Zenos E10 news, price and specs

The Zenos E10 is a new British sports car to fight the Caterham Seven and Ariel Atom head on. Full story here

It’s nearly six months since the Zenos E10 took its bow at the Autosport exhibition. Progress has continued apace since, the company setting up new facilities in Norfolk, hiring more full time design engineers and giving the E10 show car a shakedown at Millbrook Proving Ground.

Two evaluation prototypes will be built imminently, with production-spec cars and validation prototypes due in autumn. Deliveries of the E10 are expected to start in early 2015.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to our exclusive new offer and SAVE 39% on the shop price, get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £20!

Priced from just £24,995, the E10 enters the specialist British sports car market at its affordable end. Powered by a 2-litre four-cylinder Ford engine, it produces 200bhp and 155lb ft – figures far greater than an equivalently priced Caterham Seven. With a 650kg kerb weight, it boasts a 313bhp/ton power-to-weight ratio, matching a Nissan GT-R. It’s enough for an estimated 4.5sec 0-60 time and a 135mph top speed.

A five-speed manual gearbox comes as standard, while a six-speed stick-shift sits beside a limited-slip differential on the options list. A £28,995 Launch Edition ticks both boxes, while also adding a special paint scheme, a quick-release steering wheel and a footwell heater. It will be limited to 75 units, most of which have apparently sold.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

The E10 wades into a competitive low-volume sports car market with a couple of innovations. One is its central beam structure, which puts torsional rigidity through the spine of the car. This should enable much lower sills (and therefore easier ingress and egress) when the E11 roadster and E12 coupe, which will be equipped with doors, windows and roofs, launch further down the line.

Another selling point – which Zenos co-founder and director Ansar Ali describes as the company’s ‘raison d’etre’ – is a focus on keeping running costs low, particularly those associated with accident repair or bodywork damage. It’s exemplified by relatively cheap to replace materials at the car’s corners.

‘They’re sacrificial panels’, Ali says. ‘Customers quickly lose faith with the product if every time they prang something the repair bill is a few thousand pounds. We want to develop a brand and product that is affordable to play with: that to us is really important.’

Similar thinking inspired the use of inboard pushrod suspension. ‘Not because we want to replicate being an F1 car’, reveals Ali, ‘but because they are out of harm’s way, so if you do damage a front corner, you hope you won’t be replacing a damper’.

The E10 also brings a carbon cockpit to a relatively affordable price point, with the use of recycled carbon making it possible. ‘We did not go out to use carbon in the car’, Ali reveals, ‘but for weight and low cost, this delivered’.

The next public appearance for the Zenos E10 will be at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, where a bright green example will be on static display. We look forward to driving it later in the summer.

Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/porsche/911-turbo/202379/new-porsche-911-turbo-gains-lightweight-and-sport-packages
Porsche 911 Turbo

New Porsche 911 Turbo gains Lightweight and Sport packages 

The 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo hasn’t been with us for long, but a raft of packages and optional extras are already in the pipeline
26 Mar 2020
Visit/land-rover/defender/202375/new-land-rover-defender-x-p400-review
Land Rover Defender

New Land Rover Defender X P400 review

Land Rover’s all new Defender proves to be worth the wait and is now as capable on road as it is off it. It’s no driver’s car but as a do everything m…
25 Mar 2020
Visit/corvette/202016/1200bhp-hennessey-c8-corvette-shown-testing-on-video
Corvette

1200bhp Hennessey C8 Corvette shown testing on video

The C8 Corvette has only just hit showrooms, but Hennessey Performance already has big plans...
26 Mar 2020
Visit/hyundai/i30-n-hatchback/201775/hyundai-i30-n-versus-hyundai-i30-tcr
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 N versus Hyundai i30 TCR

Can Dickie Meaden beat Steve Sutcliffe in a straight(ish) race? We sent them to the Circuit Nuvolari with a pair of Hyundai i30 Ns to find out.
20 Sep 2019