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    Default Road & Track Article - Caterham 310R Build

    Not sure if this was posted before, but a nice article on a Caterham 310R build: https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-cul...mpFsL_MzQKB_M0
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    The link doesn't work for me. Comes up with a blank page.
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    The link worked for me. The article was mentioned earlier here in the forum in the thread linked below:

    http://www.usa7s.net/vb/showthread.p...l-owners-count
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    Good article (link works for me). It was nice to see them use the word blat, although I suspect it confused some of their US readers I was less pleased to see them perpetuate the myth that Caterham continues to name their cars based on the hp/ton rating. That stopped a while ago and now they simply double the hp, round up to a nice number and call it a day. If it were true, the cars would weigh less than 500kg.
    Damn marketers...they should all be sent to remedial algebra.

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    Worked when I just tried it again. I didn't think there were enough of us to crash the web site! :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnCh View Post
    Good article (link works for me). It was nice to see them use the word blat, although I suspect it confused some of their US readers I was less pleased to see them perpetuate the myth that Caterham continues to name their cars based on the hp/ton rating. That stopped a while ago and now they simply double the hp, round up to a nice number and call it a day. If it were true, the cars would weigh less than 500kg.
    Damn marketers...they should all be sent to remedial algebra.

    -John
    I agree with the hp naming convention misrepresentation.

    I find it quite amusing that in the description on their own website they list the real hp/ton which doesn't match the model number.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnCh View Post
    ....now they simply double the hp, round up to a nice number and call it a day.

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    THey are marketing folks you know. I doubt they have ever dealt in reality in any point in their lives. Calculators are beyond them. Apparently they are also the profession with the biggest dicks. Never would have guessed...
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    I was in a pedantic mood when I ranted about that earlier (damn bearing issue....) I think Caterham's current branding is fine and more useful than the old one since the sub models have weight differences (S vs. R, SV vs. S3). This system tells you the hp, or close to it provided you can divide by 2 in your head. I just think R&T should know better, particularly when they provide weight and hp numbers in the article that clearly don't add up to 310 bhp/ton. Kind of makes me wonder if they actually understand what that formula means. It's not blatantly obvious to many Americans who have trouble with the metric system and grew up with lb/hp, but I expect better from R&T given their history. Heck, they explained to us that a BMW 328 no longer means it has a 2.8L engine, but they couldn't figure this out?

    Sorry for insulting any marketers on the forum. Full disclosure, I was one for many years

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnCh View Post
    Damn marketers...they should all be sent to remedial algebra.

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    I got my May issue of R&T and it has the latest installment in their Caterham build story. Some lovely pictures and maybe 750 words.

    Sam Smith, the author of the article, is also R&T's Editor at Large and in a second article he notes that he now lives 40' from the legendary Tail of The Dragon in TN. So I would expect a review of the new Caterham, once it is completed, in its "element" at the Dragon (where USA7s held its 2007 celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Lotus Seven).

    I wonder if I am the only surviving participant of that event who is still active here? I CAN say that the Dragon, and the equally excellent, tho less famous, nearby roads brought the best out in my Caterham and in the collection of other se7en marques who all gathered for the event.
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