It's a shame Caterham don't do the narrower wings in carbon as otherwise it would be possible to concoct a 160 mini-superlight, bare ally, aero, no heater, tillett's etc.
Aren't any of you guys tempted by the goodies available here http://www.seven-160.com/optional_item.html or in google translated English here https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&nv=1&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://www.seven-160.com/optional_item.html&usg=ALkJrhiXdYlbEJCARdEoG5Krcg1WXKI40w The most expensive items all seem to end up in the £600-£800 bracket before any hint of importing them into the UK!
The one thing everyone points out to me about the 160 is the wheels, it doesn't really bother me but I notice amongst the custom car postings on the web there are ways of fitting chrome hubcaps to those wheels. Possibly a set of these http://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/331745992588 or something similar for that classic look.
That is an interesting idea - making a 'mini superlight'. Carbon wings can't do much good, other than look nice though. The whole feel of the car would change as the fuel level goes down.
I rather like the 'back to basics' look including the steel wheels.
There is quite a difference between the Glassfibre and Carbon Fibre panels weight wise, if you ever get the chance compare a normal nose against a carbon one, it's like the carbon one is filled with helium or something, the main penalty of course being the cost difference, less is more etc. Having once had a very light Seven I can't stress enough the benefits of shedding as much weight as possible, not only are the horsepower more effective in propelling the car but the way the car acts and feels to drive improves.
Just in case you missed it on the other thread, we have a cafe/beer garden by the Oxford Canal at CV21 4PP with ample parking etc. Would be please to host a meet if anyone is up for it?
We had just sorted a date and venue to meet for the first crop of 160 owners (and new owners and enthusiasts are very welcome too).
We are planning to get together for Sunday lunch in the Newbury area on the 12th June. This is where we met earlier in the year and is quite a central point for us.
Having said this, I also wouldn't mind venturing North if you do organize something.
If any of you would like to come to the Sunday lunch, please PM me, and let me know your e-mail, and I'll include you on the circular with details nearer the time. It would be good to meet some new owners.
Hi The_ASH there's a few bits of nice under bonnet bling there. I have to say I'm not too sure about hubcaps. Maybe because alloys are so common these days? What about trying to get some Wobbly Web wheels?
Wobbly webs are the classic Lotus look! Not sure if anyone makes them nowadays. I'd buy a set if they did.
Hampster, I may drop in for a cup of tea on one of my trips north... It looks like a lovely spot.
My AR has an S2 with Wobbly Webs and yes if anyone made them now they'd be the classic alloy wheel of choice for many Sevens.
Crosthwaite & Gardiner come up in a search as making new ones, just a shame they are 15 inch:
It looks like this company in the US does too:
But yeah your probably looking at having to get an old set and having them refurbished. I guess the other classic could be Minilites. I like Watanabes which have the same kind of look: