Love him or hate him, there is no denying that Simon Cowell seems to have the Midas' Touch when it comes to churning out pop stars. The judge that helped put shows such as "Pop Idol", "American Idol", and "The X Factor" on the cultural map, Simon Cowell's snarky critiques and eerily accurate ability to put together massively successful pop groups, has made him one of the most respected, and reviled, names in the music business. Born in London, Simon Cowell first made a name for himself working at EMI Music Publishing. HIs father was an executive there, and pulled some strings so that his son could get a job in the mailroom. Little did either of them know that he would go on to run his own music publishing house, Syco. In addition to producing the various editions of "The X Factor", "America's Got Talent", and "Britain's Got Talent", Syco also has first dibs on the winners of the various shows. He currently represents such artists as Leona Lewis, One Direction, Cher Lloyd, Olly Murs, Susan Boyle, Little Mix, Labrinth, Jackie Evancho, and Fifth Harmony, among many others. Over the years, he has become a very, very wealthy man, and has the car collection to prove it. The latest edition to his quite impressive garage, is a Caterham 7 CSR.
The Caterham 7 CSR is the latest and most advanced version of the Caterham. Though it still has the overall aesthetic that is associated with the Caterham line, the 7 CSR sports noticeable improvements to the strength of the body, suspension, acceleration, and aerodynamics. It also runs on a 2.3 liter inline four Ford Duratec engine that produces 260 bhp. Though the vehicle, which went into production in the early 60s, has long been lauded for its look and race-car quality performance, it has not fared well with regards to reviews about its level of comfort. Most every reviewer has emphatically stated that the $50,000 car is really only good for short rides. Since Simon Cowell seems content with driving his Caterham around Los Angeles, he should be just fine.