Electrical Caterham Seven idea breaks cowl – Automotive Weblog

Caterham EV Seven

Caterham’s first electrical automobile will make its public debut in July on the Goodwood Competition of Pace.

The EV Seven showcases a future battery electrical Caterham and makes use of a 51kWh immersion cooled battery pack able to as much as 152kW speedy charging.

Simply as importantly, the battery leads to a weight improve of lower than 70kg in comparison with the present manufacturing Seven it’s based mostly upon.

Caterham says the EV Seven to be able to a 20-15-20 observe drive cycle. In different phrases, it can have the flexibility to drive on observe for 20 minutes, then recharge in quarter-hour with sufficient vitality to drive for an extra 20 minutes.

The EV Seven is being developed in partnership with Swindon Powertrain, the engine builders for the Seven JPE from the early Nineties.

“Any future EV mannequin we produce have to be true to the DNA of a Caterham: light-weight, fun-to-drive and driver targeted,” mentioned Bob Laishley, CEO of Caterham.

“We would not have plans to place EV Seven into manufacturing at this stage – it’s a take a look at mattress to see how nicely an EV powertrain works for our prospects’ particular use circumstances.

“We’re doing this challenge with our eyes vast open in order that we are able to learn to ship the particular Caterham car attributes crucial for a Seven: light-weight, easy and enjoyable to drive.

“We’re going to deliver this to market on the proper time, when the long run era of battery expertise permits it, and that’s why now’s the time for us to trial the idea.”

EV Seven Specification

Automobile Caterham EV Seven
Motor Bespoke Swindon HPDE E Axle
Transmission Single-speed, two-stage discount with bespoke ratio
Last Drive Restricted slip differential
Battery 51kWh (40kWh usable) – Immersion cooled battery
Charging As much as 152Kw DC quick cost
Chassis Giant chassis
Dimensions (L: 3,350mm, W: 1,685mm, H: 1,115mm)
Max Energy (bhp / rpm) 240bhp @ 9,000rpm
Max Torque (Nm / rpm) 250Nm @ 0rpm
Weight <700 kg
Efficiency (0 – 60 mph) 4.0 seconds (estimated)
Energy-To-Weight ~ 340 bhp-per-tonne
Prime Pace 130 mph (estimated)
Suspension Bilstein adjustable (from 420 Cup)
Wheels 13” Apollo Black Alloy (6” entrance and eight” rear)
Tyres Avon ZZR
Brakes Ventilated discs with quad-piston calipers
Steering Rack and pinion, 1.93 turns lock-to-lock