Founded in 2010, Vencer announced plans to build its own supercar in 2012. Shown as a concept car the same year, the Vencer Sarthe made its public debut, in a more refined form, at the 2013 Top Marques Monaco. Powered by a naturally aspirated engine rated at 510 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque, the Sarthe made quite an impression, and many experts view it as potential threat to the more popular supercars coming from the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini. However, the Sarthe has yet to hit the streets as a production car as the Dutch took their time to further tweak things. The supercar, which is named after Le Mans’ iconic Circuit de la Sarthe track, appears to be ready to hit the streets for the 2015 model year. Enhanced by numerous updates, including a new engine and an overhauled interior, the production-ready Sarthe is here to give new meaning to the supercar segment.

And by "new meaning" we mean a road-and-track sports car unaltered by driving aids, with a true analogue and mechanical feel very few expensive supercars can deliver nowadays. But is Vencer, basically a brand-new company, capable of sustaining a war against the greatest of the industry? Should Ferrari or Lamborghini fear the electronics-free Sarthe? Read on to find out.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Vencer Sarthe.

  • 2015 Vencer Sarthe
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    622 @ 6500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    618 @ 4000
  • Displacement:
    6.3 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.6 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    210 mph
  • Price:
    350000
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Exterior

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The front apron appears to have been reshaped as well, especially in the splitter area.

The 2015 Sarthe is largely unchanged when compared to the final prototype showcased in Monaco in 2013, but some new design features have been added for crisper look. The most notable addition is the new quarter glass, which is now finished in clearcoated carbon-fiber and includes an open C-pillar for increased aerodynamic flow.

A slightly revised engine cover replaces the previous piece, with larger side air inlets providing greater airflow and cooling to the new V-8 powerplant. The front apron appears to have been reshaped as well, especially in the splitter area. Other than that, the Sarthe carries over unchanged with its simple and traditional, yet enticing styling.

Exterior Dimensions

Length 4,515 MM (177.75 Inches)
Width 1,984 MM (78.11 Inches)
Height 1,190 MM (46.85 Inches)
Wheelbase 2,791 MM (109.88 Inches)

Interior

While the exterior brings only a handful of changes, the Sarthe’s interior is brand new for the 2015. Unfortunately, the Dutch automaker has yet to release photos as of 09/22/2014, so we’re going to have to trust their claims until further notice. The only details we know thus far is that all the interior panels are made out of carbon-fiber and that the standard cabin is wrapped in two-tone leather with Alcantara inserts. Like most bespoke automakers, Vencer offers "virtually unlimited" color combinations for the hide covering everything from the seats to the door panes and dashboard.

On the tech side, the 2015 Sarthe comes with its own infotainment system. The new system, called Vencer CIS, is described as a "concise multitasking digital display" that provides all the important information drivers may need. Judging by the no-nonsense character of this supercar, we figure the CIS doesn’t provide more than essential performance data such as speed, acceleration or fuel consumption.

Drivetrain

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The combo enables the Sarthe to hit 60 mph from a standing start in about 3.6 seconds while reaching a top speed of 210 mph.

Vencer developed a brand-new engine for the 2015 model year. Whereas the model introduced as the 2013 Top Marques Monaco has 510 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque coming from a V-8 engine, the 2015 Sarthe benefits from a whopping 622 ponies and 6,500 rpm and 618 pound-feet at 4,000 rpm.

The added output comes by means of a supercharger, which does not only help the 6.3-liter V-8 deliver 480 pound-feet of twist from only 1,500 rpm, but also increases the driveability of the supercar. Although the automaker makes no mention of the vehicle’s transmission but it’s safe to assume the engine mates to a slightly tweaked version of the company’s six-speed manual with limited-slip differential.

The combo enables the Sarthe to hit 60 mph from a standing start in about 3.6 seconds,while reaching a top speed of 210 mph. Not exactly amazing when compared to the McLaren P1, but good enough for Vencer’s first venture into the market.

Other changes from the initial, prototype-like Sarthe include an engine mounted deeper into the chassis. The feat ensures the supercar has a lower center of gravity and high lateral acceleration.

