Caterham Superlight 150

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

Caterham Superlight 150

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.

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

Most Popular

Audi RS4 and RS5 Competition revealed – key chassis upgrades for Audi Sport’s BMW M3 rival
Audi RS4 Avant – front quarter
Audi RS4

Audi RS4 and RS5 Competition revealed – key chassis upgrades for Audi Sport’s BMW M3 rival

RS4 Avant and RS5 Coupe and Sportback soon to be available with limited-build Competition packs
17 May 2022
McLaren 600LT v Porsche 911 GT3 v Nissan GT-R Nismo
McLaren 600LT v Porsche 911 GT3 v Nissan GT-R Nismo
Supercars

McLaren 600LT v Porsche 911 GT3 v Nissan GT-R Nismo

What will it take to expose any weaknesses in the new 911 GT3? Nissan’s brutal GT-R Nismo and McLaren’s ballistic 600LT should have the power and poli…
14 May 2022
Used car deals of the week
Main  used car deals
used cars

Used car deals of the week

Here's what caught evo’s fancy this week on the second hand car market
13 May 2022