Caterham Cars has unveiled the special edition Seven designed by Caterham F1 Team’s Japanese driver, Kamui Kobayashi. Only 10 of the the Kamui Kobayashi special edition will be sold, that too in Japan. The price of the collector’s item is 6,000,000 yen, or about 34.75 lakh INR.
This special edition Seven is based on the 125bhp Seven 250 R, and packed with a whole bunch of performance-focused features. The Seven 250 R is powered by a 1.6 Ford Sigma engine, achieving 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds and has a top speed of close to 200 km/h. The engine is mated to a six-speed transmission, and the car also features a limited slip differential.
The exterior is finished in high-gloss black paint with matt black sport stripes. Every Kamui Kobayashi edition wears a number 10 badge on its nose – Kamui’s Formula One driver number. The front wings and rear wing protectors are finished in carbon fibre infused with a unique Caterham green lacquer, the first of the Seven models to offer this finish.
The single seater car features an aluminium tonneau cover over the passenger seat area. The 13-inch diamond cut black wheels are new, and so is the polished chrome rear exit exhaust system.
Inside, the performance theme continues with a carbon fibre dashboard detailed with the Caterham green lacquer, which will be personally signed by Kamui. The sports seat is also constructed from carbon fibre, with green contrasting stitching, a Kamui logo in the head rest and a green Takata-branded 4-point harness.
Other interior features include special Kamui gauge inlays, an anodised green gear knob with Kamui wordmark and an anodised green key.
Kamui drove a Caterham Seven for the first time earlier this year at Silverstone circuit, speaking about the special edition, he said: “For me, the Caterham Seven is a pure car; when you drive a Seven it feels like you are driving, not like the car is driving you. In my Caterham F1 car, I have electronics that control everything but to drive the Seven is to truly understand the car and to truly understand the enjoyment of driving.I hope my styling of the Seven adds something special to a car that is already awesome to drive.”