Caterham unveils F1-themed limited-edition Seven

May 31, 2014
England’s Caterham has lifted the veil off of a limited-edition version of the Seven sports car developed jointly with Japanese Formula 1 driver Kamui Kobayashi. Kobayashi was signed to Caterham’s Formula 1 team earlier this year.

Appropriately dubbed Kamui Kobayashi Limited Edition, the special Seven is powered by a Ford-sourced 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that sends 125 horsepower and 120 lb-ft. of torque to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. 125 ponies is not much on paper, but it’s enough to propel the feather-light Seven from zero to 62 mph in 5.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 112 mph.

Visually, the Kamui Kobayashi Limited Edition stands out from the Seven 250 R on which it is based thanks to a bespoke gloss black paint job with flat black racing stripes, fenders crafted out of green-tinted carbon fiber, 13-inch diamond-cut wheels and a polished chrome exhaust pipe.

The two-tone motif continues on the inside with a dashboard crafted out of bright green-tinted carbon fiber, green four-point racing harnesses and a single carbon fiber bucket seat. The roadster features an aluminum tonneau cover installed over the passenger side of the cockpit and Kobayashi’s signature on the dashboard.

Caterham will build just ten examples of the Seven Kamui Kobayashi Limited Edition, and all of them have been earmarked for the Japanese market. Pricing information has not been released.

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