Caterham are currently updating the Assembly Guide for the 270 though to the 420, and it’s quite a departure from the existing manual (this PDF versioned 02/15, latest version available from Caterham’s website behind a Download button once you create an account and log into it). It’s reminiscent of a Haynes manual, if you haven’t spent the hours pouring over it that I have. Lots of black-and-white photos with paragraphs of text in two columns on the page.
Not the most readable thing in the world, but thousands of cars have been built using it as a reference, so it’s not far from the mark. Having said that, follow one of the build blogs out there and before long you will find someone complaining about something not being clear, or a hard-to-follow section. There is clearly room for improvement.
And here it is. It’s not finished yet, this is just an early evaluation version made available to gather some feedback from customers and owners. The final version will take some time to complete; as there will be direct links between the guide and the printed labels on the bags of components, the ramifications run deep into the supply chain and these things take time to change.
I’m hoping I’ll get to use the new version of the guide in October when I’m starting my build, and I can imagine having access to clearly labelled bags of fixings that tie into the manual will be really handy; less time rooting about in boxes for bolts. I also really like the hints and tips from the team at Caterham. I’m sure there will be some gems in there and it makes the assembly guide more real, more authentic.
Caterham see this as a sales tool of the future. If the finished manual is as high a quality as this sample, it will be a success.