Caterham’s historic Seven sportscar is arguably the best fun on four wheels, but unquestionably, it is the most raced production car in the world.
2004 is set to be a record year for the Surrey based manufacturer with more than 600 Seven owners across six countries taking to the racetrack in both one-make and national sportscar championships.
Thanks in no small part to Caterham’s thoroughbred motorsport credentials, 31 countries, from Canada to Singapore, are now importing its products. More than 40 per cent of production is exported.
Simon Nearn, managing director Caterham Cars, explained: "The unique combination of the Seven’s road car dynamics and cost effective motorsport programmes have helped us develop new and important overseas markets."
Central to the eight one-make series currently in the UK is the Caterham Academy – the most popular championship in this country for budding racers.
Both grids, totalling 54 cars, sold out last July.
For just £15,950 for a season, wannabe Schumachers get a road-legal 1.6-litre Caterham Roadsport to keep, a race licence exam, training seminars and all event and championship fees. Competitors get to sample hillclimbing, three sprint events and three circuit races.
With the first wheel being turned in anger during April, the 2004 season culminates at Brands Hatch with the biennial Caterham Festival in mid-October. The octane fuelled jamboree brings together more than 300 Sevens from as far away as Japan and New Zealand for a weekend of wheel-to-wheel action.Published 18 February 2004