With all the doom and gloom in the news these days, it’s easy to give up hope. We’ve got a crippled global economy, natural disasters occurring weekly and the end of the gasoline power era looming on the horizon. Just when things are at their worst, I hear that Caterham is forced to increase production at their Dartford, UK, plant to meet a growing worldwide demand and my faith in humanity is instantly restored.
Caterham, for those of you that aren’t familiar with the name, builds what is perhaps the ultimate hoon-mobile. Essentially a continuation of the Lotus 7, Caterham’s are two seat, tube frame roadsters that religiously adhere to Colin Chapman’s philosophy of “add lightness”. A car that only weighs 1,200 pounds doesn’t need a huge motor to go fast; in fact, a small, light motor is one of the keys to the car’s handling. Their best selling “Roadsport 175” uses a 175 horsepower Ford Duratec motor to achieve a 0 to 100 kph time of 4.8 seconds on it’s way to a top speed of 138 miles per hour.
Better news? Export sales are driving the increase in demand, so maybe you’ll be seeing more Caterhams on U.S. roads. In the mean time, you can use the clip below to help familiarize yourself with their Super 7 R500 version. And yes, it is faster than a Bugatti Veyron.