Plans change, and hopefully as an idea evolves along the way, it gets even better by the end. That mantra appears to be the case with the Vencer Sarthe
supercar that is finally heading into production for the 2015 model year. It has had some significant changes over its two years of development.
We first saw the Sarthe back in 2012
when Vencer first announced its supercar, and the model made its world debut last year
. The Dutch builders didn't let that stop them, though, and they have continued to tweak things up until this just-announced production version.
The general idea behind the Sarthe is the same. The supercar takes its name from the famous Circuit de la Sarthe Le Mans race course and claims design inspiration from endurance racers of the '80s. The basic engineering still features a carbon-fiber body, chrome-moly chassis and a V8 stuck behind the driver to spin the rear wheels.
However, Vencer claims that there are over 100 changes compared to the earlier prototypes, including a different engine. Instead of the original, naturally aspirated 510-horsepower V8, there's a 6.3-liter supercharged V8 with 613 hp and 618 pound-feet of torque. With no computer assists, a Torsen limited-slip differential is there to help with traction. While not mentioned in the release, photos show
a six-speed manual gearbox.
The exterior also gets some pretty radical changes, especially in the back. Instead of being smooth
, the rear pillars now include air intakes, and there's an electrically deploying rear wing. The engine cover is redesigned, and the side air inlets are larger. The interior goes for absolute minimalism, with a central screen for the instruments, a few buttons and the gearshift.
Vencer claims to be building its first customer cars now in Vriezenveen, The Netherlands, and European prices start at 270,882 euros ($349,832) before any applicable taxes. Scroll down
to read about this Dutch supercar in its latest evolution.