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    Default New 620r owner in Seattle! :)

    Hi Folks,

    Looking forward to joining the club!

    I've been a long fan of Lotus cars (own a 2005 Lotus Elise which i daily drove for 10 years in rainy Seattle all year around) and getting a matching Caterham in my garage will be a dream come true! I'm waiting for a new 620r being assembled in NY and will be shipped to Seattle where i live. I can't wait to see and drive it... hopefully during the 2 months of sun here !

    One of the decision points on getting the Caterham was that Beachman Racing is ~5 miles away from my house. I would have really liked to have him build the car, however with some paper work/deals/etc.. it is left in the mercy of a random shop in NY to built it. However, when i do get the car, i'll make sure Beachman takes a pass at it and it passes the quality bar for some weekend fun and eventual some track lap records!

    I do plan to daily drive this car and track it as-well. I have never driven a right hand car, with sequential gear box. So for getting used to the re-wiring my brain, i've been practicing with a very realistic motion simulator with sequential shifter for my left hand. If anybody is into sim racing, they have great mods and the identical 620r for Assetta Corsa, and local tracks here in Seattle ! I'll admit, rewiring the brain to shift perfectley and heel'n'toe with left hand is harder to do in anger then i though it would... but i'll get there eventually!

    Anyways, just wanted to say hi and that i'm excited and perhaps a bit naive and would love to hear if there are any other 620r folks out there that i can learn some tips and tricks from!

    Cheers,
    -Cem

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    Hi and welcome. Where in NY? I'm upstate if you needed somebody to check up on it

    What sequential does yours comes with? I assume straight cut and paddles?

    I have an old Quaife sequential straight cut that Caterham used in early 2000's in mine. It's... an experience. Everybody is right about it being more tedious on the street but I love it. I hear nightmares about frequency of rebuilds. I haven't reached that point yet.

    620r is quite the car.
    2001 Caterham Superlight R

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    I'm not exactly sure what comes OOB with the 620r, but i think it's this one : https://www.sadev-tm.com/en/products...7-in-line.html

    I've heard getting into reverse sometimes is tricky, how is it with yours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cemaykan View Post
    I'm not exactly sure what comes OOB with the 620r, but i think it's this one : https://www.sadev-tm.com/en/products...7-in-line.html

    I've heard getting into reverse sometimes is tricky, how is it with yours?
    Grindy half the time.

    Loud clink during the other half.

    I don't mean to scare you, but this is always in the back of my mind. These are race transmissions, not street transmissions. They are rough and expensive. I happen to have a plan B of regular 5 speed for the worst case scenario. I hope it lasts forever but it's certainly aggressive and its always in the back of my mind. These are not DSGs. Different generations of Sequentials had different problems too. I believe Sadev is just about as good as it gets.
    2001 Caterham Superlight R

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    Quote Originally Posted by cemaykan View Post
    I'm not exactly sure what comes OOB with the 620r, but i think it's this one : https://www.sadev-tm.com/en/products...7-in-line.html

    I've heard getting into reverse sometimes is tricky, how is it with yours?

    It will come with a 6 speed Sadev as you speculated. Vlad (Vovchandr) has the Quaife box. Good but not as buttery smooth as the Sadev. Getting reverse in the Sadev is not too bad. Make sure you are stopped. Nice clean clutch pedal move. Lift the gear lever locating ring and move into reverse. Most of the time it goes without a graunch. Only thing I hear mixed messages on is need for heel and toe with the sequential on the downshift - no clutch used. You can downshift without the heel and toe but you just have to ensure the downshift happens late in the braking and road speed is down below wheel speed

    I had a 620R on my Spain and Portugal track holiday a few years back. Also drove one at Hunagaroring. Great fun. Incredibly quick. About 145mph down the straight at Estoril and Portimao when you got the last corner right. Hungaroring was about 148mph - it would have been over 150 with a better driver.

    You will have no problems driving RHD. I have both an LHD and RHD Caterham and its easy to switch over.

    Estoril video will show how smooth the change is in a 620R. Not that fast as I am first time out with the 620R.

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    Mike
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    Fantastic car! Great to see another se7en in the area. That makes 3 Caterhams + me within about 15 mile radius of Bruce's shop. We'll need to do some drives before the summer is out.

    -John
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    +1 would love to meet you guys...! Counting days until i get the car!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cemaykan View Post
    +1 would love to meet you guys...! Counting days until i get the car!
    Is there an expected arrival date?
    2012 CSR 260, registered as a 1966 Super 7

    Still in the massive grin stage. Damn bugs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucky dawg View Post
    Is there an expected arrival date?
    First half of July if everything goes well.. Hoping to do some drives with the local folks!
    Also open for a roadtrip as-well at some stage, if there any crazy folks out there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cemaykan View Post
    First half of July if everything goes well.. Hoping to do some drives with the local folks!
    Also open for a roadtrip as-well at some stage, if there any crazy folks out there...
    Sounds good to me. There are several enjoyable roads a little east of the Beachman Racing shop. As for "crazy folks", that should cover just about everyone on this forum.
    2012 CSR 260, registered as a 1966 Super 7

    Still in the massive grin stage. Damn bugs!

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