Ex-Caterham bosses reveal details of their lightweight and affordable sports car

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Ex-Caterham bosses reveal details of their lightweight and affordable sports car

You would expect the ex-CEO and COO of Caterham Cars to know a thing or two about producing fun, lightweight sports cars and judging from the popularity and resurgence of the mighty Caterham Seven, you'd be right.
> Ansar Ali and Mark Edwards have just lifted the lid on a new project that hopes to introduce a road legal, track-focussed two-seater sports to those with budgets that couldn't previously stretch to such potent machinery.

Dubbed Zenos Cars, the firm will initially work on the E10, a step-in two-seater that's powered by a mid-mounted 2-litre Ford GDI engine.

It will produce around 200bhp and drive the rear wheels for a true sports car driving experience.

As with many performance car projects, weight (or a lack of) is at the centre of all design conversations and the E10 will tip the scales at just 650kg – giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 300bhp per tonne.

Lightweight race machines usually have to employ liberal use of carbon fibre and the E10 is no different but Zenos hopes to keep costs down by using recycled carbon fibre with a thermoplastic core.

Using recycled carbon for the tub allows it to be part of the external body thus reducing the total number and size of body panels needed. Where panels are being used they have been engineered to be easily replaceable and affordable.

Ex-Caterham bosses reveal details of their lightweight and affordable sports car


"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," commented Ansar Ali.

He added, "The sketches and early stage renderings we have released we think convey the purity, agility and functional simplicity of E10 faithfully."

The E10 is due to be properly unveiled to the general public in the early part of 2014, so stay tuned for more details.