The spirit of the Lotus Seven lives on in new Caterham Seven Superlight R500. The Super’ Seven is so potent that it can match the McLaren F1’s zero to 100 km/h sprint time - 3,2 seconds.

The spirit of the Lotus Seven lives on in new Caterham Seven Superlight R500. The Super’ Seven is so potent that it can match the McLaren F1’s zero to 100 km/h sprint time - 3,2 seconds.


Weighing just 470 kg, the alloy-and-kevlar bodied Seven is said to produce 395 kW per tonne performance from a specially-bored two-litre Rover K Series engine. The engine produces peak power of 186 kW and 257 N.m of torque from 4 000 r/min.


As expected, the bred-for-the-track car has a minimalist cabin featuring carbon-fibre trim, carbon-kevlar race seats and classic Superlight Stack speedometer. The Caterham Seven Superlight R500 is fitted with 13-inch eight-spoke wheels shod with Avon CR500 tyres and the AP Racing brakes have been fine-tuned at endurance events at Nurburgring, the company says.


The car has fully-adjustable dampers that allow buyers to set up their cars for road conditions or alter and lower the settings for track racing purposes.


Engineered, designed and hand built in Britain, the Caterham Seven Superlight R500 has a claimed top speed of 241 km/h. It recently went on sale in Britain for the equivalent of R490 000… The Caterham may not offer much in terms of metal for your money, but at least it’s much cheaper than a supercar, isn’t it?