Caterham will soon release a new, entry-level version of the iconic Seven that goes back to the philosophy that inspired its creation, nearly 60 years ago.
Colin Chapman's seventh car design for Lotus Engineering, released in 1957, was small, simple, affordable and above all else, true to Chapman's oft-quoted mantra: 'First, add lightness'.
Production of the little two-seater passed to Caterham Cars in 1973, and over the years the Seven has steadily gained weight as it has been fitted with ever more powerful engines - up to 370kW in some limited-edition models.
It has also become inordinately expensive for what is still no more than a kit car with attitude.
So this year, to celebrate 40 years of Caterham Sevens, its latest variation on the theme will once again 'add lightness', taking the brand back to its simple design roots and delivering what Caterham used to advertise in the 1970s as 'accessible fun.