After 17 years of Caterham ownership, the last 5 with the CSR, I've sold it and bought an Elise 220 Clubsport. That was the reason for my postings last week about having to drive from Scotland to Stansted and back and potential fuel problems. The two 5l green emergency tanks remained untroubled with petrol (though not diesel) available everywhere although at eye watering cost at Scotch Corner.
Have enjoyed all my times with the cars which has only been enhanced by my membership of this great club. That will continue despite my lack of a Seven.
First thoughts on the Elise? Not as comfortable on the motorway as the CSR but it has cruise control! Haven't yet properly tested the handling but seems great and the performance more than adequate for road use. My wife thinks it's easier to get in and out of, is more comfortable and feels safer. Not sure I fully agree but won't be arguing.
Hopefully won't regret the change.
Should have emphasised the amount of invaluable help and advice I've received from members here, particularly over last winter when I had more challenges than in all the previous put together.
Democratic dissent is not disloyalty, it is a positive civic duty
Have fun, I have always rather fancied doing some of the European events with Lotus on Track which with a Caterham required a cage I think in recent years.
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We're lad you're staying with the Club, David, and hope you and your wife enjoy discovering your new car.
You'll always be welcome to meetings, despite the change.
I remember some of those trials and tribulations last winter, David. Impressed at your will-power to stick with it till the issue was resolved!
Enjoy the Elise. Interestingly, I bought an Elise to replace the CSR that I owned for a short time but, whilst it was a cracking example, in my ignorance of matters Elise I managed to buy a limited edition with 'special' suspension. Just a bit too special for me and my years but for someone more appreciative of its special equipment (and around forty years younger than me) it's about to become a brilliant and, I hope, treasured acquisition.
Keep us posted on how your Elise motoring goes. And whilst I'm delighted that you are staying with L7C, perhaps take a look at LDC too, with whom we have a loose inter-club relationship.
James/Stephen, comments are interesting. I've just returned from a 200 mile run and my initial reaction is that it is far less refined than the CSR with a lot of noise from coarse road surfaces, sharp thumps from cat's eyes and less sophisticated ride. Has the Clubsport got stiffer dampers, although it feels more like the result of narrow tyres running high tyre pressures versus wide tyres at 18psi? The optional Lotus sports exhaust fitted sounds great when accelerating through the gears but drones when cruising. On the plus side the handling, engine and performance are great (although no better than CSR) and less hassle getting in and strapped up and good roof system.
Not yet convinced I've made a good move.
Sorry, to confirm my Elise is a Club Racer.