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Old 26th October 2011, 11:55   #1
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Hey Guys,
read this article courtesy Times of India, by Pankaj Doval, TNN:-

The Burmans of Dabur are set to enter the luxury car business. They will drive the India plans of British niche sports carmaker Caterham Cars.

Gaurav Burman, the London-based scion of the Burman family, said the company was bullish on the growing number of millionaires and billionaires in India, who also share a passion for motorsports. "The entry of the Dabur group is based mainly on our passion for motorsports. Also, we feel that motorsports will become big business in India over the coming decade as the level of affluence goes up in the country. This offers us a big opportunity," Burman told TOI from London.
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As most of us know, these types of cars are not road legal in India yet and we've even discussed this before. Was wondering if anyone had any idea of how they getting around the Motor Vehicles Act and ARAI. Friends of mine and me built the caterham replica back in 2005 and before us Mr. Mathew from Bangalore did the same.

Is the Kit Car industry taking shape in India? and does anyone think that our own home bred products will finally get to see some tarmac without running into trouble from the authorities? Or is Caterham going the Westfield way in India by bringing their products only for track use or to be driven on private roads/estates?
Any inputs guys??

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AWESOME news, thanks for sharing

Relatively more affordable (to the Ferraris & Porsches), awesome power to weight ratio and absolute fun on the track / open road...you can't believe how happy I am to hear of Caterham's plans.

I'm willing to bet whatever Caterham's are sold in India will be assembled at a local factory. That way, they save on duty (CKD vs CBU slabs) and don't have a problem with road legality either (remember, cars costing over $40,000 are exempt anyways). Even if they are initially imported as CBUs, setting up an assembly facility won't be too expensive. Plus, the cost of assembly in India will be far lower than that in UK.
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Theres a lot of potential for the likes of Caterham.

They should start assembly in India and I am pretty sure a lot of parts can be locally sourced. Even the 1.2/1.6 Ford engines can be purchased from Chennai rather than shipping them half way across the world!!

Caterham should try and keep costs down to a minimum, there are plenty of enthusiasts who are looking for a VFM option in the market.
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Super news !!

Lots of fireworks this Diwali -- and a good time too, with the F1 track being inaugurated!

Originally Posted by riziali View Post
Friends of mine and me built the caterham replica back in 2005 and before us Mr. Mathew from Bangalore did the same.
Linking to the two must-read threads for our readers, check em out :

Riziali's car : http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...i-seaface.html

Mr Mathew's cars : http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...ade-india.html

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So, the British Kit car comes calling...fantastic news! Guaranteed to be a huge hit on the track, and road legal to boot.

Cynics might argue about a lack of significant market for such niche cars, but Fernandes & Burman would not be too worried. Might help matters if they re-badge the Lotus F1 team as Caterham Racing next year. Bring em on!
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Excellent news.

Yes, they can assemble the car here, and set up operation to tune the stock Ford engines manufactured in India. My only apprehension is that the engines would require plenty of high tech components - Crank Shaft, Connecting Rods, Cam(s), Pistons & Rings and a sturdier block. All these may not be readily available here. Even forged parts, where India excels, will need looking into due to extremely low offtake.
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Normally sceptical of such deals/ announcements.
But given the 'production process' of grp/ frp, would make more sense to get that work done in India, and export to UK! (Does it use frp/ grp or metal?)
Can it handle a hard/ targa top?

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It'd be all too easy to dismiss Caterham as just another kit car manufacturer. But recent years have taken the company best known for reproducing the iconic Lotus Seven into new territory.

With a fresh cash injection and its own Formula One team, Caterham has launched its first unique product in years the SP/300.R and promises more to come. The company has lined up a new American distributor, and has a new product development division in place. And now it's heading for one of the world's largest markets, and heading there in a big way.

Timed to coincide with this weekend's inaugural Indian Grand Prix, the announcement of Caterham Cars India isn't just about local distribution. Sure, it will offer the current range of vehicles produced in the UK for Indian-market consumption. But it will also be manufacturing locally in India, as well as fostering local racing programs.

It's an ambitious move, undertaken by a company based in the healthcare and food industries. Follow the jump for the official press release.

Caterham sets up distribution, manufacturing operations in India


Caterham Cars continues its expansion into new markets around the globe with the launch of Caterham Cars India at this weekend's inaugural Indian Grand Prix.

As the pinnacle of global motorsport arrives in the country, the Caterham brand is being introduced to India with backing from brothers Gaurav and Mohit Burman, who will chair the Indian operation.

The Burman family spearhead the Dabur Group, a major Indian consumer healthcare and food products company and the brothers, both of whom have keen sporting interests, relish the plans for racing and trackday activities that the Caterham India team will introduce and realise.

Operations will be led by British sportscar racer, Matt Cummings who is an experienced automotive and motorsport operator in the sector.

"I am looking forward to introducing the exhilarating driving experience of a Seven, both on the road and on the circuit, to the Indian enthusiast," says Cummings. "One of the most exciting phases of our operation will be a fully Indian-assembled Seven, making Caterham the only road, race and track car assembled in India."

Meanwhile, Caterham's renowned CDX driving experience and grassroots motorsport series, the Caterham Academy, will begin operating in India next year.

Caterham Cars chief executive, Ansar Ali, said: "We have been working for some time on establishing Caterham in India and we're arriving in yet another new market for our brand at exactly the right time just as the brand new Indian GP signals the arrival of Indian motorsport on the world stage.

"The potential of the Indian market for the Caterham brand is enormous so we are delighted to have knowledgeable and influential partners by our side for the journey ahead."

Caterham Cars India will be focused on establishing the brand in anticipation of new products currently in development by Caterham Technology and Innovation (CTI), the engineering division recently created following the acquisition of Caterham Cars by Tony Fernandes.

CTI will be responsible for the development of a completely new line of accessible and affordable sportscars inspired by the lightweight, minimalist philosophy of the Seven and drawing on the advanced technologies and materials from the Group's Team Lotus Formula One operations.

With this in mind, Caterham Cars India has also already ordered a demonstrator version of the Company's new-for-2011 SP/300.R sports prototype racing car, with a view to expanding the product offering further to the Indian market.

The announcement of Caterham Cars India follows the launch of the brand in China in July and is the second new market for the Company since its change of ownership back in April. Team Lotus reserve driver, Karun Chandhok, is one of India's premier motorsport exponents.
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