See me in the winter rain struggling to keep straight. See me when the cockpitís hot, with a wind-burned smiling face. Donít see me with any other reason to be blasting through the lanes. Only see me in my Seven being happy with the day.

Chris Rea


The Caterham Seven (Caterham 7) is a true drivers car produced by Caterham Cars, which is the successor to the Lotus Seven. After Lotus ended production of the Lotus Seven in 1972, Caterham bought the rights to it, and today make both kits and fully assembled cars. 2007 marks the 50th year of production of the Lotus/Caterham 7.
The Caterham Seven is a small, lightweight, two-seater sports car renowned for its performance and handling. Various other manufacturers offer a similar lightweight, minimalist package in a seven-esque shape, but Caterham own various legal rights around the design, manufacturer and name of the original car and have taken legal action in the past in order to protect those rights. The modern Seven is based on the Series 3 Lotus Seven, though Caterham have developed it to the point that no part is the same as on the original Lotus.
The existing range provided by Caterham Cars comprises a mixture of chassis types, the traditional narrow-bodied 'Series 3' chassis, the wider SV chassis and the CSR chassis.
Classic. The Classic represents the entry-level offering from Caterham. It is available only in the Series 3 chassis size

Roadsport. The Roadsport is available in both S3 and SV chassis sizes and is more or less a Classic with a more powerful engine and a few more extras as standard

Superlight. The Superlight is available in both S3 and SV chassis sizes. The list of standard equipment reflects the Superlight's bias to track work; Wide-track front suspension, 6 speed gearbox

CSR. The CSR represents the top of the range and in some respects can be considered a separate model. It has its own chassis, suspension and interior and is available with either 2 litre (200 bhp) or 2.3 litre (260 bhp) Ford Cosworth Duratec engines. Quoted performance for the CSR260 is 0-60 in 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. There is no home-build option; the factory supply the finished car.