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 Obviously, you're not the Caterham type of person.

  • If you want to travel in comfort, you better drive a car with a tin roof and some proper A/C. The Caterham roof doesn't keep you dry in heavy rain and the narrow, plain interior is no bed of roses. But there is no "adding lightness" without compromises.
  • If you want to blast the German Autobahn or set a new lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, buy a Porsche GT2, GT3 or one of these nasty, Italian super cars. Even if a powerful Caterham reaches 240Km/h, it's not made for this kind of fun. Above 180Km/h, the front is more lightweight than you want it to be and your confidence in the car's safety starts to decline.
  • If you need 5 seats and a big boot, the Caterham might be the wrong choice. Look at the top of the page: the orange thing is a Caterham Super 7. It has two seats and a boot for carrying your knickers and tooth-brush. Go for the station wagon! But bare in mind: a car doesn't have to weight over 2000Kg! That's why a Cayenne/Touareg/X5/Hummer/... simply sucks.
  • Hi-Fi, electronic co-drivers and safety equipment are the secret of performance: In the Caterham they don't exist. If you have to emergency break and the front wheels block up, you have to release the brake paddle until the front wheels grip again. If you don't want to have to do that, buy a car with ABS and with all the other stupid abbreviations.

There are many great sportscars out there:

  • The insane Ariel Atom
  • The Caterham sister Lotus Elise/Exige
  • The mighty Porsche GT3
  • The cheap V8-Monster Corvette Z06
  • The eternal Aston Martin V8 Vantage
  • The fighting bulls, prancing horses and Pagani Zondas
  • ...

But regarding price, performance and joy of driving: Nothing comes close to the Caterham experience!

PS: Shame on my but I am the Caterham type of person and I sold it in favour of a TVR Tamora... Sorry, but there definitely are some alternatives :-)