Caterham is known for producing cars that have been banned for being too fast to race. That legacy started back in 1957, when Colin Chapman rolled a prototype onto the Brighton Speed Trials. When 1958 rolled around, Chapman’s cars were winning races. By the 1960s, Caterham cars were dominating tracks on a global stage, so much so that they were banned from competing in many established racing championships. Eventually that ban was lifted, and Caterham Sevens have become one of the most raced cars in the world, with over a thousand competitors racing Sevens. The lift of the ban was short lived, however, when Caterham competed in the Nurburgring 24 hour race. Out of 200 starters, the Caterham came in 11th overall. The car also won its class by a huge margin. Needless to say, the competition was embarrassed, and Caterham was once again from that race and others.
Caterham has taken their cutting-edge approach to racing and divided into three sectors: Automotive, which deals with providing the everyday enthusiast cars that have incredible performance and handling; Motorsport, which specializes in single-make racing championships; and Specialist Engineering, which delves into lightweight structural solutions.
If you’re looking to break into racing, you could do worse than a Caterham—and Caterham is looking for racers. You can contact a dealer for information on local championships and events. Then get out there and prove that the Caterhams are just too fast to race.