(from Caterham Press
Release) The British built Caterham Seven CSR sees the
long-awaited return of Cosworth to the road car market after a
ten-year absence with two bespoke, high performance engines. The new
model will also benefit from the introduction of a fully independent
rear, and inboard F1-style, front suspension plus major aerodynamic
and chassis enhancements.
Internally, the famous two-seater will boast the most dramatic
overhaul of its dashboard and trim in the model’s entire 48-year
The heartbeat of the
Seven CSR will be the new Cosworth developed 2.3-litre Ford Duratec
The all-alloy, four-cylinder twin cam unit will produce either
200bhp or 260bhp and unrivalled levels of reliability and
performance. Significantly, the EU4 approved 200bhp engine, will
provide a major boost to Caterham’s already strong export market, as
well as forming the cornerstone of its domestic high performance
With constant evolution,
Colin Chapman’s timeless design has consistently proven to be the
benchmark for handling and driver enjoyment. From this already
enviable reputation, the Seven CSR will push the envelope further
still with an entirely redesigned new suspension system.
Developed in association with world leading specialists, Multimatic
Inc, the new model will benefit from a racetrack honed double
wishbone fully independent rear suspension to increase grip and
adjustability. At the front, an F1-style push-rod operated inboard
unit will improve the aerodynamic performance with an 50mm increase
in the front wheel track aiding high-speed cornering for those
venturing on circuit.
The new suspension
system, which required adjustments to the chassis, paved the way for
Caterham to revise the Sevens tubular spaceframe. The resulting
overhaul sees a 25 percent increase in torsional stiffness.
Internally, the new
Seven CSR is barely recognisable from previous models.
To improve driver ergonomics, the traditional flat mounted toggle
switchgear has been completely dispensed with, replaced by a driver
focused curved fascia wrapped around an exposed steel tubular
framework. Alloy style dials, gear-knob, handbrake and a bespoke
steering wheel complete the stylish new interior, with room created
for storage space in the central console and in the armrest.
have majored on the face of the famous Seven.
The introduction of re-profiled cycle wings, which are mounted even
closer to the tyre to cut drag, and a new larger nose cone complete
with a floor mounted chin, have combined to reduce the front end
lift by 50 percent. The net effect for the driver is a major
decrease in high-speed understeer.
With one eye on the heat and humidity of some overseas markets, the
new broader nose cone houses a larger radiator, and an underside
intake and top positioned outlet duct to improve airflow management.
Wheels & Tyres
Working in conjunction
with long-standing partner, Avon, the Caterham Seven CSR will squat
firmly on Formula Three engineered 15-inch tyres, which measure a
muscular 10 inches wide at the rear to assist traction and handling.
Bespoke 15 spoke lightweight aluminium wheels will be fitted as
As the world’s biggest
manufacturer of race cars, it’s no surprise to hear that the Seven
CSR, has been developed from an intensive 18 month test programme
for a new International Race Car. With an unrivalled 260 bhp engine,
the latest Caterham racer will continue the firm’s long-standing and
hugely successful worldwide motorsport programme. A new series for
2005 will take in six of the finest driver’s circuits on the
Continent including Spa Francorchamps, Estoril and Nurburgring.
Simon Nearn concludes: “Caterham has to remain at the pinnacle of
its chosen niche – lightweight, high performance sports cars. We
feel we’ve taken the next giant stride forward with the Seven CSR.”
“Caterham’s role as custodian of the legend is not only to ensure
its continued existence but also its continued development,”
explains Simon Nearn, managing director of Caterham Cars.
“Ideas for the development of the Seven are always ongoing. Yet it
was clear from the start, that many of the changes being considered
throughout the company would come together and be introduced to
create one truly, original all-new model for the world market.”
Designed for Racing Built for Living
The latest Caterham has been pounding the circuits of the UK and
Europe for 18 months. As with all Caterham products, the car is
designed and proven as a thoroughbred racing machine and only then,
with performance and durability a given, is the road car created.
The Caterham Seven CSR goes on sale with prices starting £27,450 for
the 200bhp version and from £33,950 for the 260bhp.