Caterham’s former boss Ansar Ali has revealed design sketches of its upcoming E10 sportscar featuring 197bhp 2.0-litre Ford engine and due to launch next year.
Produced under the Zenos brand, the E10 is based around a Lotus Elise-sized platform, with a Ford-supplied 197bhp 2.0-litre engine mounted in the middle producing 155lb ft of torque. The engine will be mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. Altogether, Ali hopes the E10 will weigh 650kg.
The direct-injection engine is a newer generation of the HE420 Duratec unit used by, among others, Caterham. More powerful, supercharged variants of the car are also planned for the future.
Speaking to Autocar, Ali said the car is a “road-legal, but track-focused, step-in two-seater. We think we have quite an exciting proposition to provide to a modest number of enthusiasts. We want to deliver something that’s very specific, but exciting, engaging and fun.”
The low curb weight will be possible thanks to an aluminum tubular chassis with the body and tub made from recycled carbon sheets. One of Ali’s main objectives with the E10 is to achieve a power-to-weight ratio of more than 300 bhp per ton. An open-top E11 model will follow the E10 sometime in 2016, along with an E12 coupe programmed for a 2018 launch. Funding for the car has been granted through the Niche Vehicle Network, which is backed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.