When thinking of ‘extreme’ road cars, it’s impossible not to think of Caterham, the British lightweight sports car maker who has taken the mantra of lightness and big power to new levels of greatness with its many iterations of the Caterham Seven.
If you want such luxuries as doors, a roof, or even a windscreen then look elsewhere as Caterham is where you will find cars designed with two things in mind – super straight line speed thanks to colossal power, small weight figures and super agile cornering ability thanks to a honed chassis.
As the most extreme British carmaker of them all, Caterham will be a part of the ‘Built in Britain’ feature at the London Motor Show held at ExCel London from 17th to 20th May 2018.
Here we run you through a few of their greatest road cars, from extreme to utterly insane:
Seven SuperSprint – Because racing is life
The Seven SuperSprint is what Caterham call the “Ultimate Gentleman’s Racer,” that's aimed at the “discerning chap or chapess who prefers the unbridled thrill of the track to the constraints of the public highway.”
Aside from the lack of a windscreen, or a roof, the standout option has to be that you can spec your SuperSprint as a single seater complete with a tonneau cover for maximum aero impact (two seats are an option).
Power comes from a three-pot turbocharged 660cc works tuned Suzuki motor producing 95bhp which is good for 0-60 mph in 6.91 seconds and 100 mph of top speed.
Seven 360 – Because the middle ground is more than OK
The Seven 360 is where you go if you want that happy balance between track use and all-out extreme speed. As Caterham says that it includes a fully carpeted cockpit along with a hood and doors, should you need them.
Among the litany of options, the highlights are the ‘S’ and ‘R’ packages which offer specially tailored trim and goodies for both the road and track orientated drivers. You can also spec your 360 in wide-bodied chassis giving it additional stability and range, thanks to wide-track front suspension and a larger fuel tank.
All 560kg of the car is moved around by a naturally aspirated four-cylinder motor producing some 180bhp. This is good for 0-60mph in 4.8 seconds and 130mph of top speed.
Seven 620S – Because less weight does equal more speed
With the 620S, Caterham says it’s similar to its 620R sibling while nudging firmly toward being more usable on the road.
They list creature comforts, as a heater and windscreen, hood and side screens – meaning you won’t get wet and it will keep you warm just like an average car. However, all of this normal-ness ends when you get to what’s powering it.
Under that long bonnet sits a supercharged 2.0-litre Ford Duratec motor. This has been tuned to an eye-watering 310bhp which results in a 0-60 mph time of just 3.44 seconds and 145 mph of top speed. As the 620S weighs in at just 610kg, it has a colossal power-to-weight ratio of 508bhp per tonne.
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