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The Sarthe, presumably named after the French race track that plays host to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, has been in the works for several years and takes its inspiration from the Le Mans prototypes of the 1980s. It is an exclusive, hand-built supercar with a mid-engine layout and powerful V-8 sourced from General Motors.
Underpinning the car is a tubular steel structure utilizing chrome-molybdenum for the crash structures and rear subframe. The suspension, meanwhile, features double wishbones with adjustable shock absorbers. Despite the lack of exotic building materials, the Vencer Sarthe tips the scales at a reasonable 3,064 pounds. In addition, the weight balance is a near ideal 45-55 front-rear.
The V-8 engine sits directly behind the car’s two seats and drives the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox and limited-slip differential. Peak output is rated at 510 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, which Vencer says should be good for 0-62 mph acceleration in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 204 mph.
The wheels measure up to 20 inches in diameter and house steel brake discs measuring more than 15 inches across.
Inside, the Sarthe boasts hand-stitched leather seating, a contemporary infotainment system and luxuries such as dual-zone climate control and a GPS.
No pricing details for the Vencer Sarthe have been released yet, though previous estimates have come in at roughly 265,000 euros (approximately $345,680).