British independent carmaker Zenos Cars has announced the E10 R – the company’s third model since it started production in January 2014 – ahead of its January 2016 unveiling at the Autosport International 2016 show in Birmingham, England.
Following the 200-horsepower, naturally aspirated E10 and the 250-horsepower, turbocharged E10 S, which both use 2.0-liter Ford engines, the top-specification E10 R uses the 2.3-liter, twin-cam, direct-injection, turbocharged and intercooled, four-cylinder EcoBoost motor from the Ford Mustang and Focus RS, producing 350 horsepower and 475 Newton-meters of torque. This is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
Performance upgrades for 500 hp per ton
The company said the E10 R’s performance, combined with a dry weight of 700 kilograms, gives it a power-to-weight ratio of 500 horsepower per ton. This enables it to accelerate from zero to 97 kilometers per hour in 3.0 seconds with a top speed of 250 kph.
The company said enhancements like a remapped engine control unit, a lightened flywheel and a new three-inch-diameter exhaust system improve the engine’s responsiveness, while lighter wheels (10 kilograms less than those used on the E10 S) and twin-skin composite seats with four-point racing harnesses reduce unsprung weight. Finally, the shortened gear lever helps in faster gear changes.
Reigning in all this performance are uprated ventilated front disc brakes with four-piston calipers and adjustable Bilstein front and rear suspension, which are inboard at the front like the E10 and E10 S. The company said the E10 R’s suspension also gets new spring and damper rates.
The company said the first 15 examples of the E10 R will be in the exclusive Drive Edition specification. Externally, it can be distinguished by the new “Charged Graphite” metallic paint (optional on the regular E10 R) on its removable, glass-reinforced plastic body panels. Additionally, the car’s aluminum spine gets an anodized black finish, with satin-black paint on the front and rear splitters and side winglets.
Moving inside, the interior also gets satin-black trim, along with six-point racing harnesses, a quick-release steering wheel, carbon leather upholstery and carbon-fiber seats. Meanwhile, the Drive Edition also gets one-way adjustable Bilstein dampers and uprated master cylinders.
The company said it is now accepting pre-orders for the E10 R. The Drive Edition costs £43,995 (about P3.15 million), while the standard E10 R starts at £39,995 (about P2.86 million).