Just one year after its first model entered production, Zenos Cars has confirmed the introduction of its quickest, most exhilarating and most focused car to date: the E10 R. With significantly more power and torque, lighter components and uniquely tuned suspension, the E10 R has been developed to deliver maximum performance and driving thrills both on track and on road.
The pinnacle of the E10 range receives a new powerplant – the Ford-sourced turbocharged 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, which uses a bespoke ECU developed with partner Specialist Components to deliver 350 hp and 349 lb.ft. Thanks to a power-to-weight figure of 500 bhp/tonne, the Zenos E10 R delivers truly astonishing performance. Zero to 60 mph is expected to take just 3.0 seconds and it will race all the way to 155 mph. Inside, the shortened gear lever of the E10 R makes rapid gear changes with the standard six-speed transmission easy.
The engine’s responsiveness is further heightened by a lightened flywheel assembly and newly-developed three-inch diameter exhaust system. The latter delivers a purposeful exhaust note, which leaves no uncertainty about the elevated levels of performance.
In keeping with its track and fast road brief, the braking performance of the E10 R has also been uprated, with ventilated discs and uprated four-pot calipers fitted as standard as well as detailed changes to spring and damper rates. The E10 R incorporates adjustable suspension, allowing track day drivers to tune behavior to suit track layout and driving style.
Like its stablemates, the E10 R is built around the extremely strong yet lightweight Zenos hybrid chassis and has a dry weight of just 700 kg. The carbon composite cockpit and steel safety cell are identical to those of the E10 and E10 S, as are the race car-like inboard springs and dampers that connect directly to the front of the spine.
The Zenos E10 R will initially be available as an exclusive Drive Edition, named after the company’s design partners, who created the unmistakable form of the E10. The E10 R Drive Edition will be immediately recognizable, thanks to the unique black anodized finish of its aluminum spine, visible from inside the cabin, Satin Black front and rear splitters and side winglets, and Satin Black interior trim.
Additional equipment also standard on the Drive Edition includes; one-way adjustable dampers, quick-release steering wheel and uprated master cylinders. The E10 R Drive Edition also boasts an upgraded interior specification, with six-point harnesses, carbon leather trim and carbon seats all fitted as standard equipment. Just 15 examples of the E10 R Drive Edition will be available.
Zenos is charging £39,995 in its home market for the E10 R, which is a considerable premium over the E10 (£24,995) and E10 S (£29,995). The price works out to almost $60k by direct conversion, but more relevant is that it matches that of a base Porsche Boxster. If that sounds like a bargain, Zenos is also offering a limited Drive Edition for £43,995.