Kobayashi designs special edition Caterham Seven for Japanese market

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Caterham Seven 250R Kamui Special Edition

News recently broke that Caterham is soliciting new investment to carry on with its ambitions plans. However, that’s not keeping the sports car builder from moving forward with new projects. Case in point is its latest creation: the limited edition Seven 250R Kamui Special Edition in honor of its F1 driver, Kamui Kobayashi.

As the name implies, the Seven 250R forms of the basis of the special edition with 123 horsepower and 120 pound-feet of torque from its 1.6-liter Ford Sigma four-cylinder engine, six-speed manual gearbox and limited-slip differential. While power may seem modest, Caterham claims that it can reach 62 miles per hour in 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 112 mph.

What makes the Kamui Edition special is what Caterham does with the car’s already light body. The exterior is finished in high-gloss black paint with matte black stripe decals, and the front fenders use dark-green-lacquered carbon fiber in a shade like the team’s F1 livery. Tiny nubs of carbon fiber replace the windshield as well, and the passenger seat is gone in favor of an aluminum tonneau cover. For safety, a roll hoop rises up over the driver’s head.

Things are even sparser inside. The driver sits on a bare carbon fiber seat with “Kamui” embroidered on the head support. The dashboard is made from similar green carbon fiber like the fenders and also has the Kamui logo at the center of the gauges.

Caterham will build just 10 of the Kamui Special Edition models, a nod to his driver number, and they will only be sold in Japan at 6,000,000 yen ($58,822) each, plus tax. Hopefully, this special Seven will fare better than the underperforming F1 team. Scroll down for the full announcement.

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