The E10's chassis is based around a single aluminium 'backbone'
Funding has been secured to start development on the new car
The E10 has a total power output of 197bhp
The E10 will be followed by the E11 in 2016
The final concept planned, the E12, is due to launch in 2018
These official design sketches reveal Ex-Caterham boss Ansar Ali's vision for his new Project E10 sports car.
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.
The E10's bodywork is built around a single aluminium 'backbone' extrusion with a tub made from carbon composites. Zenos says this style of architecture delivers better torsional rigidity as well as helping to keep the overall weight down - essential for Ali to acheive his goal of a power-to-weight ratio of more than 300bhp per tonne.
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."
Funding for the car has been granted through the Niche Vehicle Network, which is backed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Zenos has at least two other designs planned, with the E11, an open-top model, planned for 2016 and the E12 coupé penned for 2018.