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Le Mans-inspired Vencer Sarthe production version revealed

September 20, 2014

Dutch carmaker Vencer has revealed the production version of the new Sarthe supercar. It’s inspired by 1980s Le Mans cars, and named after the famous Circuit de la Sarthe.

2015 Vencer Sarthe

Vencer previewed the supercar back at the Top Marques show in Monaco in 2012. However, this is the production model, with plans for one to be made per month.

Being a supercar means it comes with super power. In the engine bay sits a 6.3-litre supercharged V8 producing 457kW and 838Nm. This translates into 0-100km/h in just 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 338km/h.

To ensure the Sarthe handles as good as it goes there is a double wishbone suspension layout at the front and rear, like a racing car, while the entire platform is based on a tubular steel frame with an aluminium honeycomb floor structure and carbon fibre panels. It all weighs 1390kg.

The body design is described as a modern interpretation of iconic Le Mans cars from the 1980s. It features a short bonnet and front overhang with a long ‘Kamm’ tail at the back. Various panels act as vents and intakes for the engine and brakes, while other elements are aerodynamically formed to help produce downforce.

A clean interior decor has been designed for a minimalist character, with chunky doors sills, a central information system with an advanced digital instrument display, and a central driving position.

Interested punters can place an order for a Sarthe of their own. Prices start at 270,882 euros (around AU$390,000).

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.