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 ST1's chassis and packaging was confirmed before the car's stunning shape was even a twinkle in Jensen's eye (Gordon Murray did the McLaren F1 this way round too). Though emphatically not a track car, much of its specification is race-car derived. Its chassis is a steel spaceframe, its body panels carbon fibre. It uses a Ricardo six-speed manual transmission, and its suspension uses double wishbones front and rear, with adjustable gas-hydraulic Ohlins shock absorbers. The brakes are ventilated steel discs from Brembo, 380mm diameter at the front, 280mm at the rear, and grabbed by six-pot pistons. It wears enormous Michelin Sport Pilot rubber, 335/30 on 20in alloys at the rear, 265/35 19ins at the front. The prototype we're driving weighs 1,426kg, but Vollertsen says the first full production car will shave that down to 1,376kg. The press kit claims a power-to-weight ratio of 802bhp-per-tonne - impressive against the Veyron's 446bhp-per-tonne ratio.