Caterham: The Manufacturer Bought by A Japanese Group

British sports car maker Caterham is changing hands and has been acquired by VT Holdings, an importer of the brand in Japan.

Founded in 1959 in England, Caterham has changed hands several times: it was taken over in 2006 by an American investment fund, then in 2011 by Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes, originally the boss of AirAsia. of Caterham’s entry into Formula 1.

The new buyer is Japanese: it is the VT Holdings group, which is none other than the importer of the brand in Japan since 2009, among many other car and motorcycle brands, such as Lotus or Royal Enfield. . With no less than 200 points of sale in Japan, South Africa, Spain or Thailand, VT Holdings claims the sale of 120 copies of Caterham each year in Japan, and has just acquired 100% of the shares of the British firm. .

The CEO of VT Holdings is none other than Kazuho Takahashi, a racing driver who notably distinguished himself at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 1,000 kilometers from Suzuka, or in the Super GT championship and the All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship.

On this occasion, he said: “VT Holdings is proud to welcome Caterham to its group. We not only bought a world famous performance car maker, but we also became the guardians of an automotive legend. We will protect and develop the Caterham Seven to meet the legislative challenges that lie ahead. ”

The future of the iconic brand therefore seems well assured, even if an unknown still looms over the possible electrification of its models, a probably essential step to continue producing Caterham approved for the road. The latest model, the Caterham Super Seven 1600, is powered by a 1.6-liter Ford Sigma four-cylinder engine, developing 135 horsepower for a weight of 565 kg.

 

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