We have announced advanced plans to produce a bold new sportscar that will signal our future ambitions and lay the foundations for an expansive product family that will deliver ‘accessible fun’ to new markets. As we look to build on nearly 40 years of evolving the UK-designed and built, lightweight Seven two-seater, and most recently the SP/300.R sports prototype trackday car, the all-new everyday sportscar will be a product of a joint-venture engineering project with Renault.
The model will form the first phase of an ambitious development plan for Caterham Cars as we capitalise on the global footprint enjoyed by our parent Caterham Group, which now includes Caterham F1 Team, Caterham Technology & Innovation and Caterham Composites. The new sportscar will be built in Dieppe, France, benefitting from the plant’s volume manufacturing capability. Production of the Seven, SP/300.R and forthcoming Caterham Kart will remain in the UK (Dartford, Kent), alongside the engineering expertise and facilities of Caterham F1 Team (Leafield, Oxfordshire) and Caterham Technology & Innovation (Hingham, Norfolk), which specialises in advanced concepts, lightweight structures, enhanced powertrains, control systems, advanced materials and manufacturing technologies.
Upon launch, the new model would feature the complementary expertise of partners Renault, Renault Sport Technologies and Caterham Technology & Innovation to deliver a truly global product.
At Caterham Cars we are lucky enough to enjoy a unique place in the hearts of motoring enthusiasts, with iconic variants of the Seven, like the Seven 620 R, being a respected benchmark for performance and handling. Today, more than 55% of our annual production is exported to over 26 countries including France, Germany, Italy, and Japan.
Caterham Group Chairman, Tony Fernandes, said: “This is a pivotal moment in the life of Caterham Cars. We have a rich heritage in performance and motorsport stretching back to the 1950s but, above all, a pedigree of producing cars that make you smile. I promise you, this car will make you smile. It will showcase all the Caterham magic and take our DNA of accessible fun to more people than ever before.”
Graham Macdonald, Chief Executive of Caterham Cars, said: “With solid foundations, the future of Caterham Cars is very exciting. We have a plan. That plan will excite and delight enthusiasts and car buyers from around the globe. Our feet are firmly on the ground, but we’re also signalling our intention to grow.”
Technical, volume and pricing details will be announced in due course.