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
The ST1's performance ramps up remarkably smoothly for such a powerful car. Vollertsen talks of it being ‘organic' and of not wanting to spring any nasty surprises on the driver. "We wanted to avoid the ‘ketchup effect'... you know, nothing, nothing, nothing, then, splat! as all the sauce comes out in one lump," he says.
The Zenvo dishes up all 1,100bhp of its sauce pretty evenly. Which isn't to say that full-bore acceleration is lacking in drama. Forward motion is fantastically, almost cosmically uninhibited, and it's accompanied by a soundtrack that's comically macho. Inside, it's like a mobile power station. Listening to it from the outside as it passes by, it bellows and barks like it's channelling some primal force from the centre of the earth. You gotta love cars like this.