By Stewart Smith on 2016-08-05 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
sporting Seven 310
ICONIC British sports car company Caterham has announced its latest motorsport model, the Seven 310, engineered by its sports development experts who upgraded the existing Seven 270's Sigma engine.
The necessary Sigma engine upgrade, allowing racers to move up to the Supersport category from Tracksport - which involved high-performance camshafts and revised mapping, generating as much as an extra 20bhp in the rev range - resulted in the surprise discovery.
While an associated aftermarket option was always mooted for owners of Seven 270s as a result of the race engine upgrade, the driver experience offered by the new set-up prompted Caterham to create a brand new model, the 310.
The new Seven 310 will also be the first model to debut a new optional extra - LED headlamps, a first for Caterham, and an option which will be available across the range.
Simon Lambert, chief motorsport and technical officer for Caterham Cars, said: "It's entirely fitting that the Seven 310, which we feel perfectly synchronises power and handling, has come out of the motorsport engineering process.
"When we were going through the engineering process on the race engine upgrade, we had one eye on the aftermarket, of course. But, once the re-worked car hit the road, we knew it was far too good to be marketed simply as an option. The Seven 310 was born.
The Seven 310 comes in at £24,995 fully-built and is available to order now, with first deliveries estimated to arrive early 2017. For existing Caterham Seven 270 owners, the upgrade can be completed for £1,495.
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