Tired of seeing all the coolest track toys just past your attain, across the pond in the United kingdom and Europe? Effectively we have received great information for you, because as promised, Zenos is coming to America.
For people unfamiliar, Zenos Vehicles is the outfit started by former Caterham boss Ansar Ali and his engineering companion Mark Edwards. Soon after working at Lotus together and leaving Caterham, Ali and Edwards (which sounds to us far more like a boxing match than an engineering duo) struck out on their personal and have been building a line of light-weight sports automobiles.
The E10 is the 1st of them, and was unveiled a few months ago at the Autosport Global demonstrate in Birmingham (England, not Alabama – or any of the other US states that have a town by that title). It truly is created all around an innovative carbon and aluminum backbone and packs a 2.-liter 4-cylinder engine from Ford with 200 horsepower on tap that, thanks to its reduced one,430-pound curb excess weight, is enough to send it to 60 in 4.5 seconds.
The startup has now set up Zenos Cars USA and will get started delivering the E10 to American customers next yr. Pricing will start off at $ 39,500 (*plus location and taxes), with the Launch Edition encompassing numerous of the alternatives for $ 43,750. That, for reference, puts the Zenos E10 at about the exact same level as the entry-level Caterham 6 280 (which commences at $ 40,900), but substantially much less than even the cheapest Radical (the SR4 Clubsport that commences at $ 65k).
With the distribution channels presently established, Zenos has an E11 convertible and E12 coupe in the functions based on the very same architecture. Truly feel cost-free to go through more in the press release under.
Zenos Automobiles announced these days that its variety of lightweight higher overall performance sports autos will be sold in the USA market by its partner Zenos Vehicles USA, with the first model, the Zenos E10 generating it into customer hands in early 2015.
The Zenos E10 created its very first public appearance at the UK’;s prestigious Autosport Global Present in January 2014 and obtained broad public acclaim and business plaudits for its revolutionary E-platform chassis architecture, modern design, and unrivalled value for money for its sector top efficiency. The E10 is a road legal, track focused, stage-in 2 seater sports automobile with Lotus Elise variety proportions. A 200hp mid-mounted transverse naturally aspirated 2.-litre Ford GDI engine (buyer supplied) drives the rear wheels and with a curb fat of just 1430 pounds, a electrical power to weight ratio of 300hp/ton has been achieved. The minimal motor vehicle mass is accomplished thanks to the modern integration of a single ‘backbone’; aluminium extrusion with a carbon composite monocoque this architecture delivers optimum torsional rigidity, and by utilizing recycled carbon fiber with a novel thermoplastic core for the tub materials, the Zenos platform delivers planet class mechanical efficiency with no the production – and replacement – fees generally linked with carbon-primarily based supercars.
Keeping to the theme of affordability, the front suspension connects directly to the spine/backbone – minimizing price and mass – even though the engine is encased in a rear extruded sub-frame that is removable to facilitate assembly and repairs. Offered the performance of the vehicle, driver and passenger security is paramount: a completely encased steel safety cell comprising twin roll-hoops and side-affect bars is integrated inside of the carbon monocoque.
The E10 has been designed from the driver out, so simplicity and performance is the buy of the day. The cockpit’;s ergonomics accommodate persons ranging from 5’;1 to 6’;3 in height with the 2 driver and passenger seated in bespoke Zenos seats. The E10’;s driver focus is additional accentuated with a visual show straight behind the steering wheel that communicates important driving data, while in the middle of the dash is one more more substantial display that will include a selection of street or track information show.
Chief Executive of Zenos Autos, Ansar Ali explained, on producing the announcement of Zenos Automobiles USA, “We have often hoped the essence of the Zenos brand and its goods would sit very easily with the US motoring community of “light is proper” aficionados. Randy and Joe are the quite epitome and we are delighted to be helping them set up Zenos Autos in the US.”
“There is some thing particular about the folks that appreciate a pure driving expertise and who recognize what low vehicle weight translates to on the street or track. I can’;t feel of a car that will a lot more properly match this niche than the Zenos E10. Ali and the group at Zenos also are genuinely car guys who get it. We are thrilled to be partnered with them” mentioned Randy Chase, CEO of Zenos Cars USA.
The E10 will be 1st sold in a specific Launch Edition which involves as standard, a Constrained Slip Differential, In-board Bilstein dampers, 4 stage racing harness, bespoke Zenos composite seats, quick release steering wheel, Launch Edition Red paint, and much more. Pricing for the E10 will commence at $ 39,500 plus domestic shipping and taxes and the E10 Launch Edition will start at $ 43,750 plus domestic shipping and taxes.
About Zenos Autos
Zenos Autos, co-founded by Ansar Ali and Mark Edwards, who previously have been senior executives at both Lotus and Caterham Autos, specializes in the design and style, manufacture, and retail of lightweight razor sharp dealing with sports vehicles.
Throughout Ali’;s and Edward’;s time efficiently major Caterham via a economic downturn and then taking it into F1, and prior to that their time at Lotus Vehicles, they have observed growing motor vehicle weights, increased entry charges, escalating fix costs and distant consumer relationships all this major to the wants and wants of the correct driving enthusiast becoming more and more ignored. So Zenos Cars intends to deliver thrilling, engaging and inexpensive lightweight sports activities auto experiences that go beyond simply driving a car the driver, the client, the enthusiast, the supporter will be at the heart of Zenos.
The Zenos principle is to design, assemble, and retail higher overall performance, ultra-light-weight and affordable sports activities vehicles, courtesy of intelligent vehicle engineering, effective material technology, the application of ‘form from function’; design and style, and the adoption of a direct Client Intimate product sales and advertising approach.
About Zenos Automobiles USA
Zenos Automobiles USA was co-founded by Randy Chase and Joe Schroeter. Randy previously founded ChaseCam, a global supplier for rugged data and video recording goods. He has been active in the on the web neighborhood founding Lotustalk.com and Britishspeed.com and is also concerned with SCCA motorsports. Joe is Managing Director of The Adrenaline Gallery, an integrator and dealer for Russell Savory Engines, Sadev transmissions, Lifestyle ECUs, and much more. Together they saw the want for a pure sportscar that was the 2 light fat and cost-effective and Zenos delivers on all of these fronts.
Zenos Autos USA has offices on both coasts and intends on getting active in local community primarily based vehicle occasions.