The Dartford-based sportscar assembler had originally eyed an annual order book of around 125 for the new Cosworth powered model. But that figure is now looking to increase.
“We’ve been blown away by the reception the car has had,” explains Simon Nearn, managing director of Caterham Cars. “Given that the car has not been released to the press or available for general road test, sales have been extremely encouraging.”
With EU4 emissions approval under its belt, Caterham has its sights firmly set on the European market. Nearn added: “We haven’t even started opening up sales or delivering the demo cars across the Continent yet, and given the level of interest we’ve already received, the signs are very good.
"The road car has created enormous interest and the 2005 Cosworth Caterham Masters race series in Europe is already looking like reaching capacity before the end of this year.”
In addition to the new 2.3-litre all-alloy Cosworth engine, the Caterham Seven CSR includes F1-style front and fully independent rear suspension, 25% stiffer chassis, improved aerodynamics and a trim and dashboard overhaul.
Prices for the 200bhp version of the Caterham Seven CSR start at £27,450 and from £33,950 for the race focussed 260bhp version