Published on July 12th, 2023 | by Sounder Rajen0
Caterham Unveils The Project V Concept Set To Debut In 2025 Or 2026
The Caterham Project V Concept is a lightweight all electric coupe
Caterham has revealed the Project V, a lightweight all-electric coupe concept vehicle set to arrive in late 2025 or early 2026. Designed as an electric vehicle (EV) from the start, the Project V is the creation of new Chief Designer, Anthony Jannarelly as his vision was brought to life by world-renowned Italian engineering firm, Italdesign.
The Caterham Project V uses a battery electric powertrain, powered by a 200kW single motor mounted in the rear axle, paired to a 55kWh USOC lithium-ion battery pack with advanced thermal management, and the ability to recharge from 20 to 80 percent in as little as 15 minutes using a 150kW DC rapid charger.
Moreover, with a century sprint time of less than 4.5 seconds, the Caterham Project V will reach an estimated top speed of 230kph and deliver a target WLTP range of 400km, making it not just extremely sporty but also very practical, as far as coupes go anyway, and that should help it stand out from most other sporty EVs.
The minimalist design philosophy Caterham used for the Project V, just like the Caterham Seven model, is lightweight and simple. The brand has also targeted a kerb weight of 1,190kg in a 2+1 configuration which will be achieved by using an innovative carbon fibre and aluminium composite chassis.
Bob Laishley, CEO of Caterham Cars Ltd and COO of the newly established Caterham EVo, said, “Project V is not just a concept or design study, we’ve conducted engineering and production feasibility throughout the development process.”
“An electric Caterham of any shape and size has to stay true to what sets us apart from everyone else: being lightweight, simple and offering an unparalleled driving experience; that’s our DNA.” He added.
The Caterham Project V show car uses a 2+1 seating layout, with an optional 2+2 layout also available which provides more comfort for the rear seat passenger and offers greater flexibility in how a prospective owner may use the car.
On top of that, the interior of the Caterham Project V is simple and driver-focused with a central infotainment system featuring smartphone mirroring, and a digital driver display offering a choice between Normal, Sport and Sprint driving modes that intelligently adjust the acceleration and steering for different environments.
The concept features double wishbone front and rear suspension with fully adjustable geometry, electrically assisted power steering, Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres (19-inches up front and 20-inches in the rear), and brake discs all-round with high-performance calipers.
The Project V show car made its public debut on the Caterham stand at 2023 Goodwood Festival of Speed so if this car tickles your fancy, check it out then.