Veteran sports car manufacturer Caterham has introduced a new model it claims offers the perfect balance of power and handling – the Caterham Seven 310.

The new model takes its inspiration from the well-regarded Superlight R300, with the company claiming the Seven 310 was developed largely as a result of its motorsport activities.

Power comes from a 1.6-litre Ford Sigma engine fitted with high-performance camshafts and revised mapping, giving rise to a total output of 152hp – a boost of around 20hp at certain points in the rev range when compared to the standard Seven 270 model.

The result is a 0-60 mph time of just 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 127 mph.

Simon Lambert, Chief Motorsport and Technical Officer for Caterham Cars, said: “It’s entirely fitting that the Seven 310, which we feel perfectly synchronises power and handling, has come out of the motorsport engineering process.”

“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.”

The Seven 310 also marks the arrival of LED headlights as an option across the range.

The new Caterham Seven 310 is available to order now priced from £24,995 fully built, while existing Seven 270 owners can order the upgrade for £1,495.