Dutch supercar maker Vencer will be at this year’s Salon Privé in London’s Syon Park with the brand new ‘Sarthe’ – named after a certain 24 hour endurance race.
If you haven’t heard of Vencer that’s because its completely new – established in 2012 by Robert Cobben – and the Sarthe is their first car. It made its world premiere in April at Monaco’s Top Marques show after two years of development.
The Vencer Sarthe is built on a hybrid space frame chassis with a chrome-molybdenum safety structure and rear sub-frame and a floor made of an aluminium honeycomb structure. The body shell is constructed from carbon fibre and the total car weighs just 1,390kg, distributed 45:55 between the front and rear.
At 4,515mm long it’s around the same size as a Porsche 911 and features a double wishbone suspension all round.
The Vencer Sarthe is powered by a GM-sourced V8 engine mounted in the middle of the chassis, and producing 503bhp and 479lb-ft (650Nm) of torque. With around 362 bhp per tonne its performance is suitably rapid – Vencer claim a top speed of 202mph and zero to 62mph acceleration in 3.8 seconds. The engine is linked to a six-speed manual gearbox, which transfers its power to the 20 inch rear wheels via a limited slip differential.
The Sarthe may look like a stereotypical supercar, but the company is far from being a conventional car maker – based on the principles of crowd-sourced innovation, Vencer aim to jointly develop its cars using the creativity and preferences of car enthusiasts around the world. A competition is already under way on their website for the next Vencer model, where you can submit and vote on your favourite designs.
Salon Privé takes place between the 4th and 6th of September and tickets can be purchased on the website or by calling the Ticket Hotline on 0808 100 2205.