New Vencer Sarthe Supercar Sounds Refreshingly Old School
Vencer was formed in 2010 with one goal: to create bespoke, hand-built supercars. A pre-production version of their first product was unveiled by Prince Albert II of Monaco in 2013, and now the 2015 production version is ready for the world's viewing pleasure. Although Vencer has no racing chops of any sort, the company claims to have been inspired by the prototype racers of the 1980s and has named its breakout supercar the Sarthe, after the famed Le Mans circuit. Since the world first got a glimpse of the Sarthe, there have been small but numerous changes, over 100 according to Vencer. Probably most significant is the change from a normally aspirated 510-horsepower motor to a supercharged 6.3-liter supercharged V8 making over 600 horses. There have been several noticeable alterations to the carbon fiber bodywork as well. RELATED: See More Photos of the All-New Vencer Sarthe
The car makes extensive use of carbon fiber and has a lightweight but strong chrome-molybdenum chassis with aluminum honeycomb floor structure. But while it uses state of the art design techniques and plenty of exotic materials, Vencer is also making the Sarthe sound like a refreshingly old-school supercar too.
The company claims to offer "an optimum blend of neo-retro and mechanical feel with modern day impressive performance." They also use phrases like "true analog feel" and have purposely left out what they deem "unnecessary computerized driving assistance," giving the driver only a Tremec limited slip differential to help put all those ponies to the ground.
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Cars will be built at the company's new facility in Vriezenveen in the eastern part of the country, and each will be designed to customer specification. Prices start at €270,882 ($349,882). Vencer is going up against many big, established names in the supercar business, but in market that is saturated with driver aids and computers, this "analogue" Dutch machine just might win over some fans.
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