of our position as custodians of the Seven, and with it the unique Britishness and heritage of the car itself. But ultimately our objective is quite straightforward. There really is no better satisfaction than seeing the face of someone stepping out of a Caterham having driven it for the first time. The picture is unequalled anywhere and in anything else.
Had fun? You bet you did! Do it again? You bet you will!
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