Caterham Superlight 150

There’s no such thing as bad weather with the Caterham, just inappropriate clothing...

It’s a philosophy I’ve always rather liked, which is just as well really given that I’ve consigned the Superlight’s roof to the recesses of an evo storeroom.

Whilst I was thawing out one day recently, I started wondering what would be the very best sort of clothing for driving the environmentally vulnerable Caterham. The obvious choice is bike gear, but I don’t really want to look like a biker. People would talk.So who gets wet, cold and puts up with big winds (so to speak)? Answer: people who bob about on oceans. So I gathered together all the sailing catalogues I could find and eventually plumped for Henri Lloyd’s Offshore Racer Smock. It has a huge outer collar that is perfect for shrugging down into, it has an internal collar to stop rainwater or spray trickling down the back of your neck, and because it’s a smock and therefore slightly shorter in the body it doesn’t get bunched up in the four-point harness. I’ve been using it for just over a month now and have found it genuinely does make year-round roof-down driving doable.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Experience the thrill of driving with evo magazine. Subscribe now and get your first 5 issues for £5 or buy the latest issue in all good newsagents!

Which is handy, because the 150 is best enjoyed in the wet. You have to feel for front-end grip through the tiny steering wheel and you think carefully as you metre out the throttle. Every corner’s camber, surface and radius has to be observed, but there’s no doubt that using a Caterham sharpens your driving. And when you’re pivoting the car around the badge on the front, feet and hands having equal input to the line through that wet, uphill left-hander on the way into work, it’s well worth the effort.

Running Costs

Date acquiredDecember 2007
Total mileage8052
Costs this month£300 (smock)
Mileage this month802
MPG this month30.7
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/porsche/911/201958/porsche-911-gt3-vs-gt3-rs-vs-gt2-rs-track-battle
Porsche 911

Porsche 911 GT3 vs GT3 RS vs GT2 RS - track battle

Porsche’s GT3, GT3 RS and GT2 RS are the most hardcore of the 911 breed, but pitched head‑to‑head which will we crown champion?
15 Nov 2019
Visit/ferrari/201950/new-ferrari-roma-612bhp-198mph-gt-car-joins-the-range
Ferrari

New Ferrari Roma: 612bhp, 198mph GT car joins the range

Ferrari has expanded its GT car range with the V8 powered Ferrari Roma
14 Nov 2019
Visit/buying-advice/19675/used-car-deals-of-the-week
used cars

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
15 Nov 2019
Visit/hyundai/201819/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-nurburgring
Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Nurburgring

We brought the Hyundai i30 Fastback back to its spiritual home in Germany's Eifel mountains, where there is a racing track you might well have heard o…
7 Oct 2019