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FORSALE 2007 Caterham CSR260


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Looks super cool, Croc has this setup, but bad for knee room of those of us who are vertically enhanced.

 

I have mixed views about the "curvy" dash. I like its ergonomics and the way it looks. Every dial is easy to see when pushing on the track unlike the standard dash. I did have to adjust my left leg when using the clutch as it used to hit the lower arched bar below the wheel - no long legged drivers should apply. The non-removable wheel is closer to you which is how I like it. Having a proper indicator stalk, horn, and wiper stalk is just decadent :p.

 

The big design issue that comes with the curvy dash style is the heat that the chassis tubes radiate into the cockpit. I had burns on my right elbow on Friday from driving to the track in 95 degree heat. I have a special foam insulation elbow rest that I normally use. The circular vents are kept permanently pointing skyward as they blast superheated air - a heater is never needed for this car. A cold climate (like the North Pole, Alaska or Canada) makes this a cosy car for use. The summer climate in NJ is bearable but not ideal. I would hate to use my car in Arizona or Texas where it is hotter.

 

Anyway, the car for sale only has the standard dash and not the curvy dash so it is a moot point.

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As the lucky owner of a CSR Superlight, all I can say is that they are one hell of a car to drive on road or track. It puts hair on my chest, arms, back, neck, face,....

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I have mixed views about the "curvy" dash. I like its ergonomics and the way it looks. Every dial is easy to see when pushing on the track unlike the standard dash. I did have to adjust my left leg when using the clutch as it used to hit the lower arched bar below the wheel - no long legged drivers should apply. The non-removable wheel is closer to you which is how I like it. Having a proper indicator stalk, horn, and wiper stalk is just decadent :p.

 

The big design issue that comes with the curvy dash style is the heat that the chassis tubes radiate into the cockpit. I had burns on my right elbow on Friday from driving to the track in 95 degree heat. I have a special foam insulation elbow rest that I normally use. The circular vents are kept permanently pointing skyward as they blast superheated air - a heater is never needed for this car. A cold climate (like the North Pole, Alaska or Canada) makes this a cosy car for use. The summer climate in NJ is bearable but not ideal. I would hate to use my car in Arizona or Texas where it is hotter.

 

Anyway, the car for sale only has the standard dash and not the curvy dash so it is a moot point.

 

"I like its ergonomics and the way it looks".

 

What ergo

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On a CSR chassis probably not cost-effective given the chassis modifications needed around the pedal box, steering column and then a new dash. Its easily possible just not as cheap as you are hoping.

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Congratulations Paul! I think you will enjoy the car as it will monster most things on the road or track day. There is nothing more intoxicating than taking it over 4000rpm. Hopefully you are located somewhere on the East Coast so I finally have someone who can keep up with me :D

 

There are some quirks with maintenance - oil levels, tires and diffs are the most critical. Sign yourself up at the CSR Forum to keep in touch with things like this. http://csr.informe.com/forum/ or PM me as I had to go through the same learning exercise.

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Thanks all. Really can't wait to drive the car. I live about 20 minutes west of Cleveland Ohio in a city called Westlake. My first day at the track was about 7 years ago when I went down to Mid-Ohio for one of their Acura experience days. What a blast. Shortly after that I bought a Mazda RX-8 with the idea that I could both track and drive the car daily. My reasoning behind getting the RX-8 was that it was reasonably light weight and my consumables should be low (tires, brakes etc.). Big modern cars fly around the track with their big (expensive tires) and large displacement engines. Well, track cars are for the track and street cars are for the street and as i'm sure as many of you know it can get quite expensive. So.... i'm watching Top Gear and they are reviewing the R500... I got obsessed by the notion of a truly light weight car thats very fast. I'm hoping that my consumables will be low and my wife and I can enjoy going to the various tracks in our area. I'm sure some of you all will dispell my fantasy about this being cheap :flag: Some of my friends tried to talk me out of the Caterham as its a "toy" but in my mind how is it any different than a Porsche, Corvette, Lotus etc. which are going to be used with the same regularity as my new "toy".

 

Croc, thanks so much for the link to the CSR website. I didn't know it existed and one of my big concerns was that tech questions that I might come would be difficult to find answers to.

 

Its being shipped today and I should have it in 7 to 10 days.

 

Cheers and happy driving

 

Paul

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Tires/brakes last for ever (everything else falls off tho:). I do track days at Mid-O and Nelsons Ledges, Waterford Hills, etc, so hopefully we will see each other soon on the track and can compare notes. I also did the Acura school at Mid-Oh, in'94.

 

Yr new car will be a huge step up from the RX8.

 

BTW, I bought my Caterham from P Place Limited a few months ago. Ya got to stay on them abt shipping, I was promised 10 days, got the car in 40 days. And then only after ramping up complaints and getting everyone in their food chain excited.

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