- Caterham 310R
- SV Chassis (also known as S5 Chassis)
- Lowered floors
- Full windscreen, hood and side screens
- Carbon seats with padding
- Detachable steering wheel
- Track day roll bar
- Clear lens pack
- Master battery cut off switch
- 13 inch wheels – 8 inch rear, 6 inch front
- Avocet red with white stripes
I deliberated over the spec for quite a long time.
Originally I was more inclined to go with the 420 or 360. I test drove a 310S and thoroughly enjoyed it and I was steered in that direction for a first Caterham. Apart from the odd track day over the years and about 6 months of Golf R32 ownership, I’ve never owned a performance car before. A lot of people pointed out that the 310 was the balanced point in the range and going on the test drive I certainly felt like it was enough car for me (for now anyway!). I struggled to find anything negative in terms of reviews so decided to take that option, but went for the R pack because that’s what I wanted.
At over 6 foot and having sat in both normal and SV chassis, I felt SV was definitely the way to go, along with the lowered floors. I was inclined to go with the 15 inch wheels as I thought they looked nicer, however it was pointed out that handling may be better on 13. Heater I wasn’t sure about – I couldn’t see how I would need it, although again it was pointed out that its a nice option to have if you want to take it out on a cold day. Battery cut off switch as it may spend long periods of time unused in the garage. Clear lens pack as I thought it would look nicer. Carbon bucket seats because I think they look amazing and I wanted that sports car feel.