Zenos Cars

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Zenos Cars
Private limited company
IndustryAutomotive
Founded22 May 2012; 6 years ago (2012-05-22)
Founders
  • Ansar Ali
  • Mark Edwards
Headquarters
Wymondham
,
United Kingdom
Key people
Mark Edwards (Managing Director)[1]
ProductsSports cars
BrandsZenos
Websitezenoscars.com

Zenos Cars is a British automotive company that produces high-performance, light-weight sports cars. Based in Wymondham, Norfolk, UK, the company designs, manufactures and sells three variants of the Zenos E10 car. In January 2017 Zenos went into administration[2] with staff made redundant but the assets were purchased by a consortium in March 2017.[3]

Background[edit]

The company was founded in Norfolk in 2012.[4][5] The founders, Ansar Ali and Mark Edwards, had worked together before at Lotus Cars and later at Caterham Cars.[6]

Edwards and Ali believed there was a gap in the market for lightweight, contemporary high-performance sports cars that were affordable to purchase and to run.[7] Before the company’s first product line, the E10 series, was designed, the founders agreed on a price point that would be attractive to potential customers, and determined if a clean-sheet design could be produced and sold at such a level.[8]

The development phase of Zenos’s first series of models included driving days with deposit-holders and potential customers, with the aim of ensuring that drivers and passengers would be both comfortably accommodated and fully engaged.[8]

Matt Windle, Operations Director, joined the company in October 2015, bringing production expertise gained during a seven-year spell as Principal Engineer at Tesla,[9] as well as through his role as Chief Engineer, Body at Caterham Technology and Innovation (CTI), and positions at Lotus Cars, Nissan, Volvo and Daewoo.[10] Chris Weston, Head of Development, played a key role in engineering the car and readying it for production.[11][12]

On 16 January 2017, following a string of cancelled export orders, Zenos was placed into administration. Begbies Traynor (London) LLP, the administrators, stated they are open to speaking with parties interested in securing the future of the company,[13] and in March 2017 a consortium led by Alan Lubinsky's AC Cars acquired the company and assets.[14]

Name[edit]

The name Zenos is said to be a combination of ‘zen’, representing purity, and ‘os’, which is loosely Latin for 'vertebra' or spine – reflecting one of the key architectural elements of the company’s products.[15]

Partners[edit]

Zenos Cars has used a number of partners in the design and development of its products. They include: Drive – exterior and interior design;[16][17] Multimatic Technical Centre Europe (MTCE) – chassis design;[17] Ford and Hendy Power – powertrain package supply;[18] Specialist Control Systems – ECU development;[19] Avon Tyres;[20] Alcon Components – brakes and clutches;[21] OZ Racing – wheels;[21] Titan Motorsport – design and production of key components;[22] Bilstein – shock absorbers;[17] and Tillett Racing Seats.[23] Zenos Cars has also received support from the Niche Vehicle Network,[24] and from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership through the Growing Business Fund.[25]

Factory and production[edit]

Zenos Cars are hand-produced in the company’s factory in Wymondham, Norfolk, UK.[10] Production of the Zenos E10 and E10 S began in January 2015.[26] The Zenos E10 R was announced in November 2015, with production starting in January 2016.[27] In September 2016, the company announced that it had built its 100th vehicle, which was an E10 R finished in custom Soul Red colour.[28]

Following the reorganisation of the company in 2017, production ceased in the UK and is planned to move to South Africa[29] and the engineering centre remaining in Norfolk.

Sales and network[edit]

Zenos sports cars are currently sold in the UK, USA, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Switzerland and Italy.[30] Non-UK markets account for 50% of Zenos production.[31]

Models[edit]

Zenos produced the E10 between 2015 and 2016.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Team". Zenos Cars. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  2. ^ Vijayenthiran, Viknesh. "Zenos sports car startup goes bust". Motor Authority. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  3. ^ Shields, Mark (24 March 2017), "Deal unveiled to save Norfolk's Zenos Cars - but 25 jobs are lost", EDP24, retrieved 28 March 2017
  4. ^ "New Zenos E10 sports car to create jobs in Norfolk". BBC News. BBC. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Zenos Cars launches £750,000 funding round with Seedrs". Business Matters. Capital Business Media. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  6. ^ Sutcliffe, Steve (7 October 2014). "Zenos E10 driven - is this a Lotus beater?". Autocar. Haymarket Media Group. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Zenos E10 news, price and specs". Retrieved 2016-07-07.
  8. ^ a b "Zenos E10 driven - is this a Lotus beater? | Autocar". www.autocar.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-07-07.
  9. ^ "Matt Windle | LinkedIn". www.linkedin.com. Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  10. ^ a b "Zenos Cars gearing up on road to success". Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  11. ^ "Zenos E10 S review: 2015 first drive | Motoring Research". 2015-03-17. Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  12. ^ "British-built Zenos E10 to take on Ariel and Caterham". Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  13. ^ Wiseman, Ed (19 January 2017). "Norfolk sports car manufacturer Zenos goes into administration". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Zenos saved from administration by AC Cars-led consortium". Autocar. 24 March 2017. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Zenos E10 driven - is this a Lotus beater? | Autocar". www.autocar.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-07-04.
  16. ^ "Drive Design and Zenos Cars ‹ Drive Automotive Design". www.drivedesign.co.uk. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  17. ^ a b c "Zenos E10 sells out in first year as company plans follow-up models | Autocar". www.autocar.co.uk. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  18. ^ "Zenos Cars - Hendy Power". www.hendypower.co.uk. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  19. ^ "Specialist Control Systems LTD". www.scs-delta.co.uk/. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  20. ^ "The Zenos E10S : Decibellisimo!". Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  21. ^ a b "Meet the Zenos E10". 3 October 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  22. ^ "Zenos E10". www.titan.uk.net. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  23. ^ "Tillett Racing Seats - Quality Comes 1st". www.tillett.co.uk. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  24. ^ "Energy Efficiency - innovateuk". connect.innovateuk.org. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  25. ^ "Zenos Cars | New Anglia LEP for Norfolk and Suffolk". www.newanglia.co.uk. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  26. ^ "Vroom Vroom: British Designer & Manufacturer Zenos Cars Seeks £750,000 Through Seedrs For New Vehicles". Crowdfund Insider. 2016-05-09. Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  27. ^ "Zenos E10 R Production and Sales Update - Just British". 2016-02-10. Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  28. ^ "Zenos sells 100th car | PistonHeads". www.pistonheads.com. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  29. ^ "Autocar". 20 September 2017. pp. 54–57.
  30. ^ "Zenos Cars dealers, Uk and international". Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  31. ^ "Car Obsession". Car Obsession. Retrieved 2016-07-06.

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