Incredible one-off Caterham Seven 360R made with parts from a helicopter

  • Caterham partnered up with the Royal Air Force to create a unique Seven 360R
  • The car is made using parts from a Puma HC2 helicopter
  • The one-off is set to be auctioned off to raise money for charity 

Published on Jul 11, 2024 at 3:59 AM (UTC+4)
by Claire Reid

Last updated on Jul 12, 2024 at 7:46 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

Caterham has partnered with the Royal Air Force to create this truly unique Seven 360R made using parts from a Puma HC2 helicopter – and there’s a little surprise under the hood.

The one-off Seven 360R has been made using the skin, interior, and other components from the HC2, that had been retired from use, as a way to ‘pay tribute’ to the aircraft. 

Oh and, of course, it looks absolutely amazing. 

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The Caterham Seven 360R X Puma HC2 was created for a good cause

Not only does it look good, but it’s also set to do good.

The special motor is going to be auctioned off later this year to raise money for injured servicemen and women. 

The team behind the project—Royal Air Force, Caterham, Mission Motorsport, and Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund—hopes it will raise more than £100,000 ($128,400) when it goes under the hammer. 

Using the Seven 360R as a base for the vehicle, aluminum skin from the aircraft’s tail boom and doors was used to panel the exterior, while the internal rear bulkhead – complete with the all-important emergency door jettison handle – has remained in place.

The exterior has been kept the same color as when it was on the helicopter. 

The car also boasts an impressive interior, with matching NATO green quilted soundproofing lining its side panels and tunnel top and padding the Seven’s carbon fiber seats.

The car’s creators hid an Easter egg under the hood

Its designers have even hidden an Easter egg under the car’s hood – with an ammunition box being used to house its engine. 

The clever project was the first of its kind for Caterham, but the company said it ‘jumped at the chance’ to be a part of it. 

“Firstly, because it was an interesting build process for us as it’s the first time in our history that a Seven has been made from recycled helicopter parts,” Bob Laishley, CEO of Caterham, said in a press release.

“It was a true team effort as well, with engineers from the RAF supporting us throughout the build.

“But, more importantly, it’s great to know that any proceeds from the auction will go to incredibly important causes.”

Meanwhile, if you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you crossed a go-kart with a helicopter – then check out the Pegasus E.

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist who hails from the UK but is now living in New Zealand. She began her career after graduating with a degree in Journalism from Liverpool John Moore’s University and has more than a decade of experience, writing for both local newspapers and national news sites. Across her career she's covered a wide variety of topics, including celebrity, cryptocurrency, politics, true crime and just about everything in between.