Caterham has announced a run of just 10 limited-edition cars designed with input from its Japanese Formula 1 driver, Kamui Kobayashi. Based on the 125bhp Seven 250 R uses a 1.6-litre Ford engine attached to a six-speed manual gearbox and limited-slip differential, which helps get the flyweight machine from 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds and on to 122mph.
The Kobayashi special comes coated in gloss black paint with matt black stripes, with carbon fibre front and rear wings in special Caterham green lacquer. An aluminium tonneau covering the passenger seat area and a single-sided roll hoop give a strong race car vibe. Black 13-inch wheels and Kobayashi’s race number ’10’ on the nose finish off the exterior.
Yet more carbon fibre is used for the dashboard and seat shells, the dash lacquered green and the seats featuring green stitching and a Kamui logo in the headrest. The logo is also inlaid into the gauges and adonised green gearknob.
Kobayashi said of the Seven: “For me, the Caterham Seven is a pure car; when you drive a Seven it feels like you are driving, not like the car is driving you. In my Caterham F1 car, I have electronics that control everything but to drive the Seven is to truly understand the car and to truly understand the enjoyment of driving.I hope my styling of the Seven adds something special to a car that is already awesome to drive.”
Just 10 Kamui Kobayashi edition Caterham Sevens will be made available exclusively in Japan, for the equivalent of around £35,000.