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Affluent motorists hit by the recession are ditching their supercar rides in favour of a taste of classic British motoring.

Caterham Cars has become an unusual beneficiary of the economic downturn with an increasing number of owners downsizing their six-figure chargers in favour of pre-owned, but ironically faster, versions of the legendary Seven.

The flagship CSR260, with its fully independent rear and inboard F1-style front suspension, is proving the most popular model amongst those more accustomed to the latest offering from Ferrari, Aston Martin and Porsche.

During the last month alone, a Ferrari 430 and a Porsche 911 Turbo were just two of the cars owners traded in favour of models from the niche sportscar maker.

While the cost of the Caterham might constitute ‘downsizing’, the performance certainly doesn’t, with the CSR260’s mighty 452bhp per tonne exceeding the power-to-weight ratio of its more expensive brethren.

Caterham Cars Managing Director, Ansar Ali, said: “The Seven has always delivered the sort of performance and engineering you’d expect in a supercar, but at a fraction of the price.

“With motoring getting ever more costly for all motorists, those driving cars built by traditional supercar makers are clearly still hankering after the buzz of driving a performance car and, with the power to weight ratio of our cars outstripping the competition, a Caterham is an intelligent choice in terms of price and driver satisfaction.”
 

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Interesting article Tony.

I find it odd that it takes a recession for many people to relaise that you don't need to spend mega bucks on a supercar to go fast. AFAIC the Cosworth powered Caterham has and will always be a far superior super car to much of the supposed supercars available today. Now it's a different story if you are after a GT Bahn Burner when cars like the Aston come into their own, but then again so do many other lesser priced cars.
 
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