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Alternate body styling for Lotus 7 variants?

Has anyone taken the venerable Seven series and significantly changed the exterior styling to something more contemporary? I love the raw concept but I don't care for the boxed out back end or the old fashioned bucket headlights and fenders.

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It turns out a little more searching would find this... Pretty cool!
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I say ditch the old school cars and get a Seven cloned, re-imagined.


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It turns out a little more searching would find this... Pretty cool!
How would you get in without roasting your nuts?

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How would you get in without roasting your nuts?
It's being quoted as "a warmer for the driver's left arm". I imagine one would want to either be very good at vaulting or enter/exit on the other side...
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Brunton Stalker

Wow, those are really extreme! The Brunton Stalker is about halfway there, with the raked windshield, the projector-beam headlights, and the slatted fenders. They use the Buick Turbo V6.

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Wow, those are really extreme! The Brunton Stalker is about halfway there, with the raked windshield, the projector-beam headlights, and the slatted fenders. They use the Buick Turbo V6.
The Brunton, like the 7, still looks squared off. It's as if the designers were merely throwing some mostly-flat sheet metal over the frame as an afterthought. It all seems a shame for a car with such a great pedigree.

I actually like the flowing retro-60's Indy car lines of this design. It's an obvious homage to this Sarkes Tarzian Special of 1962:
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It's being quoted as "a warmer for the driver's left arm". I imagine one would want to either be very good at vaulting or enter/exit on the other side...
Who makes this?
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Caterham 21?

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Yeah, I think that's exactly what you're looking for. Does anyone know if any have made it to the US?



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Does anyone know if any have made it to the US?
Looks like that Wikipedia entry answered my own question:

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Caterham's final GTO car ended up with Great Lakes Caterham in Michigan, US and has now been fitted with the RST-V8 engine, now used in Caterham's top-of the line Levante model (supercharged to 500 bhp).
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The Toniq. This was mine some years back. I will probably get one more imported from UK. This was originally a design by a University to create a modern styled interpretation of the Seven.
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This has been referred to as a modern Seven, and in fact is designed by the people who ran Caterham (and were some of the main guys at Lotus prior to that). It uses all the same philosophies of a Seven but in a modern package. The main difference is that it is midengined and traded off the tube frame construction for an Elan-like aluminum extrusion spine and a carbon fiber tub to increase performance while reducing costs. The Zenos E10.

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Looks like that Wikipedia entry answered my own question:
For what it is worth, my business partner Joe is using the same engine in a Caterham CSR now in work in San Diego. It will be totally mental. A build thread-

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Westfield's Mega S2000 has a more modern rear end style. I like it better than the traditional box.

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The Donkervoort is probably one of the best looking re-imagined Seven out there to date.

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