Team Lotus buys Caterham – celebrates with special edition Seven (+video)

Team Lotus buys Caterham – celebrates with special edition Seven (+video)

Confirmation has arrived that Team Lotus has now purchased British sportscar maker Caterham Cars. Both companies lay a claim on Colin Chapman’s legacy without any actual support from Lotus Cars itself but now can form a stronger unit.

The acquisition by Tony Fernandes, Kamarudin Meranun and SM Nasarudin, the men behind the Team Lotus Formula 1 squad, from the shareholder consortium led by Corven Ventures, will see the legendary lightweight sportscar manufacturer expand its brand profile and product family.

The acquisition will not only signal the continued development of the legendary Seven, but will provide Caterham with the platform to apply its philosophy of ‘adding lightness’ to new models for the 21st Century.

As custodians of Colin Chapman’s two-seater Seven since 1973, Caterham has been responsible for the evolution of a car originally conceived as a ‘fit for purpose’ race-car for the road in 1957.

To celebrate the tie-in, Caterham is preparing to launch a special edition run of Team Lotus Sevens, it will be exclusive with only 50 examples to be built – 25 for the UK and 25 for overseas. The unique package can be added to any variant in the Seven range, and comes with the same green-and-yellow livery as the team’s Formula One race cars and a special plaque in the cabin, along with a commemorative book and an invitation to tour the team’s factory in England.

Check out images and a video below.

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