THE shaggy city of Caterham in Surrey is famous for dual things.
1. Caterham cars and 2. Having Britain’s misfortune rail service.
Yep, worse than yours.
The 09:24 from Caterham to London Victoria was late an implausible 240 times final year including each operative day in October, detached from one day — when it was cancelled.
A good forgive for a small competition afterwards (within speed limits, obviously).
Car contra train. Caterham Seven contra Thameslink. Moi, in a motorised bathtub, contra my crony Alana on a train.
Now a 09:24 sight should arrive during London Victoria during 10:16, that’s 52 minutes, and a six-minute travel to a assembly indicate during a swanky caf� in Belgravia.
Total tour time: 58 minutes.
According to a RAC track planner, my 17-mile track adult a A23 by Croydon and Clapham Common should take 68 minutes.
(Please fake we haven’t looked during a cinema and keep reading.
Now, I’ll be honest.
This is not a automobile I’d select for dicing with HGVs and buses in London.
(as kit): £23,495
Top speed: 127mph
Even a Nissan Juke looks like Big Foot subsequent to this.
There are no mod cons, airbags or roof, usually groundless doors and bucket seats not meant for Tinder dates who’d report themselves as “cuddly”.
It doesn’t like rough roads and speed humps most either.
After 20 mins my behind was like a boxed jigsaw . . . in pieces.
But put this dollop of British oddity in a healthy habitat, on a B-road, and it is bloody wonderful.
Lithe and lightweight.
Raw and rewarding.
Hardwired for pushing fun, usually not in a city.
There is something to be pronounced for a morality of it all, and examination those front wheels spin in stroke with a road.
The other pleasing thing about a Caterham is that we can save a few quid by removing a spanners out and building your own.
The finish container for a Seven 310 is £23,495, that is £2,500 cheaper than carrying Caterham make one for you.
But be warned: You can fast get carried divided ticking boxes.
This 310R exam automobile has £11,000 of options on it — yes, eleven thousand English pounds — including a £4,495 R pack.
That adds singular trip differential, behind anti-roll bar, sports suspension, carbon-fibre dash, Momo steering circle and four-point harnesses.
And if we don’t wish flies in your teeth, that’ll be another £1,250 for a full windscreen and hood, appreciate you.
It sounds a nuts.
The 310R is powered by a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated Ford Sigma engine producing 152bhp.
That’s copiousness for a automobile weighing small some-more than a box of crisps.
Or, for double a dollar, there’s a demented 620R banging out 310bhp and 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds.
I’ll finish with a competition results.
Alana’s sight arrived during London Victoria during 10:34, 18 mins late.
She got to a caf� during 10:41, 3 mins after a Caterham.
Winner: Caterham, 74 minutes.
I know, we know.
Mo Farah would have beaten us both on his legs.
1957: Colin Chapman launches Lotus 7.
1959: Graham Nearn’s Caterham Car Services becomes a Lotus 7 dealer.
1973: Lotus stops prolongation of a 7 indication and Nearn buys a rights.
New association is called Caterham.
1984: Cars initial sole in container form.
1987: Factory moves from Caterham to Dartford.
2005: Nearn family sell to a government association led by Ansar Ali . . . formerly of Lotus.
2018: 80 jobs, 500 cars a year, some-more than half exported. Chris Rea owns a Caterham.
Velar’s eco seats
NOTHING says status like . . . 23 recycled cosmetic H2O bottles.
When we were flourishing up, it was all about walnut and leather.
Now it’s going a other way.
We’re profitable additional and feeling improved for carrying non-leather.
Take a Range Rover Velar we see here.
It has tolerable – though not utterly vegan – seats that mix a wool-blend fabric with a technical suedecloth done from recycled plastic.
“Look how immature we am,” pronounced Hugo, proudly.
Er, you’re still pushing a gas-guzzling SUV, mate.
“Ah, yes, though during slightest my seats are renewable and reward and trendy.”
A Danish weave organisation called Kvadrat helped to emanate a seats – and they also do Adidas Stan Smith trainers.
Now it contingency be pronounced that leather seats don’t make most clarity anyway. When a continue is cold, they’re cold.
When it’s hot, they’re hot.
And they don’t reason we in a chair really good either.
These Kvadrat seats are gentle and stay cold in a feverishness and gentle in a cold.
They demeanour better.
They feel better.
With reward points for a dotted Union Flag design.
Add a digital screens and wifi and a Velar has a same tech and comfort as your vital room – usually with a skeleton of a Range Rover.
There is one leeetle problem, however.
These eco seats cost a whopping £5,350 additional on a £47,730 bottom Velar.
What? we know.
I did a small ill belch too.
I scarcely recycled my lunch.
You need to compensate £58,785 for an HSE to get them free.
For a record, BMW has even bigger immature credentials.
The electric i3 uses aluminium recycled from Coke cans, a lurch and doorway panels are done from sea weed and unbleached eucalyptus wood, and now BMW is operative to use reclaimed sea cosmetic as front wings.
The universe is changing.
Engine: 2-litre twin-turbo diesel
Top speed: 135mph
Put some sparkle behind into your motoring, Liz
- YOU might have beheld there’s a marriage on this weekend.
Well, aside from all a bunting and a Harry and Meghan mugs and tea towels, how about this stretched Chelsea Truck Company Defender with a series image 4HRH?
The automobile is £80,000 and VAT and a series image is, er, £1million.
Boss Afzal Kahn also owns a WED IIN and WED IIIN registrations and 1 CEO.
One for you, Liz?
Eisenberg not giving adult usually yet
DAREDEVIL biker Zef Eisenberg has set a new land-speed record on silt – clocking 201mph during a iconic Pendine Sands.
He said: “You have no thought what a aspect is like until a waves goes out.”
It’s implausible to consider that usually 18 months ago Zef pennyless 11 bones and spent 3 months in sanatorium after a 230mph pile-up on a turbine bike.
Just Lambo’ing up
A LAMBORGHINI Huracan donated to a Pope in Vatican white and bullion has lifted £630,000 for charity.
Best forgive ever for dodging speeding tickets.
Tough new MOT manners come into force from May 20, with a stream pass-or-fail complement transposed by FIVE categories: Pass, advisory, minor, major, dangerous.
DANGEROUS – fail: You can't expostulate it away, even to get it repaired. It has to be bound there or towed away.
MAJOR – fail: Repair it immediately. Issue might be associated to emissions rather than safety.
Diesel cars will destroy if manifest fume is celebrated from a exhaust.
MINOR – pass: Faults are available on MOT certificate and a owners suggested to get them fixed.
ADVISORY – pass: Monitor emanate and correct it if necessary.
PASS – er, pass: You’re good to go.
The limit MOT price stays during £54.85 and cars some-more than 40 years aged are exempt.
- REASONS 1,753 and 1,754 because politicians should close a F adult and let engineers purify adult a air.
Kia is adding 48v amiable variety to Sportage, both diesel and petrol versions.
Volvo is scrapping diesel from all new models from 2019. Boss Hakan Samuelson said: “Our destiny is electric and we will no longer rise a new era of diesel engines.”
LONDON MOTOR SHOW – currently until Sunday, ExCeL, London. Tickets £18.50, under-17s free.
- NITRO Circus has combined a second London date during a O2 locus on Nov 24.
It also stops during Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester.
Trust me, don’t skip it.
2008 Renault Clio 1.2 Campus, 74,500 miles, £999
- I LOVE this.
After-dinner shenanigans during a British Bodyshop Awards?