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
There are three driving modes: Wet, Sport and Race, which dole out the power in successively, er, saucier increments by altering boost and exhaust mapping. When everyday mode involves just 650bhp, you know you're dealing with something special. In ‘Sport' setting, the Zenvo reels in the horizon with eye-popping ferocity. In ‘Race' you're pinned into the back of your seat, eyeballs, ears and any other extraneous fleshy bits forced unattractively back like a Basset hound in a wind tunnel.
There aren't many corners out here, but with just 1.5 turns lock-to-lock the ST1's steering and turn-in are super-sharp. Traction is good too, despite its immense power, and though wind-tunnel testing has yet to be carried out - which is a bit worrying - a full CFD analysis suggests that high-speed downforce isn't an issue.