This is our first official look at a new sports car being developed by Caterham
in partnership with Renault
and due on the market in early 2016. It is a silhouette plastered to the sides of Caterham’s Formula One cars which this weekend are competing at the Italian Grand Prix at the legendary Monza circuit.
The silhouette is actually of a concept version of the new sports car which will be revealed at the Singapore Grand Prix taking place on the weekend starting September 21. The silhouette clearly depicts an open-top speedster though the production version of Caterham’s new sports car is expected to be available as a coupe or a convertible.
The car will be the first to be designed and developed with significant input from all of Caterham’s separate divisions including Caterham Technology & Innovation, Caterham Composites, Caterham F1 Team and of course Caterham Cars. However, some development work is also being handled by French automaker Renault, which plans to sell a unique version of the sports car under its revived Alpine brand.
Very early chassis mules using makeshift Lotus Elise bodies have been spotted outside Germany’s Nürburgring
. The cars the chassis will eventually spawn will be strict two-seaters and come with four-cylinder power, most likely with some form of forced induction employed (turbocharged 1.6-liter units have been suggested).
Stay tuned for the reveal of Caterham’s sports car concept in just two weeks.
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