Here at Caterham we understand that Colin Chapman was a pretty clever chap. A Genius. A Legend. His design of the Seven was that good that over 50 years after he penned his interpretation of a sportscar, the fundamentals of the car still remain true to his original blue prints.
However, over the years we have taken his design and massaged it to make best use of modern technology and techniques. In doing this we have kept the Seven at the forefront of performance cars and yet still managed to maintain the authentic looks and mesmerising driving thrills that made the Seven so legendary in the first place. One example of this is that our engineers now use CAD modeling with finite element analysis (FEA) and state of the art computer controlled tube and sheet laser cutters and robotic welding cells in the design and manufacture of our chassis. These advanced processes give tighter tolerances and improved quality control, resulting in more accurate components and ultimately a better chassis. This results in more driving pleasure, or what we like to call "The good stuff".
However, implementing modernisations is not only done to increase performance. With emissions becoming an ever increasing issue and government legislation become more demanding, achieving European type approval is something that many smaller companies dread. Not us though. Nope, we take it head on and develop our product behind the scenes in preparation for future changes, always keeping us ahead of the game. All of these engineering and development steps require a dedicated and highly skilled team of engineers.
Based at the Factory in Dartford, our Engineering department is made up of a small team of enthusiasts who are passionate about our product and share a love of driving with anyone who has experienced what it is that makes the Seven such a unique vehicle. Key to what they do is the importance of maintaining that which we love most about Chapman's design: Its propensity to deliver driving thrills at their most rudimentary level. Long may it continue.
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