THE ZENVO TSR-S
Zenvo found itself in major headlines exactly three times. The first time when it showed its ST1 supercar in 2009. The second time when one of the cars caught fire on TopGear’s track with Jeremy Clarkson behind the wheel (what a great place to catch on fire,) and the third time when the Denmark-based company revealed the TSR-S. This is a highly exclusive version of the ST1, only five of which will be produced each year. But it is not the exclusivity, price of $2 million (yet undisclosed but likely,) or 1,177 horsepower that made the ZenvoTSR-S reach headlines. It was the rear wing – an active aerodynamic part that dramatically moves in order to provide as much downforce as possible. Of course, this was such a radical setup that Zenvo had to use a lot of sciency words to explain it all to the public. So enjoy:
“When the centripetal wing tilts away from the absolute horizontal, the downforce stays perpendicular to the plane of the wing thereby generating a centripetal force. This centripetal force reduces the tendency of the rear end to break away – a trait that is inherent for a mid-engine car.”
Yup, that wing is definitely the highlight of the new TSR-S, but the rest of it doesn’t exactly feel civil either. All the aero surfaces have been enlarged, thus creating a rather incredible visual experience. Apart from extreme aero, Zenvo tried to cut some pounds. Carbon fiber was the material of choice. Many of the trim pieces inside and outside have been made of it. If you don’t select the sat nav, air conditioning, or electric seats on the options list, you won’t get them. Sound insulation? Dream on. After all, this is a hardcore evolution of the ST1. Insulation isn’t required.
As for the motivation, the 5.8-liter V-8 with two centripetal superchargers continues to be the backbone of the car. With 1,177 horsepower and the seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox, the TSR-S can surge to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds. 124 mph is done in 6.8 seconds. Top speed is listed at 202 mph. Mad.