Zenos E10 brings carbon to the masses for on-track passes
Developed by a couple of former Lotus and Caterham engineers (one of whom recently moved over to McLaren to run a new racing department), the Zenos E10 is built almost entirely out of carbon fiber, but it only costs £26,995. That works out to $38k at current exchange rates, but more tellingly, it's less than what VW charges in the UK for a Golf GTI – but for a purpose-built track machine made in the UK. That's just for the base model, of course, with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-four good for 200 horsepower, but you can spend more if you wish.
The E10 S packs a turbocharger, 250 hp and a £32,995 ($47k) sticker. And the top-of-the-line E10 R gets 350 hp for only £39,995 ($57k), which is still less than Porsche gets locally for a base 718 Boxster. Components are designed to break off sacrificially to lower repair costs in case of a crash, and Zenos goes so far as to offer a warranty that covers use on the track, because even though it's certified for use on public roadways, the racing circuit is where it really belongs – and its creators know it.
The question, of course, is how it drives, and for the answer, we turn to our compatriots at Carfection who have taken one out for a spin. Check out their impressions in the latest seven-minute clip above.
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