Caterham Driving Experience. Caterham 7 & Classic Caterham Hire Scotland

What age do I need to be to drive a Caterham? 
Answer:  Our insurers specify that they will only cover drivers over 25yrs and under 76yrs. However our insurers will consider those outside of this range on an individual basis so if you'd like to drive one of our cars please contact us and we'll see what can be arranged..

I don't have a UK driving licence, is there any way I can hire a car?
Answer: Yes, most definately. Our "Terms and Conditions" refer to automatic acceptance by our insurers, however they have been willing to consider excluded drivers on an individual basis. So, regardless of nationality and licence please contact us and we'll see what an be arranged. To date they have been very accommodating but there are no guarantees. All that is required is for you to complete a simple form which we send to you and return it with a copy of your licence (by e-mail). We forward these to our insurers and we normally receive prompt approval.

What is the Caterham like to drive? 
Answer:  Exhilarating fun; it has been described as a cross between a go-kart and a motor-cycle. There is none of the insulation of the driver from the road that you find in a modern car. They are, however, very easy to drive, provided that you are accustomed to a clutch and manual gearbox. Male and female drivers across our permitted age range have had no problems and have all enjoyed the experience immensely. Read our testimonials page!

These cars look very small and open, are they safe? 
Answer:  Any vehicle is only as safe as its driver. While the Caterham 7 does not have some of the latest safety features such as ABS, electronic traction control, crumple zones and airbags, it does have unrivalled responsiveness and agility. Do be aware that there are drivers out there who should be issued with a white stick as they can't see anything smaller than a bus. Drive like you're riding a bike and keep well away from them.

Aren't Caterhams very small; will I be able to fit in? 
Answer:  The original (narrow-bodied) Caterham 7 Classic is small and has a very snug cockpit, however the SV version which we operate has approx. four inches more width and six inches extra length. We use "Soft Bits For Sevens" Half Hoods with easy in / out zipped roof panels which greatly ease getting in and out, though a certain degree of agility is beneficial!. To date, we've had several 6'5" drivers and one at 6' 8", about the limit without removing the seat and using cushions!! Drivers under about five foot six will require a cushion or seat insert in an SV in order to reach the pedals (which we provide). . If in doubt contact us.

What clothes should I wear?
Answer: Whatever you'd be wearing outdoors. There's no need to dress for the Antarctic; your lower body is well sheltered and will get the benefit of the heater up to about chest level. In cooler weather you'd want a snug collar or scarf and a hat. Gloves aren't necessary as your hands are well out of the airstream. For the driver, a baseball cap is good for keeping the sun out of your eyes and light narrow shoes especially if driving the Classic (the pedals are close together).

What if it rains?
Answer: All our cars have a very effective half hoods and shower caps. You'll only need it if the rain is very heavy, if you stop or if you have a car over-night. These are very quick and easy to use and we'll show you how before you set out. Oh and if it's really chucking it down with no prospect of a break, we will allow you to reschedule at no extra cost. We want you to enjoy your day out and we don't want to subject our customers or cars to unnecessary risk.

Can I take much luggage?
Answer: More than you might imagine. The boot has a capacity of 120 litres (two or three soft bags) in the SV cars and there's space behind the seats and in front of the passenger's feet. Elise owners have been very impressed. Golf Clubs? I used to tell people that it was a case of Golf Clubs OR passenger until a fellow owner informed me that he and his friend carry theirs in the boot; vertically and lashed to the roll bar! We are also able to provide additional custom made luggage carriers that fit on top of the boot area for a small charge. These increase capacity by about 90 ltrs.

I don't know the area; where should I go in the Caterham?
Answer: Have a look at our "Suggested Routes" to see the possibilities and decide your priorities; scenery, single-track mountain roads, fast open roads, visitor attractions or quiet roads and a superb lunch, then call or email us for advice. A useful tip if you're planning a route with Maps.Google, is click the "Terrain" button to see where the hills are.

I'm considering a longish trip to Skye and the west coast, will my partner be comfortable in the Caterham?
Answer: There tends to be an expectation of rock-hard suspension and uncomfortable seats, so we find drivers and passengers are constantly pleasantly surprised at how comfortable the cars are even over long journeys. The leather seats are both comfortable and supportive and the suspension is is very compliant. One lady passenger found the ride more comfortable than her partners BMW to the extent that she fell asleep on the road back from Ullapool, as have several other ladies now. Some drivers have clocked up impressive mileages, the record to date being 470 in a day!

How does the Caterham compare with the ultra expensive supercars?

Admittedly the R500 has more power than our rental cars but they do have a lot in common and who is going to let you drive any of these on the road? We now also operate a CSR200 which offers a  power to weight ratio approaching that of the R500.

The Power Board from BBC's Top Gear

1. 1:10.7 - Ferrari FXX (not road legal, owned and driven by Michael Schumacher)
2. 1:17.1 - Gumpert Apollo
3. 1:17.3 - Ascari A10
4. 1:17.6 - Koenigsegg CCX (with The Top Gear Wing)
5. 1:17.8 - Pagani Zonda F Roadster
6. 1:17.9 - Caterham Seven R500 (cold tyres)[6]
7. 1.18:3 - Bugatti Veyron
8. 1:18.4 - Pagani Zonda F
9. 1:18.9 - Maserati MC12
10. 1:19.0 - Enzo Ferrari
11. 1:19.5 - Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4
12. 1:19.5 - Porsche 997 GT2
13. 1:19.5 - Ariel Atom 2 300 [7]
14. 1:19.7 - Nissan GT-R
15. 1:19.7 - Ferrari 430 Scuderia
16. 1:19.8 - Lamborghini Murciélago LP640
17. 1:19.8 - Porsche Carrera GT
18. 1:20.4 - Koenigsegg CCX (without Spoiler )[8][9]
19. 1:20.7 - Ascari KZ1 (damp)
20. 1:20.9 - Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
21. 1:21.2 - Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
22. 1:21.9 - Ford GT
23. 1:22.3 - Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale
24. 1:22.3 - Porsche 911 GT3 RS (996 mk.II)
25. 1:22.4 - Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06
26. 1:22.5 - Noble M15
27. 1:22.6 - Westfield XTR
28. 1:22.9 - Ferrari F430 F1[10]
29. 1:23.2 - Ferrari F430 Spider F1[10]
30. 1:23.7 - Lamborghini Murciélago (retested)+
31. 1:23.8 - Pagani Zonda C12 S 7.3 (partly damp)
32. 1:23.9 - Aston Martin DBS
33. 1:23.9 - Koenigsegg CC8S
34. 1:24.0 - Ariel Atom 1 220[11]
35. 1:24.2 - Veritas RS III
36. 1:24.3 - Prodrive P2 (concept)
37. 1:24.4 - Audi R8 (damp)
38. 1:24.6 - TVR Sagaris


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