Bonnet Chafing

The bonnet does seem to chafe against the bodywork, resulting in some small, but unsightly patches of bare aluminium.

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Near side front edge of scuttle
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Off side rear edge of nose cone

I ordered some more self adhesive foam from Caterham and put some additional strips on the underside of the bonnet and on the “shut points” to keep this under control. I also put a couple of bits behind the springs on the front bonnet catches which were also marking the bodywork.

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Foam padding protecting bodywork from bonnet springs

Minor gremlins?

Having run the car for a few weeks here are a few observations.

We have been spoiled by modern, premium cars and  the one thing that the Caterham does not shield you from is NVH (Noise, Vibration & Harshness). You hear everything, which is not bad, just different. You do find yourself wondering is that a gremlin, or just a “characteristic” of  the car.

Having said that it is great to be so close to the mechanics. I don’t think I will tire of seeing the front suspension hard at work over undulating tarmac, or  seeing the front wheels actually turning into a bend. Driving the car doors off is a particularly invigorating and sense-stimulating experience. Just make sure you are wrapped up!

A Frame groans

Initially there was a groaning from the NSR of the car, particularly when the car was manoeuvring at low speed. Forums suggested this was the A Frame bushes and should settle down.

Gearbox noise

The gearbox is noisy on a trailing throttle / under engine braking especially in 4th and 2nd gear. It sounds like gravel shaking on a metal tray.

Brakes

The brakes squeak horribly, especially at low speed. I need to put some copper slip behind the pads.