The Caterham AeroSeven Concept debuted at the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix today. The new performance concept road car signifies the Caterham’s intention in terms of product engineering processes, speed to market, and styling direction for future models.
The new concept will be the first Caterham model to use traction control. The Caterham Engine Management System will allow drivers to use the a fully-adjustable traction and launch control function. With a carbon-fiber body based on the Seven CSR platform and a 240-PS engine, it can reach 100 km/h in under 4 seconds. The 2-liter engine based on the Ford Duratec engine is mated to Caterham’s 6-speed manual transmission that directs the power to the rear wheels.
Caterham also developed the AeroSeven Concept to feature exclusive technologies and attributes that previous Caterham models did not enjoy. Such features are the fully-independent rear and F1-style inboard front suspension, and variable traction and launch control functions. The company is also exploring the possibility of using the Bosch race-derived anti-lock braking system in the car.
Inside the vehicle, there is an active graphical display unit developed by Caterham Technology & Innovation. It integrates all display and instrumentation in a high-resolution, center mount unit. It can display the engine speed, gear selection, vehicle speed, traction and brake settings, and other pertinent information.
“We’re focused on developing the right products; with the right retail experience, in the right markets, at the right time. The sales will then come,” said Caterham Group Co-Chairman Tony Fernandes of the company’s direction for the future.