The experience that Zenos’s proprietors have brought to the business has made the E10 an outstanding ownership proposition. The car’s £24,995 entry-level price is certainly eye-catching, but it’s really just the tip of an iceberg that will make this car appeal to buyers with their heads screwed on.

Having said that our advice would be to stick with the turbocharged engine, unless you are a real purist, and match that with the six-speed gearbox (£1595), uprated brakes (£1195) and suspension (£795), alongside a windscreen (£1695), heated driver’s seat (£195) and a tonneau cover (£155)

Matt Saunders Autocar

Matt Saunders

Road test editor
The headlights are not exactly powerful, but it's unlikely E10 owners will be doing much driving after dark

By keeping the number of distributors small and offering a solid trade-in price to every returning owner, Zenos is planning to keep the residual values of its cars high – much as Caterham once did. And in that respect – and also by only fitting proven long-lifecycle parts and making the cars cheap to repair – Zenos will keep ownership costs low. It’s also offering a factory warranty extension to cover track use, which is something very rare indeed, mitigating the need to take out additional track day insurance.

Zenos has even teamed up with peer-to-peer financier RateSetter to offer a factory finance package on the E10, making it even more accessible. An entry-level E10 with ‘on the road’ package can be bought with a £5000 deposit and £399 per month over a 60-month repayment period, leaving you plenty of residual value after the end of the term, we’d imagine, to move into a more rarified-spec car for the same monthly outlay. It’s sports car ownership made simple – and singularly attractive.

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