Zenos – a car company run by ex-Caterham boss Ansar Ali – has revealed its lightweight E10 sports car. The covers came off at the 2014 Autosport show in Birmingham with price and specification details also provided. The Zenos E10 is set to rival track-focused models like the Ariel Atom and Caterham Supersport R.
It’s powered by a 200bhp 2.0-litre engine, and power is delivered to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transmission. A six-speed manual is available as an option, as is a limited slip-differential.
Performance figures haven’t been fully confirmed but Zenos is expecting 0-60mph to take 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of around 135mph. That performance is partly down to the E10’s carbon tub and aluminium construction. It weighs in at just 650kg.
“We set ourselves the challenge of how to make the E10 design look pure and yet edgy, focused and yet accessible, raw and yet ingenious, agile and yet balanced, serious and yet fun”, said Zenos Car co-founder Ansar Ali.
Following the E10, Zenos is planning to release a more traditional soft-top roadcar called the E11 and a coupé version of that car called the E12. Zenos has tentatively announced they’ll be available in 2018.
Prices start from £24,995 but Zenos has announced that the first 75 cars built will be ‘Launch Edition’ models, featuring a limited slip differential, a quick release steering wheel, footwell heating and OZ performance wheels. Together the options should cost £5,755 but the starting price is £28,995 – that’s £4,000 more than the standard car.