New Zenos is a road legal track tool

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The Zenos E10 weighs just 650kg and can get to 96km/h in under five seconds.

Zenos is a new name in the world of purist sports cars and its first offspring, the E10, is a razor-sharp track day car that's also legal for road use - if only just.

Far more than just some so-and-so backyard project, Zenos Cars is the result of a collaboration between former Caterham CEO Ansar Ali and COO Mark Edwards. The pair also worked together at Lotus and can brag about more than 30 years of experience in the niche sports car realm.

The E10 will be fully revealed at the Autosport trade show in Birmingham in early January, but the company has already given us enough octane-soaked information to get us interested.

Though it can be used on the road, it was primarily conceived as a track tool. It has an open cabin, no doors and seats just two occupants.

Boosting it through the straights and twisties is a 2-litre, four-cylinder Ford engine that pushes 149kW - which is worth more than it sounds, considering that the E10 weighs just 650kg.

Thanks to a resulting power to weight ratio of 224kW per ton, the track tool will blast from zero to 60mph (96km/h) in less than five seconds, according to its makers.

The 'backbone' of the chassis is formed by a single aluminium extrusion that runs the length of the car and it's joined to an aluminium rear sub frame and a safety cell that incorporates twin roll hoops.

Following its unveiling early next year, the E10 is set to go on sale in Europe in early 2015 and it'll be followed by a conventional roadster and GT coupé within the next five years.

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