Caterham Seven Fireblade ’02

I’ve owned this car for ages and have never got around to giving it a proper tune, until I saw a comment on the Lotus Elise post. I dug this car out from the depths of my garage and messed around with the handling. I find this car very easy to drive quickly, with a little bit of traction control (on 1 or 2), this car drives like it’s on rails. Until you put one of the rear wheels on the grass, that is. Then the car likes to either spin or roll. Despite the high initial acceleration and torque values, this isn’t a car you have to be careful on the throttle with, provided it’s on grippy tyres. The low-ish power of this car means it’s ridiculously easy to throw around a track quickly, the race brakes coupled with the low weight means it stops on a dime, and it turns pretty sharp too. I decided to go for a fairly long-ratioed gearbox to enable the car to be competitive on some of the longer circuits, rather than have it run out of gears. I have got the car up to 200mph while drafting on Le mans, so it’s quick enough for most circuits

Car Caterham Seven Fireblade ’02
Drivetrain FR
Horsepower 269HP/9700 rpm
Torque 20 ft-lb/9700 rpm
Weight 364 kg
Miles 33
Performance Points 633

PARTS

Best of all parts with racing brakes and racing soft tires.

BODY/CHASSIS

NOS xx%
Downforce 0/0
Weight Balance 0/0
Power Limiter 100%

TRANSMISSION

Set it top speed, gears, final

1st 5.346
2nd 3.530
3rd 2.683
4th 2.089
5th 1.666
6th 1.375
Final 2.899
Top Speed 180 mph (290 kmph)

LIMITED SLIP DIFFERENTIAL

FRONT REAR
Initial xx 45
Accel xx 45
Braking xx 60

TORQUE SPLIT

FRONT REAR
Front Rear xx xx

SUSPENSION

FRONT REAR
Ride Height 55 60
Spring Rate 3.20 1.66
Compression 7 8
Extension 5 6
Anti-Roll 3 6
Camber 1 2.5
Toe -0.30 0.40

BRAKES

FRONT REAR
Brake Balance 6 7
  • SgtStig

    I just used my own Caterham to do the rain masters series. Only car I could complete it in. But another car I really loved in its class is the Suzuki GSXR roadster thingy. That was a little firecracker in GT5

    • Oh ya that one is really good too. I always see people using them on seasonal events.

  • revs213

    Don’t know if you already have a tune for LCC Rocket but that is also a really fun little car to race, it’s really fast too I forget the top speed without NOS (it might be around 230-250mph) but with NOS I’ve gotten it to go 297mph

    • I have the car, but haven’t really driven it much. I just use it to wheelie lol

  • Ellang Anugra

    Do you have issues with grip roll? I bought this car before and had to sold it because this car loves to grip roll

    • It’s a very small and light car so it’s always gonna have a little more excitement in it compared to other ones. However, that’s what makes it fun. Having to watch your gas and brakes to try and get the quickest lap.

      • Ellang Anugra

        I have a LCC Rocket,it’s a beast,the only problem is the lack of downforce,while this Caterham,it grip rolls. Everytime i try to corner hard just like i do to other car,and the Caterham just rolled

        • Slow down before the corner and let it coast around it than hard on the gas on the way out.

          • Ellang Anugra

            I tried and it did the same thing. Probably have something to do with steering input or suspension