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All-electric Caterham Project V unveiled

  • November 18, 2023
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All-electric Caterham Project V unveiled

Caterham has made a name for itself building replicas of the Lotus Seven. Available as either a kit-build or a factory-built car, the Seven is one of the lightest and simplest sports cars on sale. But no car maker can ignore the environmental elephant in the room. To that end, Caterham has revealed the Project V, its first new car and first ever electric car.

While this is a concept for now, the firm says that it has “the potential to arrive in late 2025 or early 2026.” The design comes courtesy of Anthony Jannarelly, the firm’s new design boss as well as Italdesign. The Project V bears some resemblance to Jannarelly’s own design as well as Caterham’s stillborn Alpine A110 based C120.

Power comes from a 200kw (272ps) electric motor mounted on the rear axle and plugged into a 55kWh lithium-ion battery pack with the ability to recharge from 20-80% in as little as 15 minutes using a 150kW DC rapid charger. That all allows it to spring to 100kph (62mph) in just 4.5 seconds from rest and an estimated top speed of 230 kph (143 mph). It also promises a range of 400 km or 249 miles between charges.

That is all thanks to a lightweight body. Caterham targets a kerb weight of just 1,190 kg thanks to “an innovative carbon fibre and aluminium composite chassis.”

The concept uses a ‘2+1’ seating layout and the production car will come with the option of 2+2. This “optimises ingress and egress, provides more comfort for the rear seat passenger and offers greater flexibility in how a prospective owner may use the car.” The driver-focused interior comes with smartphone mirroring and a digital instrument cluster to give the driver key information. The driver can choose between Normal, Sport, and Sprint driving modes which adjust the acceleration and steering for different environments.  

The concept car boasts double wishbones at the front and rear with fully adjustable geometry, along with electrically assisted power steering. Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres (19” front and 20” rear) bring the power to the road and brake discs with high-performance callipers help keep it in check.

The show car made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed at Caterham’s stand.

Caterham has stated on its website that it will cost less than £80,000 when it goes on sale. 

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