Stig drives 1,100bhp Zenvo
The Danes: excellent pastry bakers. Talented pig smokers. But are they any a good at making 7.0-litre V8 supercars with 1,104bhp? TopGear is the first to find out with a world-exclusive drive of the bonkers Zenvo ST1
Posted: 09 Nov 2010
Then they decided to supercharge and turbocharge it, using the familiar screw-type Eaton supercharger and exhaust gas-driven Garrett turbocharger. The supercharger improves the engine's flexibility lowdown, though it runs at 0.4 bar continuously. The turbo keeps things kicking at the top end, running boost pressure at 1.4 bar in maximum attack mode. All of which makes for an impressively linear torque curve. Oh, and an earth-moving 1,053lb ft of the stuff at 4,500rpm. And 1100bhp at 6,900rpm. None of which so much as wrinkles the chilled Danish reserve one iota.
"We don't really care about top speed," Jensen claims, poker-faced. "We were never focused intently on the numbers. We actually started with 1,500bhp, and took it down from there. We never wanted to get involved in a big horsepower battle or a top speed war. That's just bragging. What mattered to us were the car's design and driveability."