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 Zenvo project - "the name means whatever you want it to mean," says Jensen - was duly fired up in 2005. Images of the car began appearing on the internet in 2008, and I first spoke to Jensen exactly a year ago, when he wouldn't even confirm the whereabouts of the company's premises. They play their cards close to their chests, the Danes, and even now, with the key in my hand and the car ticking away in the desert heat beside me, Jensen is adamant that their creation does the talking.
"This is about the car. We aren't doing this for ego reasons. We realised Denmark had no real car design or automotive engineering heritage, and we took the decision not to reveal anything until we were absolutely ready. Even some of our suppliers and partners were cynical to begin with. But we had the correct finance in place before we started the project, and we paid them properly upfront. When they saw the finished car, they said, ‘now we believe you, now we're interested!'"