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
A man called Troels is in the hot seat. He has the slightly hang-dog look of brilliant Hollywood character actor William H. Macy, who has carved out a strong niche for himself playing men perpetually frustrated by life's unfathomable about-turns. They might look similar, but I don't think Troels is the sort to get frustrated. He's Danish, for a start, and they tend to be pretty stoical. As is the Zenvo. Its Danishness is another USP. A no-nonsense Nordic supercar to stick it to the Koenigsegg.
The Zenvo's 7.0-litre V8 idles at an impressively even-tempered 800rpm. Troels gives the throttle a little blip and the revs rise and decay with an alacrity that seriously quickens the pulse. There's a corresponding pop from the exhaust. Later today, the exhaust will happily emit a jet of flame a metre long. The Zenvo has the rumbling, casually violent demeanour of a Nascar. But it's much better dressed, and has better manners.