Caterham has revealed Project V, a lightweight fully-electric coupé concept vehicle which it says could arrive as early as 2025. The EV is the creation of new chief designer, Anthony Jannarelly, and Italian engineering firm, Italdesign.
Project V uses a battery electric powertrain, powered by a 200kW (272PS) single motor mounted in the rear axle.
This is paired with a 55kWh USOC lithium-ion battery pack with advanced thermal management, and the ability to recharge from 20-80% in as little as 15 minutes using a 150kW DC rapid charger.
The concept features double wishbone front and rear suspension with fully adjustable geometry, electrically assisted power steering, Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres (19” front and 20” rear), and brake discs all-round with high-performance calipers.
Anthony Jannarelly, Chief Designer for Project V, said “A Caterham Seven’s design is simple and minimalist, it’s designed for its intended function, to be lightweight and fun to drive,” said Anthony Jannarelly, Chief Designer for Project V.
“Every single feature has to justify itself from a weight perspective to maintain lightness and optimise driver engagement,” added Jannarelly.
“Project V fulfils our ambition to sustainably grow the company and explore electrification simultaneously,” noted Bob Laishley, Caterham CEO.
“Subject to the next phases of development and technical capability, Project V could be brought to market towards the end of 2025 or early 2026 with a target price starting from less than £80,000,” added Laishley.
“By using a more practical coupé body style and by exploiting the packaging benefits of an EV, this is a car that works as well for trips to the shops, or the school run, as it does for Sunday morning sprints,” noted Laishley.
The Project V show car will make its public debut July 13th at Goodwood Festival of Speed.