Sometimes, the greatest discoveries come completely out of the blue. That’s very much the case here, as Caterham has ‘stumbled’ upon what it considers to be the best mix of power and handling it’s ever produced. It goes by the name of the Seven 310 and it promises pure driving fun aplenty.
So how did it come about? Well, it was while working on a new Sigma engine upgrade to allow racers to move up to the Supersport category from Tracksport. It involved high-performance camshafts and revised mapping, generating as much as an extra 20bhp in the rev range. All very nice for the helmet-wearing crowd, but also hugely beneficial to us road-going folk.
Initially, this discovery of power and handling wasn’t even going to be an option. But, after some though, it was decided it was too good an opportunity to pass up on. As such, a new model was created in the form of the Seven 310.
Priced £24,995 fully-built, the 152bhp Caterham Seven 310 is available to order now, though you’ll need some patience, as first deliveries are estimated to arrive early 2017. If you’re already lucky enough to own a Seven 270, but now feel like you’re missing out, worry not! Caterham has your back care of an upgrade kit to the same spec, all for just £1,495 fitted. They’re good people that Caterham lot!
Simon Lambert, Chief Motorsport and Technical Officer for Caterham Cars, is really rather giddy about the new car. “When we were going through the engineering process on the race engine upgrade, we had one eye on the aftermarket, of course. But, once the re-worked car hit the road, we knew it was far too good to be marketed simply as an option. The Seven 310 was born.”
There’s something so very British about discovering something brilliant seemingly by accident. Not that it’s a bad thing, as the little stormer goes to show. And don’t think that it’s accidental discovery means it’s not truly loved by its creators. We’ll let Simon explain: “It’s like an unplanned baby. A wonderful surprise that instantly becomes your favourite. We weren’t expecting it but, of course, we wouldn’t change a thing now. If Caterham was only going to make one car for the rest of its days, this would be it.”
Oh bless, it’s their baby. Their road-eating, apex-grabbing, smile-inducing baby!
For more information, head over to Caterham’s site.