Caterham developing EV

CaterhamTokyoJust three non-Japanese manufacturers exhibited at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show — Lotus, Caterham, and BMW-tuner Alpina.

At the show, Caterham announced plans to modernize the Lotus Seven ethos with electric and hybrid powertrains. A prototype is expected to be unveiled before the end of this year. Ansar Ali, the current boss of Caterham and an ex-Lotus executive, said the EV project would begin with a motorsports application.

“We’re looking first and foremost at motorsport, which we see as a testbed for the technology,” he said.

Caterham wants to start a one-make race for the electric/hybrid car in 2011, and launch a road version by 2012.

Both the hybrid and electric drivetrains will be purchased from another manufacturer, although Caterham remains mute on the sources for now.

“We’ve been told by our suppliers that the Caterham layout is good for an electric car – there’s a lot of space under the bonnet,” said Ali.

Ali added that performance should equal or exceed other Caterhams, as the system under consideration should not weigh any more than Caterham’s petrol drivetrains. Ali believes such a drivetrain dovetails with Caterham’s performance ideals.

“You’d get the low-end torquiness of a hybrid and the top end power of a Caterham” said Ali.

Speaking with CAR Magazine, Ali said “We mustn’t lose our DNA of power, performance and passion – and we must not dilute the driving experience. Although we are behind the curve on battery and hybrid tech, we have been championing lightweight, 500kg sports cars for some time. The rest of the world is only just catching up on the need for light weight.”

Yet, Caterham is unsure of the project’s chance of success. “We don’t know if our customer base will be receptive, but by 2012 things may have changed,” said Ali.

Tokyo also marked the world debut for the Caterham CSR 175, a model destined only for the Japanese market despite receiving pan-European homologation. The CSR 175 is powered by the same 175 hp 2.0L Duratec engine found in the Seven Roadsport. Displayed for the first time in Japan were the Caterham R300 and Roadsport models.

Japan remains an important market for Caterham.

“Japan has always been one of our biggest export markets. During the early 1990s, Caterham was selling over 100 cars a year in Japan and now, with our new importer doing great work to highlight the company from their Tokyo base, we are looking forward to pushing sales up again.”

“I have no doubt we will achieve this objective as we now have a retail network of over 15 dealers in Japan who are committed to making Caterham another British success in this exciting and dynamic market” he added.

[Source: Autocar and CAR Magazine and Paultan]

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