Since stepping down from the
CEO position at Caterham
a year ago, British businessman Ansar Ali has now revealed details on his next project, which, like Caterham, centers on lightweight track cars. That next project is Zenos Cars, which Ali is co-founder and director of. Ali describes Zenos as a company that specializes in the design, manufacture and retail of lightweight sports cars and has revealed details about three planned models on Zenos’ website.
The first model will be the Project E10, which, going by the above teaser, looks to be very much like the Lotus Seven roadsters built and sold by Caterham. The Project E10 will be thoroughly modern, however. It’s said to feature a monocoque structure made from a mix of carbon fiber and aluminum, helping to keep weight down to just 1,433 pounds.
The track special will also come with Bilstein dampers, Alcon brakes, OZ wheels, and a mid-mounted 2.0-liter four delivering 200 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. Drive will be transferred to the rear wheels via a five-speed transverse transmission. A six-speeder and limited-slip differential will be available as an option.
If all goes to plan, Zenos hopes to have the Project E10 on sale by as early as next year, after it which it plans to sell more ambitious models. Due in 2016 is an open-top Zenos sports car that looks very much like a Lotus Elise at this point. It’s currently being referred to as Project E11 and is a strict two-seater. By 2018, a hard-top version dubbed Project E12 will be launched.
We wish Ali and his team at Zenos every success. While starting a car company may be one of the more difficult business endeavors, Zenos certainly has a strong footing. Prior to leading Caterham’s turnaround following a management buy-in back in 2005, Ali served as general manager for Lotus and he's also held a senior position at Ford._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.