First things first: the name. Vencer, it seems, means ‘win’ in Portuguese. But this car isn’t Portuguese, it’s Dutch. Maybe ‘Winnen’ was taken by another brand? Maybe it was too literal for English speakers? We just don’t know.
In any case, this supercharged 6.3-litre V8-powered supercar definitely has an international flair – Sarthe, as any endurance race fan will roll their eyes and explain to you, is the circuit at which Le Mans endurance races have run since the 1920s.
But the Sarthe name also hints at its inspiration and intention – Vencer boss Robert Cobben first stood at the Mulsanne Straight as a teenager in the 1980s, watching sports-prototype cars blitz past at more than 220mph. Needless to say, it had something of an impact.
As for the intention side of things, you’ll find 622 Hennessey-fettled horsepower’s worth of it, with full carbon-fibre construction and a six-speed manual gearbox. Oh yes, this is a supercar of the old-school ilk – no traction control, no automated gearboxes, no active this or slip-control that. Just power, lightness and ABS for when you find that all that power and lightness has put you in a situation you’d rather not be in.