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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

The German' supercar you've never heard before

~Special Edition~ Currently, if we are asked about the German's automotive brand, of course it can be answered immediately due to it wasn't difficult question and also the predictable answer would be Volkswagen and Porsche.
The Zender Vision 1S was the first prototype made by Hans Albert Zender-owned company called Zender GmbH back in the 1983. (Picture from: Carstyling.ru)
But this time we will not discuss the car made by those two major German manufacturers. Well, this time we will discuss about the cars made by a manufacturer that maybe we have never heard of before, Zender? Have you ever heard or know that brand before? It's a brand owned by a German auto tuning company called Zender GmbH. founded by Hans Albert Zender.
1983 Zender Vision 1S is made a public appearance for the first time at the Frankfurt Auto Show 1983. (Picture from: Carstyling.ru)
As quoted of Jalopnik, Zender initially enjoyed experimenting by making thing with fiber-reinforced plastic. Then through his own company, he started by making bucket seats, continued with his own wheel arch extensions and soon ended up in the booming aftermarket and tuning industry in Germany at the time. However, like many others in the automotive world, he was obsessed with building his own cars using composites. And someday in the 1980s then he managed successful in creating his own supercar.
1985 Zender Vision 2 was the 2nd prototype of Zender and made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show 1985. (Picture from: Deviantart)
In 1983, he succeeded in building his first car prototype, named the Zender Vision 1S and made a public appearance for the first time at the Frankfurt Auto Show 1983. The world's automotive fans response was quite good when they saw the figure of this car made by Zender.
1985 Zender Vision 2 had a rear diffuser similar to the Jaguar XJ220. (Picture from: Traumautoarchiv.de)
Two years later, he also launched next model of the Zender Vision 2 which had a rear diffuser similar to the Jaguar XJ220 that came a year later. Then followed by the Zender Vision 3C to premiere at the 1986 Geneva Motor Show, and a year later the Zender Vision 3 was launched which is powered by a 5.6 liter V8 Mercedes-Benz engine which is capable of pouring out about 300 horsepower.
1986 Zender Vision 3C has similar look with the Ferrari F40 and had debuted at the Geneva Motor Show 1986. (Picture from: Allcarindex)
For its most advanced car ever built, it came after Zender switched to Audi powertrain in 1989 and presented the Zender Fact4 Biturbo. This supercar is built using a carbon fiber chassis and powered by an 3.6 liter turbocharged Audi engine that produces 440 horses, giving it a top speed of 195 mph. 
1987 Zender Vision 3 is powered by a 5.6 liter V8 Mercedes-Benz engine which is capable of pouring out about 300 horsepower. (Picture from: Mad4Wheels)
It's a pretty cool supercar figure, and there have been at least two units ever made (the Coupé and Spyder built in 1991, the last of which was equipped with Delta Integrale taillights).
Many say it appears to be more than just a show car, although many think that engineering solutions with Audi's massive V8, twin turbos and sleek mid-engined packaging required a complex belt system to propel the car, but at least the Zender has proven that all the matters related of it can be compromised according to the needs.
1991 Zender Fact4 Spyder (in the front) posed along with 1989 Zender Fact4 BiTurbo. (Picture from: Carstyling.ru)
Then entering the 1990s, this German car brand had time to display a barchetta prototype called the Zender Progetto Cinque (Project Five in Italian) back in 1995, which is said to be a spyder styled car modification built on the basis of the Alfa Romeo 75 platform.
1995 Zender Progetto Cinqueis said to be a spyder styled car modification built on the basis of the Alfa Romeo 75 platform. (Picture from: Mad4Wheels)
So, finally, of the several Zender-made car models above, which is the most interesting one? Give your opinion in the comments column below. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ZENDER | JALOPNIK | PETROLICIOUS | SUPERCARS.NET ]
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