Legendary British car manufacturer Caterham Cars will showcase its ballistic Seven 620R model at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 23-26.
The event’s 2016 theme is ‘Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power’, which fits perfectly with the pant-wettingly fast nature of the 620R – the most powerful production Seven ever built.
The blisteringly quick 620R will feature on the hillclimb every day in the ‘Race Car for the Road’ category. The car will be driven by former British GT champion, Jon Barnes, who began his racing career at the Caterham Graduates Racing Club.
Caterham will also be exhibiting on the Niche Vehicle Network stand, located on Stand 37. On display will be a Seven 420R, equipped with an innovative ultra-light chassis.
David Ridley, Caterham’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Goodwood’s ‘Full Throttle; the endless pursuit of power’ theme is perfectly suited for Caterham and, in particular, the 620R.
“We have been building the most engaging, exciting and fun cars to drive for over 40 years and our cars are synonymous with perfect balance and intuitive handling – they’re not known as racecars for the road for nothing. This year, in our own endless pursuit of power, we’ve developed new chassis technology which makes even more of the fact that our cars weigh about the same as a postage stamp.”
The 420R on display at Goodwood features an ultra-lightweight chassis developed in conjunction with similarly iconic bicycle frame maker, Reynolds, and computer aided engineering consultancy Simpact. It is the first car in the world to feature a chassis using butted tubing technology taken from the manufacture of bikes.
The 420R on show will be a fully road-registered car to demonstrate the practical and viable uses of the chassis. Illustrating the link between car and bike, the stand will also feature a racing bicycle built with the Reynolds tubing.