Racier version of the retro-styled Caterham Seven Sprint launched at the Goodwood revival.
Caterham has launched a new retro-styled Seven at the Goodwood Revival. Called the SuperSprint, this track-biased Seven follows on from limited edition Sprint launched at the Revival in 2016.
Based on the same three-cylinder Seven 160, the SuperSprint will follow run a slightly higher state of tune – up to 95bhp from the standard 80bhp thanks to Caterham Works Racing. Power is transferred to the live rear axle via the standard five-speed transmission, with a limited slip differential, previously unseen on the three-cylinder models.
Another first is a single-seater option, emulating the 1960s racing vibe that the SuperSprint attempts to emulate. If you don’t need a second seat, it also helps to keep weight down to a minimum. There’s a unique Brooklands windscreen, as well as seats trimmed in Innes tan Scottish Muirhead leather, although the full four-point harnesses and roll bar keep things relatively serious.
Six different racing-themed colour schemes are offered. Aintree (dark green with orange noseband), Hockenheim (silver with red noseband), Imola (red with white noseband), Watkins Glen (white with Gulf racing stripes), Dijon (navy blue with white noseband) and Zandvoort (Light green with black roundels).
Graham Macdonald, Caterham Chief Executive Officer, said: ‘Motorsport and the purist thrill of driving a lightweight race car is in the Caterham Seven’s DNA and are elements that run like a thread through every car we build today, 60 years after the first Seven was made.
‘We started our 60th anniversary year with the glorious throwback Sprint – aimed at the more discerning chap or lady driver. As we approach the end of our year of celebration, it makes perfect sense that the car bookending the celebrations is a racer of a similar vein.’
Caterham launched its previous retro-styled Seven, the Sprint, at last year’s Revival. It was such a success that the limited run of 60 cars sold out quickly. As a company that sells around 500 cars each year, it’s not a surprise that this popular model has been followed up. The 2017 SuperSprint is again limited to 60 cars, and is on sale now from £29,995.
If you plan on using the car in all weathers, then the £1995 for the full polished windscreen, mohair hood and sidescreens might seem like a wise investment. Lowered floors (£495) and leather-trimmed sidescreen armrests (£170) adds a little more interior comfort.