I’ve been giving some thought on what one of my next cars should be, after I move on from the Miata. Of course, after a while of thinking about sensible options (see: 30 seconds), my imagination started to take off. The nice thing about in your imagination, money is no object.
However, I haven’t gone off the deep end. At least not completely. One of the cars that I put on my list was the Caterham Super 7. At a glance, it seems perfect. Lightweight, good power to weight ratio and rear wheel drive. All wins.
However, when you look deeper, you start to find little imperfections.
- Problem: You can’t carry anything.
- Answer: The only important thing worth carrying in the car is me. I don’t even like going shopping at the store.
- Problem: There is no sound deadening.
- Answer: Whatever engine sourced would be worth listening to at all hours. My current Miata doesn’t have a radio, so it’s obvious that I don’t really care about music. Other than the sound of a good exhaust, I’m fine.
- Problem: The suspension would be too stiff, bounce all over the road and track to every rut and groove in it’s path.
- Answer: I’m young, so I just don’t care.
What some people call “problems”, I call “unique character traits”.
It’s what makes the car unique. Special attention to the driving experience in a Caterham is something that shouldn’t be missed.
Perfect car? I’m not sure about that on paper. However in my imagination, the Super 7 (or any variation) is perfect for me, and that’s what matters.