Vencer Sarthe Debuts at Top Marques

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All-new Dutch supercar unveiled at Top Marques Monaco with Corvette power.

Dutch startup Vencer has kept its word by unveiling its maiden supercar at the 2013 Top Marques Monaco show. Named after the track where the 24 Hours of Le Mans is held), the Sarthe draws its power from GM's LS3 V8 that lies at the heart of the Corvette C6. In the Sarthe, the 6.2-liter unit is rated at 510 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque, on par with what the Vette Z06's 7.0-liter unit puts out. Carbon-fiber body panels, combined with a hybrid space frame and aluminum honeycomb floor ensure weight is kept to a trim 1,390 kg.

Power is sent to the 20-inch alloys via a six-speed manual and limited slip differential, enabling the mid-engine/rear-drive Dutch supercar to go from a standstill to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds and hit a 203 mph top speed. ABS and ESP come as standard, although the double wishbone suspension, anti-roll bar, and 385 mm brakes should enable drivers to control the Sarthe without electronic aids. A low-volume run of 10-15 units per year is expected, priced from 265,000 Euros plus tax. A design contest is now taking place on Vencer's website, the outcome of which will decide the direction its second model will take.

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