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Thread: Questions for a potential new build and any Ariel Atom comparisons welcome

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    If you want to "try on" an SV we have one on hand. We also have customers in the CT/NY/MA area who will show you their car to check the fit. The "track" suspension has uprated springs and shocks vs. the "S" standard suspension or the "R" track day oriented suspension. Here is a video of the "track" suspension at Barber Motorsports park: https://youtu.be/ByEp6FtF5Io

    The standard "R" Sport suspension has adjustable spring collars on the shocks to allow ride height adjustments as well as an alternate mounting point on the upper trailing arm for the DeDion. Some additional information is here: https://www.timemachineauto.com/caterham.html

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    I agree, the choices when I ordered my 420R last year were:
    *Road suspension pack
    *Sport suspension pack
    *Track suspension pack
    *Race dampers

    if I recall correctly from discussing with Josh Robbins, the Track suspension pack adds 2 radius arm links. Josh is delivering my car tomorrow night!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnifeySpoony View Post
    FYI there definitely is a "track" suspension option. It slots between the "sport" and "race" options. It is available as an option on R pack cars.
    Thanks for clarifying. I was never offered that by Caterham UK when I bought my 420R in 2018. Wonder how long it has been on offer?
    Mike
    2021 Caterham CSR "CatKong"
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration finished - track set up time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A (suspension restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (suspension set up)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (radiator replacement)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (dyno time)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark IV View Post
    Here is a video of the "track" suspension at Barber Motorsports park: https://youtu.be/ByEp6FtF5Iol

    Looks pretty pushy. Is that car setup or down to driving style?

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    That was on street tires, the customer now has an additional set of wheels with Hoosier race tires for track use. Can't say if setup or driver.

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    Wow, I am staggered by the positive responses and help here! Thank you all very much for your comments.

    I have spent the last 4 years in a 2016 Corvette Z06 which is a very fun car but HUGE! If I had posted a question like that on the Corvette forum I would have been ripped to shreds!

    It is funny that all of the comments about connection to the car, the road and the elements are exactly what I still recall from my younger experience with the Caterham. Additionally, the comments regarding the high sides of the Atom are exactly my concerns on that car.

    I think the key will be to try out the SV Caterham and see how I get on.

    Thanks again for the support!

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    Mike
    Did you say you lived in the UK? Where are you based?

    I grew up in Woking in Surrey and came over to the US in 2001.
    Best regards,
    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by atterbud View Post
    Wow, I am staggered by the positive responses and help here! Thank you all very much for your comments.
    ..... If I had posted a question like that on the Corvette forum I would have been ripped to shreds!

    Hi Dave - Glad it helped. This forum is not like the Corvette forum. We have to keep the odd rowdy Texan under control but they are mostly harmless. We all just want to have fun and we love spending other people's money!


    Quote Originally Posted by atterbud View Post
    Mike Did you say you lived in the UK? Where are you based?
    I live in the NYC area. I have lived in the UK twice in my life, amongst many other countries. My association with the UK currently is that normally I travel there 6-12 times a year. Only 3 times this year before everything shut down in March. So thats why I keep a Caterham in the UK in addition to my ones here.
    Mike
    2021 Caterham CSR "CatKong"
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration finished - track set up time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A (suspension restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (suspension set up)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (radiator replacement)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (dyno time)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic


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    Hey Dave, I went from se7esque cars to a Corvette. Time to start shredding Just kidding. Vettes are indeed quite porky compared to the lithe Caterhams but have some amenities that are usually not found on the more raw sevens. I do miss the visceral feel of spunky 7's. There is a wealth of information contained here and as Mike (aka Croc) pointed out, no limits of people willing to help you spend your money on these delightful and esoteric cars. Good hunting!

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    Dave - I sold my C5 so I could buy my Caterham and have never regretted it. They are very different animals. Almost as different as the two forums.
    2012 CSR 260, registered as a 1966 Super 7

    Still in the massive grin stage. Damn bugs!

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