British startups have given us some of the finest track cars on the market, from the Ariel Atom and BAC Mono to so many Radicals and Caterhams. But now it has one more.
A few months ago we brought you the first teaser images of a new track car project called Zenos. Not unlike the mass exodus from Ferrari that founded ATS in the '60s, Zenos was started by Ansar Ali and Mark Edwards who formerly worked together at Caterham and Lotus. The idea is to create a lightweight, affordable sports car that will take three forms: the E10 track-toy speedster, E11 convertible and E12 coupe. Now it has announced the first of those three to debut next month at the Autosport Int
Colin Chapman left quite a legacy with his "add lightness" philosophy. Lotus was founded on that principle. Caterham soliders on in that spirit as well. And now a new outfit has in turn grown out of Caterham. That outfit is called Zenos, and it's spearheaded by former Caterham chief Ansar Ali. The startup has three variations on a new project in development: the E10, an open-top speedster; the E11, a targa-topped sportscar; and the E12, a fixed-roof coupe.
Years ago Caterham was just another kit-car company making "continuation" examples of the Lotus Seven. Now it's got its own LMP-style track car on the market, a new road car on the way, its own Formula One team, a composites division and an engineering consultancy. So who do you credit for the transformation? Ansar Ali. But he's on his way out.