Caterham builds extremely lightweight hardcore sports cars in the style of the Lotus Seven. Now the brand is working on two electric models.
Caterham builds purist sports cars in the style of the Lotus Seven. Graham Nearn, a Lotus dealer from the English village of Caterham, bought the license to build the cars directly from Lotus founder Colin Chapman in 1973. Small combustion engines (formerly from Rover, now from Ford) have always been an essential part of Caterham’s lightweight concept. Now Caterham boss Graham Macdonald has announced two electric models. Fans are unsure whether this means the Caterhams are still purist and light enough.
Caterham builds extremely lightweight sports cars that are known for their outstanding handling.
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The electric Caterhams are to be based as far as possible on the familiar technology, but the chassis and suspension will have to be adapted to the electric drive. Nevertheless, the weight of the EV-Seven, which is expected to increase significantly due to the electric drive, is a problem. For example, engineers want to dispense with a regenerative braking system in order to save weight. In addition, the battery is likely to be as small as possible – both of which are detrimental to a long range. However, Caterhams are also more fun joyride cars than vehicles for long journeys.