Ford EcoBoost engines has already been installed in millions of cars across the world, from the subcompact Fiesta to the top-selling F-150. The Zenos E10 S is just the latest to get some small displacement, turbocharged love from the Blue Oval, though don’t expect to see this track-spec racer parked outside your apartment building.
For $39,995, the Zenos E10 offers drivers “The Thrill of Belonging” and a 200 horsepower 2.5 liter naturally-aspirated engine. THe new E10 S teps things up with the 250 horsepower 2.0 liter EcoBoost found in the Focus ST. That 25% power boost enables the 1,433-lb Zeno to zip from 0 to 62 MPH in about four seconds flat, compared to 4.5 seconds with the naturally-aspirated engine. The 135 MPH top speed is the same for both models, but you can bet that the E10 S gets there quicker.
How’d they keep the E10 so light? Carbon fiber and aluminum mostly, which come together in the form of a monocoque chassis with adjustable Bilstein dampers, a six-speed manual transmission, limited-slip differential, and four-point racing harnesses for both the driver and passenger. Other than that, it has only the barest of necessities on the inside, with a heater being an option and the radio not an option at all. It’s a bare-bones racer, though you can opt for things like a roll cage and on-board fire extinguisher, though even the windshield will cost you extra if you really, really want it.
The same engines that are at the heart of Ford’s quest to save fuel are the same ones propelling a new generation of track racers to new levels of performance. That’s pretty cool if you ask me.