Caterham has revealed their first vision of the company’s new future in Singapore, ahead of the Formula 1 Grand Prix there this weekend. It shows the future design direction that the company is aiming to take and was designed and developed by people from each of Caterham’s divisions – Caterham Technology and Innovation , Caterham’s composite facility, the Caterham F1 team and Caterham Cars itself.
Based on the Seven CSR260, the AeroSeven uses a fully independent rear suspension design and F1-style pushrod front suspension, with F1-spec dampers, springs and anti-roll bars. The concept is powered by the 237 bhp Ford Duratec-based 2.0 litre four cylinder lump, though this is only for the concept – a number of powertrain options are being evaluated. Unusually the power is fed to the rear wheels via a six speed manual gearbox – pleasingly no paddles in sight.
The big news though is the bodywork, which has, for the first time, seen the inside of a wind tunnel though the results won’t be to everyone’s tastes. The carbon fibre bodywork has been designed by the Caterham F1 team’s aerodynamic engineers and creates a large amount of downforce without the need for wings. The only issue we have with it is that it looks a little bit like a basking shark!
It’s clear that the design is purely aero optimised, but we think there needs to be a little more cooperation between the aero and styling people. This is likely to happen though, as the current design would be unlikely to pass pedestrian impact regulations that a car must be subjected to nowadays.
Expect the AeroSeven to be launched in 2014 in the final production guise, before Caterham reveals their next project – a small sports car jointly developed with Renault/Alpine. By Botb