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F1-themed single-seat Caterham. Image by Caterham.

F1-themed single-seat Caterham
Limited edition single-seat Caterham Seven for the Japanese market only.
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What's the news?

A highly desirable new single-seat version of the Caterham Seven has been revealed, apparently designed by one of its F1 drivers, Kamui Kobayshi. It looks the part and it's a limited edition model worth about 35,000. What's not to like? It's for Japan only, Kobayahsi's home country.

Exterior

Caterhams don't have much bodywork, but on the limited edition it is painted gloss black, with matt black stripes. The front wings and rear wing protectors are carbon fibre infused with a green lacquer. An aluminium tonneau cover is fitted over the empty passenger seat area and a single-sided rollover hoop is fixed to the rear bulkhead. Other details include a number 10 badge - Kamui's racing number - on the nose, a polished chrome exhaust and 13-inch diamond cut black wheels.

Interior

The sports seat is made of carbon fibre with 'Kamui' embroidered in green stitching on the padded head rest. A four-point racing harness, also in green, is fitted and the composite dashboard uses the same green lacquer as the wings. Each car will be personally signed on the dashboard by Kobayashi and the instruments also carry the F1 driver's name.

Mechanicals

Based on the Japanese-market 250 R (roughly equivalent to the Roadsport 125) the Kamui Kobayashi edition comes with a six-speed gearbox and limited-slip differential as standard. Caterham claims a 0-62mph time of 5.9 seconds with a top speed of 122mph.

Anything else?

Earlier this year Kamui drove a Caterham Seven for the first time. Commenting on his limited edition he said: "For me, the Caterham Seven is a pure car; when you drive a Seven it feels like you are driving, not like the car is driving you. In my Caterham F1 car, I have electronics that control everything but to drive the Seven is to truly understand the car and to truly understand the enjoyment of driving. I hope my styling of the Seven adds something special to a car that is already awesome to drive."



John Lambert - 28 May 2014

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2014 Caterham Seven Kamui Kobayashi special edition. Image by Caterham.2014 Caterham Seven Kamui Kobayashi special edition. Image by Caterham.2014 Caterham Seven Kamui Kobayashi special edition. Image by Caterham.2014 Caterham Seven Kamui Kobayashi special edition. Image by Caterham.2014 Caterham Seven Kamui Kobayashi special edition. Image by Caterham.

2014 Caterham Seven Kamui Kobayashi special edition. Image by Caterham.2014 Caterham Seven Kamui Kobayashi special edition. Image by Caterham.   








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