April 17, 2020
Keeping Yourself Entertained In Lockdown: Caterham Style
Starting to experience a little cabin fever? Itchy feet setting in? Having arguments with the family over who ate the last Hobnob?
Lockdown isn’t fun, but we are all in this together and ultimately it's for the greater good, (cue Hot Fuzz reference) “the greater good”. Things are the same here for us at Caterham. We're running as a smaller team than normal, and all working from home for the foreseeable future.
Usually, I’d be in the office - however, I’m currently at a makeshift desk in my living room making sure that we’re staying in touch with everyone, and providing - hopefully - interesting content.
At Caterham, we are as eager to get behind the wheel as you are – but at the moment, that isn’t a good idea and quite frankly doing so isn't very helpful. So please stay at home, no matter how important it is that you need to go to Waitrose to collect some pesto, or driving 500 miles to the Lake District for 'exercise'. It's not essential.
Rather than running on with the usual sales spiel, we’ve been thinking of ways to help you pass the time (or to do while you’re ‘working from home’) with stuff that you’ll enjoy. We've included links where we can and split things into categories, so there should be something for everyone.
What To Watch:
There are plenty of things to choose from these days, and Caterham has appeared in a wide variety of TV shows, as well as being the star of a few. Some will remember the Seven from its appearance in ‘The Prisoner’, others may have been introduced to it through reviews etc. Below is a list of things you’ll be able to find easily.
- Top Gear – Season 8, Episode 7. The one where JC, JM and RH build a Caterham.
- Top Gear – Season 12, Episode 6. The one where the R500 did THAT lap and rubbed the Bugatti Veyron's face in it.
- Top Gear – Season 18, Episode 8. The one where the trio try out three track-focused sports cars.
- Top Gear – Season 21, Episode 4. James drives a 620R, 160 and Aero Seven.
- Top Gear – Series 27, Episode 5. Chris Harris on the best lightweight sports car.
- Goodwood – The 620R showing everyone what fast really is, there are two videos (inside the car) and (outside).
- Mr JWW – On YouTube. He's been up to all sorts this year, check out the Caterham playlist here.
- Spa Livestream 1 – On YouTube. Watch last years epic round where our CEO won his first ever race – and he’s still going on about it.
- Spa Livestream 2 – On YouTube. Just as epic, you won’t see more exciting racing.
What To Play:
Now, it’s a little more tricky for this one as we’ve appeared in multiple games over the years – and as platforms develop it’s likely you might not be able to find some older stuff, but it’s always worth a check on eBay / online stores. Here are the more popular ones.
- Forza Horizon 4 – Xbox One. Take to the streets of Edinburgh in an R500, and if you’re lucky, unlock the Forza Edition R500.
- Forza Motorsport 7 – Xbox One. Visit various race circuits in an R500.
- Project Cars 2 – Playstation 4, Xbox One and Windows. Features the 620R and SP300R and has multiple circuits to choose from. Very, very good as a simulator!
- Need For Speed: Most Wanted (2012 version) – Xbox 360, Android, Windows, Playstation 3, Playstation Vista, IOS, Wii U. Drive a Seven in the US and prove you’re the Most Wanted.
- Gran Turismo 6 – Playstation 3. Go properly old-school and take a 2002 Caterham Fireblade for a spin.
Things we’ve made:
There are some other bits that we’ve been working on too. We might as well show theses off while we're here. Plus it is Caterham-related after all.
- Reunited – On YouTube. We’re actually pretty proud of the Super Seven 1600 video, and it’s cool, so check it out.
- Configurator – Our Website (You’ve probably checked it out already, but if you’ve made it to this article without being distracted by it... well done.
- Colouring In – Facebook. Look, this is for kids, but we know you’re using it to design your Academy car…
- Music - Spotify. Yes, we know that the cars don't come with radios. But you shouldn't be out in them anyway - here are two playlists we've created to blast out at home.
Other stuff that we like, that has absolutely nothing to do with us:
Everyone is in the same boat here and it would be selfish of us not to share some other things that we find entertaining.
- Go To The Zoo – honestly, we can’t get enough of this live stream of pandas playing. And it’s 24 hours, 7 days a week. You can thank us later.
- Ask Dave A Question – If you like our stuff, you’ll enjoy what Dave TV has to share, particularly if you visit their story on a Monday.
- Play Rock-Paper-Scissors – This is thoroughly pointless, but see how you do against a random bot.
Things to do without the internet:
- Write a diary and pretend your pet is a work colleague. "Couldn't believe that Felix bought a pigeon inside and proceeded to take a poo in the corner, how unprofessional."
- Draw a moustache and pretend to be your evil twin, blame them for everything - because you know you'd never polish off that packet of custard creams in one sitting.
- Make a Caterham from boxes and loo rolls - which now have a greater value than gold.
- Sit in your Seven, put a TV screen in front of it and grab the popcorn = Home-made Drive-In Movie theatre.
- Stick googly-eyes on everything. No reason as to why, it's just funny.
- Start a game of hide-and-seek with the kids. Then pretend you're really bad at it... give it an hour, or three.
- Learn a new skill. Could you teach yourself how to learn a language? Maybe. A Curry? Certainly. Hotel? Trivago.
That’s it from us really. We hope it helps pass the time.