Caterham engineers complete car build from Brightons i360 – The Argus

Engineers from a car manufacturer celebrated the launch of their latest vehicle by building it from scratch 450 feet in the air.

A team completed the build, which would normally take one person 100 hours to complete, in just six hours inside the pod of the i360 on Brighton seafront.

Visitors were able to watch  them at work as the clock ticked down, while taking in 360-degree views of the coast, the English Channel and the South Downs.

Graham Macdonald, boss of Caterham cars in Crawley, said: “We set the engineers a daunting challenge building the car at such a height, but we had faith they’d complete it – and they did.

“This will certainly go down as one of the most interesting and memorable places we’ve ever built a car.

“We hope the public who came down to watch the build enjoyed their first sighting of our lightest ever production car – the Severn 170.”

Guests at the i360 counted down as engineers completed the finishing touches on the vehicle, cheering and clinking glasses of champagne as the timer hit zero. The team also honked the horn of the car in celebration.

Simon Lambert, motorsport and technical director for Caterham, said the British Airways i360 was the perfect place for the challenge to take place.

He said: “We like to think we represent the best of British – as does Brighton, and as does British Airways.”

The vehicle weighs a little over 440 kilograms with top speeds of 100 mph. It is one of Caterham’s most environmentally-friendly cars to date, with a CO2 figure greener than some hybrid vehicles, including the Toyota Yaris 1.5.

The build was the company’s most ambitious car build challenge to date, having previously constructed a kit car in Harrods in London.

People hoping to emulate the team’s success can also buy the vehicle as a complete kit to build themselves, and is also available as a factory built car.

Simon said: “Building a kit car is a great experience that your family can be involved in.

“By building it yourself you can start to understand your car and it should make you a better and safer driver.”

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