Sir Chris bags record donut haul 10 | 11 | 2017

    SCOTS OLYMPIC LEGEND Sir Chris Hoy is no stranger when it comes to record-breaking achievements on two wheels, but now he can lay claim to his first record on four wheels. (Related: Hoy swaps Le Mans for Caterham)

    Joining Caterham to celebrate 60 years of the Seven, Sir Chris took on the ‘60 Second Donut Challenge’ at Donington Park. Sat inside Caterham’s most powerful model, the Seven 620R, Sir Chris completed a record 19 consecutive donuts in the time allocation.

    “Everyone knows I spend a lot of time in cars these days but I’ve never had much practice donuting,” admitted Sir Chris. “But when someone tells me there’s a record up for grabs that certainly focuses my mind. (Related: Chris Hoy — My amazing Le Mans debut)

    “During the attempt I just kept going, putting everything I’d learnt into practice. You lose sense of time when you’re in a spin, so I was shocked when I was told I’d completed 19 in 60 seconds – it was more than I expected.”


    The beastly 620R was the chosen Seven for the record attempt, as its supercharged 2.0 litre Ford Duratec engine and limited slip differential made the perfect combination for successive spins.

    Also contributing to the success of the record was the set of ultra-high performance Avon ZZS tyres that were bolted to the raucous 620R.


    The ZZS rubber, while entirely road legal, is more often found being used on the racetrack, including as the control tyre for several Caterham Motorsport championships.

    The new donut record concludes an epic year of celebrations for the Seven following the launch of two limited-edition models created for the anniversary: the retro Seven Sprint and gentleman’s racer Seven Supersprint.

    Both cars went on to sell out in record time – the Seven Sprint in seven days and Seven SuperSprint in an incredible seven hours – while Caterham recently confirmed their best sales year since 1996 with over 600 orders made.


    “When we entered the Seven’s 60th anniversary celebrations we knew we wanted it to be a milestone year,” Caterham’s Chief Executive Officer, Scot Graham Macdonald, said.

    “However, we didn’t realise it would be a recordbreaking year on so many different counts. Topping off the year, after such a strong sales performance, with a record from an Olympic icon is quite a way to round it all off.”

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    Jim McGill


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