Noticias Caterham

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    Noticias Caterham


    Tony Fernandes quiere un SUV y un utilitario

    Lo llevábamos escuchando como rumor varios meses, pero no había nada concreto más allá de intenciones. Ahora es Tony Fernandes, el CEO de Caterham, el que se ha encargado de despejar dudas: La marca británica tendrá un SUV y un urbano o compacto tras su deportivo.

    Ambos coches tendrán como objetivo colonizar Asia y ofrecer éxitos de ventas para secundar el deportivo biplaza co-desarrollado con Alpine, en una estrategia que parece una copia o reflejo de la de Lotus (¿recuerdas los Ethos y APX?) que pretendía hacer dinero vendiendo coches en Asia con productos económicos.

    La gran diferencia es que Caterham sí tiene ahora mismo los medios económicos y técnicos para sacar adelante el proyecto. Ambos productos emplearían plataformas de Renault, y se enviarían semi-ensamblados a Asia, donde se terminaría su montaje ya en unas instalaciones de Caterham.

    El futuro europeo de estos coches es incierto, ya que estaría por ver si tendrían cabida, lógica e infraestructura comercial para resultar exitosos.


    Tony Fernandes confirma que habrá utilitario y SUV
    Este fin de semana Fernandes ha confirmado que habrá en los siguientes años un modelo del segmento B y un SUV. No hay mas detalles, pero se podrian hacer con ayuda de Renault (Clio y Captur)

    – Ambitions explained by Caterham Group Chairman, Tony Fernandes
    – Asia will be a key commercial focus for the brand
    – Crossover and small cars in the pipeline
    – A range of sportscars to meet a diverse global market

    “We may be a small voice now, but we’re on our way to engineering a decent set of lungs,” said Tony Fernandes, Caterham Group Co-Chairman, as he outlined his ambitions for Caterham Cars ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix (Friday 20th September).

    Speaking at the launch of Caterham’s first new ultra-performance model, the AeroSeven Concept, Fernandes was sharing his vision for the brand.

    “Caterham will show itself to be a progressive, open and entrepreneurially powered car brand that will deliver and surprise in equal measure.

    “It has been a British institution for the last 40 years, and automotive secret in many ways, but in the very near future, the Caterham name will sit proudly on crossovers, city cars as well as a range of sportscars for everyone,” he added.

    In the two years since Fernandes and Caterham Group Co-Chairman and business partner, Dato’ Kamarudin Meranun, bought Caterham Cars, the brand has expanded to include a growing engineering arm in Caterham Technology & Innovation, a specialist composites materials consultancy, Caterham Composites and the Oxfordshire, England based, Caterham F1 Team and Caterham Racing GP2 team.

    Tony Fernandes confirmed that whilst the brand will include mainstream crossovers and small cars, the intention is to also extend its ‘sporting heartbeat’ with a range of accessible sportscars for the lifestyle buyer to the thrill-seeker; a journey it has begun with the new AeroSeven Concept.

    Asia will be a key focus for Caterham as it develops a product range to meet the demands of a market both Fernandes and Kamarudin know extremely well.

    “Twelve years ago, we were told our plans for AirAsia could not work,” said Fernandes. “Today, AirAsia is the world’s most profitable airline with a growing fleet of over 120 planes servicing 160 routes across 80 cities in 18 countries, carrying over 25m people annually. As proud winner of the title “World’s Best Low Cost Airline” for the past five years, we’re fulfilling our dream that ‘everyone can fly’.”

    Fernandes says that the same passion to succeed, and learn from within, is being applied to building the Caterham Cars brand.

    “The Joint Venture with Renault to produce an all-new sportscar for both the Alpine and Caterham brands demonstrates our clear intent on doing this right, doing it sensibly, but above all, doing it the Caterham way,” he added.

    “And because we’re a flat company, we’re a quicker company. When we say we’re going to do things internally, we do them. We don’t procrastinate and lose momentum through legions of middle-management decision makers, we just do it.

    “Add the culture of our F1 team in terms of nimbleness and the discipline to deliver in detail against a ticking clock and we have something very special within Caterham.”

    At this stage, Fernandes is unwilling to be drawn on the number of cars Caterham is aiming to sell, explaining: “We’re focused on developing the right products; with the right retail experience, in the right markets, at the right time. The sales will then come.”

    The arrival of the AeroSeven Concept brings the number of new models brought to market by Caterham since the turn of the year to four.

    After years of underinvestment to its heritage product, the Seven, Caterham launched the 485 to satisfy pent up demand for a higher performance variant across Europe, a new flagship 620R to once again remind every supercar brand that there is nothing to equal the sensation of driving a Seven, and finally, for the Global market, the entry-level, Suzuki powered165.


    Desarrollan un nuevo chasis con ayuda de tecnologia de biciletas

    Caterham se ha juntado con Reynolds Technology y Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) para el desarrollo de este chasis
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    Nota de prensa, en inglés
    Caterham Cars has joined forces with bicycle tube manufacturer Reynolds Technology and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) consultancy company Simpact to make the Seven’s chassis even lighter. The trio has managed to build the first car chassis that uses butted tubing technology derived from bicycle production and this has successfully shaved off more than 10% of weight.

    Reynolds Technology was in charge of providing the technology for this new ambitious project and the experts also developed the necessary tooling and processes. It was Simpact Engineering’s responsibility to conduct the virtual analysis and perform a series of tests to obtain the necessary information allowing Caterham to build the first prototype.

    It was back in 1897 when Reynolds patented the process for making butted tubes which are thicker at the ends compared to the center. This means the frames can be strong and lightweight at the same time and for the Caterham Seven the engineers used low-cost mild steel instead of the more expensive alloys. On some parts, this has enabled mass reductions of up to 50% without affecting the chassis’ torsional stiffness or strength.

    Caterham says it will continue to develop the existing prototype vehicle and will consider launching a production variant in the future. The British sports car manufacturer mentions it will cost between £1,000 and £2,000 more than a regular Seven and will be available as an option. According to the company’s estimations, approximately a fifth of buyers will pay extra to have the ultra-lightweight chassis.


    Caterham cambia de propietarios. Tony Fernandes ha vendido la titularidad del fabricante británico a VT Holdings, una empresa japonesa con intereses en la automoción que desde hacía una década era la responsable de importar el Caterham Seven en el país nipón.

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