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
So really, the Zenvo should suck. That it doesn't is down to the ingenuity of co-founders Jesper Jensen, Troels Vollertsen and Lasse Stenkilde. Vollertsen is the engineering brains of the operation, a motorsport specialist with a track record in saloon car racing, rallying and rallycross. He's also a tuner with a strong reputation and client base in the Middle East. Jensen is an IT genius and entrepreneur, who sold his company at the right time and made some money. Vollertsen had already squeezed 640bhp from Jensen's AMG Merc CLS 55, and went to work persuading him to collaborate on his dream of building a sports car.
"I said to Jesper, ‘You've sold your company, so why not do something funny like build your own car?' He replied, ‘Come on, we'll never be able to do that.' Pagani and Koenigsegg have done it, I told him, so why not? Though we never thought we'd end up in this league when we started out..."