Caterham has unveiled its AeroSeven Concept at the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix. The concept is said to give a strong indication as to the look of the production version due in 2014.
The company says the concept also hints at a new styling direction that will influence future models, including a new car being developed in partnership with Renault for a 2016 release.
The AeroSeven Concept is powered by a 2.0-litre Ford Duratec engine developing 240PS at 8,500rpm. The Euro 6-compliant engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox driving the rear wheels, and the AeroSeven can sprint from 0-62mph in less than 4 seconds.
Other engines are expected to become available later.
The chassis is based on that of the Caterham CSR, and features fully independent rear and F1-style inboard push-rod front suspension, mixed with specially tuned springs, dampers and anti-roll bars.
The AeroSeven will be the first Caterham to come with traction control, and the variable system – which can be fully disengaged – will also include a launch function. The company is also investigating the possibility of adding Bosch’s race-derived ABS system.
In place of a traditional instrument pack is a centrally-mounted colour screen, displaying 3D-rendered graphics to illustrate engine speed, gear selection, vehicle speed, traction and brake settings, fluid levels, etc.
The race-inspired steering wheel incorporates controls for ‘Road’ mode, a motorbike-style ‘flash to pass’ switch and a pit lane speed limiter function.
Caterham say the car will default to ‘Race’ mode at start-up. Engaging ‘Road’ mode reduces peak engine power and lowers the rev limit.
The production version of the AeroSeven is expected in autumn 2014.