Drivetrain/Specifications

Type 6.3 liter V-8 with supercharger
Output 622 HP @ 6500 RPM
Torque 618 LB-FT @ 4000 RPM
0 to 60 mph 3.6 seconds
Top speed 210 mph

Chassis and Suspension

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The 2015 Sarthe’s full carbon-fiber body rides on a lightweight, chrome-molybdenum chassis with honeycomb structure. Albeit modern, the underpinnings do not include computerized driving aids, mirroring Vencer’s quest to deliver a mechanical feel inspired by 1980s race cars. Details are limited as of this writing, but Vencer says it has optimized the suspension for road use, making the Sarthe "surprisingly usable in everyday road situations." Customers looking for an even more comfortable ride have the option to equip their supercars with a four-wheel hydraulic lift system.

Prices

The hand-built 2015 Sarthe retails from €270,882 ($347,826 as of 09/22/2014) excluding taxes. For now, the supercar is only available in Europe and China, where Vencer has recently opened a showroom, but we expect the expansion to include the United States too at some point.

Competition

Lamborghini Huracan

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Although described as a supercar, the Vencer Sarthe isn’t the kind of vehicle you’d be able to pit against the McLaren P1 or the LaFerrari. It’s slower, not as powerful, and considerably cheaper. The Sarthe is more of an entry-level supercar, much like the brand-new Lamborghini Huracan. The latter came to replace the aging Gallardo and it’s quite a bullet, despite being slightly less powerful than the Sarthe.

The Huracan’s 5.2-liter, V-10 mill, which mates to a seven-speed dual-clutch, cranks out 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough for the Italian rig to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about three seconds before hitting a top speed of 211 mph. U.S. pricing for the Huracan is set at $237,250

Audi R8 V10

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Another entry-level supercar you can purchase nowadays is the Audi R8. The range-topping model, the R8 V10, is also motivated by a V-10 powerplant, but its output sits below the 600-horsepower range. The 5.2-liter unit generates 525 ponies and 391 pound-feet of torque, which are sent to the pavement through either a six-speed manual or an S Tronic autobox. Naturally, all R8 V10s are equipped with the company’s quattro all-wheel-drive system. The German supercar needs 3.8 seconds to charge from naught to 60 mph, while top speed is rated at 196 mph.

For the 2015 model year, pricing for the Audi R8 V10 with the manual transmission is set at $153,900 before options. Should you opt for the S Tronic version, be prepared to spend at least $162,900.

Conclusion

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The Vencer Sarthe isn’t your typical 21st century supercar, mostly due to its lack of electronic aids. This feat will likely make it appealing to a limited audience, but this is far from being its main issue. Vencer is still in its infancy and its name doesn’t mean much to supercar enthusiasts. Additionally, the Dutch automaker can only build one vehicle per month, which says a lot about the size of this venture. As much as I’d like to see Vencer make it in this business as one of the very few automakers that builds sports cars the old-fashioned way, only time will tell if the Dutch company has what it takes to survive. Meanwhile, we can only wait for the first customer car to hit the streets and more details to roll out. Are you reading this, Jay Leno?

  • Leave it
    • * We’re still waiting for the full details
    • * Plays in a rough league
    • * Slow assembly process
    • * Vencer name still unknown

Press Release

Vencer is proud to present the production version of the Vencer Sarthe. After a period of thoroughly testing and validation with pre-production engineering prototypes, the production version of the Sarthe for 2015 is now ready. In a new manufacturing facility the company is building the first customer cars that will have some key upgrades including; perfected exterior features, an advanced interior design as well as a brand new engine.

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Pre-production prototype

Last year a preproduction prototype of the Vencer Sarthe was revealed by Prince Albert II of Monaco at Top Marques exhibition in Monaco. Meanwhile Vencer has gone through a period of thoroughly testing with their last (red) pre-production car to validate all new technology for the production model of the Vencer Sarthe. With over 100 changes and modifications made on the production model, the Vencer Sarthe MY2015 is the result of years of extensive development by a dedicated and passionate team. This vision has led to collaboration with high-end automotive suppliers and freelance experts willing to go the extra mile to develop a unique car with true character and analogue feel. By following this trajectory Vencer has achieved to manufacture a distinctive, light and pure drivers car, with a clear focus on road-use. The Sarthe is an exceptional supercar that involves all your senses of what nowadays is becoming increasingly rare.

Vencer Sarthe MY2015 new exterior features

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The production version of the Vencer Sarthe looks even more striking and powerful than before. The Vencer Sarthe is named after the circuit “la Sarthe” and the details incorporated into the car are a subtle tribute to the sports cars from the ’80s Le Mans era. The bodywork of the Sarthe is a tight wrapping of the raw power that lies beneath, expressed in smooth lines and profoundly sculpted flanks. The fluent shape of the car allows the lines to run cleanly from the short bonnet to conclude in a typical and aerodynamic long “Kamm” tail. Low, purposeful and sleek, the Sarthe talks performance and agility.

