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Apprentice Caterham Build: Week 8

This week was about finer details for the apprentice team as they tackled the intricate electrics; wiring in the lights, indicators and other electrical components.


After completed the electrical installations they spent the afternoon adjusting the handbrake, oiling the engine and bleeding the brakes.


Ian Buckley, Project Manager said "We're into the nitty gritty of the build now as all the major mechanical work is pretty much done. The lads are at the stage of tweaking and making the car road ready. I'd say they're only a few weeks from completion now and are beginning to get excited about finishing the project. "

Apprentice Caterham Build: Week 7

Week 7

A productive week this week as the young apprentice team focused on the rear of the car, fitting the differential, assembled and fitted the suspension, mounted the rear axle and fitted the handbrake.

Now about 2/3 of the way the way through the build, the team are beginning to talk about the final stages of the project; imagining firing up the engine discussing potential paint finishes.

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A week of finer details next week as the team work mostly on electrical wiring and smaller mechanical components.

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Apprentice Caterham Build: Week 6

A slower week for the build this week as a couple of the team were away. However, the remaining members ploughed on and still managed to assemble the cooling system, pre-assemble the steering and fit the airbox and induction system.


Next week, a full-strength team will work on the rear of the car, fitting brakes, prop shaft and rear suspension. They will also finish interior fittings such as gear lever, steering wheel and roll cage.


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Caterham Build Project – Week 5



A busy week for the Apprentice Caterham team as engine, gearbox and radiator were all installed as well as pre-assembly of the heater and coolant components.


They also spent time wiring in the lights that where fitted last week as well as working on I.V.A (Individual Vehicle Approval) which will allow the car to be used on the road once complete. Next week, the team will move to the back of the car again and begin to install the prop shaft and rear beaks.

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Finally, they plan to wire in the rear lights and finish by fitting the roll cage. 

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Caterham Build Project – Week 3


This week the young apprentices set about assembling the rear axel, suspension and brakes as the car continues to take shape.

After completing the assembly of the front end last week including front suspension, anti-roll bars, steering and front lights, the focus this week has been on the rear of the car.

A complex and tricky area of the car to put together, the rear axle had to be assembled outside of the car beforehand to ensure that their method was correct. They then dismantled the parts again before fitting properly.

Aside from the build at the rear end of the car, the apprentices also prepped the engine for next week, when they lift it into the chassis.