Affluent motorists hit by the recession are ditching their supercar rides in favour of a taste of classic British motoring.
Caterham Cars has become an unusual beneficiary of the economic downturn with an increasing number of owners downsizing their six-figure chargers in favour of pre-owned, but ironically faster, versions of the legendary Caterham Seven.
The flagship Caterham CSR260, with its fully independent rear and inboard F1-style front suspension, is proving the most popular model amongst those more accustomed to the latest offering from Ferrari, Aston Martin and Porsche.
During the last month alone, a Ferrari 430 and a Porsche 911 Turbo were just two of the cars owners traded in favour of models from the niche sportscar maker.
The Headline Numbers
|Aston Martin DBS||Ferrari 430||Caterham CSR260|
|Engine||6-litre V12||4.3-litre V8||2.3-litre Cosworth|
|Acceleration 0-60||4.3 secs||3.5 secs||3.1 secs|
|Gearbox||6-speed manual||6-speed manual||6-speed manual|
While the cost of the Caterham might constitute 'downsizing', the performance certainly doesn't, with the Caterham CSR260's mighty 452bhp per tonne exceeding the power-to-weight ratio of its more expensive brethren.
Caterham Cars Managing Director, Ansar Ali, said: "The Seven has always delivered the sort of performance and engineering you'd expect in a supercar, but at a fraction of the price.
"With motoring getting ever more costly for all motorists, those driving cars built by traditional supercar makers are clearly still hankering after the buzz of driving a performance car and, with the power to weight ratio of our cars outstripping the competition, a Caterham is an intelligent choice in terms of price and driver satisfaction."Published 12 May 2009