The Super 7 version of Caterham's lightweight roadster steadily developed through the 1970s and 1980s, but in 1992 the Surrey, UK-based company pulled out all the stops with their limited edition Seven JPE. The car used a tubular steel spaceframe chassis with much triangulation to create a rigid structure. Double wishbones up front and a de Dion rear with lower A-frame was used as per other Sevens, while steering was quick with a rack and pinion that needed two turns lock to lock. The highly tuned Vauxhall 122ci (2-liter) 16v engine, developed with the help of F1 driver Jonathan Palmer, hence the 'JP' in the title ('E' for Evolution), used Weber fuel injection, and each motor was built at Swindon Racing Engines. The car held the world record for 0-60mph (0-95km/h) for some time, and could do the dash and brake back to a standstill again before a Ferrari F40 hit 60mph (95km/h).
Caterham Seven JPE Specifications
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