The current Caterham Seven can trace its ancestors back to Colin Chapman’s original Lotus sports cars built in Britain in the 1950s.
But it’s the hot rods that pounded dry lake beds across the Atlantic at the same time that shape this reinterpretation of the Caterham from Camal Studio, the design team behind the bizarre Ram-based Palladium sedan.
Called Super ** GA, it is based on the hardcore Caterham 485 chassis and powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter Ford Duratec engine developing 240 hp. But the drastic restyling does a great job of disguising the donor vehicle.
Camal retains the Caterham’s open-wheel front axle which exhibits the full double-wishbone suspension setup, but increases the wheels to 20 inches, adding whitewall tires and removing the arches from the Seven for maximum effect. The front light clusters, which shoot out from the wheel hubs, are a nice tip, while the large square grille opening is also framed by a light bar.
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In contrast, the rear wheels are fully enclosed in a vast expanse of bodywork, with the narrow nose and wide rear bound together by a giant carbon fiber underpass from which a pair of side tailpipes exit. After disappearing under the rear axle, the carbon wheel arch reappears at the rear of the car as a huge diffuser, its two fins reflected by the double buttresses of the rear axle. Between them is an oval light unit with concentric rings.
Arch to the side (as with a Seven, there are no doors) and a small speedster screen is presented to you. Camal admits that it’s only there for the sake of aesthetics, which means you’ll probably need a helmet to get the ball rolling. The ‘full screen’ instrument panel features a pair of digital dials and a much larger digital display that looks like NASA tech compared to what you get in a regular Seven, but the real talking point is the tunnel. semi-transparent transmission giving occupants a view of the gearshift mechanism and the NOS bottle contained inside.
Currently, the Super ** GA only exists as a digital render series, but Camel says it was designed for limited series production, considering that a finished car would cost € 300,000 ($ 339,000 plus taxes). That’s some serious markup on a Caterham Seven and we doubt you’ll have more fun driving it, even if it’s more fun to watch.