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
For what is effectively a small start-up, this is a professional bit of work, the best since the Pagani first exploded onto the scene in 2003. Jensen admits he had a million ideas, but elected to hand responsibility for shaping the Zenvo over to former Alfa designer and RCA graduate, Christian Brandt. Brandt describes Nordic design as ‘consequent', and admits that when you're operating at this level you can't skimp on the quality. The end product delivers impressively on both fronts. This is the prototype, so some of the shut-lines could be tighter, but even so it's far from bad. The seats are terrific, the driving position and packaging amazingly good, and the fit and finish inside generally high quality. It doesn't smell gluey, either, like so many of its ilk. This particular car uses Porsche instruments, but the finished production cars will have a bespoke panel that riffs off Zenvo's hexagonal motif and is similar in style to the 458 Italia's layout.