The MY2015 production model has some notable new exterior design features including a new quarter glass design, open air-flow C-pillars, a new engine cover, aerodynamic front splitters and an automatic rear spoiler. The new quarter glass design in clear coat carbon with open C-pillars increase the aerodynamic flow and together with the automatic rear spoiler they provide additional down force on the rear axle. A new engine cover design and larger side air inlets have been integrated to ensure a greater airflow and cooling to the new engine.

An new lightweight interior focused on the essentials

A completely new interior design brings to life an extraordinary and refined feel, with a clear and clean minimalist focus on only driving essentials. The typical wide door sills, close-fitting cockpit and central driving position of the Sarthe together with a short nose design, complemented by a long windscreen with direct and unrestricted view on the tarmac, are providing an impressive driving experience that lets the driver become one with the open road. To keep all driving distractions to a minimum, Vencer has developed its own Central Information System. The Vencer CIS system is a convenient and concise multitasking digital display that provides all critical information one may need at a glance.

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All interior panels are produced in-house out of carbon fibre to further save weight. A two-tone leather interior with Alcantara inserts comes as standard and is available in virtually unlimited colour combinations. Also a wide variety of materials can be selected to customize your car, with many bespoke options to make each Sarthe truly individual.

New Vencer 6.3L V63SC engine

A new masterpiece forms an integral part of the Vencer philosophy relating to the commitment to sheer driving pleasure. The Vencer 6.3L V63SC engine is a new development for the MY 2015 model. This powerful eight-cylinder unit is composed of the best high-end OEM components available. Inspired by the ’80s Le Mans era, Vencer has incorporated a number of measures that have resulted in a powerhouse with impressive character. The engine stands out for its sublime power delivery, a deliberate broad power range and raw mechanical feel. The 6.3L V8 with supercharger boasts 622BHP (457kW) at 6500 rpm, and 838 Nm (618 lb-ft) of torque at 4000 rpm. Vencer has chosen to add a supercharger not only for increased power output, but also for immediate throttle response and impressive torque figures (650 Nm starting at 1500 rpm), adding to the driveability and agility of the car.

Furthermore, the engine is mounted deep into the chassis to ensure a lower centre of gravity and high lateral acceleration. As a result, the pounding heart of the Vencer Sarthe delivers exceptional performance that is unique in its segment. The V63SC V8 engine is now standard for the Vencer Sarthe, whereas the prototype-spec V8 has been discontinued.

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Impressive driving experience

A modern interpretation of the lines of iconic ’80s race cars together with genuine engineering, purposeful minimalist design and durable carbon fibre lightweight construction are delivering an optimum blend of a neo-retro and mechanical feel with modern day impressive performance. The Vencer Sarthe is a sophisticated machine, which unpretentiously delivers effortless performance. In the quest for a true analogue and mechanical feel Vencer has left out unnecessary computerized driving assistance, only leaving the true soul of the car. Genuine engineering solutions ensure an intrinsic balance that allows the driver to be at the centre of the involvement.

A lightweight chrome-molybdenum chassis with honeycomb structure and full carbon fibre bodywork forms the basis of the car, with an optimal (45%/55%) weight distribution. A sensational power delivery from the engine, a direct and undiluted hydraulic steering feel, a Torsen limited slip differential and optimized suspension for road-use ensure a truly convincing driving experience, whereas the optional four-wheel hydraulic lift system increases usability.

The spirit of Vencer

Vencer was founded in 2010 committed to building rare and bespoke hand-built supercars for passionate enthusiasts who share the sheer satisfaction of driving; unhindered and pure, as it is supposed to be. Made out of high-end OEM technology of proven reliability and offering dynamic and aesthetic purity, Vencer creates exceptional cars delicate with character that ensures an involving driving experience. The Sarthe embodies their vision about a great supercar; distinctive and rare, purpose built and tailor-made. At the same time Vencer cars are excitingly powerful yet unpretentious as well as surprisingly usable in everyday road situations.

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In their new facility in Vriezenveen every Sarthe is meticulously hand-built to specific customer requirements ensuring absolute exclusivity, desirability and collectability. Currently Vencer is manufacturing the first customer cars with the ambition to grow to 1 each month. Vencer has recently opened a showroom in China and is extending its dealer network in Europe. Prices for the Vencer Sarthe are starting from €270.882,- excluding Value-Added Taxes and local duties.

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