VM 77: Lotus Seven replica on Barracuda Karizzma wheels

The Lotus Seven stands for one of the most puristic and uncompromising sports car concepts ever. This roadster with free-standing wheels in front weighs in at a mere 750 kilograms. The British firm made the cars from 1957 to 1972. However, the model did not then die out entirely. Caterham was granted official production rights and has continued to build the Seven right up to the present day. Other manufacturers also make replicas, or have made them in the past, that adhere to the same concept, such as the 77, which VM built until 2010. One such specimen has now been equipped with a set of Barracuda Racing Wheels.

Thanks to a space frame and many lightweight GRP components, the VM 77 only weighs 550 kilograms, enabling it to go from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 5.3 seconds. The two-liter four-cylinder engine is enhanced by Weber 40s (dual carburetor). In order to visibly highlight the dynamic performance potential, 7.5×17” Barracuda Karizzma rims (€225) with a Mattblack-Puresports finish are mounted on both axles. They are used in combination with H&R spacers (€225/set) and are equipped with 205/40R17 and 225/35R17 tires (€750/set). Approval for this wheel-tire combination was achieved by means of a special registration (€300).

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