8 things we just discovered about Vencer Sarthe
Vencer, one person’s vision to build the ultimate modern analog supercar, the only Sarthe model promised a real driving experience without the fuss. Almost 10 years have passed since Prince Albert II of Monaco unveiled Vencer’s Sarthe prototype, followed by a long “fine-tuning” delay before production hit the headlines, and the Dutch upstart is always shrouded in mystery. Digital appearances aside, has a gearhead laid eyes on a Sarthe? Even the companies’ website, while still active, remains tight-lipped about production and delivery.
Launched to a series of favorable “first-rider” reviews, the Sarthe lauded for its friendliness and docile nature when called upon are rare commodities in any high-performance riding machine. Gearheads regularly lament modern supercars for their intrusive electronics, the Sarthe was different, an old back-to-basics car in the same vein as McLaren’s F1, a car that deserves to succeed, if only more people knew about it his existence.
8 Inspired by Le Mans racers of the 80s
In production or early prototype form, Vencer’s Sarthe supercar looks the business and would be equally at home on a track as it is on public roads. Which is just as well, because the early hype centered around the Sarthe inspiration, quoting Le Mans racers from the 80s provided the spark of imagination in what you see above.
A low, wedge-shaped profile is a tick for Vencer, other than that Le Man’s cars are highly specialized prototypes. Dive under the skin, and it’s not what you see that connects the two eras. Vencer adopting a full carbon fiber chassis, clad with a body of the same material. Exotic materials aside, Vencer adopted the Sarthe name in recognition of the location of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
seven European supercar
Never heard of Vencer? Well you’re not alone, founded in 2010, Holland-based Vencer is one of the youngest supercar builders, the Sarthe is a welcome first attempt to break into markets dominated by the established marque in the old like Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini. .
Two years after a highly publicized public unveiling at the 2013 Top Marques motor show, Vencer has come one step closer to reality by showing a revised “production” version, with customer deliveries beginning in late 2015. The first production example sold to a lucky gearhead through a Vencer Dealer in China.
6 Powered by Hennessey/GM
Naturally, Vencer uses a rear mid-engine layout for the ultimate chassis balance, keeping much of the Sarthe’s 3082lb weight between the axles for sharper handling and higher cornering speeds. Unlike the majority of its rivals, Vencer chose to source its engines from the United States.
As for Hennessey Performance, the Sarthe comes with a GM-based 6.3-litre supercharged V8, producing a lazy 622bhp. Although that seems a little modest compared to its rivals, a titanic 618 lb-ft of torque evens the playing field, with Vencer claiming an impressive 3.6 seconds from 0 to 60 mph and a top speed of 210 mph. .
5 A Gearhead’s favorite; Manual transmission
Forget the endless waves of paddle-shift semi-automatic transmissions, Vencer offers just an old-school manual transmission with rear-axle drive only interrupted by a limited-slip differential.
One of the few items to have been purchased rather than built, Vencer proudly builds the chassis and body of the cars in-house, turning to outside suppliers for specialty items that would not be economical to manufacture yourself. UK-based Ricardo Engineering designs and manufactures the Sarthe’s 6-speed manual transmission previously seen in Ford’s GT, perfectly matching the wide torque range of the V8 engine, whether cruising at low speeds or in full throttle sprints.
4 Inside, the basics of the GT-Supercar
Standing out from the crowd is tricky at best, especially with a $350,000 sticker price and limited badge appeal. Wowing the crowds and ultimately luring buyers into its showrooms, Vencer crossed the line between road racing car and GT-Supercar, delivering Sarthe with just the bare essentials.
Two leather/alcantara-trimmed racing bucket seats are about all you get in terms of luxury, everything else featured is kept simple and clean. Constructed largely of carbon fiber, a centrally mounted instrument binnacle sits atop a small collection of in-house designed switchgear, the Sarthe is the work of a small team of craftsmen.
3 keep it planted
Vencer’s analog supercar in an increasingly computerized world is no different from any other performance car. No matter how much power you have, grip is the deciding factor. In fact, ditching the microchips in favor of thrills makes the acceleration process much more difficult.
Horsepower and engine stats sell cars, tires rarely get a second glance. Vencer went with an unusual brand of rubber for its custom-cast aluminum 20-inch wheels. Netherlands-based Vredestein supplies the Sarthe rubber, 295/30ZR19 in the rear with smaller Vencer-exclusive 245/30s in the front.
2 Vencer gives you wings
The good news for bead gears, Vencer’s Sarthe comes standard with traction control, but not in the form you get with a Ferrari, and it’s suited for every driver. During the engine development phase, Vencer tasked Hennessey with delivering big horsepower numbers in a smoother, more refined way, with the traction control in the Sarthe literally an extension of your right leg.
Hit the noisy pedal too aggressively and the Sarthe kicks its rear end, neatly stepping back in line with the slightest lift and a touch of opposing lockout. It might be an analog driver’s car, but Vencer made a little concession to civility, rear stowed for the most part, an active rear wing that raises and lowers based on speed and l grip, just in case.
1 Vencer Sarthe, a rare sight
Reducers who dream of getting closer to Sarthe will wait a long time. During its debut and subsequent launch, Vencer 2013/15 aimed for low volumes, citing 12 cars per year as the automaker’s goal. We’ve searched popular auctions and classifieds, and none come up, and we can find little “proven” evidence of actual production numbers.
Youngsters with oddly deformed hands after countless hours of play will instantly recognize La Sarthe, prominent in the famous Asphalt series video game. Even then, a low in-game drop rate could cause players to wait a long time to get their hands on Dutch supercar blueprints.