Rare is the car fanatic who disputes the notion that the Caterham Seven is one of the most unfiltered and uncompromising driving machines for sale today. However, quite a few of those same car fanatics will argue that the Caterham Seven has never really been about revolution so much as it has evolution. After all, aside from different front fenders and some trim pieces and other detail changes, most Sevens look pretty much the same as the first ones made after Caterham Cars founder Graham Nearn bought the rights to the design from Colin Chapman and Lotus in 1973. For the arithmetically-challenged, that’s 40 years ago.
And in those four decades, more modern (in terms of both engineering and styling) competitors like the Ariel Atom and KTM X-Bow have arrived on the scene. Perhaps realizing that all good things must eventually end (especially when it comes to staying competitive in the marketplace), current Caterham owner Tony Fernandes and his team now appear to be looking toward the future for the company. They’ve already announced the new base version of the Seven will be powered by a turbocharged 660cc inline-three cribbed from Suzuki’s Japanese market kei car lineup, and now the company is offering a glimpse even farther into the future with the AeroSeven Concept.