Caterham’s Fantastic Aeroseven Concept Will (Probably) Make it to Production in 2014

Caterham Aeroseven Front 34

Say what you will about Caterham’s F1 team (you won’t hurt their feelings, they have heard it all before), the car division has long been a substantial purveyor of stripped out sports cars for hardcore enthusiasts. The company primarily builds the Caterham 7, itself based on the old Lotus 7 from the 1950s. Every fifth September, Caterham hires 4 designers from Surrey to develop a concept car that won’t go into production, but this year Caterham promises that the Aeroseven concept will actually be manufactured and sold next fall. The yellow and green livery is reminiscent of the Aston Martin CC100 concept from a few months ago, but this one will actually know the joy of being driven.

Caterham Aeroseven Rear 34

Caterham tosses away the lightness page in Colin Chapman’s playbook and adds traction control to the Aeroseven, making it the first Caterham to utilize such a system. Also making an appearance is the now-ubiquitous launch control feature. The 2.0L NA four-cylinder Ford Duratec engine is modified by Caterham and develops a healthy 237hp. That engine combined with the Aeroseven’s carbon fiber body rockets to 60mph from standstill in under 4 seconds. The motor drives the rear wheels through a six speed manual transmission only, keeping the complexity thankfully minimal.

Caterham Aeroseven Interior

As I noted yesterday, every new sports car is mandated by the omniscient market to ship with an infotainment system, and even Caterham isn’t immune to those demands. The seats may be barely padded and probably aren’t comfortable when riding over the mildest of speed bumps, but there’s a touchscreen to keep us engaged, thank God. Blessedly, the system only displays performance info like traction and brake settings, as well as oil reserves and other things like that. There’s no audio system, but who can hear music wafting in from speakers while wearing a helmet anyway?

The Aeroseven is a beautiful concept vehicle, and I legitimately hope that Caterham brings it into production as they say they will. Almost no cars are produced today without a windshield, and touchscreen and TCS notwithstanding, the Aeroseven still stays true to Caterham’s penchant for lightweight sports cars-it just makes the company more modern.

Caterham Aeroseven Gallery

All photos courtesy of Caterham

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About Cameron Rogers

Cameron Rogers is the founder and lead writer at Downshift Autos, the only automotive blog on the Internet*. Born in the back of an AMC Gremlin, Cameron vowed to never let this extraordinarily embarrassing detail define him, so help him God. He drives a GTI but absolutely will not shut up about it if somebody asks. He will not hesitate to let people know that no, they shouldn't get a Porsche 911 when a Morgan 3 Wheeler is so obviously the superior choice. He is obsessed with the seats of a Carrera GT and the steering wheel of a Fisker Karma. He once sat in the driver's seat of a Tesla Model S, his greatest accomplishment to date. He is just now realizing that writing an autobiography, however miniscule, in the third person is odd and unnerving. *As of this writing, Cameron has been informed that there are, in fact, many websites and blogs centered around cars and car culture. He regrets his grievous error.

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