Technical Data

1993 De Dion Supersprint


Raceline Zetec 2000c 16v Black Top (190bhp and 167lbft)
Radtec aluminium radiator
Spal 11" cooling fan
Jenvey throttle bodies, fuel rail & linkage
Emerald K6 EMS with 3-way map
Emerald adjustable length intakes
Type 9 Gearbox with Tracsport rocket ratio helical gearset
(1st 2.39 2nd 1.61 3rd 1.225 4th 1.1 5th 0.87)
Caterham Quickshift gear lever
ZF limited slip differential


Caterham Widetrack kit
Quantum One Zero double digressive dampers
Springs: Front 225lbs Rear 140lbs
Freestyle adjustable front ARB


AP Racing brake master cylinder
Caterham standard 2 pot calipers
Standard discs
Mintex 1144 pads (front)
Ferodo FDB 398 pads (rear)


22% Caterham quick rack
255mm suede SPA Design steering wheel

Wheels & tyres

Caterham 8-spoke anthracite wheels 13x6 (road)
Yokohama A021R 185/70 profile tyres (road)
Black 4-spoke Revolution wheels 13x6 (track)
Yokohama A048R 185/60 profile tyres (track)
Compomotive CXR silver wheels 13x7 & 13x8.5 (sprint)
Kumho Ecsta V70 K11 215/50 & 235/45 profile tyres (Sprint)


Raceline 4:1 primaries
Caterham 7" repackable silencer


5 3/4" polished stainless steel headlamps
Aluminium rear-light blocks
High-level brake light
Clear indicator lens with chrome silver amber bulbs

Safety & security

Willans 6-point harnesses
Tall FIA rollover bar (road)
Caterham motorsport head restraint
Tall FIA Roadsport cage (sprint)
Side impact bar
FIA battery master switch
Sterling Excel immobiliser
Lifeline 1.75l AFFF fire extinguisher (road)
Lifeline 2.25l plumbed-in AFFF fire extinguisher (sprint)
Fuel tank honeycomb protection
Bell Sport 5 race helmet (sprint)
Simpson Hybrid Sport FHR (sprint)


Brooklands aeroscreens & stanchion (road)
Meteor Motorsport clear JPE-style aeroscreen (sprint)
SPA Design sportscar mirrors
Standard aluminium dashboard
Standard gauges and switches
Aircraft-style ignition switch
Red starter button
Blue horn button
DRE SLD5 Sequential shift lights
Oil pressure warning light
Caterham 5-speed aluminium gear knob
Padded vinyl tunnel top cover
Caterham leather seat (passenger)
Caterham Tillett seat (driver)
Caterham standard tonneau (road)
Caterham cage tonneau (sprint)
SBFS half-doors
SBFS spint tunnel bag
Carbon fibre sill protectors
Map pocket


Daytona Blue with white stripes
PremierPaintGuard 3M Protection film


Raceline aluminium bellhousing
' 7 ' grille
Caterham black enamel 'Super 7' nosecone badge
Caterham 'Super 7 with Union Jack' rear panel badge
Aluminium (anodised) oil catch tank
Aluminium louvred undertray
Aero style filler cap
Silicone hoses
12V socket
Removable spare wheel carrier
Biggles the Bear

The car was originally ordered from Caterham in CKD form in 1992 for delivery on 20 November 1992. There were 2 invoices, one for the basic kit and the other for various options; these were dated 5 October 1992. The car was built, and according to the registration document, subsequently registered on 1 January 1993.

The above original documents can be seen here

Autocar's roadtest on the original Caterham 1700 Supersprint which was published on 19 June 1985 can be seen here.

I became the 4th owner when I purchased the car in February 1999 when it was in Caterham's standard Supersprint form. In 2000 the engine was upgraded and ran in the following specification:

1800 RKE Ford Crossflow engine (140bhp) with twin Weber 40DCOE carbs, forged pistons, tuftrided crank, cooling system header tank, rev limiter, oil cooler, double throttle springs, Lucas competition ignition system, unleaded conversion with hardened valve seats.

Following terminal engine failure in 2010 the crossflow was replaced over the winter of 2010/11 with a Ford Zetec engine to the following specification:

Raceline Zetec 2000c 16v Black Top (170bhp and 153lbft) with twin Weber 40DCOE carbs. Lightened flywheel, Omex 200 ECU, aluminium bellhousing The fuelling system was subsequently from carbs to throttle bodies over he winter of 2011/12.