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This popped up in my newsfeed this morning. I don't think it was mentioned here already, but definitely seems relevant. Both because it could be an electric 7 and certainly because it will (should) be a lightweight electric sports car. Moderators, if it has been posted, feel free to remove this topic.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/electric-seven-due-2023-first-caterham-ev

Personally, I'm far from thrilled. I can understand the need, if ICE will be banned it will be the only way for a car manufacturer to survive. Unless there will be execptions for kitcars or low volume types. But with a Caterham being first and foremost about the driving experience, I don't see how the sound and feel of an battery powered RC car can ever take the place of the smell and heat burning petrol and the hands-on control of a pure driving machine.

I have made many mistakes in my life. Buying a multiple Lotus is not one of them.

 

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I know Westfield were doing an electric version of their 7esque cars several years ago but don’t know how well they worked. I don’t ever see nor hear of them now. 
I’m glad I scratched the Caterham itch some years ago whilst they had proper engines. 
It’s difficult to imagine quite how they can keep it light whilst having to accommodate a load of batteries. It’s not as if they can save much weight from the existing tubular chassis and aluminium panels. 

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