Caterham Project V Sneak Peak Before Official Debut

Caterham was a stand-alone corporation until it was acquired by Team Lotus in 2011, resulting in the formation of the Caterham Group. You may remember a group of Malaysians being involved, including a certain Tan Sri Tony Fernandes. 

Later in 2021, Caterham Cars was acquired by VT Holdings, the Japanese importer of the Caterham Seven since 2009.

Recently, Caterham teased the front end of the Project V, and now we’re getting a glimpse at the back end a week before the complete product makes its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The most recent teaser image and video are constructed in the same method as the previous one and an even earlier profile shot, with nearly no light shining on the car, limiting what we can learn about the body features. However, the shape of the rear lights, which are made of mirrored upper and lower LED elements on each side, is clearly visible.

The light from those LEDs illuminates the region just above them, revealing that the rear panel is slightly recessed and the trunk lid has been curved to form a little lip spoiler. The image further strengthens the sense that this is a neatly formed sports car with almost soft lines, possibly inspired by iconic 1960s sports cars such as the Ferrari 206/246 Dino and Porsche 908. 

In the previous teaser, we saw a set of slender DRLs at the front of the car, as well as what appeared to be an air inlet, though it won’t require one because it will be a pure EV. Caterham isn’t stating how many electric motors it will have or the power output of the motor or motors would produce.

Caterham began hyping Project V soon after unveiling the EV Seven as a one-off proof of concept. It includes an electric motor that produces 240hp and 249Nm of torque, allowing it to reach 100km/h in 4.0 seconds. The model is only 70kg’s heavier than the current, combustion-powered Seven 485.

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