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RSS Official: Caterham unleashes AeroSeven concept in Singapore [w/video]


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There are few things we like quite as much as a speedster. We're not talking about a chopped-windshield, cowled rear deck convertible here, though we like those too. We mean extreme sportscars with no windshield or convertible roof to speak of whatsoever. Cars like the Pininfarina Sergio, Aston Martin CC100 concept, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss, and the one you see here.

Revealed today at the Singapore Grand Prix is the new Caterham AeroSeven Concept, a vehicle that looks like a cross between a traditional Caterham Seven and a Vuhl 05. It's based on the Seven CSR platform but features new carbon-fiber bodywork that hints at the brand's styling direction and upgraded equipment, making this the first Caterham with traction control.

The AeroSeven concept is powered by a Ford Duratec-based 2.0-liter inline-four which Caterham developed for the production-spec Seven 485, channeling 237 horsepower through a six-speed manual to the rear set of Avon CR500 tires to run up to 62 miles per hour in under four seconds. Aerodynamics have been optimized by the F1 team's CFD software, the suspension (including F1-style inboard front pushrods) has been recalibrated, there's a digital instrument cluster and a full suite of electronic aids including traction control, launch control and ABS brakes, all adjustable from the F1-style steering wheel.

The project is entirely separate from the Alpine sportscar Caterham is developing with Renault, and benefits from collaboration between all of the company's operations, including its F1 team, composites division and engineering consultancy. Though billed as a concept, Caterham has indicated its intention to put the AeroSeven into production next year, although the engine specs could change before it gets there. In the meantime you can check out the image gallery above and the video and press release below for a closer look.

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Caterham unleashes AeroSeven concept in Singapore [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 20 Sep 2013 05:35:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Honestly . it looks like someone took a miata and threw a sheet of acrylic over the hood and left it out in the sun on a hot day ... then had their 5 year old paint it.

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