If you haven’t heard of Zenos yet, we can’t fault you. It’s a small, relatively obscure, UK-based company dedicated to doing just one thing: cranking out lightweight, track-ready cars to rival the likes of Lotus.
The E10, the first Zenos car, was an insane exercise in lightness. A year later its successor, the E10 S, added more power. Now a third generation is on its way: the Zenos E10 R, even more powerful and more track-focused than its forebears.
There was little Zenos could do to make its newest machine lighter, yet lighter it is. Special wheels were made that are pounds lighter than the standard wheels on the E10 S. Combined with the existing Zenos hybrid chassis, the end result is a car with a dry weight of just 1,543 pounds.
It’s also more powerful under the hood. The E10 R is powered by a Ford-sourced 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine that produces 350 horsepower and 349 pound-feet of torque – ludicrous numbers for a car so light. That gets you a 0-60 time estimated at 3.0 seconds flat and a top speed of 155 miles per hour. Imagine how that feels with no roof or windscreen to speak of. You’ll be thankful for the upgraded brakes and suspension.
As far as looks go, you wouldn’t be surprised to see Bruce Wayne behind the wheel, though the E10 R features fewer gadgets (that we know of). If the next generation gets any lighter and faster, Zenos may need to borrow the parachutes from the Batmobile.