Caterham is planning to disclose its first electrical car this 12 months, the corporate’s chief designer Anthony Jannarelly advised U.Ok. publication Autocar.
Jannarelly, who is understood for designing the W Motors Lykan Hypersport and his personal Jannarelly Design-1 sports activities automotive, didn’t reveal specs for the upcoming Caterham EV, however gave some sturdy hints on the automotive’s general design.
“Just like the Seven, it’s going to have a metal spaceframe—however a unique one—as a result of they’re simple to change in manufacturing if you should,” Jannarelly advised Autocar. “It should have a six-panel enveloping physique in aluminum or carbon fiber: two sills, two doorways plus clamshell openings entrance and rear. It will likely be prettier and extra fashionable than a Seven—these might be massive factors of distinction—and perhaps it’s going to have a roof. We’re designing it as a pure EV from the beginning, with rear drive solely.”
Jannarelly says Caterham is working with Italdesign in Turin to convey the automotive into the fashionable period. It is unclear whether or not this new mannequin will occupy an even bigger footprint versus the British firm’s impossibly tiny Seven roadster.
Electrical automobiles are infamous for his or her weight, however Caterham has remained targeted on reducing heft to enhance driving pleasure.
“The precept is at all times lightness,” Jannarelly advised Autocar. “What everyone loves in regards to the Seven is that it’s a easy automotive that simply works, and even when we’re making an EV, we are going to attempt to apply the identical philosophy. It’s quite simple. There might be no fancy options. The primary factor is your enjoyment in driving this automotive.”
Autocar says the brand new automotive might be revealed “within the coming months,” although it is unclear whether or not we’ll see an idea design or the ultimate product. Both method we’re excited, as that is the primary new automotive Caterham has launched because the firm was began. If it is wherever as close to pretty much as good to drive because the Seven, we’re in for a very good time.