When it comes to breaking records on two wheels, the Sir Chris Hoy name is a household one but the former Olympic track cyclist and racing enthusiast has just set his first record on four wheels.
In conjunction with Caterham’s 60 years of the Seven celebrations, he set a new record of 19 consecutive donuts in the Seven 620R, the most powerful production car Caterham has ever built in a “60 Second Donut Challenge”.
“Everyone knows I spend a lot of time in cars these days but I’ve never had much practice donuting,” said the 6-time Olympic gold medallist.
The frightening 620R comes with a 2.0-litre supercharged Ford Duratec engine which delivers 314 hp with 297 Nm of torque, in a car weighing just 572 kg, lighter than the first generation Lotus Elise, famous for weighing close to nothing at 700-odd kgs.
The powerplant is coupled with a 6-speed sequential gearbox and limited-slip differential. As such, 0 to 100 km/h is done in a blistering 2.79 seconds before the 620R tops out at 155 mph (249 km/h).
The record is an icing on the cake for Caterham, as the launch of two limited edition models for the 60th anniversary celebrations were sold out in record-breaking time – the retro Seven Sprint in just seven days, and the more recent Seven Supersprint in just seven hours!