Vencer Sarthe Packs 622 Horsepower

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It's OK if you haven't heard of Vencer. A young specialty manufacturer from the Netherlands, Vencer has finally revealed the production-spec Sarthe, a supercar that's been in the making for three years or so. Looking like a Noble M600 - Pagani Huayra mashup, Vencer priced the Sarthe from €270,882.
Those of you with motorsport running through their veins might've guessed by now that Sarthe comes from the grueling Circuit de la Sarthe of Le Mans fame. So what's this outlandish supercar all about? For starters, it looks way better than other specialty supercars from the Netherlands (the Spyker B6 and C8 come to mind), but the interior is truly gorgeous.

Just take a look at that Ferrari-inspired all-metal manual transmission gated shifter surrounded by a sea of carbon fiber. It's something we haven't seen for years on a production car. Furthermore, Vencer says that the Sarthe was developed from the get-go as a "genuine analogue supercar," which is a breath of fresh air considering supercars and hypercars of today are all about flappy paddles, electronic differentials, as well as hybridization technologies for crying out loud!

This neo-retro model was heavily inspired by those iconic endurance racers of the 1980s. Considering the cabin design is truly minimalist and laden with hard buttons and switches, yeah, the Le Mans feel is there. The only contrasting bit of kit on the interior is a big touchscreen display dominating the dash.

Weighing in just 1,390 kgs (3,064 pounds) thanks to a lot of carbon fiber and aluminum, the Sarthe's arsenal employs a 6.3-liter V8 that's been supercharged to develop 622 ponies and 838 Nm (618 lb-ft) of torque. Only one car will be built per month mostly by hand, but the rate is worth it considering that the engine offers a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) run of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 210 mph (338 km/h).
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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